Excavation
Day 54

Day 54

The rest of the dirt from the theater, driveway, and basement grade was moved to the back yard – so it can be used as back-fill dirt when the basement walls are done – but, two additional truckloads needed to be taken away. At this point, the basement grade is level, the theater cuts are...
Day 50

Day 50

Back to the skeleton crew again. Today’s task was to remove the last four truckloads of dirt… and now we are done with excavation! Dirt export truck-load total: 240 loads.
Day 49

Day 49

When the crew made the first pass at leveling the bottom of the excavation yesterday, it was obvious that a few more inches needed to go. A few inches over this large of an area turns out to be a lot of dirt. Another 18 truckloads were exported today, although that also includes cutting the...
Day 48

Day 48

We had a minimal crew today, who made a first pass at trying to level out the bottom of the excavated hole. In the process, 6 loads of dirt were exported. Dirt export truck-load total: 218 loads.
Day 47

Day 47

Another day of exporting dirt… 10 truckloads were exported today. The crew also did a little bit of work on the lagging along the east wall (right side of the camera). Dirt export truck-load total: 212 loads.
Day 46

Day 46

The phone and cable companies showed up today, as promised, to complete the relocation of phone and cable service, for the two neighbors to the west, to the new underground conduits. It is really nice to see only electric power lines remaining on that pole… which are still scheduled to be relocated any day now!...
Day 43

Day 43

The excavation depth was increased a bit more along the far north (furthest from the camera) and south (closest to the camera) slopes, on both the east and west walls. Three truckloads of dirt were exported. Dirt export truck-load total: 194 loads.
Day 42

Day 42

Not much to say about what happened today… More lagging along the east wall and 24 truckloads of dirt exported. The center portion of the east wall is getting pretty close to the final depth. Hopefully the utility pole will be gone next week and the excavation guys can finally excavate the 15 foot safe...
Day 41

Day 41

The trench that was made down the neighbor’s driveway, in order to underground their utilities, was finally patched today. It was really great of the neighbor’s to allow us to move their utilities, as I’m sure it was a headache for them. On the plus side, one of the neighbor’s took advantage of the open...
Day 40

Day 40

A little more lagging along the west wall was placed and a whole lot of dirt was removed… 31 truck loads, to be more precise. The neighbor’s driveway was prepared for the asphalt patch guys, who will be here tomorrow. Dirt export truck-load total: 163 loads.
Day 39

Day 39

Most of the on-site work today happened on the west wall, where the excavated depth was increased and additional lagging was put in place. Six loads of dirt left the site today. Dirt export truck-load total: 132 loads.
Day 34

Day 34

The entire east wall (right side of video) now has lagging for the exposed earth, and the crew has moved on to the west side. One the west wall, four sections of lagging were completed. Even though the focus was lagging, five loads of dirt were exported today. The Caterpillar 312B L Hydraulic Excavator was...