07 November, 2015

Pool House Expansion Project, Day Thirty-Three, 07/11/15

Getting Ready for the Excavator

Day Thirty-Three, 07 November, 2015

Excavator, Track Hoe, Big-Ass Piece of Equipment, whatever you want to call it. Should be here Monday, around 10:00 AM or so.
Case Track Hoe or Excavator (courtesy of CASE, Inc.)
 I was worried about the width of the tracks on the beast. The guys had just repaired (again) the gate, to get it to swing open smoothly. I could just see that Monday, they'd have to dismantle it to get the track hoe in to do the task with the trusses.

Apparently, not to worry. The gate opening is close to fourteen feet, so there should be plenty of clearance for it to enter and depart. Not too sure about trees though. At least one of the trees would be a small loss if the track hoe had to take it out. Well, we'll see what happens on Monday morning.

The crew arrived fashionably late this morning. It was all Carl's fault. Crossing the border was crowded this morning. Anyway, it's a good day to get this stuff done. It's all stuff that needs to be done before Trummer and his Back Hoe show up on Monday.

Here Omar is laying out the lines to determine the angle. They need that because, as you'll see, the blocks on one end need to be trimmed.
Omar Laying Out the Angles

Carl and Omar getting the crew started on the day's project.
Starting the Day's Work
Enjoying the view while making sure everyone understands just what trimming needs to be done.
Going Over the Game Plan
The trim angle has been layed out and now chipping away to achieve that angled has started.
Even Fresh Concrete is Tough
Here, they're measuring to determine the center point and layout the trim angle on this side.
Finding the Center Point
 Below is what the west side cut looks like. East side will be similar.
West Side Truss Cut
Here's the completed line for the truss to lay down on. It's the outer ends on both that need trimming.
New Line for Last Truss
Getting the angle trimmed down so the truss will fit exactly.
Trimming Blocks Down to the Angle
 And, after surgery, here's what the finished item looks like. It'll be interesting to see how it all fits together.
East Side Cut Completed
This is the tile design and color that Dianna likes for the shower.
Dianna's Favorite Blue Tile for the Shower
In real light, this is more a blue-green, instead of a blue.
Not So Favorite Blue Tile
And this is not white no matter what they say.
Not So Favorite Off-White Tile
Carl and I went over to Robert's development and took a look at the installation of the Rotoplas septic tank and drain field.
Rotoplas Septic Tank Cover
Here's the soak-away. More like a buried barrel.
Soak-Away Near Septic Tank
I was a busy boy too. I got in the pool, and decided it was time to take half the awning down, which I did.
Half the Pool Awning Down
There's many more photos than appear in each posting. You can see all the photos of the construction project on Flickr at: There will be new photos added each day of the project.


JRinSC said...

Looking good Dave! Just curious, what kind of roof are you putting on the trusses? If you have already mentioned this please forgive me as I'm getting older all the time.

Oh, and it looks like the comment problem I had with dissappearing comment body has dissappeared itself.

Dave Rider said...

Hi Julian,
Thanks for the nice comment. Yeh, we're pretty proud of it too. It's 100% our design. I used some free software (SweetHome 3D) to draw it up, Link and all mentioned in one of the first postings for the project. It's been a fun project.

The roof is 'zinc' as they call it here. Steel or aluminum (not sure which yet) sheet metal roofing. Same style and color as on our Menonnite house.

A dissappearing problem - that's what plagues me. I never get the opportunity to fix it. It just goes away. Well, good. Easily solved then.


Wilma said...

It is looking very good - better and better each day. Raising my glass to a great Monday!

Dave Rider said...

Hi Wilma,

Sorry I missed your comment. A cold beer would have been just the thing. If you don't mind, I'll take you up on it today. We're loosing current over the whole District from six AM to one PM. A group of us are gathering at a local eatery/watering hole, Jamrock, and going to take advantage of their breeze. We're bringing the cold beer over ice.


Mk Yaqoob said...

You'll have many of the same responsibilities as a homeowner-taxes, upkeep, etc.-but taking care of these responsibilities is less of a financial and time burden than is doing the same for a single family home.

Mk Yaqoob said...

You'll have many of the same responsibilities as a homeowner-taxes, upkeep, etc.-but taking care of these responsibilities is less of a financial and time burden than is doing the same for a single family home.

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