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The er…”fragrance” has dissipated…

Backhoe "Operator Error"

Mister told me this morning it was safe to go outside and take a picture of the newly repaired sewer line.  That the “fragrance” had dissipated.  I was doubtful, but all was well and there was no foul scent to make me retch all over the freshly repaired sewer line.

The backhoe guy sure did a doozy of a job.  The plumber fixed it up nicely last night, and this morning he was back to finish the job by adding in the Beast’s personal toilet.  They refilled the trench, and then the foundation guys came back and finished getting the footings ready.  They are supposed to pour concrete tomorrow!

On a related note, one of the worker guys decided to take the Plans and the Inspection sheet home with him yesterday.  Imagine how happy our General Contractor was when he met the city Inspector at the house today?  I must admit that I rather enjoyed overhearing his phone conversation with the job foreman.  The plans and inspection sheet were back at the house in short order.  Even I know you’re not supposed to take those off the job.  That particular worker was about as genius as the backhoe guy.

Construction.  Still keeping the dash interesting!


Trench for the Beasts Personal Toilet

Beasts Personal Toilet installed, but not quite ready for use...

All ready for concrete!

New footings, new rebar, raw sewage…OH MY!

Footings are Dug!

Yesterday Mister was hoping I would post new pictures of the footings that were dug for the Beast’s (the RV) garage (I’ve put these and a couple of others on the Garage Project page). I was too tired to do it last night, but I wasn’t going let him down tonight!  After getting the footings dug, the crew got all the rebar set in it yesterday.  After they finished, we were anxiously waiting for the city inspection so the crew could move on to pouring concrete.  Ok, Mister was the one anxiously waiting.  I’m really just observing the process.

We also needed the plumber to come out ASAP to dig the trench that will connect the sewer lateral and bring a dump (sewer connection) into the Beast’s garage.   I’ll wait a moment while you either say, “ewwwwww” or make a stupid/funny joke in your head about the Beast needing to have a dump.  Ok, moving on….

The Inspector finally came out late this morning and signed off on the work that’s been done.  We had to wait until the afternoon for the backhoe guy to come out and start digging for the dump/sewer line.  He didn’t get here until around 4:30.  Mister and I went out to dinner and when we came back around 6:30 we didn’t see any vehicles around.  So Mister went out back to see what how much work was done.  I head out to the back door in time to see the plumber’s van out there and hear the plumber speaking rather forcefully on the phone.  As Mister walked towards me I asked him if all was well.  Um… Nope.

Turns out the backhoe guy busted the sewer line.  The brightly marked sewer line.  Why?  Because he thought it was lower than it actually was.  Now, if I had a backhoe that was capable of digging deep trenches and moving tons of dirt and rock, the first thing I would do is assume the sewer line I am directly working over is deeper than I *think* it might be.  That’s genius right there.  As a result, Mister told all of us that we were not to use any water unnecessarily.  As he said that, the two green tea drinks I had consumed at Panda Express decided they no longer needed to take up space in my body.  Also at that moment Josh happened to walk up and mention that he needs a shower because he didn’t take one yesterday. Lovely.

We all agreed to try our best to maintain the status quo unless it was absolutely necessary to change it (if you know what I mean, and since you’re smart I know you do.)  Thankfully the plumber came to the door 15 minutes later and said he had been fixing the issue while we were out and everything was now ok.  I was very relieved.  Literally.  The kids (especially the teenage girl) were very happy to know they could now get their showers.  Me, I was just happy to know the bathrooms were available for use at any time I pleased.  Because you simply don’t appreciate that until it’s NOT available.

View of Footings from the back of the property

Construction. Always adding surprises to your Dash…


P.S. There are NO pictures of the broken sewer pipe because the aroma that you encounter by even driving behind the “You Dump It, We Pump It” trucks is more than I can bear. Just sayin’…

This is NOT my picture it belongs to I just think this is the funniest Septic Truck I've ever seen!

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