The Beast's house looks GINORMOUS now!
After the concrete was set and scored last week, the framers were anxious to get to work. And, boy, did they ever work! By Friday they had the steel strongwalls up. Most of the walls were constructed, but not up, by the end of the workday. We left Sunday to go pick up the “kids” (Brian and Jill) from the airport in Vegas. We stayed the night over there, and when we came back on Monday they had all the walls up!
This morning (Tuesday), the crane was here to put the trusses up at 6:30am, but…there were no trusses to be found. The job foreman went to see what was going on, and all he found at the truss builders place was our trusses, a radio playing, and no one around. Weirdness. They ended up being delivered when we were leaving, around 10:00. We drove by once on our way to show Brian and Jill our little town, and the crane was back and they were in the process of getting the trusses up.
They also started the sheathing, but will finish that tomorrow. Mister is SUPER excited, and now that I can really see what this is going to look like, I’m getting pretty excited too! They’re doing a great job. The job foreman told us that this will most likely be done by Christmastime. Yay!
I know Mister hates slide-shows, but there are quite a few pictures here and it’s best to put them in that format.
Today was the big day for getting the concrete slabs poured! Yesterday they finished the prep work, and we had concrete being poured by 9:30 this morning! At one point we even had two concrete trucks on both ends of the little garage. That was pretty cool. They’re still out there doing finishing work on it, but it looks great. They should start framing in a few days. We are happy campers!!
Beast's garage... ready for concrete!
Little garage... all ready too!
Pouring into the back of the Beast's garage from the side, because the gas line is in the way
Pouring from the front now, under Mister's watchful eye.
Working around the suspended gas line was a PITA, I'm sure. But they did a great job!
They ran concrete along the side of the walls, and then filled in the middle.
Working on the right side now...
It's coming along nicely!
Mister busy supervising...
A double pour!
Getting it done!
Doing finish work on the Beast's garage, while the others were still pouring the little garage's slab
A view from the other side...
Mister is getting excited. There is finally some progress being made! This week they removed the eave from the existing garage. They also dug the trench and placed the forms for the smaller garage’s footings, and set the forms for the stem-walls in the Beast’s garage. This morning we woke up to a concrete truck in our backyard. Awesome!!
Next week they will prep the ground in the small garage for the slab to be poured. The Beast’s garage is pretty much ready, as they have already leveled the ground, added dirt, and then tamped it down. When they end up pouring the slab for that garage, they will end up removing all the wood they’ve placed around the gas line to protect it. We were told they will end up placing a board above the line to suspend it while they do the pour. We can tell it has really been a real PITA having to work around it. The utility company *only* wanted $22.50/foot to temporarily move the line. Obviously we didn’t pay that outrageous amount, and so the workers have to tread carefully around it. They are enjoying that tremendously…
Next update should have slabs poured. Until then, here are some pictures…
No more eave...
Small Garage Footings
Protecting the Gas line.
Prepping the Beast's toilet for the concrete pour
Good Morning, Taz Concrete!!
All done. Time to cure...
They removed the inside forms during the afternoon to smooth out the footings. Purty.
The stem-walls in the Beast's garage
Top view of the stem-walls
I told oldest son Brian (aka “Big Bro” around here) that I would post a garage update yesterday, but I never got around to it. Sorry, Brian!!
I left off the updates with the Garage Bungle post. That actually did turn out to be a real bungle, but they did fix it. Sorta. As best they could after having laid cement blocks into cement and having let it cure overnight. We were told that when they were laying the first run of bricks, someone accidentally drug a water hose over their staked line, and moved it off by about an inch. When they checked the line the next day, they realized it was off and they corrected it with the second layer of bricks. Since Mister happened to be out there when the foreman was talking to the masonry workers, Mister asked about whether this would affect the cement floor. They told him they had planned on chipping the brick edge down to prevent any cracking in the future, as that would be a very weak point in the floor. Not too sure whether they were REALLY planning on doing that if Mister had not asked the question, but it doesn’t much matter now since they’ve corrected the issue.
All chipped off
Other than that, there really isn’t too much that’s new. They’ve completed laying the block foundation. They put some sort of sealant coating around the outside, and had to wait about 5 days before they could back-fill the dirt up around the outside of the walls. They finished the back-fill on Tuesday morning, and today they are getting rid of the extra dirt-mound outside.
They will be leveling out the ground within the walls so they can pour the cement pad in the next day or so. We’re not sure if they’ll be pouring the second pad for the other garage at the same time or not. They will also be removing the edge of the garage roof/eave before the pour, so that they won’t end up doing any damage to the cement. After that, they should be taking off stucco on the outside garage wall and then the wood framing will start going up!
So we should be seeing some more progress really soon!
Finished brick foundation wall on existing garage side of the house. They now have to remove the rest of the existing garage wall in order to frame up the new garage wall.
Back-fill is done, and now we're ready for cement floor prep!
Better view of all the back-fill work
No more dirt pile!!
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!
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 MacJams.com.... I just think this is the funniest Septic Truck I've ever seen!
End of Day 2
I said I would get pictures some posted, so here’s the “hole” all dug up. That black “line” you see just happens to be our gas line. It was quite a bear for them to work around, but they did it without breaking the line (thank goodness!). The next pictures should be the foundation being poured.
Mister standing in his newly dug hole
Mister's got his hand on a huge rock that is in the foundation. They'll have fun getting that one out!
View from the back of the house
Another view from the rear of the house
The Project Begins!!
Anyone who lives in a desert area will tell you that the more garages you have… the better! You simply can not leave anything outside or the sun will badly damage it. The rabbits will also create some serious damage too… but that’s an entirely different blog post (stupid rabbits!!). Brad has had to keep his Beast (the Motor home) parked outside, and that’s no good. He has been wanting to build a garage for it for quite sometime. We decided to stop at the city planning office about a month or so ago and ask about our property lines and as well as some general questions about garages. We ended up running into a local contractor there, and the garage project began.
Brad has been so excited about this. He’s spent hours hunched over the plans making sure the vehicles will fit properly. Just imagine Josh getting a full size transformer for Christmas…that’s how excited Brad is about this. Well, maybe not quite THAT excited, but close enough. He even got out the graph paper and made to-scale cutouts of all the vehicles and his Beast to make sure they’ll fit right. He is a very linear, detail-oriented person, and I absolutely love that about him. Me, I’d just go out and get a measurement of how wide & long the Beast is and add in extra feet and use that as a measurement for the garage. That little detail stuff about him made him realize that some stairs in the garage were NOT going to work right with his RV hook-ups. If it were me, I’d have screwed that up in a serious way with my, “Eh, it’s good enough” attitude.
Playing with the Plans
We were expecting construction to start about a week and a half ago. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, the city decided to red-line the plans and it held everything up. We got a call yesterday that the City approved the updated plans. We had a green-light on the project and we should expect the guys to start digging on Friday or Monday. Imagine our surprise waking up at 6:45am to find them unloading their Bobcat to start work! They have to dig down about four feet for the Beast’s garage, and it’s 48 feet long. Gonna be a serious hole there later today.
Love his To-Scale vehicle cut-outs!!
I’ll be posting pictures as we go along. I started a page (see the top menu bar) just for pictures as we progress. We sure are excited! Ok, Brad is a lot more excited than I am. It’s not like they’re building an additional craft room…
Enjoying my dash!
The Big Picture