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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!

The Garage Project Begins!

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's Beast

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!

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