Stumped, in the nicest possible way

This week has been pretty busy on the work site with everyone wanting to get as much done as possible before the Christmas closedown.

Stone age techniques obviously still work

Stone age techniques obviously still work

The house raisers returned on Monday and worked with the bobcat operator to dig the holes for the stumps – two meters deep. The low tech approach to problems came into play again this week. A plumb bob would obviously get in the way of the drill and would be blown around by the wind. The answer was to have one guy (the youngest) climb up onto the Jenga stacks then position and drop a stone from the centre of the attachment point for the stump. Where ever the stone landed, that was where the hole needed to be drilled. It seemed to work as the house stumps appear to be in the right position and they are all straight.

Tuesday’s job was to bolt the stumps onto the underside of the house – so that’s how they get the house so level!

Cementing the posts

Cementing the posts

Then the cement truck arrived and over the next couple of hours all the holes were backfilled with concrete, the house raisers checking that all posts were plumb as they went.

Periodically over Monday and Tuesday a dump truck would arrive and drop off a load of fill. This was coming from another site that was being excavated. This meant dump fees were saved by the person excavating their site and we have saved on fill costs. We will just have to pay for the time it takes the bobcat operator to spread it.

Wednesday was a blissfully peaceful day, no work while the concrete set.

Scaffolding for the roof goes up.

Scaffolding for the roof goes up.

Yesterday (Thursday) though was as busy as Flinders St Station at peak hour (yes, I grew up in Melbourne). We had the house raisers on site dropping and removing the stacks while the welder went around tightening all bolts on the stumps and then tack welding these. The scaffolding team arrived mid-morning to erect a safety scaffold around the place to allow the roofing team to come in early next week and replace the roof. Next, the bobcat operator rocked up and commenced spreading the fill.

I was surprised at how well all these unrelated teams worked in with each other. I didn’t hear too many choice words, either which was pretty amazing considering the high humidity and temperatures here this week.

Welding the posts to the bearers.

Welding the posts to the bearers.

Thankfully, we had a storm late yesterday afternoon and it not only cooled the air but has settled the fill.

The welder was back this morning and with the builder’s assistance with the laser level tacked and welded the brackets that will hold the bearers for the lower floor.

Now for another quiet and hopefully restful weekend – oh, wait, I have the family Christmas lunch to prepare for Sunday and I have to pack for our holiday!

 

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