17th of November 2013, marked 2 years since we sailed through Sydney heads aboard Squander… time certainly flies. A lot has happened in the two years, and I will undoubtedly reveal some highlights in the ensuing blog posts. Amongst many things, my house in Manly got development approval and I have decided to demolish the original shack & owner build a new one – essentially running the job myself… and to record this new "adventure" through regular blog posts.
I can’t guarantee the kind of exotic photos that the previous adventure delivered, but I will do my best to keep my audience in mind, and keep it entertaining and informative. For those of you that followed the previous adventures, you will undoubtedly recognise some old characters and we may even get some guest bloggers involved.
The house is the 2nd or 3rd chimney from the left.
The house stood proud until the 21st Of October 2013 when Barry and the boys from Action demolition turned up.
Mark was pretty accurate with his chain sawing!
Because the site is so small and tight (191m2) we have to plan everything aheadand basically start at the back and work forwards.
Tim calling the shots as the stormwater detention pits go in.
With the sewer renewed and the stormwater pits in the ground, it was time to start excavating. I called in the professionals from SJF Paving and landscaping
They sent their best man – Don Simon and his trusty bobcat!
Next door neighbour took the opportunity to do some maintenance to his place too.
Don Simon and Inspector Jose having a smoko break!
The first truck took away 15 Tonnes of dirt.
Striking Manly Gold, untouched golden sand about half a metre below the old ground level.
The mountains of dirt kept on piling up!
Don Simon keeping the footpath clean and the rangers happy.
And another 12 Tonnes went to these guys.
By Sunset I was dead – a 12 hr day of digging, loading and shifting sand – Simon and I finished up by driving a truck each to Killara as someone needed some clean fill – so far 33 Tonnes of dirt gone and another 10 to go!
Starting to take shape.
Next I had to decipher the engineering drawings and setout the site – With some help from a surveyor and good old Papa G (my dad), we had a solid day with tape measures, levels and lots of pegs and string.
By mid morning we had the boundaries marked….
…and by the end of the day 37 screw piles setout with minimal margin of error – we hope!!
14th November 2013 – the screw piles get delivered – these 4m long piles get driven into the sand and the slab will rest on them.
The srew piers or piles and the screw driver!
Welding the extensions on.
Then it was Stephen and Gibbo’s turn to dig things up – the lads from REES putting in the power and data conduits.
Luckily, unlike water and other ‘semi liquids’, electricity doesn’t need the assistance of Gravity to make it flow – so the trenches don’t need to be as deep and the pipes don’t need a constant gradient.
Finishing up the last of the electrical work… exactly 1 month after the demolition started!
By Friday the 22nd of November 2013, we were ready to put down the formwork for the slab. Unfortunately, when I spoke to Matt, my concretor, he told me that he was 3-4 weeks behind schedule!!! what the??! and he wouldn’t be able to start next week as planned or maybe not even the following week… I’m starting to feel like this is the first potential hurdle in getting the ground floor started before Christmas… Crossing my fingers and hoping something happens to keep things moving!