Well piering actually and anything but boring to us as it means progress as our build is well and truly underway 🙂
Well I never thought I would be taking pictures and getting excited about dirt and diggers but I’ll share the joy with some photos.
First up the site was scraped after Easter which lets you see the split level and lay of the land more clearly.
Next up is piering where they use an excavator and auger to drill holes then fill them with concrete to form piers which the house slab sits on. Fingers crossed they don’t hit rock or it will be $$$.
Our site supervisor had called us to let us know that they were planning on doing the piering today – weather dependent. Sydney certainly has had more than its fair share of rain recently. The average monthly rain fall for Sydney in April is 127mm and we had 119mm last Tuesday followed by 105mm on Wednesday, luckily we missed the hail that was closer to the city centre.
So I went up today to see what was happening and was pleased to see them hard at work. The biggest surprise was that the block next to us on our left, a Metricon build, was powering away too. I spoke to the bloke there and he said it was all done that morning, granted he’d started at 6.30 but he’d done the site scrape, plumbing, piering and formwork by 10!
Whilst I was busy watching, the electricians came and put in the power pole on our block. I’m pleased to say that it is in the position I wanted on the garage wall. I was worried they might put it on the study wall which would put it under our bed head. I don’t need my brains scrambled any more than they already are…
Next up please put on your best Crocodile Dundee voice 🙂
Call that a drill?!!
[Tunnel Boring Machine ‘Elizabeth’ photo by Ross Schultz www.dailytelegraph.com.au]
We are not the only ones drilling holes and boring away. There is a massive new $8.3 billion transport system being built for North-West Sydney, the Northwest Rail Link, due to be operational in 2019. There will be a new rail link between Chatswood and Cudgegong Road with 15km of twin underground tunnels between Epping and Bella Vista. We are going to be spoilt for choice of stations when it is completed.
[This is especially for my friend back in the UK whose father was involved in creating the Channel Tunnel, I hope he finds it interesting.]