A phrase often used by my father, who was in the RAF, in jest at home.
No RAF drill instructors or NCO’s but our first inspection by our independent building inspector from Houspect instead.
The slab was laid on Saturday 2/5/15 and unfortunately the weather that day wasn’t brilliant. It had rained off and on throughout the day but by late afternoon it was torrential. Whilst some rain during the slab laying process is a positive thing we were worried as to how this might have affected the slab.
Tuesday Houspect carried out the slab inspection and the report marked three items as defective:
- The slab finish has a sandy un-bonded finish in areas due to the pooling of rain water. ]
- Slab dimensions
- Reduced-levels at the front porch ( step down to porch is < 85mm)
Wisdom received the report and are dealing with the issues raised.
Our Site Supervisor said the storm water plumbing and frame delivery would take place during the following two weeks whilst the slab cured.
Tuesday I visited the site whilst a mini excavator was digging trenches and it appeared he wasn’t having a good day judging by his expression and phone calls.
Looks to my untrained eye like he cut through the power cable conduit.
Imagine my surprise when I went on Wednesday and discovered the power pole cut down and relocated to the LHS of the property instead.
When I queried this with the SS I was told that the power pole had been put on the wrong side as it had to go on the side closest to the electricity supply connection point, ours is on the LHS apparently. Wisdom allow for the connection up to 7m from your front boundary and to connect to the RHS was longer than this.
I fail to see how extending the trench and cable by a few metres is more expensive than removing the existing power pole, filling the trench, digging a new trench and drilling through the concrete slab to install a new pole on the LHS.
I asked for it to be put back in its original position but that would require a variation to be raised. Duly done and one week later the Estimating department issued it:
$2000 to move the meter box from the LHS to the RHS
$1000 late variation fee
I’m disappointed to say the least, especially as I spoke to the original electrician when he put the pole in before the slab was laid. I’d asked where it was going and he had said the garage wall which was perfect.
So the lesson I’ve learnt is:
If you have a preference as to where your meter boxes go, find out where your connection point is and put a Provisional Allowance in to your Tender.
A friend, who is an electrical engineer, has assured me I need not worry about my brain being detrimentally affected by EMF due to the meter box placement.
Hang on a sec, is that because there is no EMF danger or because I’m a lost cause already? 🙂