Monday, July 26, 2010

Building Inspections

I had the Building Inspector come by today to do my framing inspection and plumbing inspection.  He wandered around and looked at things and asked me a bunch of questions.  Then he said "Looks good.  Your inspections are passed."

The only thing he said that I didn't really want to hear was that I need to do my siding this year.  If I don't, I'll have to replace my Tyvek housewrap next year because the manufacturer specifies that it should be covered within six months of installation.  It's not a big deal really... of course the siding has to be done anyway.  It's just that I had planned to do other things first.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Basement Cleanup Complete

I've just finished the huge job of cleaning all of the junk and scrap lumber out of the basment and adding about 8 yards of soil to bring the ground level up to where I need it.  It looks good now though... all ready for the building inspector.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Basement Drainage System

It's been quite hot here the past week so it's given me a good excuse to do some work in the basement where it's nice and cool.  I've installed a drainage system that consists of a sump pit and pipes that wind their way around the perimeter of the basement.

It's 4" perforated drain pipe that's covered first with crushed rock, then with landscape fabric, then with dirt.  (The drainage pipe I'm talking about is the white pipe in the photos.  The black pipe is for the plumbing drains.  The two systems are not connected.)

Just to back up for a minute... When I poured the concrete footings for the house, there were two or three places where the footings were sitting on bedrock, not on soil. It's that bedrock that's causing the problem here. When all the snow melts in the spring, water is seeping into the basement through fissures in that bedrock; below the footings and the exterior drainage system.  Now, that water will now find it's way into this interior drain pipe and sump pit, where I can pump it back outside.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Getting Materials Into The Basement

I have to get a bunch of soil, crushed rock, and gravel down into the basement, so I've built a crude chute to funnel everything down through one of the basement windows.  The chute is just made of scrap lumber, plywood, and plastic sheets that I had laying around. 

At first I tried to used it with just the bare plywood on the bed of the chute, but I found that a lot of the soil just sat there... it didn't slide down the chute.  That's when I got the idea to put the heavy plastic sheets on top of the plywood.  It's much more slippery than the plywood, and the soil slides right down it.  (The heavy plastic sheets came as part of the shipping material from the ICF blocks that the house is built with.)

I simply load up the bucket on the tractor and dump it over top of the chute.  Down in the basement, I put a wheelbarrow underneath the chute and I can wheel the material over to wherever I need it. 

It aint pretty, but it works.