The invasion of the plumbers

Categories Utilities, Water

Spent the morning trimming most of the ‘pads’ between the trenches down to the correct height (the sand pad varied in height by 20-30mm, and I’d – wisely? – taken a low point as my baseline) before these two blokes invaded the block and undid most of my good work:

Help! Vandals!

Plumbing pre-lay nearly fell in a hole straight away, when we discovered that I’d sent them an old copy of the plans before Neve had worked her magic on the bathroom – so all of the fixtures were in the wrong spots. Oops.

Thankfully technology came to the rescue in a couple of ways. Pretty much every document I have for the build is in a Dropbox folder, accessible from my phone, and that included Neve’s fully-dimensioned floor plan for what the bathroom actually should be.

Over time I’ve also been building up a Sketchup model of both buildings – foundations, framing, brackets, stud framing, cladding, everything. Translating everything from the architect’s plans and engineering drawings (a lot of which are “typical” details) into their actual applications. My theory is that if I can’t draw it, I have no chance of being able to build it, and since I’m a geek I’m drawing it this way. Currently it looks something like this, with the roof off:

These files are, of course, also in Dropbox – I can open this 3D model on my phone, measure distances on it (which impressed the hell out of the plumbers) and managed to get a couple of dimensions that were missing off the plans.

What are you DOING to my nice neat sand pads?!?!

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