Thursday, 30 April 2015

Porch Footings And Digger Work

Dad came over on the weekend so we could start on the porch and a little project in the back garden. He came in his usual style, with lots of equipped and machinery, there was even a different dumper for me to play with (I'm not aloud on the digger when he's here!). 
The front door before work started. 

The overgrown area of the back garden. The picture doesn't show it but there's an old dog pen in that mess that needed pulling out with the digger

Removing some horribly invasive shrub. Unfortunately it also showed us how unstable the garden wall is in the back garden.

Digging the footings for the porch. I did very little with a spade, most was done with the digger, luckily

The footings dug. even though it's just the porch we went to the same depth as the house footings. Building inspector was happy.

Concrete poured in. I went for quite a deep fill as it saves a lot of brick and block work. 

Dad's dog found it hard work as well!
I've got a bricklaying friend coming round on Monday to bring the brick and block work up to damp, plus some jobs in the garden and to see what he suggests with the wobbly wall. Hopefully the porch won't take too long and then we can crack on with the extension, although I'm sure it's my bits that will take the time!

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  1. Lovely bit of work, its great that dad can help out with some machinery makes the job a lot less back breaking :-)

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    1. Dad has is master of machinery and has something for most jobs or can adapt it. The only trouble is the length
      of days he wants to do!

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  2. Fingers crossed for the wobbly wall, you both worked hard, or the digger did!

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    1. Bad news on the wobbly wall but I'll do a post on it later on.

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  3. I wish my dad was still around to help with my projects Kev. Diggers get rid of the donkey work. Did you put the rubbish in a skip or used it for fill around your homestead?

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    1. I do cherish the time we spend together. He always moans that we're always working when we're together and it was the same when we were kids but I only have happy memories of the time.

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  4. That wouldn't be below freeze-line here, but we get more serious weather than you. It's nice and wide and shouldn't ever settle.

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    1. It would never freeze that low here! Freeze line isn't even something taken into consideration here to be honest.

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  5. Big machinery makes everything SO much easier doesn't it .... and you've got to keep Mr Building Inspector happy, as I've found out over this past few months :-)

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    1. The machinery really helps, that little dumper was a god send - it saved so much work. Soemone had said to dad that you'd be better off with two men with barrows - but they'd want to be good men that wasn't me!

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  6. looks like a good start. can't wait to see the finished job.

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    1. Neither can I - then we start the real extension!

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