Rainy Days and Mondays

The rains that were forecasted for today did, in fact, happen. There were several showers through the day.

First on the agenda today was picking up a power supply. We found one on CraigsList last night and went to Morgan Hill to look at it today. The unit looked great although the 100 ft. cord seemed small. A yellow flag but, no prob, we bought it anyway.

Portable power platform.

Portable power platform.

Then to the job site where the tarps were off – it looked good. It was the first time that we saw the sump pit in the south-east corner of the property. The 36 inch wide vertical pipe extends almost 18 ft below grade, so the sump can collect water from the entire site easily (once the perimeter drains are in place that go into the sump pit). Our plan is to take the water from the sump pit and have it pumped up into the cistern for irrigation. When the cistern is full, the water will go to the storm drain at street level.

Let's open the cover and see what the sump pit looks like.

Let's open the cover over the sump pit and see what it looks like ...

Approximately 18 ft deep to collect water and reduce the hydrostatic pressure.

Approximately 18 ft deep to collect water and reduce the hydrostatic pressure.

With the sump pit in place, the waterproof design can be completed. We need to take the water from the stairwell and window well to the sump pit. As well, we need to have overflow from both the stairwell and window well going to the sump. It should work nicely.  We will finalize the design with Bill Brown tomorrow.

Oh, the white board cleaned up nicely with a little denatured alcohol and paper towel. Thank you for the tip, Andrew.

Clean white board - ready for project planning.

Clean white board - ready for project planning.

The power supply uses three-phase power and the temporary power pole uses two phase. A quick call to National Construction Rental to see if they can change the power at the pole. The power supply unit has some great functionality, stepping down to 110 so it would be good not to have to change anything with the unit itself (just the temporary power pole). Yes, the cord was only 50 ft. Another lesson learned – trust, but verify.

Male plug from portable power platform.

Male plug from portable power platform.

Female receptacle in portable power pole.

Female receptacle in portable power pole.

Our Panasonic network camera had some problems. We dusted it off and tried to get it working last night/today so it can be broadcasting on site and available 24/7. It wouldn’t allow access to the IP address so … off it went to the Panasonic service center in Illinois. More on this in a few weeks.

The other procurement chore for the site office was a shelf. We found an acceptable shelf at a liquidation sale at Eastridge Mall so that should happen tomorrow.

Yes, the detailed project plan is still on the list.

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