Being Ambushed by Wido Menhardt

Bryan was at the job site this morning and opened the gate at 7:50 am.  Kel Marchbank was completing a mountain bike ride and dropped by for a minute.  Then, promptly at 8:00 am, Manny and Izzy arrived to work on the underground elements at the front of the property.

After working all morning, Izzy and Manny left at 12:00 noon.  Exhausted from helping with the shovelling, Bryan returned the compactor (‘jumping jack’) to A1 Rentals then went to Safeway and bought seven cases of sodas.  Back to the project site.

As Bryan was recovering and was reviewing the progress to date, he heard a vehicle drive up outside the gate.  The car door closed and Bryan was going up to the gate.

Bryan looked at Wido Menhardt, wondering, ‘who is this?’ (Wido and Trixi now live in Bangalore, India).  Wido smiled broadly and said, ‘It looks good’.

Ambushed.

The inlet box for the underground CUDO cistern has two 4-inch pipes, with a 6-inch pipe into the cistern (left side) and a six-inch overflow bypass (top).  The 1-inch conduit was just glued in place (over the concrete box).  The irrigation supply water going to the manifold at the front of our property is stubbed and needs to be completed.

The inlet box for the underground CUDO cistern has two 4-inch pipes, with a 6-inch pipe into the cistern (left side) and a six-inch overflow bypass (top). The 1-inch conduit was just glued in place (over the concrete box). The irrigation supply water going to the manifold at the front of our property is stubbed and needs to be completed.

Outlet from underground CUDO cistern, with concrete riser on top.  The irrigation water supply and 1-inch conduit are stubbed to the manifold location at the top of the photo.  Note the compactor in the bottom left.

Outlet from underground CUDO cistern, with concrete riser on top. The irrigation water supply and 1-inch conduit are stubbed to the manifold location at the top of the photo. Note the compactor in the bottom left.

Backfilled and compacted areas at the front of the house.  Manny, Izzy and Bryan shovelled, and compacted in 6-inch lifts, over six cubic yards of soil this morning.

Backfilled and compacted areas at the front of the house. Manny, Izzy and Bryan shovelled, and compacted in 6-inch lifts, over six cubic yards of soil this morning.

Wido Menhardt, just arrived from Bangalore, India, tours the project site reviewing progress to date.

Wido Menhardt, just arrived from Bangalore, India, tours the project site reviewing progress to date.

View of backfilled and compacted trenches from South East corner of roof.

View of backfilled and compacted trenches from South East corner of roof.

Enjoying a beautiful, blue-sky California day, Wido leaves for Santa Cruz to get some surfing in.

Enjoying a beautiful, blue-sky California day, Wido leaves for Santa Cruz to get some surfing in.

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