Archive for the ‘Preparation’ Category

Bought a Davis Weather Station

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

In order to monitor the rain and winds on the building site, we bought a weather station today.

After reviewing the various systems, we decided on Davis Weather Stations as it appears to be the most scaleable and reasonably priced system available.

We reviewed a number of sellers and spoke with Ryan Wilhour, of Archer Trading Post. Ryan helped guide us through the product alternatives, and outlined the difference between wired and wireless models. Although our preference would be for a wired system, the wireless have more ports available for input modules. Thus, wireless is a more scaleable system.

We decided to buy a wireless system from Ryan.

We bought a Davis 6152 Pro2 Wireless Weather Station with a Davis 6510 USB port datalogger and software. It is being delivered and should arrive on Monday.

Setting up and configuring the weather station may take some effort; the benefit will be that we will know the wind speeds and precipitation so we can understand exactly what is happening on our job site.

Buying a Pickup

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Darren arrived last night and we woke up to pouring rain in the morning.

We surveyed the mud at the project site and weren’t too thrilled about getting wet.  Thus, we spent the day preparing for tomorrow, although we did get the first HDPE tubing threaded into one of the rebar cages.

Both Kel and Darren have told me that I need a truck. Both explained, independently, that a ‘work truck’ is required and it will yield a rapid payback through savings and not destroying my vehicle.

Kel zoomed through Craig’s List and sent me three recommendations. I reviewed the alternatives and selected one person to contact in Antioch.

It looks like Darren and I will be able to see the truck, a Dodge RAM 1500, on Sunday evening after we finish work. Darren’s flight back to Edmonton leaves on Monday morning at 6:30 am so the timing should work fine.

At the end of the day, Darren and I met with Michael Benison of MWB Pools and Spas. Michael outlined what we need to do to move forward. Everything looks good with Michael so it is a matter of making a decision. Darren liked Michael.

Packing Up 17509

Monday, August 25th, 2008

After over 11 years and two children, packing was difficult.

Books and Stuff

Books and Stuff

Jo-Anne Boxed Up and Staged Our Belongings

Jo-Anne Boxed Up and Staged Our Belongings

Master Bedroom - Sil and Ethel's Furniture

Master Bedroom - Sil and Ethel

Living Room as a Staging Area

Living Room as a Staging Area

Jo-Anne did an amazing amount of work while I avoided packing my home office and the garage at all costs …

Jerry Ditto announced our project on his web site.  It was good to get some recognition from Jerry.

Drilling Holes to Monitor Water Levels

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Considering the implications of a ‘seasonal perched water table’, we decided to have two holes drilled so we could monitor exactly what was happening with the water below grade.

We engaged the drilling firm to return and drill two six-inch holes in the front yard. The first hole was exactly where the other hole was in the front, with the second hole as close to the house as the drilling rig could be.

The first hole would be drilled to 25 feet deep, and the hole nearest the house would be drilled to 14 feet. The logic was to pump water from the deep hole and see how that affected the water in the hole nearest the house.

Setting up to drill

Setting up to drill

Starting to Drill

Starting to Drill

Tripping Out the Bit

Tripping Out the Bit

Full of Cuttings

Full of Cuttings

Removing the Cuttings

Removing the Cuttings