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Backfilling the South Trench

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

It was a grueling day today as Izzy and Bryan worked on backfilling the South trench (in front of the house).  Ryan Reyna and Nik helped for a couple hours, which was very much appreciated.

Underground Infrastructure

We have a lot going on in our trenches around the house.  The contents of the trenches are all different.  Here is a brief summary of the trench contents:

  • 4-inch ABS sanitary sewer drian pipes on the West side and South sides of the house
  • 4-inch ABS perimeter drain pipe that takes water from the seven (7) roof downspouts and various ground drains to the underground water cistern
  • 2-inch PVC electrical conduit from the East Mechanical room to the generator pad
  • 1-1/2 inch PVC electrical conduit from the East Mechanical room to the swimming pool equipment pad
  • 3/4-inch PVC water pipe for fresh water to the swimming pool equipment pad 
  • 1-inch PVC perimeter water pipe for irrigation water to the six irrigation manifolds
  • 1-inch PVC conduit for cables to connect and control the irrigation manifolds in six locations
  • 1-inch PVC conduit for proprietay cables for the natural gas powered generator
  • 1-inch PVC conduit for proprietay cables to control the swimming pool and spa equipment
  • 3/4-inch HDPE connecting the U-tubes in the 25 vertical concrete piers in four sections of 12 U-tubes each
  • 1-1/4 inch HDPE supply and return lines connecting the two geothermal ground loops
  • 2-inch HDPE supply and return lines to the swimming pool and swimming pool equipment pad
  • 2-inch HDPE natural gas line to generator and swimming pool equipment pad

Until the complete ground loop system is pressurized and tested successfully, and then inspected by the City of Monte Sereno, we cannot backfill the East, North and West trenches.  Similarly, we cannot backfill teh Swimming Pool and Generator trenches until the natural gas supply connections have been inspected.

The only trench we could backfill is the trench on the South side (in front of the house).

Except for the very West side and very East side, Izzy and Bryan backfilled and compacted the soil in this trench today.  Bryan will have sore muscles tomorrow.

The open trench at the South West corner of the house.  About 8 linear feet of this trench can be backfilled (it is still open).

The open trench at the South West corner of the house. About 8 linear feet of this trench can be backfilled (it is still open).

West trench looking North.  Note the 4-inch black ABS pipe stubbed for downspouts from the roof drains, the 3/4-inch HDPE connecting the U-tubes in the vertical concrete piers, the three 1-inch conduits for irrigation controls and the 1-inch PVC perimter pipe for irrigation water.

West trench looking North. Note the 4-inch black ABS pipe stubbed for downspouts from the roof drains, the 3/4-inch HDPE connecting the U-tubes in the vertical concrete piers, the three 1-inch conduits for irrigation controls and the 1-inch PVC perimter pipe for irrigation water.

North West corner of the house, showing where the ground loops will be combined in an underground vault.  Also, the conduit for the control wires (low voltage) will terminate inside the vault where they will be aggregaged and then enter the house in a single conduit.

North West corner of the house, showing where the ground loops will be combined in an underground vault. Also, the conduit for the control wires (low voltage) will terminate inside the vault where they will be aggregaged and then enter the house in a single conduit.

Trench going to generator and swimming pool equipment pad.  This is a full trench, with 4-inch ABS drain pipe, four 1-inch PVC conduits, 3/4 inch water line and a 2-inch HDPE natural gas line and 2-inch HDPE hot water return line to swimming pool pad.

Trench going to generator and swimming pool equipment pad. This is a full trench, with 4-inch ABS drain pipe, four 1-inch PVC conduits, 3/4 inch water line, 1-inch irrigation water line, 2-inch HDPE natural gas line and 2-inch HDPE hot water return line to swimming pool pad. The two 1-1/4 inch black HDPE pipes are the supply and return lines for the ground loops on the East side of the house.

Trench going around North West corner of pool, going to the generator pad and swimming pool equipment pad.

Trench going around North West corner of pool, going to the generator pad and swimming pool equipment pad.

New short trench going to swimming pool for 2-inch HDPE suction line to carry cold water from the swimming pool to cool the house.

New short trench going to swimming pool for 2-inch HDPE suction line to carry cold water from the swimming pool to cool the house.

Izzy compacting the backfilled trench at the South East corner of the house.  We compacted every six (6) inches.

Izzy compacting the backfilled trench at the South East corner of the house. We compacted every six (6) inches.

Izzy continuing to compact the entire trench at the South side of the house (front).

Izzy continuing to compact the entire trench at the South side of the house (front).

Backfilled and compacted trench at the front of the house.  Done ... for today.

Backfilled and compacted trench at the front of the house. Done ... for today.

Unfinished part of trench at East side of front of the house.  It would have been nice to have backfilled this small section today.

Unfinished part of trench at East side of front of the house. It would have been nice to have backfilled this small section today.

Entry to house is looking much, much better now.

Entry to house is looking much, much better now.

Removing the Hollywood Juniper

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Yesterday, Bryan received permission from the City of Monte Sereno to remove the Hollywood Juniper from the back of the house.  Essentially, a Hollywood Juniper is a bush, or shrub, and is not covered by the Significant Tree ordinance.

We like to be squeaky-clean when it comes to following the ordinances in the City of Monte Sereno.

10.15.030 Significant trees; definition.

Trees deemed significant for the purpose of this Chapter are those whose visual importance to the neighborhood is sufficient to justify special efforts to protect and preserve them and whose loss would be of irremediable adverse impact on the environment. Factors to be considered in determining the significance of trees are age, size, rarity and appearance. Notwithstanding the preceding, each of the following is declared to be a significant tree or trees:

A. Oaks or redwood trees having a circumference greater than twenty (20) inches measured at a height of four (4) feet above ground level.

B. Any tree having a circumference greater than twenty-five (25) inches measured at a height of four (4) feet above ground level.

C. Any three (3) or more trees proposed to be removed from any parcel of property within a twelve (12) month period

Nik and Bryan worked on removing the Hollywood Juniper and then they made three trips to Guadalupe Land Fill with the debris.  Importantly, Guadalupe recycles and reuses garden waste so there was no land fill issues associated with the removal of the Hollywood Juniper.

Kate and Jo-Anne documented the event.  Kate will have an opportunity to help Bryan next Saturday …

Bryan starting to cut the Hollywood Juniper.

Bryan starting to cut the Hollywood Juniper.

Under Niks directions, Bryan continues cutting the Hollywood Juniper.

Under Nik's directions, Bryan continues cutting the Hollywood Juniper.

Kate and Bryan resting after cutting down (most of) the Hollywood Juniper.

Kate and Bryan resting after cutting down (most of) the Hollywood Juniper.

 

Nik cooling off in the trench and enjoying some cold water.

Nik cooling off in the trench and enjoying some cold water.

The Hollywood Juniper at Guadalupe Land Fill, ready for recycling.

The Hollywood Juniper at Guadalupe Land Fill, ready for recycling.

The job site is relatively clean at the front of the property.  This space will be needed to pur the dirt from our upcoming trenching activities.

The job site is relatively clean at the front of the property. This space will be needed to pur the dirt from our upcoming trenching activities.

The stump from the Canary Island Pine remains at the job site.  We had planned to use the rented chain saw to cut the stump into pieces.  It is too large so we will engage someone with a stump grinder to address this issue so we can start trenching at the front of the property.

The stump from the Canary Island Pine remains at the job site. We had planned to use the rented chain saw to cut the stump into pieces. It is too large so we will engage someone with a stump grinder to address this issue so we can start trenching at the front of the property.

Building the Temporary Pool Cover

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

After gloating over the Edmonton Oiler’s win over the San Jose Sharks last night, Paul and Bryan were on the project site fairly early on Sunday morning.

We had to get some supplies from Ace Hardware (go figure) and then started in earnest.

Laying out the first panel.

Laying out the first panel.

Our plan was to make the ‘box’ first, and then fill in the joists and put the 1×4 strings on the bottom of the joists.

Paul drills the end joist to complete the first 'box'

Paul drills the end joist to complete the first

It was a struggle but we managed to fit the 3/4 inch tongue and groove plywood deck and complete the first panel.

The first 8 foot panel is now complete.

The first 8 foot panel is now complete.

The second panel was a much more difficult to build as the plywood was warped.
Putting another sheet of plywood in place on the second panel.

Putting another sheet of plywood in place on the second panel.

Moving another sheet into place.

Moving another sheet into place.

Deck in place now.

Deck in place now.

It was getting dark, but we were pleased with our progress during the day.
West view of the completed pool cover

West view of the completed pool cover

We Have a Building Permit!

Friday, December 5th, 2008

I picked up our building permit from the City of Monte Sereno today at 10:15 am! After paying the school fees yesterday and engaging Charlie Touchatt to excavate the basement, having the building permit in hand was sweet!

The 'stamped' set of approved plans!

I called Bill Brown and everyone else involved so we could start mobilizing to start the excavation on Monday morning.

At the same time, I was looking at the materials that were delivered yesterday to build the temporary deck to cover the swimming pool. I wasn’t particularly pleased with the quality of the materials as the tongue and groove plywood was badly warped. I suspect that this will make the installation more difficult and time-consuming, but it was too late to replace the materials.

Warped Plywood for Pool Deck

Warped Plywood for Pool Deck

It is a beautiful blue-sky California fall day and I’m looking forward to Paul’s arrival so we can get the deck built to cover the swimming pool.

Pool Cover Site

Pool Cover Site

Charlie delivered the excavator to the project site at 4:30 pm so we can ‘break ground’ on Monday morning.

Yeah!

Oh, I almost forgot. I engaged Jose’s tree service to remove the 75 ft tall Canary Island Pine tree on Saturday. It is time for everyone to pay their last respects to the tree. I have to confess that I was saddened by the upcoming event.

Last respects to Canary Island Pine

Last respects to Canary Island Pine

Pool Walls and Backfilling is Complete

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Yesterday, while I was attending Ernst & Young’s 2008 Financial Reporting Development workshop in Mountain View (hey, I need those CPE credits!), Michael and his team completed backfilling the pool and compacting the soil.

Today, I was on site for our weekly construction progress meeting at 9:00 am and was impressed with the work completed yesterday.

After the meeting, I went to the City of Monte Sereno and learned that my permit was not ready to be issued. Daylight is burning …

Charlie Touchatt, the excavator and hauling sub-contractor, visited the site in the afternoon and we went to a potential site that needs soil in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Charlie, who is a native of San Mateo and has been involved with the development of the peninsula over the past 50 years, shared some interesting stories with me as we drove back to 17509.

Spa

SpaGood Compaction on Backfill

Deep End of Pool Looks Good

Deep End of Pool Looks GoodSteps Into Pool

Elevations were Taken from the Monument

Elevations were Taken from the Monument

Steps Out of Deep End

Steps Out of Deep End

Compaction Behind Free-Standing Wall

Compaction Behind Free-Standing Wall

Ready for the Pool Cover Now!

Ready for the Pool Cover Now!

Ready for Backfilling

Monday, December 1st, 2008

After completing the gunite on Saturday, Michael’s team arrived on Monday to strip the forms and prepare the site to backfill. Given the existing pool left a void where a free-standing pool wall had to be built, it requires backfilling and compaction.

Ready for backfilling (looking east).

Ready for backfilling (looking east).