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Is that a bloody Toyota i see in the drive? Shame on you!!!

 

Nice work Mick, one question how well are houses insulated over there and what sort of heating is used? Are they efficient? Assume a lot of Canada is "off grid" as it were?

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7 hours ago, duncan-uk said:

Is that a bloody Toyota i see in the drive? Shame on you!!!

 

Hey Duncan,

 

The Toyota is on the drive because the garage is full of E28's eh :P

 

No secret, signature block line 4 :roll:

 

I will pm you Canadian house stuff in due course.

 

Stay safe and best regards,

 

Mick

 

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So we have been back in the third wave lockdown for about 4 weeks now so the next phase of hard landscaping has commenced to the North side of the house down stream from the "Spitbank Fort" retaining wall we put up last Autumn:

 

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The propane tank sandy soil foundations kept washing away and the tank would take on quite a pronounced list so the time has come for a concrete pad to be laid.  First step was to move the propane tank out of the way and mark out the rough location of the future decorative retaining wall around the location of the concrete pad:

 

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Yet again the 4 inch drain lines had not been glued which is likely why the soil kept being washed away from the propane tank.  Dug out the old drain line and applied a rubberised paint to the foundation wall

 

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Fitted new drain line fittings, with an added clean out point, and glued them to within an inch of their lives.  Back filled the trench with 1/2 inch washed gravel:

 

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Next will be the wall around where the concrete pad will be laid.

 

Stay safe and best regards,

 

Mick

 

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So a little progress between the rain, extreme heat and high humidity.

 

The lower retaining wall is taking shape and the concrete pad for the propane tank has been cast.  This is it on Saturday morning when I removed the formwork.

 

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I acquired a 65 litre concrete mixer from Canadian Tire for $200.

 

After an interesting "first bag" learning curve it took 2 hours to mix and pour 6 1/2 cubic feet of concrete.  Quite pleased with the end result.

 

Stay safe and best regards,

 

Mick

 

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Finished building a temporary ramp on Thursday so the propane tank could be moved onto its new pad:

 

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Had the propane people disconnect the tank, move it onto the pad and re-connect and test.

 

No mean feat as it weighs around 800 lbs:

 

Best regards,

 

Mick

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The propane people moved the tank on Friday in the streaming rain.

 

Disassembled the temporary bridge this afternoon.

 

Fist time in 5 years that I have seen this tank flat and level :shock:

 

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The propane tank is not going to fall over anymore when it rains :smile:

 

Back to digging out the soil and extending the retaining wall along the back of the house tomorrow.

 

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe.

 

Best regards,

 

Mick

 

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Good progress this weekend with the retaining wall along the West side of the house.

 

Finished digging out the old flower bed, painted rubberised paint on the exposed foundation wall:

 

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Extended the wall along the West side of the building:

 

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Cut down some of the blocks with a diamond brick chop saw to form the curves:

 

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Rain stopped play for today.

 

Stay safe and best regards,

 

Mick

 

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Managed to spend a few hours in the back yard this weekend and completed the wall across the west face of the house.

 

 

 

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Any resemblance to Admiralty weather work grey and black boot topping is purely coincidental :wink:  

 

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Just need to hire the diamond chop saw brick cutter to cut a few blocks to size to finish the curve and wall junction.

 

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Stay safe and best regards,

 

Mick

 

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Enjoying a nice relaxing week on NE coast of Scotland,between Banff and Fraserburgh,rented a lovely old fishermans cottage with views out to sea,

Very very relaxing.

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On 13/09/2021 at 05:39, duncan-uk said:

Nice work Mick, my little projects seem to have fallen away. 

 

330ci keeping me tinkering but car stuff is standard right?

 

Thanks Duncan,

 

I have been hard over the other way for 18 months, lots of landscaping with diminished E28 tinkering :unsure:

 

Life without tinkering isn't life is it :shock:

 

Stay safe and best regards,

 

Mick

 

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