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A creditable attempt to pour all my money into a hole in the ground...

dnb

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Here goes the next stage. Building the reinforced concrete ring beam. The plan is to build the steel cages off site in a shed due to awful weather, then deliver to the site.

Lots of things arriving on site! The yellow plastic takes the place of traditional shuttering. Apparently this is faster and therefore cheaper. This will help pay for the huge amount of claymaster I need. It's still a little wet out here so digging might get interesting. We're armed with pumps and a couple of diggers so what could possibly go wrong?

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It took a couple of hours on Monday morning to measure out the site accurately, then the team got on with digging and cutting the piles to the right height. The cages started to arrive on Tuesday and installation was swift. 

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The kitchen and family room cages nearly complete. The building inspector was happy with the progress on Wednesday so on with the show!

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With a bit of luck the concrete arrives on Friday. Then we can open the first of the four bottles of Cava allocated to the significant milestones.

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Just look at the ground everywhere this wet weather is disgusting. At least it will only get better...

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Yes, the weather has been awful. Most of this has been done in mild drizzle. Good job the caravan has a working heater!

 

All being well I will be doing the inside jobs when it is sunny.

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On the awful weather, I was trying a day by day forecast using Alexa, and it kept saving "clouds", "rain",  "clouds", "clouds", "maximum temperature (<8C)" for the next week. Depressing.

 

Yet here we are and it is crystal clear cold and sunny this morning. And I have to do PC work.

 

I'm sure it will improve. Slowly.

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Apparently according to the BBC today February's weather was all down to a "north Atlantic oscillation" channelling storms and cold fronts in our direction. They said it was set to continue for awhile.

 

I tried to cut our paddock today but ran over a dog toy some walker had abandoned and caused £60 worth of broken belts and shear pins on the mower. Last time that belt broke it took most of a day to fix as well.

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8 hours ago, Randomiser said:

So, did you get the concrete pour done yesterday?

 

We did. I haven't sorted out all the photos so no new entry yet. The weather was perfect for the pour.

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24 minutes ago, dnb said:

 

We did. I haven't sorted out all the photos so no new entry yet. The weather was perfect for the pour.

 

Well done. Pop along to the Horse & Groom for a celebratory pint! 

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6 hours ago, dnb said:

 

We did. I haven't sorted out all the photos so no new entry yet. The weather was perfect for the pour.

Pleased to hear it went well.

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