Down with the pipes and up with the trees…

Last time we were roughly in-filling around the foundation walls. This time, we are laying the foul drainage (I know, my life is one exotic treat after another!)

Above you can see us working out where the pipes need to go, how long they need to be, and what fittings we need to join them together, whilst below…

…you see me shovelling pea shingle into flexible tubs, which I then…

…move to the appropriate place and tip them to first line the base of each trench, and then surround the sides, and finally cover the top of each pipe.

When I couldn’t take the excitement a moment longer, I decided to diversify and have a bonfire. This is obviously high risk for me as our bonfire-specialist is currently somewhere at sea off the coast of Sweden, but I somehow muddled through…

…and burned clippings cut from around the car park last week along with several dead Leylandii (of which more later) before returning to the drains.

This picture shows several runs of pipe and the junction connecting them all, along with the spirit levels helping us make sure that the fall on all pipes is at least 1 in 40. Then, once again, I needed a distraction.

When Mike didn’t need the digger and digger-operator for a few moments, I redirected activities. Over last winter we lost several Leylandii to frost -because yes, we did have a really cold couple of weeks. In front of the digger (and behind our lovely fence) were about 5 dead tree, mostly hidden by bracken. They were going to be a nightmare for me to remove as they were at the top of a very steep slope, but Alistair volunteered to pull them out using a strap…

…and my goodness, they came out well! In addition, when the last tree turned out to be bigger than we all expected…

…he carried it across the car park and put it directly on the bonfire.

Back to the drains: we put the last piece of drain in place, attached it to the four-way inspection chamber and then surrounded it with as much pea shingle as we dared before Building Control comes out to inspect.

Below is a different shot of the same foundations just so you can see that the heaps of soil and spoil are slowly reducing…

…and we are hopeful that after Building Control come to inspect, we can bury the pipes and perhaps use up all of the spoil. Its been a very busy time, much has been achieved, and there is a real danger we will both nod off in our chairs before bedtime tonight! The Welsh liquid sunshine has closed in this afternoon and the rain is likely to keep us indoors for the next few days, but no doubt drains will calls to us again next week…

2 thoughts on “Down with the pipes and up with the trees…

  1. You’LL be the world’s strongest woman Carrie, you must be well pleased with the progress, and to get those leylandii gone, best wishes to all Julie

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