Thursday, 29 September 2011

Piering, Formwork and Plumbing Complete

This week brought the commencement of our Piering and Formwork. On Monday morning we we made our way out to the block of land in the driving rain expecting to see no work being complete and the site washed away. To our pleasant surprise we could not have been more wrong. The formworkers were braving the elements and working hard marking out, forming up and drilling the pier holes ankle deep in mud!

It soon become apparent after drilling the first few pier holes that our allowance of 60 lin metres of concrete may have been under threat. This was due to the fact that when the subdivision was in the construction stage, the land that the lots are situated on required filling in order to allow fall from the back of the lots to the road frontages. Hence the reason why our pier holes were having to be drilled deeper in order to get through the fill to an even footing of sand.

In the end we went around 7 lin metres of concrete over our allowance. Not what we were hoping for but at the end of the day it has to be done correctly, because there is no fixing the problem once the house is built.

It was also great to see that the Plumbing for the slab had been roughed in, pods and steel delivered to site and ready to go. We also noticed that we now had a water meter as well. On another note however, we received a letter in the mail from our bank stating that we had a short fall of $340 on our loan which needed to be paid before the next progress payment!! WTF!! We forwarded the letter the our finance advisor who said it needed to be paid to the builder as it was from their end. So we then spoke to the builder who had no idea what it was in regards to, who then said we should speak to the Bank!! Anyway, obviously I have nothing better to do with my time, so I will have to make a thousand calls to someone who knows nothing to solve the mystery!

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