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#41 ProDave

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 06:16 PM

View PostConstructionChannel, on 19 May 2015 - 05:50 PM, said:

well it seems i am no longer the star of the show :(

https://www.youtube....h?v=lB5ODDiNWBg

https://www.youtube....h?v=H6Iv-7bsImc

i have a feeling you will all like the second link better. enjoy :D
I'm not far off doing the same (blog update coming soon)

When marking out, how do you ensure it's square? I was marking out ours today and having got the two front corners in the right place, I then placed the back corners about right, what looked to be square. then followed a process of measuring diagonals and adjusting until they were equal. Takes a bit of time on your own. Are you going to tell me there's an easier way?

When painting the lines to dig the trench to, I was planning to paint the two outside lines, not the centre. Is that just preference or is there a good reason to mark the centre instead?

Faye needs a bit more practice, bit it will come soon. In my case it's been good to practice on stuff that doesn't really matter much.

Edited by ProDave, 19 May 2015 - 06:18 PM.


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Posted 19 May 2015 - 06:28 PM

View PostProDave, on 19 May 2015 - 06:16 PM, said:

I'm not far off doing the same (blog update coming soon)

When marking out, how do you ensure it's square? I was marking out ours today and having got the two front corners in the right place, I then placed the back corners about right, what looked to be square. then followed a process of measuring diagonals and adjusting until they were equal. Takes a bit of time on your own. Are you going to tell me there;s an easier way?

When painting the lines to dig the trench to, I was planning to paint the two outside lines, not the centre. Is that just preference or is there a good reason to mark the centre instead?

Faye needs a bit more practice, bit it will come soon. In my case it's been good to practice on stuff that doesn't really matter much.

Not really an easy way to get square on your own apart from diagonals, one long winded way is to put a sheet of ply on the approximate corner, this allows you to use a much thinner line (pencil) to mark arcs from your two other points, once you get to that level of accuracy pythagoras can come in to play, you could also use 2 tape measures, but that does get quite fiddly on your own,

i m not overly fussed about being square to the party wall atm because i already have a major wall to run parallel with which is much more important for roofing it. the new gabel end wall will run square to my new wall to simplify fitting my kitchen, the building may not be a perfect square but considering i have 2 walls that have to stay standing it will be as good as i can get :)

as for painting 2 lines that is up to you, for the sake of digging in the right place guessing the centre between the 2 central teeth will be more than close enough so 1 line just saves paint and time

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 08:26 PM

Centreline is standard for trenches, as it allows any trench width. Use sand if you run out of paint. Pythagoras is king of setting out square (although I think he did some other stuff).

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 08:37 PM

View PostProDave, on 19 May 2015 - 06:16 PM, said:

Faye needs a bit more practice, bit it will come soon. In my case it's been good to practice on stuff that doesn't really matter much.

I found learning excavator controls relatively easy, possibly because i used to play a lot of xbox and more than likely that i was taught at a very young age ( i am a farmers son, no point in wasting slave labour if they can reach the pedals :o )

Faye on the other hand was brought up in a town and only learnt to drive at 16, so hasn't had any experience in more complicated machinery until now (MANY years later)

admittedly i should have let her have a go in the middle of a field first where there isn't a planning dependant wall to knock down, but where is the fun in that :D either way she can now honestly say she helped dig the footings.

Like you say best way to learn is in a place it doesn't matter, and making lots of mistakes, Or even better get taught by someone who has already made the mistakes :) (like me)

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 06:33 PM

https://www.youtube....h?v=sij1_MwPYQk

Things are moving forwards again.....sooner or later i will have to start calling it stage 2 :) Hoping to get them poured this weekend if i can find a time to meet the BCO on site this week.

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 01:41 PM

Jobs for today:

1) fill footings with concrete - Done
2 ) Level concrete - its near enough :P
3) wash tools and digger - done
4) make video - TBC
5) finish this crate of carlsberg - nearly done :)

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:06 PM

6) watch pro 12 final on BBC Scotland...you won't be disappointed

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:14 PM

View Posttennentslager, on 30 May 2015 - 02:06 PM, said:

6) watch pro 12 final on BBC Scotland...you won't be disappointed

hmmm now to try and find BBC scotland........ :wacko:

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:16 PM

View Posttennentslager, on 30 May 2015 - 02:06 PM, said:

6) watch pro 12 final on BBC Scotland...you won't be disappointed
Unless your Scottish !!!!

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:27 PM

All the BBC channels are on sky at channel 700 odd...if you've got sky!


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:28 PM

View Posttennentslager, on 30 May 2015 - 02:27 PM, said:

All the BBC channels are on sky at channel 700 odd...if you've got sky!

that is one major flaw in the plan, Free view all the way :)

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:31 PM

Also of freeSAT

Just in from a tea break from my own digging.

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:36 PM

View PostProDave, on 30 May 2015 - 02:31 PM, said:


Just in from a tea break from my own digging.

very nice :)
next job for me is moving the rain water drains i have disrupted while digging, then underpin the rear wall, both need the concrete to go off first so iv decided to drink the rest of the day away :)

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:38 PM

Hasn't it got a cup holder? :D
Regards, Nick.

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:42 PM

View PostConstructionChannel, on 30 May 2015 - 02:36 PM, said:



very nice :)
next job for me is moving the rain water drains i have disrupted while digging, then underpin the rear wall, both need the concrete to go off first so iv decided to drink the rest of the day away :)
Got smashed last night. :blink: got to work at 11 :D
Ready for another beer now you've mentioned it :huh:
Regards, Nick.

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:45 PM

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Hasn't it got a cup holder? :D
Regards, Nick.

not really, and i have already found a this to be an issue last weekend,
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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:48 PM

View PostNickfromwales, on 30 May 2015 - 02:42 PM, said:

Got smashed last night. :blink: got to work at 11 :D
Ready for another beer now you've mentioned it :huh:
Regards, Nick.

:D concrete turned up at 10, a relatively early start :P

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:49 PM

My mate had one last xmas, and got a pic of him with lager one side and cider the other entitled 'ultimate snakebite' :lol:
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Posted 30 May 2015 - 04:46 PM

View PostConstructionChannel, on 30 May 2015 - 01:41 PM, said:

Jobs for today:

1) fill footings with concrete - Done
2 ) Level concrete - its near enough :P
3) wash tools and digger - done
4) make video - TBC
5) finish this crate of carlsberg - nearly done :)

Job 4 complete
https://www.youtube....eature=youtu.be

amendment to 5) continue into second crate of carlsberg accordingly :D

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 05:52 PM

View PostConstructionChannel, on 30 May 2015 - 04:46 PM, said:

Job 4 complete
https://www.youtube....eature=youtu.be

amendment to 5) continue into second crate of carlsberg accordingly :D
I feel inadequate not having a video camera to film mine.

I'm still digging but expect to be pouring concrete in the next week or 2.

Unlike you we have a whole house of footings to pour. I have just about worked out the logistics of it. The builder that's helping me with this (and it's very much a joint effort on the foundations) will be bringing his digger that has a much longer reach and bigger bucket than mine and he thinks it can be done without moving the digger many times.