Monday, 20 August 2018

No More Work Today

I had to get up at 5.30am despite it being yet another Public Holiday, it is Bin Day! It was a good job I did, as they were here by 6am!

That meant I could do any work before the sun was overhead, the first job of the day was to remove the wooden frame in the sump hole, unfortunately I made it too well, and it took a while removing it, but thank goodness I had greased it, it left the side as smooth as silk.

I then used the multi-tool to smooth off around the lip of the hole, and tried the pump for size, plenty of room.


I then dug out the waterproofing paint, and surprisingly it was as good as it was four years ago, so I gave the hole a couple of coats.


Now we are just waiting for some rain to test out the pump, if this doesn't work, I am snookered!

That's it for today, I am aching from head to foot after my work yesterday, too much bending and on my knees, so it is a day of rest!

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Another Failure...Forcing More Work!

Friday, I took the trailer and went to Homecenter, I wanted a sheet of hardboard and to replenish my 2x4 stock, but they only had two lengths of 2x4 that didn't look like an imitation banana, so I added a 3x2 as well, but I needed a cart for carrying timber, and they all seemed to be in use by Staff carting stuff around, so I grabbed a lad who was passing and asked him, he had a brief look, then said there were none, I asked him what I was supposed to do, and he said to look around the store for one...Thanks Sebastian! Instead, I dragged the timber I wanted around to their help desk, as I needed the hardboard cutting into two, they gave me a docket, which I took to the cashier, to pay for, on the way, I found an abandoned cart...sorry Mister! hahaha and took it.

I went back to the help desk, and told them I would go and fetch my car and trailer to pick it up, as it was parked streets away, they won't let you in to the car park with a trailer, and they wont let you into the commercial collection point without a receipt, so there is no choice but to hoof it.

I collected my purchase, and made my way home, then it was into the workshop with one of the pieces of hardboard, and do something, I have been meaning to do for literally years, and that was to top my workbench.


OK I know that it doesn't look much tidier at the moment, because all my tools for the swimming-pool renovation are laid out on top, but believe me it is a great improvement, it stops all the dust and small screws, nails etc. dropping between the planks onto the tools below, and when it gets too tatty, it can be replaced, it is just stapled onto the top.

Yesterday, I went and had the oil and filters changed on the Montero, after which I went into the Commercial Center at Niquia, did some shopping, before meeting up with Marcela for lunch, before she went to work.

Today, what a day, Sunday and a full days work, things will have to change!

After walking the dogs, I had breakfast and then did my usual week-end chores of cleaning all the bathrooms, it was then time to venture to the pool, and get the cover over the pool.

I jet-washed the cover on Friday


but I needed help, so had to wait for Marcela, unfortunately we had a storm last night, so I had to do my vacuuming first.

We managed to get the cover in position


but however much we tried we could not get enough tension on the cover to be able to stop water pooling on top, I looked at putting more timber supports from the side of the pool to the new central support, but that just shifted the problem, so the cover was removed, as was the central support


Well, if nothing else it has increased my timber stock once again.

This left me with only one other option, which I had discussed with both my Brother, who was a Surveyor, and my eldest Nephew, who like me, is very hands on, and the option left to me was to install a sump pump, but that meant cutting out four floor tiles and breaking through the concrete floor of the pool, digging down and lining the hole with concrete, then inserting a water pump.

The lowest spot on the pool floor, where the water pools, is at the bottom  of the steps, so that is where work began.

firstly I removed the grout around the four selected tiles, then using the angle grinder I cut the tiles into sections for easier removal, using a chisel and hammer.


Time then to get out my SDS demolition drill and start digging


I was a bit concerned when I found that the concrete was only 4" thick, even with the rebar inserted, due to the weight of water it was supporting, but I soon found out why.


I hit solid rock, and that took some breaking, to get sufficiently deep enough, to line it with concrete, and still be deep enough for the pump, the earth under the pool is saturated, although I don't think I had hit the water table, because the hole was not filling.

Once I had the hole deep and wide enough, with a brief stop for lunch, I made an inner liner from wood, and thoroughly greased it, in the hope that I will be able to remove it without too much difficulty once the concrete has gone off.

I then covered the bottom of the hole in gravel so that the concrete would not be sitting in water, and then I mixed, not concrete but hydraulic cement, which is used for pools, so should be waterproof, I can always paint it afterwards, I have some waterproofing 'paint', left from when we first had a problem with the house wall, I say that but it is probably solid, being four and a half years old now!

I let the base coat partially set, and then set my wooden mold in place, and started pouring the hydraulic cement between the tiles and the wood.


tapping the wood to remove any air bubbles in the cement. This stuff is quick drying, so should be dry later today, and because I only let the base partially dry, hopefully the sides have bonded to the base. Once it is dry, I will remove the wood, and then tidy up the surround, with some fresh cement, and it will be ready to use.

All I will have to do is put the pump in the hole, connect it to the electric, and let it remove the water for me...no more vacuuming!, I will probably have to brush the water to the pump from the far reaches of the pool, but that is still easier than the current system.

The final job will be to go, and have a metal plate cut to fit the space of the four tiles, and then if anyone wants to use the pool as a pool in the future, the plate will stop any accidents, but can be removed if the water needs draining.

3.30pm...Job done!

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Summer's Back!

There are times that I don't envy people having to work, and today was one of them, it has been an absolute scorcher.

I started the day but doing the usual chores, then nipped down town, and did the shopping. On my return it was time to get stuck in to some work, weed killing, tidying up under the hedge, and then the vacuum came out, after two days of rain there was a good half inch of water in the pool again, so that all had to be drained.  Yes, I know, if I got on with the renovation work, I wouldn't have to worry about it, I will get back to the work, but I have had my attention diverted away from it for a week or so, with preparing tax returns, medical appointments etc. which reminds me, I had my brain scan yesterday, but I have to go back for the results next week, and even then I doubt if I will be any the wiser, until I see the Psychiatrist, whenever that might be.

Once I had finished draining the pool, it was time to get out of the sun, which was really strong today, it is weird at the moment, when considering yesterday, I wore a sleeveless jacket all morning, as it was grey and wet. I moved into the workshop, and started preparing some 2x4s to make a support to go in the pool to drape the original cover back over.

This afternoon, after Marcela had left for work, I moved everything into the pool and set to work


It was easier this way, because I could use the walls of the pool to support the frame


Now, I have just got to jet wash the cover, and see if this support works, it is well braced, so there is no reason why it shouldn't, provided I can get the cover sufficiently taught, so the rain water does not pool.

That done, it was time for a shower, so upstairs and enjoyed the views out of the bedroom window


before jumping into what turned out to be a freezing shower, I still don't know what was wrong with the heater, it's working fine now, but it was certainly a refreshing shower!