Monthly Archives: November 2010

Progress

It’s getting more difficult to go down and take pictures – they had to remove the bottom stairs. We’re getting there. The last group of foundation sections (the number 1’s) have been dug out. For a while, the laundry sink … Continue reading

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How wet did it get?

Really, really wet. Toronto received 30 mm of rain in 24 hours this week, which is a lot, apparently (though as a North Vancouver gal, I can’t say I’m impressed). And just before the heavy rain started, the underpinners disconnected … Continue reading

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Concrete and mud

Progress slowed down for a bit. Last Friday, no work got done at all – apparently because the truck’s hydraulic lift broke and they couldn’t bring the disposal bin to the site. Bah! Frustrating! And then yesterday, they had to … Continue reading

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The “under” in underpinning

There are two methods of lowering a basement. With benching, you dig out the floor area and then pour a concrete “bench” (sort of an extra layer of wall) around the inside perimeter for structural support. The alternative is underpinning, … Continue reading

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There’s a hole

Wow. The basement is now a big dirt pit. The hole is deeper than we thought it would be. We’re only lowering the basement by two feet, so why such a deep hole? Maybe they’re going to partly re-fill it … Continue reading

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Fun with Tools

This post is for everyone who loves those kids’ books by David Macaulay that explain how machines work and how castles were built. (Not that we’re comparing our basement to a castle; we’re not that delusional – yet.) So what … Continue reading

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The Before

Why, why, are we undertaking this enormous, expensive, disruptive project? A glimpse of the unlovely reality might help to answer that question. My assistant and I took a survey of the current state of affairs. (Check out this discussion for … Continue reading

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