Sunday, July 11, 2010

Finally Backfilled.

That little white thing with all those wheels is what I have been up to mostly lately. We started a new road job awhile ago and it is about 150 kms away, so that kinda keeps me truckin. The moneys good, but the poor old house has been at a bit of standstill. I have been parking the truck at my place alot lately, which is pretty handy at times.
I did manage to put the second 3 foot manhole ext on my septic tank and cover it in.

I also found a little time to get started on my foundation backfilling. I phoned the permit people for an inspection on my foundation so that I can backfill it, and I ended up also passing the framing inpection while he was here. lol.
Anyway, I lined the outside of the foundation walls with filter cloth.

Then I did half the backfill height with tile rock. Alot of people usually put in just enough tile rock to just cover their weeping tile, but I put in alot of rock, just to be different, if nothing else.

Once the rock was in, I covered it all with more filter cloth to keep the dirt and rock seperated before finishing it all up with dirt.

And there is the finished product. This picture was taken tonight at 11 pm (Sunday night). I had the gravel in a few days ago then got called to go to work, so it sat for a few days like that. Then we got rained out at work, so I did'nt hesitate to get going on this again, even though things were a bit wet here also. After slippin and sliding around for awhile in the hot sun with the backhoe, things started to dry up and I eventually got it done. I would like to see a good rain storm now, just to see where all the water is going to go or sit. I have a pretty good slope all the way around the house, but it will be interesting to see how much water comes into the sump now.
I have a pretty good feeling that I am going to be kinda busy at work for awhile yet. So I probably won't be getting a whole lot accomplished on the house right away. I don't mind though, if we're busy, we're busy, might as well take advantage of that while it is there I guess. I'm just real happy that this baby in finally backfilled. I have my windows, but I did'nt even order my doors yet. I know, I know ???????????????????????????. Still deciding. lol. I purchased my siding, but need to order the corners and trims etc, as they will be in a different color that needs to be ordered. I have been there a couple times with intentions of ordering this stuff, and for some reason or other, I got diverted. Ordering some goodies is my next mission in life, other than working.


  1. Wow! now THAT'S a low-boy! I don't think ever seen one that long.
    I think that's good you put in two layers of filter fabric; that's the way I do it too although we put in a run of fabric covered perf pipe too. But with everything sloping away so much I would think you would be fine. Looks great!

  2. You got a lot done in a short amount of time, my friend! Looking good!

    Hope everything drains the way you want it to!

    I know you're ready to really start enjoying the fruits of your labor, right?

    Good job, my friend!

  3. Mark, it's looking great! You've got a lot done this summer.
    One tip on the house trim color.. don't order pink. :)

  4. That lowbed is long Annie, I can tell by the way I ran over the stop sign the other day coming into my place. I did go and get it standing again, but I won't be turning in that road from that direction again. I don't have perforated pipe in my foundation, as it is a bunch of 2 inch pipe that runs through the footing atleast every 4 feet. They don't allow weeping tile here with a wood basement, but if it were concrete it would all be normal. Thanks Annie.

  5. Thanks Jim. I am really ready to start enjoying the fuits of my labour Jim, but sometimes I only have time to dream about that one, but it will come, a little at a time.

  6. Thanks Jeanie. That it is some really good advice. I don't know what I'd do without you Jeanie, cause pink trim IS exactly what I had in mind. lol. Thanks for straightening me out on that one, before I made a huge mistake. I'm glad to hear that your snowballing 4th of July did'tn seriously injure anyone this year and there are no major lawsuits coming your way soon. I'm also kinda glad I'm way up here when you're armed and dangerous like that.

  7. All I can say is Well Done Mark;
    Still can't stand the Permit people.

    See Ya.

  8. Thanks Tony. I can't say much bad about the permit guys, cause they might be watchin. lol. Actually, they know that I am pretty amateur, and they've been pretty helpful so far.

  9. Can't wait to see what you pick for siding… : )

  10. I can't wait either Acorn. Well, I know what I ordered, I just hope it all looks ok. I'll tell ya what it is not. I kinda thought about putting the real wood log siding on, but when I got doing the research I found that it is expensive and needs periodic maintenance. So it is not that, and you'll just have to sit back and wait my friend.

  11. real wood would look mighty fine, but only until those woodpeckers got ahold of it. ;-)