WOW! Yesterday turned out to be a super busy day! When I got up to the project site yesterday morning there was over six men up there. Earthworks was moving dirt with an excavator, bulldozer, and hauling in fill with 2 dump trucks; the concrete men were reinforcing their forms and insulating the vertical perimeter; and the plumber was laying his radiant heat tubing.
I’ll try to show a few pictures and discuss each.
The concrete guys were hammering metal stake after metal stake into the ground and then fixing diagonal bracing to support the forms. Guess I had never really realized how much force concrete pushes on the forms. It should be obvious from the photos below that we won’t have to worry about the forms blowing out.
The spot for the leach field was dug/leveled off with the bulldozer and then several loads of some special dirt/gravel was spread out and then scored by the excavator. I guess the scoring of the dirt helps the leach field aerate.
Excavator at Work Scoring the Gravel
Several inches of inch and a half stone was then spread over the gravel and the tubes of the leach field placed into the stone.
The stone in the leach field is then covered with hay before the gravel is pushed on top to separate the stone from the gravel. Who would’ve ever thought that there was so much thought/science that went into a poop system!
The progress on the radiant heat is equally impressive. From this overview picture you can see the many lines that originate in the utility room heading off in every direction. In total there will be 6 zones of heat:
- family room, my bedroom, my bathroom
- kitchen, living, dining room
- parents, spare bedroom, bathroom, hallway
- sun room
- hot water loop for a fan coil unit in the family room to deal with immediate demand whenever I get cold
I really think there is such elegance and beauty in the simplicity of hydronic radiant heat.
They were about 50% done the radiant heat last night, and as long as the weather cooperates will be completed today ready for the concrete contractor to pour on the next decent day. Right now that’s looking an awful lot like this coming Thursday. Cross your fingers that the forecast continues to call for a beautiful, sunny day this Thursday!
Ackkkkkkk! As I’m finishing this post it’s starting to pour outside!