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I friend of mine needed a hand with a bit of digging and building so I offered to help.

First there was a bit of site evaluating that needed to be done. A gas pipe runs along side the property as well as water. So these serves had to be clearly marked and turned of at the mains until we finished digging.

Tip. Before doing any excavation work call “Dial Before you dig”. Sewerage / water, gas, electricity and telecommunications optical fibres could be damaged. This should form a part of your work place health and safety plan. I always laminate this information and leave it on site with the plans.

Below you will see the early stages of work.

1.1 Asgrove Start digging

1.2 Ashgrove Start digging

1.3 Ashgrove Marking footings


The Process

We started digging up soil and rock. My friend hired a tipper and also lent my brothers tipper to help move the soil. He found a person who wanted some fill so it saved on dumping costs. I think I dug up around 80 cubic meters of soil. You also need to allow for your bulking factor with soil expanding once its air rated.

We did a set out with the profiles, then dug up the trenches for the footings. The cages were installed and then the concrete was poured.

1.4 Ashgrove digging footings

1.5 Ashgrove installation of cage & TM

1.6 Ashgrove concrete pour

block work

Once the slab was laid we installed the steel beam and welded it into place. The frame was built using treated timber for termite resistance and the concrete blocks were also capped with steel flashing.  Below you will see the images of this as well as the truss framing.