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    June 18, 2010 - Friday - The site of the new home, Summer Breeze Lot 26.  This shot is looking toward the East from the west most point of the lot.  Lot 26 is all in nicely cut grass, while the edge of Lot 27 can be seen on the right with it's bark ground cover.  The only indication that ground breaking is days away are the various components of alignment system for our insulated concrete forms neatly stacked in the foreground!  Here they will be completely out of our way until needed.  

    June 23, 2010 - Wednesday - Lot 26 just moments before ground breaking!  Looks flat doesn't it?

    June 23, 2010 - Wednesday - The end of "ground breaking day".  Shown here is the little excavator rented from our good friends at D & K Rentals (360-683-4808).  Today we dug down to expose our sewer connection, and also dug our "dry well" which is where our downspouts will drain.  This excavation was the very first in our construction process because once we start building the home, we won't be able to get an excavator to these back areas of the lot.  Always try to plan ahead!

    June 24, 2010 - Thursday - Here is our dry well ready for drain rock and pipe installation.  Remember our dry well is where our down spouts drain into and its purpose is to put run off water (in this case from our roof) into the ground in a controlled and desired manner.  Its not allowed to simply drain our down spouts out to the city street where the water would go into the storm drain system.  Nor is it allowable to have your down spouts drain in such a manner as to have the water go onto neighboring properties.  Further we don't want large pools of water on the property when it rains hard...so putting it in the ground in a controlled manner is the way to go!  It also helps to recharge underground aquifers.  In this picture you can see the "filter fabric" or landscape fabric lining the sides of our drywell and folding over its upper edges.  Rocks (that we have PLENTY of) are used to keep it in place until we backfill (cover it with dirt).  The 4" perforated drain pipe that will go into our drywell is seen on the right.  The filter fabric is needed to keep fine dirt out of the holes in the drain pipe because if these holes filled with dirt the water would have a hard time getting out of the pipe and back into the ground!

     June 24, 2010 - Thursday - Next we have the "AgraCat" from Sequim Redi-Mix (360-683-5680) come out to make filling our dry well with drain rock MUCH easier!  The AgraCat is a truck that can "shoot" lots of different types of aggregate quite a great distance with amazing accuracy!  The accuracy is usually dependant on the operator and Jessie does a great job!  We use "7/8" Minus" gravel to fill the the dry well.  This is drain rock where no rock is bigger than 7/8" of an inch.  The dry well is filled with gravel to again make sure the holes in the drain pipe don't get filled with dirt.

    June 24, 2010 - Thursday - When we have filled our dry well half full of gravel we stop the AgraCat and put our perforated drain pipe in place.  The holes on the drain pipe can clearly be seen in this picture.  Also note the caps on the ends of the pipe.  They  are there only to keep dirt and gravel out until we hook our down spout piping to both ends of the pipe.

    June 24, 2010 - Thursday - Once our perforated drain pipe is in place we continue filling the dry well with gravel.  This picture shows the dry well completely full of gravel...and the end of our drain pipe can be seen in the foreground.  The 2x4 baord sticking straight up at the far end marks the other end of the pipe since its covered with gravel!  We need to remember to fold the flaps of filter fabric back onto the gravel on each side of the dry well before covering it with dirt.  This will help keep dirt out of our dry well and hence out of our perforated drain pipe.

    June 24, 2010 - Thursday - All done!  We were lucky enough to get our dry well inspected today so...the dry well is now back filled (covered with dirt) and another 2x4 board marks the near end of the pipe.  These boards will make it easy to find the ends of the pipe in the future.

    June 25, 2010 - Friday - When we had the little excavator on the site earlier in the week, we also used it to dig a hole to expose the connection to the city sewer pipe.  On most developed lots the sewer connection location is marked with a green colored pipe or board sticking out of the ground.  Green is the color for marking sewer and storm drains that our located underground and you can see the whole underground color code here.  Ours was marked with a piece of white plastic pipe sticking out of the ground...and its top was painted green.  If you look carefully you can see this white pipe sticking out of the ground in the first picture in this Gallery.  Its right next to the little fir tree's trunk, about half way up the tree on the right hand side.  Its behind the alignment system and the little tree so its a bit hard to see.  Usually the pipe that marks the sewer connection is long enough so that it rests on the city sewer pipe down in the ground.  This is a great thing because when you are digging a hole to find your sewer connection with an excavator, you surely don't want to hit the city sewer pipe and damage it!  That could be an expense mistake!  When you're digging with the machine, once the pipe becomes loose, its very smart to then start digging by hand with a shovel to finally find the sewer pipe.  When digging by hand you can be much more careful and if you hit the pipe, you will do it gently with the shovel and not with the bucket on the excavator!  This picture shows our newly installed sewer pipe connected to the city sewer pipe down in the ground, and then coming up and turning East towards where the new home will be.  We have brought the sewer pipe up so that it is roughly 24 inches below "grade" (grade is just a term for ground level at any given point).  We'll back fill this hole once our sewer connection is inspected, but we won't cover the end of our pipe.  That way we won't need to dig it back up again when we are ready to connect the home to the sewer!  The only issue is we will have to be a bit careful since we'll have a 2 foot hole in the ground at this location!  Once again the whole point of connecting to the city sewer now is so we can use a machine to dig the deep hole for us since we would not be able to get the excavator back to this location on the lot once construction on the home begins.  We passed our "sewer connection to main" today so we are good to backfill!

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