A brand new, high-efficiency, on-demand gas water heater. No more keeping tanks of water hot 24/7 for work that happens only a few days a week. It was an expensive little bugger but will save so much energy and money over its lifetime.
So things are starting to look a bit more like we could actually work here.
This will be where all our washers are installed.
And along the back wall it will be new, high-efficiency gas dryers. This will be a huge improvement and energy-savings compared to our old, electric dryers.
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Thankfully not literally. We managed to find the incoming water pipe, right about where we figured it would be, except for one major difference. It was a mere few centimetres below the concrete instead of being under about 45cm of sand. We were happily jack-hammering and shovelling right beside a pressurized, plastic pipe that would have burst spraying water everywhere had we nicked it. Yikes!
Next up, finding the drain pipe under the floor. At least this time we could use some expert technology to look, instead of blindly guessing. As a bonus we get to use yet another fantastically named tool. SeeSnake!
What do you suppose we saw with that snake?
Yup. A pipe. Of course, what we really need to know is where is it and how deep is it? That’s when the cool high-tech part of the SeeSnake shines. The above-ground gizmo finds the below-ground doo-hickey and then you know where the pipe is. Magic!
The arrow marks the spot where the drain pipe should be. Time for some more digging.
And there it is. So now with all our mysteries solved we can begin the real construction.
We need to join the two old offices into one room for sewing. That means a door and window must die. A little bit of smashing and bashing is in order and we have just the tool to do it. What an awesome name!
Our trusty sidekicks have found a spot to watch from a safe distance. Of course Bikram has the most comfortable seat in the house!
Let’s start whipping this place into shape.
First item on the agenda… Where oh where is the incoming water pipe? Sadly, the original building plans are gone so all we can do is guess (and dig a few holes).
We’ll post an update when we find it!
We’ve found a perfect location for our new workshop! It’s closer to transit and to our seamstress so she can cut her commute in half. Sunny and bright with a huge garage door to open for fresh air. It looks a bit rough in these pictures but trust us, we’re going to be able to do great things here.
These two offices will be joined to make our sewing room.
We can pretty much open the entire end of the dyeing room.
A loft for storage of all our old paperwork and stuff.
An area for all the unbleached product waiting to be dyed.
A giant space to set up as our dyeing room.
Another gorgeous day in Vancouver! Anyone for a bike ride?