Posted on

High tech heater

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.

IMG_20140528_152436 IMG_20140528_152444

So things are starting to look a bit more like we could actually work here.


Posted on

We’ve hit water!

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?

vlcsnap-2014-06-25-12h58m27s198 vlcsnap-2014-06-25-13h07m08s27 vlcsnap-2014-06-25-13h02m52s34

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.


Posted on

Our chance to take out some frustrations on a wall.

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!


IMG_20140517_153231 IMG_20140527_100823 IMG_20140526_111008