The new water supply line. TM, a (at least at one time) Professional Civil Engineer (she took and passed a not for the faint of heart test, makes a CPA look like a trip to Club Med) was intregued by the whole 5/8 vs 3/4 inch water meter and (big assed) plastic vs copper supply line. Seems we are bang on code and passes our plumbing contractor.  The new water meter will go right where the little white "feathers" are at the near end of our supply line.
 Note how much lower the garage "floor" is. This is after removing the sand, mixing in good fill, then compacting in about 12 inch lifts. Will let the water absorb overnight and then try again to dig the footings.
 Zoomed in at the (temporary) end of the supply line.  The connection to the existing sewer line is just around the corner to the left. The new sewer lines go to the right.  We abandoned the existing sewer line as it continues away from the new connection around to the back of the house. Good thing too. We exposed it where it connected to the house so we could seal it from termites. The old cast iron coming out of the house just disintegrated when we touched it with a shovel.
 This is a little further up the driveway. The water supply line is to the left and has been buried.  The trench for the footing and retaining wall of south wall of the garage. Note where the trench turns to the right. This is the footing trench for the garage door wall. They dug the entire trench and then back filled it so the equipment could get into the garage area for final grading.
 Most of the garage slab and retaining wall monolithic pour forms and rebar in place for inspection. The grading for the slab is also complete and compacted.  In the process of installing the slope on the garage slab so that it slopes to the camera, we discovered the near corner of the house has settled about the same 3 to 4 inches that the slab is slopeing. So when we frame we'll need to allow for the out of level slab.
 Zoomed in on the rebar and form.
 Note the copper in the lower left. This is called an  UFER ground . It uses the concrete and the steel rebar embedded in the concrete as the ground rather than pounding a bunch of copper rods into the soil. Based on what I've seen, pounding much copper into this soil is a nonstarter.  The copper comes out of the concrete in the vicinity of where the electric service from the utility will be mounted, which is the SW corner of the garage.
 The existing sewer line where we connected. The "just to the left" in the prior picture. The City's sewer line is in the direction of up in the picture. The legacy stuff we abandoned is down.
 The connection of new sewer (black) to old sewer (green).  Note the little wye. Not sure if it has any long term purpose. You can see the hoses going in there. They are to blow-up a bladder that closes off the new sewer line. As a test, there is a 10 foot tall section of pipe installed temporarily at the highest point in the sewer line. This pipe gets filled with water. The bladder inserted in this wye keeps the water from draining. So, the plumbing is tested before the inspection with 10 feet of head. 
 This is the diversion valve for the grey water system.  Note well the position of the handle. This is set so grey water will dump into the sewer like a normal house.  This setting indicates the grey water is OFF. Note the handle is "OVER" the stub to which we would connect whatever grey water distribution we decide on. AND, the label OFF is "ACROSS" the stub. Also note, the plumber was not generous with his stub! by the time we cut the cap off, we'll have one shot at connecting the distribution system. And, we'll be working in a 2 or 3 foot deep hole. I'll bitch later...  If the valve is turned 90 degrees, the handle would be "OVER" the sewer line and the label OFF would be "ACROSS" the sewer line.  An irrigation box will go over this valve. We will need to get an extension like you use to open or close the drain in your irrigation system. The valve is pretty stiff so my suspicion is this is not a valve we will change a lot.   
 The black (left) and grey (right) clean-outs and the temporary termination of the new water supply line. The water supply has been pumped up with air. You can maybe see the pressure gauge that the inspector will look at to be comfortable there are no leaks.  The landscape box off to the left will go over the grey water diversion valve.
 Little closer view.
 Black water to the left and grey water to the right where they go through the stem wall for the original house. The line running off to the left is the grey water from the laundry.  My feet for scale.  They bury the lines to this point so they don't warp in the sun. They call it "shading". The inspection can put a level on the exposed portion to ensure it slopes down, something about gravity...
 Same picture looking towards the clean-outs. In this case black on the right and grey on the left.
 This is from inside the carport. Note the Cadillac is gone. The pile of stuff on the ground used to be the utility/storage shed. This apparently burned down 10 or 15 years ago. Took a little bit to get it to come apart. But not as much as you would hope. The few studs remaining are holding up the roof. Between rot from water leaking (the washing machine used to be in here) and the termites, there is not much to any of the studs. So I left them all. We do not loiter in the carport!
 Pretty much same view. Note the car port, like everything except the slab, is gone.  The ditches are for the new under-slab sewer lines. The trench in the fore-ground contains the mains heading over to the existing sewer. The trench running away from us is for the laundry.
 This is actually taken from up in the courtyard rather than from the street, but same general perspective. Note the barrel cactus where the sidewalk and patio meet is the only plant we're keeping.  In the background is the orange stake where the new courtyard wall will begin. The wall is moving towards the camera about 4 feet to make the space between the courtyard wall and the big wall  wide enough   for guest parking.
 CtC had me pound in the posts to hold our permitted drawings and permits tube. Punishment for something.  You will note that the board is level, my work. But, that the left hand post is crooked as hell, my work. Upon seeing the crooked post, CtC suggested he might need better help...
 Courtyard wall along driveway
 A little further up the driveway. The trench heading for the porta potty is for the front courtyard wall.
 Street appeal!
 I just love the sky in this picture. BTW, you will notice the roof is mostly gone.  The crap in front is what used to the HVAC on the front. CtC said people will want it for salvage. With-in a couple of hours had people stop by interested if they could scavenge. Told them to enjoy!
 In the background you can see Otis's Bob Cat. In the fore-ground, a pile of his work and the last remaining courtyard wall on the left.  Every single contractor that has been here has asked what we are going to do with that damn dead tree in the background. Every single contractor has volunteered, before I tell them that the tree is integral to Ann (and Dan's, what I've taken to calling "The Brain Trust") landscape plan, that we have to keep the tree...
 Keeps getting cleaner...  My shadow for scale.
 The footing trenches for the new front count yard wall.
 The wall here is going to shift over about 5 feet and only come out as far as the house side of the tree. The tree goes. This will become guest parking.
 This is the crap that has been in the front yard since early June. Otis and Sonja moved it to the corner to be hauled away, If you've read the Musings, this is the stuff hauled off by "The Mountain of a Man" and his posse.  Further, if you have read the Musings, you know that "The Mountain of a Man" is the one who made me aware of the no crime policy in this part of the barrio. This stuff has some not insignificant scrap value. This stuff has been sitting the the front yard for like 6 weeks. Nobody touched it until invited. The Mountain of a Man makes a good point   
 The "tree that ate Cincinnati". This will die a horrible death at the hands of her Sweetness.
 Juniper GONE. The excavators will have at the stump. You can kind of see (just towards the house from the juniper stump) the orange stakes that show where the new courtyard will end.
 Running out of stuff to remove...
 They say it's a clean slate.
 The front porch. Note the little wall with the rocks on it. These are not local rocks. We have no idea why the little wall. A mystery for Steve and Craig the contractor.  Note also the lovely window bars. These will turn into trellises for Ann and Dan plants. We hope taking them down is not a mistake...
 Few rafters on this end when we ran out of gas for the day.
 From the front door. Note the stakes the courtyard wall will move towards the front door just a bit. There is a stake at the patio you can barely see, then one that marks the beginning of the gate and another one that marks the end of the front entrance gate, then the last stake is where the new courtyard will end.
 Clean slate for sure.
 This is a little further down than the other pictures in the series. Shows the slab cut and trench for the new sewer lines. 
 I'm standing at the end of what used to be the front porch looking into the garage slab. Note the rebar laying on what will be the bottom of the garage slab. These will be propped up before the pour, but the important thing is they extend all the way back to the existing house stem wall that I am standing on the take the picture. They are then epoxied into the wall so the house and garage and the retaining wall at the far end of the picture are all tied together.   In theory nice and strong...
 Note the stem wall in the foreground extending off to the left of the existing stem wall. The front garage door will go between where the wall steps down and where it steps back up 9' 4" on the other side of the garage slab.
 Turned to the right a bit. Note the marks in the slab. The marks in the new house floor slab will be similar, as will be the finish. The color is TBD.
 We actually like this shot!
 Pretty barren. Everything is dead or gone.
 Shade gone.  Note the south wall is all that remains.
 Trenches for footings for new court yard walls.
 The Cadilac, "A" Mountain in the background, and a tree planted by Dan.
Looking out from the carport
 This is a little further up the hill from Dan and Tony's, but notice how much the view opens up. Even more dramatic without the cropping the picture creates.
 Swung to the right about 30 degrees from the last picture. The water supply from the house end.
 The new garage will come to about here. This shot will become a block wall.
 This is actually taken from the front porch, but you get the idea. You can see the courtyard stake just this side of the juniper stump.
 Kind of the same perspective as the last picture, but a little further down the hill from Dan and Tony's. Oh, and there is no house...  The sewer trench under what will be the garage floor.
 Backing out the driveway. In the foreground to the left is a railing. The railing is firmly set into concrete at it's base...and lashed to a post that has come loose from its mountings. The result is a very scarry railing!
 Trench for footing for courtyard wall along what will be the driveway.  Note the jog in the trench about where the shovel is. This is there the front of the garage will be.  The skid steer is sitting in the driveway.
 These are Simpson  STHD14 hold down straps  available interestingly enough from Amazon, but not Amazon Prime.  Avid readers may recall an issue several weeks ago where we had a crisis where since the front of the garage bumps out 5 feet past the front of the house, and this wall is mostly garage door, we had to do some special engineering. Net net was lower the garage door a foot, install a big assed beam over the garage and install these handy Simpson STHD14s to add stiffness.  Right now they are just laying in a trench near where they will be installed. There are four of these inserted into the footing so they stand straight up. Then they are nailed like crazy into the studs of the front wall of the garage. Two STHD14s go on each side of the garage door.
 All rebared up and ready to pour/pump.
 Not really a standard shot, but will probably start a sequence with this. Not the long vertical rebar in a square. These will become the columns on each side of the gate from the driveway into the courtyard. Kind of the formal public entrance.  Once the walls are built, concrete steps will be built between the columns to get from the level where I am standing to take the picture down to the level of the driveway. Probably two, maybe three steps.
 The wall where the garage bumps out from the house is formed. Note the straps have been installed so they will be embedded in the concrete footer when it is poured.   This is a pretty complicated form. We are building a stem wall that is tied to the old stem wall of the house and to the new garage slab. More of that monilythic stuff!
 Little different angle. Lots of rebar.
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