A Gallery of Phone Pictures

This gallery is different from all the others in that I have chosen a different mechanism
to present it to you. Galleries up to this one have been either presented on Andrew McGrail's picture web
page, or have been html texts written by me with pictures stored on MySlide. I have been unhappy with the
resolution that I can get on MySlide, and besides, the extraction of the url for each picture is very time
consuming. This gallery consists of all the photos that I had on my phone that I have not showed here before.
My mobile phone is a Samsung, and it is primarily a phone and not a camera, but I find that the quality of
the pictures that I have been getting on it are just about good enough for this task.
Let me know what you think.

I have a web page which is provided by my ADSL provider (Not the same web page you are viewing this at).
There is plenty of space there, so I have put the photos on it.

Under each photo, there is text which says "The Photo name is". What follows is part of the file name of the jpeg.
The first four characters are the number that the phone has assigned to the picture. The "Picture taken on" date
is a date that is added to the jpeg file by the phone. I wrote a special program to extract this date from the jpeg,
and another to build a skeleton html file. Read about my explorations of jpeg file formats here.

The second program mechanized the process of building the file you are reading. I wrote this text myself, of course, but
the html code to present the pictures, and the information immediatly under them has been extracted from the
pictures themselves. If you notice a spelling mistake in the text of a picture name, please be tolerant.
It is too difficult to remove as that text is the file name which now exists in several places, so I am not going
to try to fiddle with it!

The first photo in this gallery dates from April 2007, when I had manufactured the balustrade panels for the deck, and was offering them up to attend to the mounting brackets before they were taken away for final painting.

Photo name is: 0045 first balustrade panel offered up.jpg
Picture taken on 10-04-2007

Photo name is: 0046 first balustrade panel again.jpg
Picture taken on 10-04-2007

Photo name is: 0050 balustrade panel mounting.jpg
Picture taken on 21-04-2007

Photo name is: 0051 balustrade panel downhill end.jpg
Picture taken on 21-04-2007

In electrical house wiring, maximum effort is made to avoid putting a junction box in a location where it will be inaccessible. Sometimes it is just unavoidable. This is such a case. Wires had to be re-routed after they had been placed to avoid some obstruction, and were then just not long enough to reach the switch location. The joints in this jb are soldered, and the location is carefully documented in case these joints ever have to be accessed (VERY unlikely),

Photo name is: 0055 junction box in wall.jpg
Picture taken on 30-04-2007

This retaining wall, which we called "The Tank Retaining wall" for obvious reasons was originally to have been a crib wall. Crib walls to match the ones we had, became unobtainable, and anyway, it turned out that we could save much needed space by using a post and beam wall. The posts for this wall are from the structure of a cooling tower from a factory in the inner suburbs.

Photo name is: 0056 tank retaining wall post goes in.jpg
Picture taken on 06-05-2007

Photo name is: 0057 concrete round post.jpg
Picture taken on 06-05-2007

Photo name is: 0060 brideg side balustrade panels.jpg
Picture taken on 12-05-2007

Photo name is: 0061 panels and grate 1.jpg
Picture taken on 12-05-2007

The Tank Retaining Wall had several posts which are located by setting them in concrete. The last of the posts that are installed in this way are shown in the foreground in this picture. Further posts had to be held in place in a different way, as will be explained further down.

Photo name is: 0062 deck and tank retaining wall posts.jpg
Picture taken on 12-05-2007

It was nice to plonk the dunny into position just to see it in place. All that was proved by this trial fitting at this time was that the sewer pipe is the right distance from the wall (but this is important!).

Photo name is: 0065 dunny in place.jpg
Picture taken on 24-05-2007

One feature that is built into this house is the "Lighting Distribution boxes". This is an idea that I had developed in a previous house scheme, but which was never implemented. The idea is that is the large open spaces upstairs, it is hard to know exactly where light fittings will be required, and which lights will be wanted to be worked by which switches. So the plan has been (and the implementation is) that there are sockets for lights in the ceiling in every imaginable location. There are light switches in many convenient locations. the wiring from all these sockets and switches is taken to two terminal boxes where the mapping of light fittings on to switches is done with wire links. This photo shows the manufacture of the bracket to go inside one of those boxes to hold the terminals. This style of terminal is called a "DIN - rail" terminal, and this style gives a large number of terminals in a confined space.

Photo name is: 0066 light dist panel frame.jpg
Picture taken on 06-06-2007

The electrician was worried about how to implement some of my ideas. The house has its own breaker panel which controls power to light and power circuits. However there are some circuits in the house that are not fed from that. Examples are the Smoke Alarms which are bussed together with the smoke alarms in the Barn and are fed from a breaker in the Barn breaker panel, and the two way switching of the external light on the Barn front wall. This light can be switched from a switch in the Barn and by a switch just inside the front door. This circuit is powered from the Barn lighting breaker. The problem is that an unthinking mainenance electrician can switch off everything in the house, but still encounter live circuits in the house. As well as warning him on documentation, we protect him from his own reluctance to read the documentation with a slip-on boot over the switch. It is not very clear in the photo, but you will see the light reflecting off a brass screw on the top three switches here. The bottom switch has a black protective boot. If a sparkie doesn't realize that that is there for a reason, he deserves what he gets.

Photo name is: 0073 switches by front door.jpg
Picture taken on 06-07-2007

This next picture is taken looking out the front doorway. The star pickets with the white tape show where the Tank retaining wall will go. The problem is that there is another retaining wall to go right along the edge of the deck. The ground falls away under the deck, and there is no solid support for holding posts against a sideways push that you get with a retaining wall. The solution was to hold the retaining wall up from behind with tensile members from a mass of concrete in a deep trench.

Photo name is: 0074 preparing for retaining walls near deck.jpg
Picture taken on 25-07-2007

The area immediatly down hill from the tank retaining wall already had the zig-zag path carved into it at this stage. This meant that the surface was very uneven with very few places where a small excavator could be propped. For this reason, the excavator driver had great difficulty in establishing a line for the stormwater pipe to carry rainwater from the deck. This meant that the resultant trench was not straight. This in turn required many bends to be introduced into the pipe line. Fortunately there is lots of fall here, and there is little danger of obstructions settling in the pipe.

Photo name is: 0078 pipe from pit 12.jpg
Picture taken on 03-08-2007

The pipe laying was not complete when this photo was taken, but it reached almost up to Pit 12 which is at the corner of the deck (Just out of view to the right).

Photo name is: 0079 pipe from pit 12 partly laid.jpg
Picture taken on 03-08-2007

In this photo which is facing in the same direction as the previous shot, but "further back". The trench carrying the pipe from Pit 12 is now filled in. Pit 12, which is a black poly pit is visible under the plank which is resting on the corner of the deck. The white plastic spoon drain leads into it. The trench to the left of this photo is for the anchor that will hold the retaining walls here. Such an anchor is called a "deadman". The deadman consists of a length of 100 mm pipe (ex traffic light pole). The posts of the Tank retaining wall that will be attached to the deadman are in place here. The trenches that cross the picture in the foreground are for the tensile members that will support the posts for the "Little Retaining Wall" that will be along the uphill edge of the deck.

Photo name is: 0080 big deadman pipe in trench.jpg
Picture taken on 13-08-2007

Photo name is: 0083 posts propped.jpg
Picture taken on 13-08-2007

My mate Buck provided some grates for a drain across the drive at the bottom of the steep incline. Here the grates (and Duncan) pose at the spot. As it turned out, this drain was never made up by the time the house was sold. "It seemed like a good idea at the time."

Photo name is: 0085 Bucks grates.jpg
Picture taken on 18-08-2007

Photo name is: 0086 Bucks grates.jpg
Picture taken on 18-08-2007

The deadman has been pulled out of the trench for welding on the various attachments that will hold the retaining wall posts. It poses here for the camera just before being reinstalled in the trench.

Photo name is: 0087 big deadman with post bracing members.jpg
Picture taken on 19-08-2007

Here the deadman is set in about two cubic metres of concrete.

Photo name is: 0088 deadman trench pour.jpg
Picture taken on 21-08-2007

The step from the "garden path" to the deck involves a large concrete block with holds brackets to support a cantilevered grate. This is the formwork for that concrete block.

Photo name is: 0090 grate 2 anchor reo.jpg
Picture taken on 30-08-2007

In this photo, the Little retaining wall posts are already in place and bolted to the tensile members from the deadman. The timbers are in place, and scoria is being used as a backfill behind them.

Photo name is: 0091 little retaining wall with scoria.jpg
Picture taken on 07-09-2007

The old rusty star pickets were tack welded on just to hold the posts upright whilst the timbers were placed. Once the wall is assembled, these pickets perform no function, but they are left in place.

Photo name is: 0092 little retaining wall takes shape.jpg
Picture taken on 07-09-2007

In the next photo, the little retaining wall looks to be complete except for trimming one of the posts to height. The shortest post, the one to the right, is not suspended from the deadman, but is cast in the big concrete block for the grate between the path and the deck. A steel frame is evident at the short end of this wall. This is the structure for a wooden clad box which is only there to provide an edge for the path to wind around as it gains altitude on leaving the deck.

Photo name is: 0093 little retaining wall with tapered top.jpg
Picture taken on 08-09-2007

The big concrete block that we saw the reinforcing for earlier (Photo 0090) was cast in two pours. here the first pour has been made, and cantilever brackets to hold the grate are being attached to the reinforcing. Drainage pit 12 is to the left.

Photo name is: 0096 grate 2 anchor pour 1.jpg
Picture taken on 13-09-2007

Duncan shovels scoria down the two chutes to deliver it to the roof water drain space along the uphill edge of the house. To the right can be seen a row of bricks mortared to the top of the concrete block mentioned in the previous descriptions (Photo 0090 and photo 0096) To the left of that is visible the black plastic grate on Pit 12 which is now set in concrete. the grate to the deck is not yet in place.

Photo name is: 0097 two chutes deliver scoria to pipes at house.jpg
Picture taken on 20-09-2007

Photo name is: 0098 two chutes again.jpg
Picture taken on 20-09-2007

Photo name is: 0099 two chutes again yet.jpg
Picture taken on 20-09-2007

Here is a view that gives an idea of the distances we could transport material with the chutes. To the right, you can see that the top chute sits on top of the lower one. the lower one extends down to ground floor level, three metres lower than the deck.

Photo name is: 0100 two chutes from side.jpg
Picture taken on 20-09-2007

This picture is taken looking vertically down under the deck. The uphill wall of the house is along the top of the picture. This is the pipe that was intended to carry the Barn roof water to Tank 2. The pipe which comes from the bottom of the picture is connected to a pipe that runs along behind the cribb wall that had been installed years before. When tests were conducted, it was discovered that there was a serious leak in that pipe somewhere behind the crib wall. We can only imagine that when the spece behind the cribb wall was being filled, a large rock thown in had punctured the pipe. The only solution to this was to cut out the right angle bend depicted here, and extend the pipe running along the front of the house across to the barn (to the right in this photo). This is depicted in later photos.

Photo name is: 0101 roof water from under cribb wall.jpg
Picture taken on 21-09-2007

This phot is taken looking vertically down from the deck just by the front door. The down-pipe connects to one of the runs to Tank 2. the other horizontal pipe shown is the roof water from the Barn. It is the same pipe that is shown in the previous photo.

Photo name is: 0102 roof water at front of house.jpg
Picture taken on 21-09-2007

An inclined view from the same spot as photo 0102. The chute is still in place as depicted in photos 0097 to 0100. At this time, the pipes to Tank 2 only extend to the corner of the house.

Photo name is: 0103 roof water at front of house.jpg
Picture taken on 21-09-2007

Photo name is: 0104 scoria delivery art shot.jpg
Picture taken on 24-09-2007

Here is a shot from the other side of the deck looking at the partly installed Barn roof water pipe. This is the section that had to be installed to bypass the pipe behind the cribb wall with a hole in it. We are looking vertically down. the corner of the house is in the foreground. The barn Roof water pipe is the one passing from top to bottom in this view. This pipe has to pass the line of the trench which carries all the services from the barn to the house (diagonally from top right to bottom left). We manages to fit this roof water pipe in passing above some of the services, and under others. As well there is the storm water pipe from the pit in the front yard (outside the Barn) which passes from right to left in this picture. You can see that this had to be reworked to pass over the roof water pipe.

Photo name is: 0105 pipes going everywhere.jpg
Picture taken on 26-09-2007

Photo name is: 0106 pipe disaster bypass trench.jpg
Picture taken on 26-09-2007

The "hole in the pipe bypass" is almost complete here.

Photo name is: 0108 water super highway .jpg
Picture taken on 28-09-2007

There is no "zoom" on the phone. I had to climb a step ladder on the deck to fit the whole picture in.

Photo name is: 0109 roof water crossing the house services trench.jpg
Picture taken on 28-09-2007

We had an old second hand wooden door in this spot. Glenn Martin (Real Estate Agent) advised me to put something that looked better in here. It turned out to be quite an exercise. A special door had to be made to fit the big old door jamb. The door has to be a glass door as wall space is at a premium in the study, so the space taken by the door had to double as a window. It is not quite finished here, but it looked good whan it was finished.

Photo name is: 0111 new glass door for barn.jpg
Picture taken on 13-10-2007

An essential piece of equipment during this project has been the LandRover. Could not have built this house without it. There have been some problems with it, and when these have arisen it has been necessary to attend to them quickly to get the vehicle back into operation. At this stage there was a problem with the carburettor. The nut on the flange on the rocker box side is almost inaccessible with an ordinary spanner. This special spanner was made up for this job. I thought that this was my invention, but I have since seen a drawing of an almost identical spanner dating from the 1920's!

Photo name is: 0112 landrover carburettor spanner.jpg
Picture taken on 22-10-2007

There are three roof water pipes leading to the inlet on Tank 2. In several photos (see photo 0103) we have seen the two that run along the front of the house. that is front of house roof water, and the Barn Roof water. We are now at the rear of the house digging the trench for the Rear of House Roof water. This was partly installed a couple of years ago, and we are here digging up the end of the pipe placed by John Robin (see the photo "Paelantologis Proves Dinosaurs has Sewerage!" and the following two photos in page 3 of the Gallery "Filling in the Gaps" in the "Photo Galleries of the Project".)

Photo name is: 0114 downhill roofwater trench.jpg
Picture taken on 24-10-2007

Same action as Photo 0114 but pictured from the side of the house (Anne End)

Photo name is: 0116 downhill roofwater trench from uphill.jpg
Picture taken on 24-10-2007

There is a wide trench at the Anne end of the house for the dump drains. The dump drains are pipes that run from the three roof water lines to a pit down the hill. They are normally capped at the bottom end, but the idea is that once a year or so, the caps can be removed and the pipes allowed to flush out. The pipe layout has been devised with a view to an unobstruced discharge during flushing to maximize the cleaning out effect of the flush.

Photo name is: 0117 downhill roffwater trench near dump run junction.jpg
Picture taken on 24-10-2007

The amount of storage space for earch piles on the site was very limited. For this reason, the earthworks had to be performed on several stages. After each excavator visit, we had to get the kanga in to remove soil and reopen the tracks to re-establish access for the next excavator visit. These photos are kept in chronological order, and we see the subject matter jump around exactly as we had to move between tasks to make everything work on this restriced site. Here we are removing fill. A rock has been encountered that is too big for the kanga to pick up, so Duncan has had to set to with the jack hammer to break it up.

Photo name is: 0118 rock too big to pick up.jpg
Picture taken on 28-10-2007

Photo name is: 0119 rock too big to pick up.jpg
Picture taken on 28-10-2007

We used the Kanga as it could fit down the zig zag track and down behind the house. With it we moved the earth to stockpiles on the driveway where a Bob Cat could get to it.

Photo name is: 0120 fill to stockpile.jpg
Picture taken on 28-10-2007

Photo name is: 0121 fill to stockpile.jpg
Picture taken on 28-10-2007

The track passes over the site of the "hole in the pipe bypass"(Photo 0106, 0108,& 0109)

Photo name is: 0122 return for more fill.jpg
Picture taken on 28-10-2007

Photo name is: 0123 peter had left fill to pick up.jpg
Picture taken on 28-10-2007

Photo name is: 0124 steep climb for fill.jpg
Picture taken on 28-10-2007

Photo name is: 0125 fill to stockpile.jpg
Picture taken on 28-10-2007

"Damo" made short work of clearing the fill that we had stockpiled on the driveway. He came for two, four hour stints. The excess earth was moved to a neighbour's property where fill was required.

Photo name is: 0127 Damo empties stockpile.jpg
Picture taken on 02-11-2007

Three pipes rise up the side of Tank 2.

Photo name is: 0128 risers at TANK2.jpg
Picture taken on 03-11-2007

I wish I had $10 for every time we dug a hole and broke a pipe! This happened here. The trench to carry the dump lines passed over the "main drain" (the 200 mm pipe). Of course, the excavator broke this pipe. Fortunately, this pipe does not carry water under pressure, and as long as it is sealed on the bottom and the sides, it is ok. We made a patch out of a piece of pipe that was slit from end to end. The patch was applied with lots of glue and then held with two tourniquets. Duncan is removing bricks from the pit wall to make an opening for the dump lines to enter.

Photo name is: 0131 repair to main drain.jpg
Picture taken on 08-11-2007

A view looking down at the dump lines. UpHill is at the top of the picture. The branch to the side is the roof water from the downhill side of the house.

Photo name is: 0132 downhill branch on dump line.jpg
Picture taken on 08-11-2007

Three dump lines entering pit with the patched-up main drain underneath. These dump lines had caps screwed on to them later. The caps are only removed for pipe cleaning.

Photo name is: 0133 dump lines at pit.jpg
Picture taken on 08-11-2007

Photo name is: 0134 dump lines to pit.jpg
Picture taken on 08-11-2007

Here you see the three pipes fom uphill. You van see where they emply into Tank 2 at the top and empty into the pit at the bottom. Two of these pipes are joined to pipes at the front of the house (Front of house roof water, and Barn Roof Water) and the third takes the roof water from the rear of the house.

Photo name is: 0135 dump lines from TANK2 to pit.jpg
Picture taken on 09-11-2007

Photo name is: 0136 dump lines in scoria.jpg
Picture taken on 09-11-2007

Dump Test! The cap, once removed dissapeared! A 100 mm cap can fit down a 200 mm pipe. Make a note. Put some screwed up wire netting in the bottom of this pit to stop the caps being lost again.

Photo name is: 0137 dump test.jpg
Picture taken on 10-11-2007

After all the roof water pipes had been installed, and set in scoria and tested, it was time to get the excavator in again to backfill the trenches and do some more hillside grooming and make more piles of earth to cart away. here he is carving out a track which will be the access down to the rear of the property from the house shelf.

Photo name is: 0145 peter grades lower track.jpg
Picture taken on 12-12-2007

Photo name is: 0146 peter grades lower track.jpg
Picture taken on 12-12-2007

Photo name is: 0147 peter leaves soil to clean up.jpg
Picture taken on 13-12-2007

Photo name is: 0148 soil to clean up.jpg
Picture taken on 13-12-2007

Photo name is: 0149 stockpile at front of house.jpg
Picture taken on 13-12-2007

Photo name is: 0150 soil stockpile on bridge end zig zag.jpg
Picture taken on 13-12-2007

Photo name is: 0151 shaping up round the back.jpg
Picture taken on 13-12-2007

This is what the snow bunnies would call a "groomed slope".

Photo name is: 0152 dress the slope anne end.jpg
Picture taken on 13-12-2007

Because of the termite barrier, we could not just plonk the hot water service on a concrete slab beside the house. This is a stand for it. The four posts are sealed up by welding at both ends, and it is thus considered unlikely that termites will go up inside them.

Photo name is: 0154 hot water service stand.jpg
Picture taken on 22-12-2007

Gully Trap. The Plumber calls this a "disconnector trap". The tap has to be above it for some legal reason. I took the opportunity to run unregulated water to this point (The house water is pressure regulated). This gives maximum flow for fire fighting.

Photo name is: 0157 gully trap.jpg
Picture taken on 04-01-2008

This is what truck exhaust fabricators call a donut. It is used to provide them with small radius but smooth pipe bends. The idea is that you can cut out any part of the circle that you like and that provides the pipe bend. But that is not what we had it for. We made a special jig and cut it into eight peices as shown here. Then we cut each piece into two parts - an outside and an inside. These pieces were then assembled in a different order, and together with some flat plates for a front and a back, they formed lovely streamlines rainheads. I hate those square boxes with flat bottoms for rain heads. All they do is catch leaves and block up. The scheme here is that whatever leaves reach the rain head, are carried down the pipe and then released when the cap is removed from the dump line each year or so.

Photo name is: 0158 donut cut.jpg
Picture taken on 07-01-2008

Rain head tack welded together.
You can see that this incorporates two outside parts of a 45 degree donut slice, and two inside parts. There are 4 rainheads, so no donut is wasted. After full welding, the rainheads were hot-dip galvanized (coated in zinc) before installation to the tops of the downpipes.

Photo name is: 0159 donut bits make rainhead.jpg
Picture taken on 09-01-2008

Still more dirt removal!

Photo name is: 0160 duncan gets a bucketfull.jpg
Picture taken on 11-01-2008

Here is the waste pipe from the kitchen sink to the grease trap. A grease trap was not required by the authorities for this job, but I specified one because this is an expensive spot to desludge a septic tank in, and I wanted to keep everything out of the septic tank that didn't actually have to go there. Those are my feet to the left. I am standing on the Hot Water Service platform which is on the frame shown above (photo 0154).

Photo name is: 0164 pipe to grease trap.jpg
Picture taken on 12-01-2008

Photo name is: 0165 grease trap.jpg
Picture taken on 12-01-2008

Photo name is: 0166 grease trap installation.jpg
Picture taken on 12-01-2008

Jinker Brakes
I didn't have to take a photo of the jinker here, but did so just for the sheer pleasure of it. After doing sterling service bringing all the big materials down the drive, the jinker had been sitting in the yard for a year or so. I discovered that the brakes were not working. A bearing in the brake mechanism for which the only lubrication was by oil can, had seized up. We had to dismantle the thing and increase the running clearance. I added grease nipples to these bearings and it all worked again. We took the opportunity to repaint the thing, which is why it looks so spiffy here.

Photo name is: 0169 jinker brake mechanism.jpg
Picture taken on 05-02-2008

Boiler Platform
A second platform similar to the Hot Water Service Platform was built for the Hydronic heating boiler.

Photo name is: 0170 Hot water service platform and boiler platform.jpg
Picture taken on 07-02-2008

We got guys in to do the plastering up stairs. Here is the Kitchen End just after they left.

Photo name is: 0174 kitchen is plastered.jpg
Picture taken on Vno date

Rear Wall balustrade Brackets
The "sliding windows" in the downhill wall are actually "sliding doors". Although not actually required as doors for now, you never know when there might be a balcony to step out on to. For the time being, the building surveyor was keen to see a balustrade across each of these openings. For three of those openings, we built a metal balustrade which was fitted on the outside. These are the mounting brackets for them.

Photo name is: 0179 mounting brackets for downhill balustrades.jpg
Picture taken on 01-04-2008

A chute was set up again: this time for crushed rock for the paths and for mulch.

Photo name is: 0181 single chute for path bluemetal.jpg
Picture taken on 07-04-2008

The fourth of those sliding doors on the downhill wall has a balustrade in the form of a sliding door on the inside. It is attached to the glass sliding door, so you either have the glass door over the opening, or the balustrade over the opening, but you cannot have an opening you can fall through. When this photo was taken the sliding balustrade was under construction.

Photo name is: 0190 one balustrade is a sliding door.jpg
Picture taken on 09-04-2008

Photo name is: 0191 door track attachment.jpg
Picture taken on 09-04-2008

Almost like a Model Engineer's workshop!
For a small metal part which was part of the structure holding the circuit breaker panel in the barn, I needed a cylindrical component with a tapped hole down the middle. I was pleased with this set-up which gave an accurate result. Almost as good as if I had a lathe!

Photo name is: 0217 fiddly bracket parts.jpg
Picture taken on 15-04-2008

Here is one of those outside, downhill-wall balustrades being installed.

Photo name is: 0220 Dunco installs balustrade.jpg
Picture taken on 22-04-2008

May 2008. I paused from the work inside to take photos of this hail storm. This is interesting as you can take the most careful measures with the stormwater, but it will not flow so well if it is in solid form! The drains filled up during this event, but there was no overflow anywhere.

Photo name is: 0226 Hail storm.jpg
Picture taken on 02-05-2008

Photo name is: 0227 Hail on track.jpg
Picture taken on 02-05-2008

Photo name is: 0228 hail in bush.jpg
Picture taken on 02-05-2008

I made the oven "plug in" so that it can be moved away from its normal location for cleaning or other reasons. It is wired with 2.5 mm^2 flex (same weight of copper as the wiring in the wall) and plugs into a 20A outlet. This is the termination of the flex at the oven end.

Photo name is: 0231 power to oven.jpg
Picture taken on 30-05-2008


A lot of work was unrecorded by the camera before we got to this stage - Kitchen sink in situ.

Photo name is: 0232 sink installed.jpg
Picture taken on 31-05-2008

Photo name is: 0233 Yvette likes sink.jpg
Picture taken on 31-05-2008

Part way through building the kitchen. They say you can assemble a "flat pack" kitchen in 2 days. That is bullshit. You can probably screw the cabitets together in a couple of days, but that isn't 10% of it! In this picture, the kitchen cabinet work is probably about half done.

Photo name is: 0234 kitchen takes shape.jpg
Picture taken on 02-06-2008

Under the bench in the corner
The gas and the electricity for the cook-top.

Photo name is: 0235 gas to cook top.jpg
Picture taken on 02-06-2008

Oh Dear! The vanity basin plug doover and the trap don't quite meet up! An adapter was found for this. Little tasks such as this can add days to the job.

Photo name is: 0240 vanity basin needs short adapter.jpg
Picture taken on 10-06-2008

The kitchen is moving along. the wooden post in the middle of the room is a structural bracket attached to the floor, and is the start of the construction of the island bench.

Photo name is: 0244 structure for island bench.jpg
Picture taken on 21-06-2008

Island bench structural bracket with large plywood gussett.

Photo name is: 0246 structure for island bench.jpg
Picture taken on 21-06-2008

The function of the bracket starts to become clear when other island bench bits are added.

Photo name is: 0247 island bench back in place.jpg
Picture taken on 21-06-2008

Now we have the structure, we can hang the hydronic panel on it.

Photo name is: 0249 island bench panel mounting.jpg
Picture taken on 22-06-2008

The hydronic lines come up from under the house inside the internal wall downstairs. Here the connections to the panel are being fitted. The hydronic heating is all being "left 'til later" except those parts that will be "built in" and inaccessible later.

Photo name is: 0250 island bench hydronics located.jpg
Picture taken on 22-06-2008

Photo name is: 0252 island bench hydronics done.jpg
Picture taken on 23-06-2008

Before the island bench was completed, the embedded hydronic plumbing was tested for leaks. What you see here is a garden hose taped to a piece of wood to make a standpipe to pressureize the plumbing. No leaks were found.

Photo name is: 0253 island bench hydronics test stand pipe.jpg
Picture taken on 24-06-2008

On the uphill wall of the barn is the "distribution point" for the house site mains water supply. An assembly was made up for installation later.The three valves here will supply water to (left to right): Dunny cistern, Regulated supply to house, Unregulated supply to downhill of house (see Photo 0157).

Photo name is: 0259 sow trial assembly.jpg
Picture taken on 09-07-2008

Photo name is: 0260 try sow in situe.jpg
Picture taken on 09-07-2008

Under the cook-top. Hey we've already seen this! (...except now the oven is plugged in the 20A outley (bottom left).)

Photo name is: 0261 gas to cook top again.jpg
Picture taken on 12-07-2008

At this point the plumber had finished the gas plumbing, and the gas meter was ordered and fitted.

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Picture taken on 17-07-2008

The grey metal part seen here screwed into the door jamb is called a Jobin Thwarter. In a situation such as this with an outward opening door, where a night latch bolt is reversed, It is very easy to pass some thin metal object in the gap beside the door and pull the bolt back. The Jobin Thwarter prevents this.

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Picture taken on 17-07-2008

A brass plate on the front of the door complements the Jobin Thwarter and makes the door difficult to open without the key.

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Picture taken on 17-07-2008

This photo was taken in the first burst of enthusiasm after having the gas on, and gas appliances working.

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Picture taken on 17-07-2008

Here is a joke sign I saw in a bank. This particular bank wanted me to commit to building this house in 9 months and then introduced over 27 months delay in the project. They have proved then\mselves quite unable to do anything "on the spot". The last approval for funding from them took from April to December to reach a conclusion.

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Picture taken on 29-07-2008

here is the mains water distribution sow installed. (Such an assembly is called a sow because it is supposed to look like a sow with all the piglets attached to her teats)

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Picture taken on 30-07-2008

The "For Sale" sign was up in August, although we were unable to seel the place at that time as there were some legal hoops to jump through first.

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Picture taken on 05-08-2008

At first I wanted a mixing valve for this hand basin, but none could be found to fit this small basin. These taps were put in as the mixing valve idea faded. I likes the idea of carefully and neatly bent hard drawn copper tube. maybe it is too prominant. Maybe it should be painted instead of polished. Let the new owner decide.

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Picture taken on 06-08-2008

The hydronic boiler has been installed back when the gas plumbing was finished, but for some reason, this is when I was walking past it and thought to take its photo. The hydronic plumbing is not done, but when it is there is a pump and some other goodies to go with this. maybe it will be best to place these inside the wall.

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Picture taken on 06-08-2008

This area at the downhill side of the house "'round the back", has only appeared in pictures of trenches and earthworks. here it is with trenches filled and excess earth removed and crushed rock to cover the dirt.

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Picture taken on 06-08-2008

Some photos from the phone were taken to record things, not for general interest, but for a specific purpose. The plumber specified some things to be done that were not plumbing in themselves, but were required before the plumbing would be considered finished. here are brackets to hold the hot water service up against the wall.

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Picture taken on 13-08-2008

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Picture taken on 13-08-2008

Like the plumber, the electrician had some requirements for some little extras. Here are some wires passing through a hole. This is not allowed, as something could be placed on that horizontal surface that could pinch or damage the wires.

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Picture taken on 30-08-2008

Here is my answer to the vulnerable wires problem. This especially carved piece of wood is called a "Harry Block".

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Picture taken on 02-09-2008

here is the Harry Block in position. The wires are now safe from sharp heavy objects placed on the shelf.

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Picture taken on 02-09-2008

Another, less critical location managed with a modified harry Block.

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Picture taken on 02-09-2008

The plumber wanted a post and a bracket to hold this garden tap stand pipe. I was skeptical. I prepared a star picket and drove it in mear the pipe, but the picket was a lot less stiff than the pipe was. Then I tightened up the clamp. The effect was magic! The combined assembly was much more stiff than the sum of the stiffness of the two parts. The picket and the pipe emerge from the ground in close proximity, yet the triangulation has had a much greater effect than I would ahve expected.

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Picture taken on 21-09-2008

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Picture taken on 21-09-2008

The plumber wanted some screen to keep mozzies out of Tank 1. I went to the plumbing supplies, but they had nothing suitable. A plumber at the counter said that he had lots of them as some tank suppliers supplied them with the tanks, but he never used them. He then went out to his truck, and came back and gave me one! What a bonza bloke! This thing just plugged on to the spigot. A similar thing is not required at Tank 2. as its overflow is run into the stormwater system. The path from the tank to the open air is much too long and labyrinthine for a mosquito to find her way in.

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Picture taken on 22-09-2008

The plumber said that there had to be some holding bracket on the roof water pipes where they empty into Tank 2. The pipes are too close together to put saddles on them, so I solved this by making a gantry that would reach over all three pipes.

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Picture taken on 23-09-2008

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Picture taken on 23-09-2008