Where's you Bin?

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 03-13-2019 02:12 AM 391 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of LJs inquired as to my whereabouts, so I thought it best to “fess up” and let you all know where I have actually been.
So this is/was the situation.
No 1 Son needed some storage space in his roof created so I did that, then
No 2 Son was building a underground storage area so I dug that out for him.

So I loaded up the wagon with plywood and tools and moved to Sydney for a short time.
Its only now I have managed to get time to assess to a computer and the net.

Firstly the roof space area in No 1 Sons house in Menai

He had a attic ladder fitted to get into the roof space, then sent me a rough plan of what he wanted to do.

I set to work upon arrival and had it completed within a week.

I used 11 sheets of 13mm ply 1800×930 and brad nailed them all in place.
The walkways I used some 19 mm recycled ply and screwed it in place
All the service areas and the areas below the trusses at floor level, I fitted removable covers to allows access without having to remove the sheets.

Secondly The basement dig at No 2 Sons house at Panania.

This took over two weeks and a lot longer than I anticipated.

How I did this, when I was in the army I had a little folding shovel called an entrenching tool, or E tool as some may know it, I think it spent most of its life inside my field pack being carried around by me so I thought I had better get some return of service from it and started digging.

It took me some considerable time as I had to dig my way under and in then dig footings and then wait for a concrete pour for the support sections of which were done in stages.
Then continued digging again, stopping again for the next stage of the concrete pour.
Any way I have finished all the required the digging and as I was a bit sore muscle wise so I decided to stop,
The area is about 6m x 6m and 2.5 M high.

The above picture shows the concrete and form work to support the house and also stuck in the soil/clay a pick I used as well.

So that’s where I have been. ...............but actually I have bin in jail!

I am heading off back home this coming Monday the 18 March so you will hear more from me then.

BTW:- I also made a impromptu stool for the grand kids from scrap ply but didn’t get to paint it yellow and Put CAT on them.

-- Regards Rob

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 03-13-2019 02:23 AM

That’s a fair amount of dirt to move with an e-tool, Rob. Not surprised the muscles were a bit sore.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 03-13-2019 02:29 AM

Yo rc... welcome back… taking note of your blog’s heading and your propensity to help people… it’s bin day tomorrow… how about taking it out for me?

..... made a impromptu stool for the grand kids….. but didn t get to paint them yellow…..
- robscastle

Not knowing the politics of your family, but I’m guessing mom would not appreciate a yellow kid running around…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 03-13-2019 03:06 AM

Classic, haha, had a great chuckle at the end about the CAT stools.
Funny mate.
Seriously though. Great job on the shoring and dig.
Not sure how many young blokes could do that by hand these days.
Nice one.
Also got your PM Rob, we headed back to Hong Kong on Friday, so will miss you this time around.
By the way That stool definitely deserves daily top 3.

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#4 posted 03-13-2019 05:28 AM

Well Rob, You got me “hook, line and sinker” with that title of the blog….
You’re a good man doing all that work for love…well done!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 03-13-2019 07:35 AM

Rob, the below grade work was quite an undertaking. That looks like a real workout. You are fearless as always. Looks like all turned out well. Nice job. Nice to know you are busy.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 03-13-2019 09:18 AM

Rob, Rob, Rob. I’m absolutely blown away and befuddled as to the people I rub shoulders with around here, in LJs. I have a Buddy in Canada who built an elevator in his house for his wife, and, now, a Buddy who hand-excavated a basement for his son, and a Buddy who does restorations for world -class museums, etc, etc, etc. I’m such a toad. I can’t even seem to pull weeds for twenty minutes without being laid up for a week. Oh. And, all these people are artists of the first order, to boot.
If I call you “Daddy,” will you come to my house?
This is the Scotch talking.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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Bill Berklich

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#7 posted 03-13-2019 09:54 AM

+1 on Mark’s comment and Boxguy you are fearless to undertake the excavation work. Well done all around!

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#8 posted 03-13-2019 10:50 AM

well done yoo

- ammy

Didn’t take you long to attract the flies….

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 03-13-2019 11:43 AM

Yeah, joined 15 minutes ago 1 comment and now a cricket target.

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 03-14-2019 01:05 AM

By the way , seems like a Good looking tee shirt.
What’s the story? Bulls horns with a bullet wound,??

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 03-14-2019 01:22 AM



You must be as strong as an OX!
I think it would kill me if I tried all of what you have done…

Glad you can still DO IT!

Thanks for the update!

Take care… Don’t strain yourself!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 03-14-2019 03:28 AM

The Tee shirt, I had to take a second look:-
Its actually owned by my son, so I will have to ask a couple of questions and then get back to you.

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 03-14-2019 07:27 PM

well a belated welcome back buddy didn’t see this because im not getting email notifications again but it’s good too have you commenting again,plus ive had to handle the duck alone and you know thats not easy-lol.those excavation pic’s made me sore just thinking about it.well great job helping the kids im sure they appreciated it-maybe-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#14 posted 03-17-2019 03:57 PM

I used to love that of work Rob (the basement part). Looks like you did some really good work on both projects. I am also working on a project for one of my sons, but mine is a LOT easier than what you did there. It’s great to have an old man who can do things! I bet you’re glad to be back with us though.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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