The builder was delayed on another site for a few days. Little did we know that would impact our build. For those "few days" were perfect weather days. By the time they returned to our site, we had had our first snowfall. And rain - lots of rain...
And when one needs 20mtr3 of fill for the slab, wet, muddy roads are not conducive for truck travel. Which naturally means...
|Material - dumped at the gate again...|
|The state of our entrance after two cold fronts|
and too many heavy trucks
|Fill in, waterproofing in place,|
re-enforcing laid - and, notice
behind the guy on the left.
On the outer edge is where the steps are to be built...
|My idea - use the space between the garage steps|
and the courtyard wall above and below
|Internal walls go in|
|Garage roof trusses|
Day 7 - roof trusses arrive and are off loaded and gable walls are built...
|All hands on deck help off-load|
|...whilst the rest of the team carry on with the gable walls|
|Trusses are placed on bricks to elevate them off|
the damp ground which could cause them to distort.
|So close, and yet so far... But, looking good|
Well, it appears that Resin Roof Tiles, the recycled car bumper / monitor roof tiles company went bang. And we spent 2 full days trying to source any left over tiles. We eventually discovered a guy in Johannesburg had purchased the machinery, and the molds, but he will only be setting up the factory in the next month. And then it will be another 2 week wait. Which is fine for Phase 2. But we need roof tiles for the garage now - so that we can install the solar panels, and get the power room installed. So we had to compromise and order normal roof tiles - for the garage only. And through doing that, we also had to get the roofing company to modify and supply the extra support beams for the trusses as the normal tiles are heavier than the Resin Tiles.
Then, we had our third snowfall in 5 weeks, as well as over 100mm rain in two days... I have to get those gutters up so that we can catch some of this precious rain water...
The last time the builders were on site was Friday, 3rd August. Another significant cold front is hitting at mid-night tonight, bring over 50mm rain and significant snow. So I can't see the builders pitching before Tuesday or Wednesday... And, without sun, and with our damaged old batteries, I may not have the power to connect to the internet this weekend. Let's see...
But - I have to say. 4 snowfalls in 7 weeks - in South Africa? Unheard of! Add to that the droughts in America. And one can plainly hear, and see, the anguish of Mother Earth.