Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rubbish gone

Well I headed out to the block on what just happened to be one of the windiest, rainiest days of the year!

With each trudge through the mud to the rubbish pile I was getting angrier and more frustrated with whoever it was that dumped the rubbish. As time dragged on the piles of plasterboard were getting soaked by the rain, each time I went to pickup a plank, it just crumbled....it was not a fun job by any means.


By the time I managed to load the trailer I was soaked through (time to invest in a better rain jacket), unfortunately this was the only load I had time for before the tip closed :( There was still rubbish left on the block, but with the tip closed, there was no more I could do....in a way this worked out well, as I was in no mood to keep going!



Jewelz organised a rubbish removal company to come on Tuesday morning, they were friendly and happy to help which was surprising, although I found out why when they had finished and told me how much they charged ;)

They were able to remove all rubbish except for that stubborn block of concrete, they attempted with a sledgehammer where I had failed....and failed also. They tried to approach some guys doing roadwork to help, but surprise surprise, didn't want to help. So all but the concrete block is left, we will just have to cross our fingers and hope that's not an issue.

Anyway, time to put the rubbish behind us, time to move onto site start!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Site start is booked!

Time to get out to the block and clear up some rubbish...

Got an email from our CLE yesterday and site start has been booked for the 10th of September....Woohoo!

Soil

I went out to the block one day (familiar story?) to find out that someone thought we had a shortage of dirt, they took it upon themselves to donate some of theirs ;)



To cut a long story short I found out it was the builders across the road who had dumped the soil following site scrape. I was able to get the contact details of the owners of the block.

They provided me with the name of the builder but alas, all my phone calls and voicemail messages remained unanswered. As my site scrape is happening in a week, I got all psyched about getting a skip, going out there and clearing all the soil, then I found out you need a permit for a skip *sigh*

Hmmmm....I was supposed to be cutting this story short....anyway...

One last desperate attempt to call the owners to try and find a different contact number for the builder, but again voicemail...

But...

Today I got a call from the owner, they have spoken with the builder and he is going to be removing all the soil today or tomorrow.

If I knew my neighbours, I could kiss them :o)

It is nice of them to help me out, its not really their issue, its between their builder and me, but I am glad they decided to help!

Concrete

Sooooo I bought a sledge hammer and went out to the block the other day to start smashing up the concrete that magically appeared on the block....I think I kind of underestimated what is required ;)

It was hard work and I only got half way through it....I had reached the core of the concrete and no sledge hammer was going to cut it....and besides, the concrete fragments I had in my eye were starting to hurt..



Fast forward two bottles of anti-biotic eye drops later and I thought I might have success in getting the builder that actually dumped the concrete to move it....

------ Time passes

Nope, seems they claim they saw one of the builders 'over the road' come and dump it on my land....

interesting that none of my photos show the  properties 'over the road' with fresh concrete....

interesting to see the colour of the concrete under the driveway seems to match the concrete on my yard....

interesting to see no concrete before the driveway was done


and voila, like magic concrete appears after the driveway was done....hmmmm



I in no way blame my neighbours for this....it would just be nice if the builders owned up to it and just got rid of their mess...or better still, don't dump it in the first place!

Rubbish

Want to know what the most exciting part of my trip out to the block is each week?

Finding out what new rubbish someone has dumped on our block? YAY!

So it all started with some small rocks...



Then a new pile started.....



Then some rubbish....





Then a little soil...