For ages we have had a plastic 1000 litre round water tank near the back door. Quite ugly and sticking out too far into the pathway. It was always a temporary measure that took the cold water from a valve that we have in the hot water line and diverts it into a tank instead of down the drain. We started with it draining into this round tank until we installed our slimline ones at the back of the extension.
The plan always was to replace the round tank with a slimline galvanised one that we have had sitting waiting for me to get around to it.
Well that week came. I built a tank stand using alot of the 100mm x 75mm treated pine that I salvaged from the original deck about three years ago. I dislike treated pine, in fact I won’t buy it but since it is on the property already I am better off using it rather than taking it to the tip.
I topped it off with the last of my offcuts of futurewood decking to match the deck. Did a little bit of plumbing realignment and voila!
Have realised that I have not added anything to this blog since the end of August!!
It is not that things have not been happening it is just pure laziness on my part, oh and earning a living and walking the dog, and doing community stuff, and so it goes on.
Mostly since August I was concentrating on finishing things off so we could get our final inspection from Council which was granted 06/12/12 A milestone. Does it mean that the house is finished, well NO. Just the parts that were submitted to Council three and a half years ago. Basically the extension, kitchen, laundry and deck.
When troy the building inspector came around he cast his eye around, asked for two things to be done and that was it. Six weeks later I reminded council that they were issuing the Final Inspection certificate, and they got around to it.
So since August I built the ramp off the deck (see post on that under Deck). Had another 2Kw of solar added as a seperate system. We now have a 1kw system and a 2 kw system. Both running seperate inverters etc.
The other major thing we have done is to tidy up the area around the steps. As you can see above we have filled with some more decking, built a water tank stand for a 1000 litre zinc tank that we have had for a couple of years doing nothing and created a screen to hang a “Love Life!” sculpture made by friends Zane and Sally.
Other little things include running a grey water divert right under the extension to a large tank with a submersible pump. when it fills the pump comes on and waters our native trees at the end of the garden. Constant garden attention in spring time keeps Mandy busy between working, oh and we replaced the fence. The original 50 meters of paling fence was held together with barbed wire and spit. It only took a day and a half to put the new one up but days of denailing, stacking, sorting and we have only cut up a fraction. Waiting for winter so we can burn some of it in our wood heater.