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Turning the garden into a builder’s yard

Our builders have been hard at work, and the back garden is rapidly turning into a builder’s yards.  We have piles of wall blocks, insulation, scalpings, cement, and sand, along with scaffold planks and pipes.

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They have had to dig up the back lawn to lay drainage pipes and there are piles of earth everywhere.

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However they are making progress on building the kitchen.  This was yesterday:

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And by the end of  today they were 3 blocks high.

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All the spoil from digging out for the foundations has been taken down to the woods and made into a road so now we have decent access to the woods.

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I would recommend these builders. There are 3 or 4 of them here everyday and they really get on with the job.  It’s great to see the difference every day and know that I am one step closer to my dream kitchen.

Want to see what’s going on for yourself?  Visit us at http://www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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Lovely drains!!!

One of the “delights” of living in the country is not being on mains sewerage, but having a drain at the back of the kitchen through which all our shower water, dishwasher water, washine machine water and sewerage goes, which then has another pipe leading to the septic tank.

Those of you who receive our newsletter will know the fun and games we had last year with the septic tank, which, touch wood, seems to be working OK now.

However, yesterday Neil noticed at the back of the kitchen that water had built up in the drain.  He took the lid off and found the whole drain blocked up.  Lovely!!

So he got his pressure washer out and squirted water up the pipe from the septic tank end.

Neil with the pressure washer in the septic tank

He managed to dislodge some “gunk” and suddenly the drain emptied down the pipe into the septic tank.  So then he got a piece of sturdy pipe and put that down the pipe from the drain end, all the way along the pipe into the septic tank end.

Neil with pipe in the drain

To make sure all was free running again, he then pressure washed from the drain to the septic tank to ensure all debris was dislodged.  This worked fine, so now we have working drains again.  What a lovely job!!  I hope we don’t have this problem again when we have guests for B&B.  It would be aweful to have to say to them not to flush the loo until we have sorted the drains out!!  Yuk!!

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