Monday, July 24, 2006

Day 14 High Tech to the Rescue or aka The House Colonoscopy

You never know what the day holds in store. I went to the house bright and early, opened the gates at 8am and waited for the workers. No one showed up. At 9:30am, I called the subs only to find out they weren't coming today. So I went home to hang out with the kids.
But at 1pm, I got a call to meet with our framer, so back out I went. Then I got a call from the plumber. Friday, they'd spent a good part of the day digging a trench, looking in vain for the main sewer line out to the street. We needed to find it in order to tie in the new plumbing. So today, they brought high-tech to the rescue. A guy came with some fancy equipment: a very tiny camera attached to the end of a very long cable, a small monitor and a device that looked like a metal detector. He pushed the cable into the cleanout (never knew where that was) then watched on the monitor as the "snake" wound its way thru our waste lines.
You could see all the crud on the insides of our cast iron pipes, but otherwise they were in good shape, no breaks, leaks or roots growing through. A good cleanout and "flush" and they'd be good as new.
With the "detector", the guy could pinpoint exactly where the end of the snake was and hence where the main sewer pipes were. A push of another button and the detector told him exactly how deep the pipe was!
So, tomorrow, the crew is going to be digging just one foot away from where their trench ended, and digging down 3 feet and 3 inches.

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