As the renovation progresses it’s been difficult to illustrate some of the less glamorous details that are necessary – but not that interesting. It’s hard to compete with room transformation before & after reveal posts from my fellow bloggers. But on the chance that someone out there is doing their own extreme renovation I submit this post.
We start with digging – on the back side of the house I’ll be adding an egress window and remove the cast iron clean out and pipe in the basement. Here’s the start of earth moving. Could I have gone with an excavator instead of digging this by hand? Sure, but what fun would be?
Typically you add two clean outs – one for each direction. This pipe was so large that one directional clean out was all that was needed. I used spray foam in the center of the wall penetration and then used hydraulic anchoring cement on both sides to seal to the cement block wall. Waterproofing was applied for extra protection. The clean out pipe will be cut to grade level after the yard is graded.
So not a fancy eye-candy post – but necessary stuff needed to make our home trouble free.