The excavator returned Tuesday afternoon. It sits waiting in the driveway by the horse barn.
It’s kind of cool to come home from work wondering what changes will have been made. This garage project has been fairly complicated, requiring coordination between several contractors, the town building inspector, the bank, etc. So far so good!
In case anyone was still wondering about the spigot on the front of the house, here is a picture of it from the working end.
The worst part about the job turns out to have been the 2 masonry screws that help anchor the spigot’s valve handle body to the cement block wall. The first screws were too small (1/4″) for the holes that were drilled through the block (what size bit was that?). Yes, through the hollow core of the block … there’s really only an inch and a half maybe of cement block for the screw threads to bite into. And when they ‘bite’ into the block, they more or less crumble it. So the trick is to get the bigger (3/8″) screws and don’t think they can be torqued to 25 foot pounds. Stop turning the screw at the right spot before it strips out the hole. I think I got one of them just right. The other one I took about a 90 degrees too far. So, I’ll use some cement to patch it in to the inside wall and that will also help anchor the 10″ stem more firmly. Should be fine. Mission Accomplished.