Normally you would keep it to yourself but I am proud to announce that “I’ve got piles”.
Today 8 of the 18 piles ( 16 for the house and 2 for the exterior stairs) were placed on the bedrock ( a consolidated rock under the surface). The process used was extremely manual in nature with the only bit of automated equipment used being the generator to pump water from the lagoon to create a powerful jet of water to loosen the earth . The guys then removed by hand and bucket the earth until they ‘hit bedrock’.
Power jet in action
They then removed the loosened earth with one of the guys jumping in the hole and digging it out by hand and with a bucket . He was literally up to his neck in water.
Having hit bedrock it was time to lift the pile and place it in the hole. All done by hand, no automated lifting equipment at all.
The remaining 10 piles should be placed on Monday and then they can start laying the foundations.
Various stages of placing the pile in the hole
Pile in place