Chip and Clada Self-Portrait


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                                   Building Our House in the Caribbean                                                 

                                                                            Step 76 - More Driveway Preparation

                                    We had to file for a new building permit since the lower driveway wasn't on our original plan,
                                                       so 2 months later, we're now ready to work on the driveway again.
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Chip had to shovel out some edges to line up the driveway.  Chip formed and poured a concrete pad to install overflow drains.

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                                                                Chip dug out the existing water & electric conduit.

            Lines2  He wanted to ensure we didn't drive stakes through them.     

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                                                   We've learned to save the conduit photos on the internet so we don't lose the pictures.

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                                     This is the propane line to the lower level of the house...we definitely want to protect that line!

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                          We never know when we're going to need to locate a line in the future; we often refer to pictures we've taken. 

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Chip wanted to fine tune the base, so he had Israel bring in more gravel and use it to ensure the driveway slope was perfect.

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                                             There is a lot of shovel work in this process because machinery can only do so much. 

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                          Lots of shaping was done to ensure the water drained away from the house.
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               We were happy with the finished base, even if it was a ton of work to get it perfect.

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  We had Big Keith and his helper work with Chip to install the forms for us.  We prepped two areas for the first pour.

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                    This is how the forms are braced.                  Chip used gravel to block any openings.           
                                                      We both tied the steel mats.

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DR25  We did more excavation for a future project while the backhoe was on site.

                                                                                             We're ready for the first lower driveway pour....

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