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With my excavating contractor running his high hoe (excavator) I rented a gasoline powered pogo stick, aka jumping jack vibrator, setting to work compacting the interior wall trenches.
With hindsight, these two days were to be the most difficult on my bawdy.
Picture this now; a multi HP powered compactor running by itself with some operator steering and no beer belly to hang over the handlebars. The machine very clearly has determination of its own. Sorry no image on the jumpin’ jack, as my excessive $49 camera expenditure for a reconditioned Kodak was just happening.
Some of the foundation wall trenches were a little over a foot wide to squeeze down into, yet the machine had handlebars slightly over two feet.
I would run Pogo into an area already compacted, attempt to turn it around. Meanwhile Mr. Pogo wants to pound hisself all the way to China. Ugggh!
I elected to use a special order R3 black foam product to insulate the hot water pipes. I would have liked a more lossy foam.
Once the pad was beautifully levelled, I invited the plumber, electrician and solar trades in to set their pipes below the sand in trenches.
Sadly, a heavier R-rated pipe wrap was unavailable on short notice. I elected to backfill and compact all the trenches I could before calling for a pad pour. Sure wish plumbers put all the sand in one place when they scoop for trenches. However . . .
I Am John Otvos, aka jayöh.