The Telstra Pit on our nature strip that we paid to have moved before construction commenced, is at the front left of the property (when facing the house), whereas all the services are being attached to the right hand side of the house, necessitating a pipe installation diagonally across our entire front yard. For electricity this isn't an issue, as we had the pit installed on the right, water is in the middle of the property and gas I wouldn't have a clue as to the path (a call to Dial Before you Dig will fix that one). However, I was concerned that the telephone trench wouldn't be installed deep enough underneath the location of the proposed new driveway, particularly as we'll be cutting out a bit of the existing fill to reduce the slope somewhat. So I felt it worthwhile to be onsite to influence this.
I'm glad I did. The two guys doing the phone line installation asked the question of the driveway before I even had a chance to state it, and they helped me measure the depths at various points along the trench (being very obviously pregnant probably helped!) and get photos of the trench before they backfilled.
My earlier reference to building standards refers to the discovery made during the trenching process; a discovery that had me baffled and feeling somewhat flat: that our water pipe is located a mere 15cm from the surface and even worse, our newly connected stormwater pipes are less than 5cm deep! Literally only a sweeping of dirt to cover the pipes! So you pay to have this stuff installed, and then you sever and crush it all during landscaping and then you pay someone else to install it deeper! I wish I knew if I had any rights to demand a deeper installation. A Google search last night revealed nothing useful.
|Black water pipe|
and equally shallow stormwater connection
Whilst on site I took a look at the completed tiling job also. On the whole, he's done a great job of getting the porcelain rectified tiles level - there's only about 3 or 4 lips that I could find and the only one that is a slight annoyance is one under my feet in the ensuite shower. But the main floor areas, bath tops and walls are quite flush.
However, the standards and tolerances issue reared its ugly head in this area too...
The main toilet and laundry floors are 3 and 4mm lower than the metal edging at the doorway, leaving a lip of a sharp metal edge. Again - what's the tolerance for tiled edging at the doorway? I think I'll give Beaumonts a call today and ask. The bathroom and ensuite floors are level with the top of the edging, so are nice and smooth exit from these rooms thankfully!
|4mm lip on tile edging to toilet|
There's some fairly big gaps in the corners of the showers also, and I wonder if the caulking will cover this neatly or be large and glaringly white on the taupe and charcoal tiles.
All this gives rise to the notion that Paul and I will get a building inspector to conduct PCI with us. We need someone who knows how long a scratched window can be, or a chipped door or brickwork. It's easy to think you're being too pedantic with these sorts of cosmetic imperfections. An investment in some professional third party advice to ease that uncomfortable knot in the pit of my stomach will be well worth it!