Concrete Sinks

Here we are starting our renovation at last in the middle of a heat wave. A stage three water advisory is in effect, British Columbia’s forests are burning like never before and plants and trees that flourish in our temperate rainforest climate are dying.

As far as our renovation goes, the dry weather is a big help. We can stack materials we remove from the house without worrying about it getting wet before tomorrow, we can remove chimneys without getting water in the house, and the old septic tank is getting dryer and dryer. That will make it much easier to dig all the dirt out of it before the excavator removes it.

In fact with the plants in pots (we are removing them from around the house before the foundation gets dug up) and desperate for water, I thought it a good idea to put them in the septic tank and see if they can help us remove some of the water in there by drinking it. They seem to love it.

Septic planter!
Septic planter!

How appropriate that the extreme weather we are experiencing right now because of climate change is helping us in our work and one of the central goals of our renovation is to reduce our impact on climate change. Ironic or just interesting?

Meanwhile, the emptying of the basement has ramped into high gear. One of the challenges I wanted to tackle when we had some neighbours over on Sunday to help was the concrete laundry sink in the basement.

Concrete sink!
Concrete sink!

It’s big and heavy and sits on two pillars with no other adhesive than its sheer weight. Two poured concrete blocks raise it high so that the water will drain, but a wooden platform was built to stand on (it’s gone now).

We’d like to use the sink again and one idea is to install it somewhere outside. It’s certainly not going to rust!

To move it we thought about ropes and pulleys and then decided on using two of the planks from Ron the neighbour who knows about chimneys’ scaffolding. The plan was not to break the sink and not to break any backs or toes.

Our friend Jeff was a big help
Our friend Jeff was a big help

At the bottom of the ramp we tipped it onto a flat dolley and then wheeled it up the planks.

Finally, VICTORY!
After the really heavy lifting was done, that was when Ron showed up. He silenced all critics pretty fast, however, with his help taking out the pedestals.

The last pedestal was kinda cemented to the wall and it kinda broke. Ron offered to fix it. That’s why you need to meet your neighbours, my friends. You never know if one of them is a brick and tile guy who can fix your grandmother-in-law’s laundry sink.

The space the sink left may not look like much to you, but that sink was there since the thirties!


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James Rowley

James lives in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada with his amazing partner, Leanne Koehn, and their two amazing kids in their beautiful house. He studied Science and English Literature at the University of British Columbia where he met Leanne. He also studied acting for a while at Studio 58 in Vancouver. He works as a teacher of English and curriculum writer for new Canadians.

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