Roger Bisby shares the trials and tribulations of relocating the drains in the second episode of The Extension project.
Builders will often tell you that the hardest part of a job is the bit in the ground. In my case this was true. The ground was made up with rubble, there were two drain runs and manholes to be removed and relocated.
Thames Water won’t let you use indoor manholes because they need to get in there and pressure jet. The drains also have to be clay. I had to dig them out and build new manholes in a day so I could keep all the houses on the services.
Relocating the drains was the hardest day’s work I have done for ages and there was no time for filming. I kick myself now but at the time I didn’t need any more complications.
I’m happy now we are out of the ground. I spent far too long thinking about how I was going to do that part of the job, even on holiday I was thinking about it and maybe that was a good thing because my plan went like clockwork.