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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What? No construction scenes? Koi pond in Kyoto

Here's a nice shot. No, I didn't take it. My friend, Chris took the shot during a trip to Kyoto. He also took the photo of the bridge I posted back in Nov. Photo of koi fish from Kyoto Japan

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Big rocks, mud 'n more mud - Construction Still Life Scenes

I think I told you yesterday it was muddy across the road. It's muddier today after a bit more rain. I'm beginning to give up all hope of seeing sunshine in the foreseeable future. Everytime I look at the building site, the landscape has been rearranged. Today was an epic addition to Construction Workers' Art - big rocks and more mud: Photo of construction site mud and rocks

I looked through photos from yesterday and spotted 2 rocks off to the side a bit and not particularily noticable. I missed them when I initially looked over the photos. Sometime during the morning, they spent time dredging up the other rocks and dumping them together, creating today's scenes from Still Life with Construction. They'll likely be gone by the time I head out tomorrow.

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They're going to need someone to take care of that! - wasp nest

Prior to Christmas, I spotted this hanging over the sidewalk. Hell of a big wasp nest dangling over the path, just past the Davisville subway.  Photo of a large wasp nest in Davisville, Toronto

Not sure but it looks like a paper wasp nest. It's a work of art in it's own right.    

 

 

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Too much mud ... a job I couldn't do

Yes, my favourite topic - the construction site across the road. They're almost done with the augers and looked like one was packing up. I spoke to one of the workers and he said they have just the north side left to drill. I'll try to get some more video before they go. But .... this picture is why I don't think I could ever do construction work:

Photo of construction worker surrounded by mudWay - too - much - mud! Holy smokes it was like a mud bath over the weekend. Swimming in pools of water.  When I took the photo this morning, most of the water had drained away. Still a lot of muck about. All those metal girders sticking out of the mud are the reason for all the drilling. The augers drilled holes for each one. When the steel thingy was dropped into the hole, it was filled in with concrete.  The site is ringed with them.

Not sure I'd be able to handle being up to my eyebrows in mud. I have problems when there's mud on the floor, can't even imagine working with this much mud and dirt. They are made of sterner stuff than I, across the road.  

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A little something for my construction fans - VIDEO of an auger in action

At one point last week, I realised not many of my readers will have actually stopped and watched the big augers in action.  So, I went out just before Christmas and stood in the COLD taking a couple of short videos. You're welcome. I loaded them up on Youtube Christmas day but was too tired to do anything with them.

The company doing the work is Rumble Foundations out of Mississauga. That's all they do - foundations for big builds. I was poking around their website and figured they are putting caissons in. If I'm wrong, please correct me. I'd be happy to be educated on the process. They've done a lot of the big jobs here in Toronto, but this is the first time I've paid attention to what they are doing. I have to say, I really expected this work to be far noisier. I'm sure it will get pretty loud at one point during the build, but the augers themselves are surprisingly muted.

Here's the first one:

This one is better - they were drilling near the entrance and I was able to catch a great video of them dumping the dirt off the auger itself.

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