My dad showed up about 4:30 PM on Friday. We started by going over my list of what I wanted to do this weekend and making sure what we needed to get. We then made our first of the seven weekend trips to Home Depot to get some lumber and other odds and ends.
We started Saturday morning by disassembling the existing sump pump. We dug out the bottom of well to make it a bit deeper. We drained the well and quickly realized that the pump doesn't only deal with rain water. Apparently the well is below my houses very own sea level. Water just seems to bubble up from the ground at a pretty constant rate. We kept having to drain it with my dad's wet dry vacuum. We assembled and glued the remaining pipe pieces.
While we waiting for the PVC cement to dry we started building the final wall section. It was a normal wall with no windows or anything. It worked well except for one small problem. The water pipe that goes to the outside hose outlet came down a bit at the corner. My dad had to chisel the corner down to make it fit below the water pipe. After the wall we went back to the pump.
We assembled the final pieces of pipe and set the pump into the well. My dad then started filling the well with water to get it to run. It ran once without issue, and then we filled it again. The second time became this weekend's water incident. The pipe strap on one of the rubber couplings wasn’t quite tight. It worked its way loose and the pumps very sufficient water pressure began spraying like a sprinkler all over the basement. My dad unplugged the pump and we figured out what happened. I mopped the floor to remove the majority of the water. Then my dad went back and tightened all the pipe straps. After that the pump as worked perfectly as far as we can tell. No leaks anywhere along the piping.
After the sump pump we made the framing to go around the gas meter that is conveniently placed in the middle of the wall in the basement. Not too much to it, just two 12" wall pieces. The last thing we built was the frame for my rack. I ordered it last week to make sure we got the sizing right. It is a Middle Atlantic SRSR-X-24. We made sure to make a solid floor for the rack to mount to, since it will hang out and have some serious leverage.
Sunday morning we started on the riser. The riser is 5'x9'x10" with a 10"x8'x7" step on the front of it. Let me just say, when drawing up the plans for this and imagining it somehow the size didn't come across. Once it was built it is far bigger in practice. We built it with 24" O.C. supports and 3/4" plywood on top. I bounced up and down on it so I am pretty confident it will hold chairs and people. The last thing we built was a square base for the sump pump well. That way I can put a lid on it and make it as unobtrusive as possible. Especially now the pipe that was 5 ft in the air is now gone.
The last thing we did Sunday was to go to Home Depot for the last of the seven weekend trips to get some lumber. This time I got some medium grade lumber to make some shelving out of. I am going to make some recessed shelving to hold DVD's. I am going to have some shelving for TV DVD and then a new arrivals shelf for visitors.
My dad left about 12:30 to ensure he could get home before dark. At this point all the major construction is done. I will be able to do everything else by myself until the drywall. I will have professionals come in and do the walls and ceilings for drywall. The last piece I will need help with is mounting the Linacoustic and fabric on the walls. I think both my parents will come down to help me with that in 2 weeks or so.