One of our current rehab projects required us to connect to the town sewer. One small issue–okay there were a few issues.
First off, this house is on a main road and the only side streets near the house are dead-ends. This means while the guys are digging up the street, they have to maneuver the machinery to make sure cars and trucks are able to pass by at all times. As you can see in the map, the police detail can’t direct traffic around to side streets.
You can see how they don’t have much space at all. Obviously, we knew going into the deal that Trapelo Rd is right off the highway and very busy. We doubled our sewer tie-in budget to accommodate the difficulty of the job… But who knew most bids would coming in at over $25,000-35,000 for a few days of work??
Of course, there were surprises along the way…
In the video, look to on the pavement the left of the tractor and notice the two orange lines. That is where the contractors originally planned on digging. On Monday, they started cutting along that line and had to stop due to the location of the gas line, which luckily wasn’t disturbed. Overall, it set the contractors back a bit and they improvised quickly. Unlike the next surprise….
Like opening up a wall in a rehab, you never know what exactly you’ll find once you open up a street. We get a call Tuesday morning from the contractor informing us there were unforeseen obstructions in the planned pathway of the new sewer line. As that moment, it looked like we’d have to move the already completed plumbing from the side of the house to the front to meet the new location of the sewer line. There’d be change orders for more permits, plumbing, ripping apart and redoing the finished basement.
Normally, the standard procedure is to bring the sewer line in from the street FIRST, and THEN bring the plumbing to meet it. Seasonal restrictions and the fact that the new GC we were using for the first time hated the job and had essentially checked, out caused us to reverse the two steps, thus taking a big risk. A couple months ago, hoping all would go to plan, the plumbing was moved to the side of the house and covered by the finished basement.
Our contractor spent a good part of the second day figuring out which ways to maneuver the line around other lines, while making sure it would still function properly. At 5 PM, we were notified that we avoided the worst-case scenario. Phew!
** UPDATE **
Aaaannd as I’m editing this article, I get another call from the contractor, “We hit ledge at the edge of the property. It’s going to cost us another day, but we will know more in an hour. I’ll send you some pictures in the meantime.”
What started off as a 3-day job turned into a 6-day job. The fun never ends in the flipping world!!by