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    Together with two partners I bought 5 hectares of land back in 2012. The partnership didn’t endure, and I was able to secure sole ownership in 2018. It is at the merging of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, off the Southern tip of the African continent.

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    My current work office is about 1,200 km from this place, and all being equal I would only have been able to move here after retiring in 2 years’ time. Covid has brought many corporations around to working from home, and I was able to negotiate a remote working deal and sell my house back on the Highveld. That means I am effectively homeless from end November, with no place to go. There is only a small hut with electricity and ablutions on the property with no space for my household items.

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    This guy is in charge of mosquito control.

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    More to follow

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    My solution was to place two 6m containers as storage space for a start. The plan is to develop these into a carport as I will explain later.
    Clearing of undergrowth and marking out the hard points was the first job.



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    We built boxes from shutter plywood for pouring concrete pads as landing points.

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    Because of the significant slope of the terrain the lower pads had to be widened at the base to 1 by 1 by 0,3m with another pad of 0,6 by 0,6 by 0,3m on top.

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    Mixing and pouring

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    It came to a total of approximately 2,5 cubic meters of concrete in the end. For those Americans that are confused, it is equal to the volume of 7 medium refrigerators plus half a deer less one ice cube. All of this work was done by just my brother and me and a concrete mixer, no extra labour of any description except some brief coaching from my BIL on using the Dumpy Level (theodolite?) to level the hard points.

    Concrete poured and shuttering removed.

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    Default Re: Changing gear

    Should be a good project- hope all goes well, and you keep us posted.

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    That spider is why I live where I can’t feel my face in the winter...
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    We marked out the positions where the containers need to be set down.

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    Then the trouble started. The truck delivering the containers got stuck a number of times. The track leading into the property is challenging.


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    It took four hours to first dump the container, get the truck unstuck, reload and eventually place it. The delivery guys were very diligent and deserve a lot of praise. The second took all of fifteen minutes.
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    Job done.

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    The plan, as I mentioned previously, is to build a roof over both containers with a resultant carport in between as in this Sketchup design.

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    More later

    Regards

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    Looks great!! Excellent project - good luck!
    Rick

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    Good luck and fair weather Devout. My stepdad, from Capetown, talked of swimming at the conflence of the oceans and the strong currents there.

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