It starts with a pin…

It starts with a pin…

It starts with a pin…

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I’ve just arrived back in the office after a morning on site at Beechley Drive. There’s not much to see just yet – the framework is up for the fence, the site office is in place, the electricity cabling has been set up and switched on, and there is a noticeboard absolutely full of very complicated looking plans and drawings. Over the next couple of days, the hoardings will go up around the frame, and once the site is secure and safe, the groundworks can begin.

One thing I’ve never really understood about building sites is – where on earth do you start? How does someone know where to dig the first trench, or lay the first brick? And what if you were to start at two different parts of the site and then the building doesn’t meet up in the middle? So I asked Site Manager Gary to explain the process to me. Believe it or not, everything starts with one little pin – in this case, the pin in the picture. Once this is in place, every single measurement for height, depth and direction will be taken from it, using a tripod and a dumpy level. No, really, it is actually called a dumpy level! It’s bit of kit that was invented back in the 19th Century, with an internal spirit level mechanism, though these days you’re more likely to see one with an electronic laser beam to zap out measurements exact to within a fraction of a millimetre. Perhaps wisely, Gary wouldn’t let me play with the ‘zapper thing’, something about health and safety…

So now you know all about pins and dumpy levels, what else would you like me to blog about? Leave a comment below, drop me a line or say hi on Twitter or Facebook…and if you’d like to see the rest of the pics from today, check out the Gallery or our Instagram feed!

More soon,

Michelle

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