Friday, 25 May 2012

Driveways, Power Poles and Telstra pits

Things to know for a knock down rebuild,

Power Pole - your drive way will need to be a meter away from that.

Telstra Pit – if your driveway incorporates a Telstra pit, you will need to have a concrete pit installed, about $800 for the pit, they are generally plastic or older ones are sometimes made from asbestos sheeting, also the pit needs to be completely in your drive way, and don’t forget that to put the pit in they will need to disconnect and reconnect all the phone lines using the pit approximately $800.

On a side note Penrith council need written permission from Telstra to incorporate the pit in a driveway.

My story went something like this,
Searched the internet to find a number to ring Telstra on, found this number 02 92040989, staff member said that I did not need to get written authority, naively thought this was great so I waited for my concreter to come back from holiday and start the job, he formed up the first time, and tried to sneak me about 300mm closer to the power pole to make the driveway work better,

1st council inspection, move driveway away from power pole, (had to try) also the driveway would not be approved without written permission from Telstra,

Concreter moves the driveway across books in another inspection for the following morning, now the driveway is to narrow at the top, only my wife’s car will fit with about 20mm on either side, I decided to take the morning off to talk to the council inspector about our options,

Spoke to the Council inspector, he took one look at the driveway and said that it wasn’t workable as it was and gave me the option of taking a line past the power pole to line up with the column so that we could drive both cars in the drive now. He also explained that he wasn’t able to budge on the Telstra permission and I should ring them again.
Driveway with angle towards front column

original plan around Telstra pit

Rang the original number 02 92040989 again this time I explained that I had a council inspector that would not allow me to organise the driveway without the written permission, they gave me a different number to call – 1800653935 – I was given a job number and told that the Telstra rep responsible was going to give me a call within 5 business days,

My concreter had also logged a job previously so I got a call about a day later.

The conversation didn’t go as planned; Your pits broken and you will need a concrete pit $800, (Yes I know the pit is broken, it has been broken for 18 months, we log a job and get a job number, the Telstra contractor comes out to fix the pit closes the job without fixing the pit, when the lid breaks we can get a new lid but that’s about it, we got feed up of ringing),  the pit needs to be in your driveway, not possible, its half on my side half on my neighbour’s side (not like others in the street which are placed on one side of the boundary) then we have to move it, So now I need to pay for their broken pit to be fixed and relocated to the correct place and its upwards of $1600, how far away do I need to be away from the pit, 200mm, great close job.

Concreter moved the driveway from around the Telstra pit, and I finally get the driveway finished, not how I had envisioned but at least it was in.

Driveway moved away from Telstra pit

Finished Driveway

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Easter Bunny Came and Went

Easter was a blur off painting and cleaning, we spent the 4 days of Easter at our investment property, we painted the whole house, carpets cleaned, oven fixed, garden tidied ready for the new tenants.

We have spent the later part of April unpacking, both what we had used while the knock down was happening and what we had stored in the sheds.

We have put up the light fittings we saved from the old house, a blind that fitted perfectly in the kids activity window, the rest of the windows have curtains, luckily the kid’s curtains fitted their new windows, and we bought 3 new curtains sets. 1 from Bunning’s for the master bedroom, 2 from Curtain Wonderland for the Home Theatre and Kitchen Windows.
We have gotten by with most of our existing furniture, a trip to IKEA for a new TV stand for the kids TV area being the exception, we have our pictures up which is a great step to help soften the display home feeling I got when we first moved in, after 3 weeks or so I still love the house and I would build again if I needed to.

The driveway is almost finished but those problems need a separate post, trying to slot a driveway between a power pole and a Telstra pit have been a nightmare.

Telstra Leadin
 Sorry for the lack of photos, my daughter took the camera on a visit to Grandma's and left it with Grandma, now I have it back I promise more photos less writing.