Although the plumbing connections to the sump are done, the back porch is still a hot mess, begging for some clean up.
I embedded the cast iron soil pipes (CISP) and cistern connection in sand. The pile of gravel that was sitting in the corner came in handy when I backfilled around the pipes and began to level out the porch floor.
Similar to the basement interior, the parging on the foundation wall had to go. All it does is trap moisture in the masonry, which is bound to lead to long term problems.
Another touch up item was to remove the incredibly crooked concrete steps, leading from the porch basement level into the back yard. It turned out that this “touch up item” required a lot of muscle, sweat, and some brute force equipment.
I started with a sledgehammer and didn’t get very far. And those who know me also know that the sledgehammer and I are good friends. Still, I had to rent an electric jackhammer to get the stairs out.
That pretty much concludes my preparation for the porch teardown and rebuild. I am now waiting to hear from our contractor on when his crew will move in.