In the list of “Dangerous holes at the firehouse” the pole closets reign supreme, but the massive hole in the studio floor is a fitting runner-up. The placement and foot-sized shape of this hole made it particularly treacherous for firehouse newbies who get caught up in the size of the space and stare up and over instead of down. We’ve saved loved ones for countless (OK, like 5) twisted ankles… or worse. It doesn’t look bad from afar.
Close up, it’s a bit scarier. Hello broken off pipe in 6+ inches of concrete. When the former owner stopped by last week, Aaron confirmed a bit of history about this place (post forthcoming when I can rustle up some images for it). One thing he learned is that when this building was a community center, it had to have handicap accessible bathrooms. These were constructed in the former garage space – basically to the left of the arrow in the picture above. This pipe was originally a drain that was connected to the lateral sewer line, making it ideal for a bathroom waste pipe. The former owner eradicated the bathrooms, save for this hack job.
Aaron opted to call a professional plumber to remove this cast iron beast rather than purchase a snap cutter (which I’ve been informed is the proper tool for that job). It amounted to just the price of a service call and it was well worth every dollar.
When it came time to fill the hole, Aaron used tapcon concrete screws to fix a piece of plywood into the ceiling of the basement.
Then it was just a matter of mixing up some Quickrete per the instructions on the bag and troweling until smooth.
Hole? What hole?