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Old 17-09-2008, 12:34   #76
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I presume you have a wheel barrow
Nope, nice new spade shovel though!

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and need to spread it out along the trench
Yup, that's the plan.

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then cover with dirt and grow grass.
Retaining wall first then fill with more dirt. No grass, gravel.

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It starts out fine but after the first 20 wheel barrow loads it gets harder.
*sigh*

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It's the tonnage not the distance.
Is that metric tonnes? I'm sorta hopin' metric tonnes are smaller (lighter) than the old fashion tonnes!

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If you have enough beer on hand you won't get it done in a day.
So what happens when ya consume all the beer and pass out? How does the pile move itself?

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You are going to hurt after you are done and for several days.
I hurt now just lookin' at it!

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Make sure you have extra beer!
Ya comin' over? What kind do ya like? I'll even spring for the fine imported stuff (Old Milwaukee Beer)!

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Nice neat pile though.
Thnx. I guess for a pile it's pretty neat. Never had a pile like this before!
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Old 17-09-2008, 12:53   #77
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I am ready to go, but the plane ticket will probably cost more than the local labor. Looks like an end dump load, about 22 tons. Should be able to move that in a day.
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You had better hurry up and move it, or the next load will be dumped even further away.

Mighty tempting to get one of those mini-backhoes for this task! (a lot of fun too!)
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Mighty tempting to get one of those mini-backhoes for this task!
Look at it as advertising. Just how many friends and neighbors would love to come play trucks at your house!

A 2 wheel wheelbarrow would really save the back. Just buy one! Shovel once, wheel, and dump. You could add a cup holder.

I shoveled by hand one truck load once in my life in one day. I was 19 and hung over from the better part of a quart of Vodka the night before. I quit drinking for several years after that. It cured me. I still drink but don't shovel stone. Working on the boat is more than enough pain besides I'm married too.
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I think if I actually knew what I was doing and spent some time to figure out the logistics of dirt I'd of rented one of those Bobcat skidsteer loaders. Seeing that I'm not as smart as I think I am I'll do it by shovel. I really need the exercise anyways!

Here's what I got done in 3 hrs......





The lil' guy from next door came over to help, well he thought he was helping. He dug a few holes in the top of the pile. We started a game to name each of the big rocks we tossed in the ditch. First ones were Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie, then came Sharon Stone, Rocky Balboa, Fred Flintstone, Pebbles, you can see where this is going right? We got through about 1/3 of the pile. Wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. A little sore, probably pay for that tomorrow.
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Progress is indeed worth the celebration. It is sometimes hard to imagine that pictures like this are the very early stages of building a boat. No one knows the details of boat building and I see this as a triumph of Cruisers Forum. Good drainage is at the root of all great construction so why not do at least this much effort to get started all on the up and up. Laying the foundation as it were.

Looks like a few more days work and then the dirt can be next. I used to be a Landscape Architect in my 20's. I once moved 4 million cubic yards of dirt. It was a tremendous job all done on paper. I never got mud on any foot and got paid to do it.

Continue on and and when you can't see the pipe we will require a new picture. Most fun I've seen on the Internet this week. Perhaps we could get a web cam to watch live? History in the making happens in small increments. Some more action photos might increase the drama. Bob Vila started like this you know.
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Old 20-09-2008, 10:48   #82
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Lunchtime view today

So, what's your lunchtime view like today? I imagine you're all relaxin' in the cockpit of your boats in some exotic location with a cooling beverage!!

Here's mine. Been at it since about 8 AM this morning, it's now 12:45.





The progress is slow but we're making headway. There's a heck of a lotta dirt in a dump truck!

Imagine all this just so I can build a boat in my backyard!
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Been there , done that, still got the aches to prove it.

I recommend a really hot bath and/or a really hot babe




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Made some progress. Not as much as I'd like but I'll take it. Mano am I sore!




Think I'm gonna rent a post-hole digger for the next phase.
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I recommend a ...... or a really hot babe
Oh got one of those! She's here on the loveseat havin' a lil' nappy, poor thing is plum tuckered out!
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No wonder. I guess we shoulda told you that she is supposed to bring the beer while YOU shovel
Lookin good Knotty. You will be up to your ass in epoxy in no time
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No wonder. I guess we shoulda told you that she is supposed to bring the beer while YOU shovel
Lookin good Knotty. You will be up to your ass in epoxy in no time
Now if I had been drinking beer I'd of probably tossed the dirt in the wrong ditch! *sigh* Now Rum & Coke, now the job would have been done a lot sooner. As for epoxy FastCat435 has promised me some of his basalt fabrics to try out on the infusion table! I'm thinkin' another model is in order for this winter with all the modifications we want to make. That'll keep me outta trouble when it's -30 degs C outside!
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Good drainage for a boat really is important. Lots of folks don't understand. Nothing worse than your brand new boat sinking into the swamp. I'll bet you don't even miss the pipe when it's gone.
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Oh my aching back.....no hang on that's not right...Oh your aching back. You have to do something about that -30 deg bit though Knotty. That's too damn cold. MOVE!
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Hey there Wheels ya ole' seadog! How the heck are ya?

I will honestly be able to say that I've moved a mountain to be able to build my boat in my own back yard!





Jobs far from done yet though. Neighbor has tied in his drainage pipe and we've got another load of fill coming tomorrow. We've agreed to bite the bullet and hire the backhow to level the next load and dig the holes for the posts. As much as I need the exercise I don't want to have to move a dumptruck load of fill ever again!
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