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Old 21-09-2008, 13:33   #91
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See if your local hire depot has something like a "Bobcat" loader or better yet, a little machine called a "Dingo". May not be called that or available in the US. But it is a small machine that packs more punch than you would think possible and it takes many attachments such as a blade, a bucket and a post hole digger.
I would send you a box of my famous ready made holes, but I still haven't been able to sort the packaging out yet. Had an order for a really large hole the other day. Some guy that worked at some place in Europe. He was mumbling on about colliding something at great speed. Not sure, but they may be in opposition to me because they were making big holes too apparently. He swore they were a by product, but you can never trust those French speaking guys eh. French or Swiss, not sure, all sounds the same to me. What I think I understood was something about my holes cancelling out their holes I think. Stuffed if I know, but I tried sending it without packaging. But the courier Van Vanished. There one second, gone the next.
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Old 04-10-2008, 14:04   #92
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Is it a big thing to ask a utility company to do it's job? Sheez! The backhow operator wouldn't dig until we had the locates done for the Hydro. We had the gas, cable & phone done and I get a call from the Hydro supervisor saying all's clear it's all overhead. Overhead? Nope not here. The lines come from the ground. Turns out he surveyed the wrong house(s). Duh! Anywho had we gone ahead and dug we would have cut the feed to both houses. Took an extra week to get the buggers to do it right.

Anyhow we've started to put in posts. Another two loads of fill came in and these were moved by the backhow. Getting a lil' smarter in my old age! Four posts in and four to go.



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Old 04-10-2008, 22:59   #93
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Hey Rick

The problem we find here with putting posts in cement is they rot out in a short time because it rains so much. Water has to be able to drain out, so a method here is to put in a tube and fill around the post with compacted 1/2" rock.

The water perks and the treated post stay dry.
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Old 05-10-2008, 05:23   #94
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You know Rick, your project makes me wonder…..

When God asked Noah to build his Ark did he say….

“but first you must move 80 cubits of dirt and put in a drainage pipe…”

Ahh….that dirt moves in mysterious ways
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The way I feel this morning (back spasms) I should have just bought some more drain pipe, sealed the ends, strapped them together and mounted my garden shed on top then I'd have a boat eh?
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:48   #96
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First 16' section of retaining wall is done.

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There is one thing. The actual boat building should be simple by comparison to the setting up of the base!!

But I do have some worries about the method that you will move the boat out of the garden, considering all the difficulties you have had with just a small shed!






Remember Rome was not built in a day. The most important thing about such a project is that you also take time to enjoy life.
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But I do have some worries about the method that you will move the boat out of the garden, considering all the difficulties you have had with just a small shed!
You're not the only one!

Still gotta move the shed back into place once the yards level. That should be easier eh?
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Old 10-10-2008, 13:33   #99
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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.
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That's the drainage tile along the wall. Just waiting for 20 tonnes of clear stone to arrive! After this job I'll either be in great shape or a parapalegic!

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I'll bet you don't even miss the pipe when it's gone.
Pipe? What pipe? I don't see no pipe!
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8 of 10 tonnes of crushed stone moved....



Far side retaining wall almost done and starting the backfill...



That's 'nuff for today. Gotta rest up for Turkey Day tomorrow!
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I suppose you cheated and ordered it already crushed<g>. Starting to look like a boat yard from here! Eat hearty and enjoy!
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I bet your neighbors love you Well, at least with all that fancy landscaping, the value should come up. Just don't tell them you are building a boat there
It really looks good Rick. Very professional job.
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Where once there was a ditch, now there's a parking spot!



Work's far from over though. Two more loads of fill, one more gravel, sand and then topsoil! We've got a tractor coming in to move that though! Should be all done next weekend "IF" we can get the shed moved back!


Also tied in the outflow from the eaves troughs to the drainage pipe.
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Now all you need to do to be eco friendly is to design a catchment system for irrigation out of all this Just in case you get board and need more projects
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