It’s been a couple of crazy weeks- hence no blog posts for a while and then 3 in one morning! School just started on Tuesday, but I’ve been back at work since the middle of last week/ That means that my grandpa has been pretty much on his own when it comes to building the retaining wall. And guess what? It’s almost done! He finished excavation at the beginning of last week and we started drilling the holes for the I-beams to go into.
Those holes are 10 feet deep and a lot of dirt came out of them. Luckily up until this point we had been able to unload our dirt in our neighborhood. Joe got a lot of dirt to extend part of his driveway, Bill took over 5 yards to fill in a giant hole that was left over from an old septic system, and Hayden took a bunch for a project he’s got planned down the road.
The dirt from the holes though? Nope- we had to haul that away. And my grandpa had already returned the bobcat- so Jacob and I had to load the trailer by hand (or rather, by shovel). We did 3 trailer-loads by hand, which meant every day after work the beginning of this week Jacob and I ere in our driveway shoveling. It was exhausting but definitely worth it.
Next steps: we need to let the beams set for 2 weeks. After that, we can start sliding in the boards and back-filling with drain rock. Woohoo!