drill, baby

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 theĀ beginning of last week and we started drilling the holes for the I-beams to go into.

that was our driveway during excavation- it looks like a hill of dirt!

that was our driveway during excavation- it looks like a hill of dirt!

and the dirt on our street- sorry neighbors! I spent about 2 hours sweeping the dirt up after this.

and the dirt on our street- sorry neighbors! I spent about 2 hours sweeping the dirt up after this.

beginning a hole

beginning a hole

may not look like it, but this hole is at about 7 feet right here

may not look like it, but this hole is at about 7 feet right here

two beams from the lower part of our driveway, waiting for cement

two beams from the lower part of our driveway, waiting for cement

a shot of the beams from above, all cemented in (although the dirt has already covered the cement up!)

a shot of the beams from above, all cemented in (although the dirt has already covered the cement up!)

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.

oops! grandpa accidentally ran off the side of Joe's driveway- I had to get in the excavator and drag him out while he steered the bobcat!

oops! grandpa accidentally ran off the side of Joe’s driveway- I had to get in the excavator and drag him out while he steered the bobcat!

empty septic pit

empty septic pit

full septic pit!

full septic pit!

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.

taking a quick break to snap a photo of Jacob hard at work

taking a quick break to snap a photo of Jacob hard at work

yup- we filled this massive trailer (which holds 5 yards) 3 times, 3 days in a row.

yup- we filled this massive trailer (which holds 5 yards) 3 times, 3 days in a row.

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!

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