Backyard retaining wall & fence project #1: Sunday results: I need to quit smoking and hit the gym

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 05-17-2020 11:48 PM 756 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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(This is actually blog entry #2, not #1. Not sure why LJ website math is squirrely)
Saturday, I was able to excavate, remove rotted based 4×6’s, and 2×12’s no problem for a good 30’. Must of been softer soil due to shade. Not so today. My 50 year old body wasn’t happy to do this so soon since I have not visited the gym in…...oh…..since I was 16 and a non-smoker :)
Took it easy today as I know my limits. Still gots to work the day job through the week. Only 6’ today. I am in no rush (other than would like to be doing this excavation while it’s 70-80 instead of the Reno 90-100 degree days).
I came to the portion of the fence that starts to see the sun for 12 hours a day, no shade. More hard packed soil, rocks than before. Had to use my mattock more than the shovel for the first 18” or so. Going to buy a trench shovel tomorrow to see if that has better results than my regular digging shovel.
Also, the previous 4 4×6’s were rotted at the base so they just wiggled off, leaving the cemented footing I’ll have to deal with eventually. This 4×6 was not rotted at all. I think I came close to the Hi-Lift max foot pounds (or maybe my strength). This did not pull the footing out at all, but did snap off at the base. So another footing to deal with.


Also, looked up safety about using a Hi-Lift jack and it’s practical uses. For those who pull tree stumps or off road or farm equip, it’s a good watching:

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 05-18-2020 01:26 AM

I take it the rain we’re getting here aint there?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 05-18-2020 02:28 AM

not yet. is cloudy though. weather folks say rain today & tomorrow. Sierra mountain ranges makes weather forecasts unreliable.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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