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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.

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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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