jambaloney here... in the flesh!!
there have been concerns about my demise... thanks PioneerPreppy for being so concerned...
i read all your comments- it was pretty funny!!!! but i think pp may have been using my absence to tell a good story and suck up to kymber ;-) winston may been worried i have become a zombie, but not the case either... no...after my bone-headed move (driving the truck into the ravine), i have been laying low, trying to get kymber treats and working on the winterization of the manor... back in the saddle so to speak!
first off,here is helga's belated halloween sky pic ;-)
back in the trench ... a 2 part series!!
first off, if you are bored enough to read about more digging, you are bored enough to read the last trench post... now we are moving along:
PART I - sept 09 - getting under the footing!
this is where i got to in july; the water is at the footing... (those are kymber's crocs ;-)
here is a pic of the work i did in sept with me lurking in the background.. i scraped the whole thing down to the footing and dug under the footing to the basement. this was a major step as it provided a way for water to flow out of the basement without the sump pump being necessary... i have left the sump pump in place of course, to be safe, but we had a deluge a week later and the sump pump only came on about 5 times (it was coming down in buckets)
it is best to work after it rains... i get muddy ;-))
this rock way laying sideways across the trench about 3 feet down...took a good 15-20 mins to remove .. i thought it was the biggest left... you know how THOSE assumptions turn out!! it was a great anchor for the temporary (forever) drainage... top to bottom: gray water, dishwasher. sump pump..
here you get a good view of the deeper trench and the pipes..
PART II - Nov 01 - because i ditched the truck last week, i needed a pride booster... SO I FINISHED THE TRENCH!
i needed to have a pipe that size go under the footing:
there is the hole from sept 09:
this rock was 6 times bigger that the last "biggest" rock... i had to pulverize it with the sledge hammer and take it out in bits... took over an hour and rattled 5 teeth outta my head!!
hi ho, hi ho.... you know the rest ;-) those are old boots from the fire-hall - amazing mud boots!!!
in my element... (i guess) we all have our rationalizations!!!
four hours later... v i c t o r y !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
50 feet long and ready to have pipe laid in!!!!
the night i took that first sky pic was amazing...
and the next morning mist in the valley ..
back from the dead, cheers all and have a great weekend!!!