And with the warm weather came the construction of the retaining wall and steps. The work started mid morning...once the weather cleared. When we had the heavy rain a couple weeks ago, water and sand found their way into the basement. To temporarily solve the problem we filled much of the slope to the entry door. Dan Deitz sent one of his guys to help with the rescue. He dumped yards of sand in the slope to the entry. So, the first task today was to remove that extra soil and begin recreating the slope to the door.
The retaining wall work is being done by a company called the Aesthetic Gardener, owned by Mervin Hochstetler. Mervin and his helper, Dan, worked on the project today. And they had a great tool to move the sand. The project has seen a number of excavation tools. Today's was the smallest. But, it was just right for the job. And I can see it being used for many landscaping tasks.
|The gadget is called a Toro Dingo. It's a stand up rubber tracked end loader.|
Just what every big boy needs once he graduates from the sand box.
|The Dingo cut the slope easily.|
And....it really looked like fun.
|The Dingo got very close to the wall/footing.|
But, Dan still needed to do some shovel work.
|Dan is leveling out the area at the base.|
|It was good to be able to look out the basement door again.|
|Mervin checks level on the first timber to be installed.|
|Dan cut amazingly square cuts on the timbers with a chainsaw.|
|You can see the stairs taking shape as Mervin uses a sledge hammer to set spikes.|
|After a few courses of timber were installed Dan began to|
back fill between the retaining wall and the basement foundation.
The guys worked their way up each side of the structure. They are about one or two levels below the height where the terracing will begin. while there is a lot of work left by the end of the day I was able to get a good picture of what the final product will look like. Stay tuned, there will be progress pictures tomorrow.
|At the end of the day walls and steps started to take shape. |