I was anticipating that the retaining wall would be completed today. It wasn't. They came close...very close. Even staying until about 6:30 Mervin and Dan didn't quite finish the retaining walls and steps today. But they did come close. The effort, like yesterday, included laying out the timbers. backfilling and compacting the sand, cutting and placing the timbers, and spiking the timbers together.
|Mervin used the vibratory compactor between the timbers and the block wall.|
|Dan muscles a full 8 foot long 6x6 timber into place.|
|Ten inch spikes were driven through each timber.|
Each timber was fastened by either two or three depending on its length.
Toward the end of the day Mervin began to move much of the excavated material around to use as backfill and to shape the grade of the yard adjacent to the wall. This allowed us to assess the planned height of the top timbers with where the yard will eventually be shaped. Remember, the primary purpose of the structure is to keep rainwater from washing sand/soil into the slope to the basement door. Thus, the "top" step had to be far enough east of the cottage to allow all water to flow away...not toward...the building.
At the end of the long day the wall was at final level or within 1 or 2 boards of the top along it's entire length.
|Looking toward the northwest from one of the lowest steps.|
The short timber on top is to show the final height of the wall.
The terraces where plantings will be put can be seen.
|This picture is from the basement door looking up the steps.|
|This photo lets you see the slopes away from the house.|
The crew has another commitment for tomorrow, so they won't be back to finish up until Saturday. Though I just heard tomorrow may be rainy anyway. But, rumor has it that there may be other work done over the weekend, too. So, I may be posting tomorrow and/or Saturday.