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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 02-26-2012 11:12 PM 3286 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hear distant power tools. Is everyone working on a project today. I did and man am I sore. I’m getting to darn old for this.
I didn’t even plan on doing this today, but I really didn’t have much else to do, so one thing led to another and there you have it.
I started off doing some calculations to determine how much material I needed, then went to Lowes to price it out and decided to just rent their truck and haul it all home.

I managed to only have the truck about an hour, which is pretty good for an old man like me to unload all those stones.

I am using river rock under my footing and then patio tiles. The hill will be the hardest part, and any advise is appreciated. After the footings I’ll probably use sand to give an easier time with leveling the blocks and use construction adhesive to hold them together. I know you don’t have to use construction adhesive, but I like things to last.

Here is how things sit now, I should get most of it done tomorrow, but I have to quit early for a doctors appt.

Bricks are everywhere.

Those two blocks are just there to keep the dirt out of the corner. I may try to find some corner blocks or just lay some brick in a square on both corners. A nice post about half again as wide as the wall.

The wall will only be about 21 inches high, so I’m definitely doing some overkill here.

It’s nothing but tree roots, so it’s trenching with a hand spade and a hatchet. At least I can lay on my side while I work, lol.

I know it looks a mess now, but it will be beautiful.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.



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Martyroc

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 02:53 AM

Hi Russel, I had my whole day planned, yet I ended up in the workshop all day anyway. Thats some real manual labor you’ll sleep good tonight, but you should dread getting up thats when the real pain kicks in.

Don’t even talk about getting old, eventually you will believe it and slow down too much, its OK to slow down but if you slow down too much you will see the years go by and start having regrets. My father in law was super active when he was younger, now he spends most of his days sitting in a chair watching TV, ive tried to get him woodworking again and told him he could use my shop whenever he wants but he slowed down too much and has no motivation to get going again. I am going to have my daughter work on him next, its hard for grandpa to say no to his grandaughter.

As for the work your doing, you need to con some friends into helping you out, that’s too much work for someone in there 20’s, ( I really don’t remember my 20’s too well, but I know I didn’t make noises when I got out of bed in the morning like I do now ). I found that a couple of six packs will get at least 50% of your buddys to help out, throw in a pizza and you get 85%, :-)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 02-27-2012 03:03 AM

Boy this old man is sure glad it was you doing this work instead of me. To late about the talking old part ,I’ve been saying I’m old for some time.I still do shop work but at a slower rate.

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#3 posted 02-27-2012 03:12 AM

Slowing down is ok gents, stopping is where there could be a problem.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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