Not quite in the workshop... #16: Can you dig it?

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-28-2010 05:41 PM 1320 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Because I sure can’t… But I guess you need some background information to know just WHAT I am babbling about right?

Saturday was the big day to get the post hole auger out of my friends shop, and tackle the fence posts. Well… there were 8 measly holes to drill, that’s all, just 8. Only one of them was fairly easy…

We started off breaking the shear pin within 6” on the first hole, only to discover I had no 5/16” carriage bolts to use as shear pins… A trip to Ace hardware came up with a small bag of 5/16” x 2.5” grade 5 carriage bolts and matching nuts… I bought a dozen. I should have gotten more…

The easy hole was #4, and it is the one right next to the discharge line for the Reverse Osmosis system flush out, so it stays wet… Hmmm. Drilling into this soil dry is like drilling into concrete, drilling wet is nice and easy…

out comes the garden hose…

Out method turned into start one hole, go as far as we could dry, pull the auger, fill hole with water, go to next hole, drill as far as we could dry, lather rinse repeat….

Well by the time we were starting to get a little bit on the heat exhaustion side of things, I had 6 of the 8 posts with holes drilled, and posts installed, concreted in, and posts levelled. The 2 remaining holes are at 6” and 12” depths, and have been repeatedly filled with water….

My hole drilling partner to use the 2 man machine, isn’t available again until tomorrow night.

Tonight, Lord, my wife, and the puppy willing, will be a night cutting the new posts to height and starting the rails across the already done posts. So I get to make plenty of use of the miter saw, compressor, air nailer, and level. I am sure the neighbors will love me…

One of the 2 remaining holes, happens to be the post hole that will have the new gate catch installed on it. I am planning on building a gate to allow me access to the bayou for cleanup, mowing and when the bayou grasses are mowed and all acceptably, walking the dog… So that will be a good bit of work to get done, but I am using a good stout iron gate hardware / framing kit from Home Depot. It’s been in my shop for years, and was one of those projects that Ike screwed up… This gate will be 48” (more or less depending on how things go in concrete you know?) and is also intended to move equipment and such into / out of the back yard that will NOT fit in through the side gate…

Even with just the posts pulled out of the stack in my shop, there is an appreciable reduction in the amount of stuff in my shop. This little bit of progress is in a weird way, a little ray of hope for my shop. Like I have mentioned before, every little bit of progress, just makes me that much more encouraged to move that much further forward. Lacking that, it would be so easy to just feel like I am doomed to working in a cramped space where I need to wheel everything out to the drive to make a cut…

To be this close to done with the fence is a great feeling. And I can’t wait to get out there this evening and make some more sawdust!

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#1 posted 06-28-2010 07:18 PM

good luck and keep your ribs away from the spinning handles of the auger

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#2 posted 06-28-2010 08:50 PM

I have always felt like you put the same total physical effort into the old post hole diggers and the gasoline engine power auger. It’s just that with the power auger, it usually took less time! Those things eat you up. Be safe.

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#3 posted 06-28-2010 09:41 PM

Actually part of the thought process behind the gas auger was me being cheap. The gas auger is a loaner. I didn’t want to buy a post hole digger, and a regular shovel digs too big of a hole…

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#4 posted 06-29-2010 03:25 AM

Of course the hole you need to have the deepest and best, holding up the gate, has to be perpendicular and suffer slams and misjudged passage of large objects through the gated opening….......that is one of holes located over a long abandoned bank vault, or ancient iron casket for someones favorite horse. That’s always the way it goes…....

This does not augur well for the expedient completion of the fence….............................(-:


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