Not quite in the workshop... #25: Correcting auger mistakes...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-24-2010 06:40 PM 1225 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So lining up the rails, building the gate and all for my fence, I discovered something REALLY annoying… The last post hole appears to be 6” inward on the property line instead of right on it (Now HOW did that chalk line move?)/

So anyway, I had to remove an already concreted in post. Yay fun right? Out comes the cats paw to gracefully remove the nails from the rails, and then the concrete removal tools came out. Yep, the 10 lb sledge hammer, and shovel.

Now I am pretty sure this had to look funny to the neighbors across the bayou… A fat middle aged guy swinging a sledge like a member of a chain gang… The good thing apparently is I stink at mixing concrete, because even with following the instructions on the bag, my concrete had cracked and had a pretty serious split, a couple of good, solid whacks close to the base of the post, and I was able to carefully draw the post out without the concrete, a few more and the concrete chunks came out…

Now that expansive clay. Ugh… Dig, dig, dig, dig… 2 inches down. yuck… Then it came, out of nowhere…


I guess it IS august in coastal Texas. RUN!!!

Yes I was driven indoors by a sudden late afternoon thunderstorm. It appears I hadn’t paid attention to the flashes in the distance, until next thing I knew, the clap came almost immediately after the flash… No time to be dainty, get the heck out of harms way!

I guess I will have to get back at the digging later, but Mother nature gave me a good reminder… This clay soil stuff digs MUCH easier when it is wet, goopy soup instead of hard and concrete solid clay…

So now the plan, now that I know I was 6” off, and need to move my hole back, I am planning on filling said hole with water, repeatedly, until the surrounding ground is saturated, and easily diggable, and then slowly but surely dig back those 6 or so inches. insuring that the bottom of the hole is still where the old one was. I am after all going to try to be a cheap son of a gun and reuse the post I cut for this job!

I did take 2 2×4x12’s, overlap them so that they come out to a 22’ straight edge and checked the rest of the posts, no more than 1” variation, so I am happy there.

I need to find some good square drive flat head screws for the gate hinges, but we are well within our limits here as it were. I am planning on further breaking down the pull out concrete to use as fill material for the hole, I know I will be needing some extra due to the size of the new hole.

Yes, I am trying to insure the finished fence is as dead on as physically possible, and while I am not going to OCD about minor variations, 6” is anything but minor…

On issues of the workshop, I FINALLY managed to get the new Shark Guard with Mega Mouth port installed on the BT, it sure is pretty, but I wish Lee had powder coated the riving knife red as well, and not just the clamp and tail hook. My old SG had a red riving knife and I really liked it.. Oh well, the pawls, tail hook, and mega mouth make it MORE than worth the sacrifice. Now mind you, Lee sent me a different SG that is in its box needing to be sent back. He had a bit of a glitch in MFG. So this is actually my 3rd Shark Guard. My first came with the saw, #2 was a hiccup, and #3 is a beauty. I do still need to put the decals on. I am starting to like it without though… Oh well…

Likewise, I spend some time cleaning up in the shop yesterday. Now mind you, I still have stuff piled on my saw that was from replacing the radiator in my wife’s car a month ago. I REALLY need to get caught up in stuff. Likewise, my new shop dog, chewed up the base of my Woodcraft shop stool, so I will take it off, and to an upholstery shop to see if they can fix it. Actually, If I had a sewing machine I would do it myself. Just change out the vertical fabric. Might be a good time to go from the OE cream to hunter green anyway. Make it unique to me…

Slowly, slowly but surely my non shop projects are getting done, and room is getting back to my shop. I am starting to turn my thought process toward shop electrical and insulation. Thankfully LOML knows that those are on the agenda…

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 11:31 PM

Well, couldn’t you just have dug about a foot around the post, made some room on the side you wanted to move it to, and just pushed the whole mess over. Probably could have enlisted to dog to do some of the digging. Bustin’ up the old one sounds like a lot of work to me.

........or our old friend explosives….....just need a shaped charge on one side set down a foot, and loosened up the soil on the side you wanted it to go to…..........

.......or added a 6 inch post nailed to the proper side, paint it red so it looks like a fire hydrant, and everyone would think it was some special post, not a screwup, and nobody would like it better than the dog…........(-:

........always glad to be of some help….....(-:


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#2 posted 08-24-2010 11:54 PM

i use an electric jackhammer for that stuff, but i like explosives

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#3 posted 08-25-2010 04:29 AM

Nope, fat middle aged guy with 10 lb sledge hammer worked quite nicely… I thought about the post thing, but this is the post the gate latch is supposed to go to… It is in place, braced up by the busted up concrete…. I filled the hole with water at lunch today, and then dug it out when I got home tonight… No problem. Just need to let it dry up before I pour the new concrete…

IF there is a next time, explosives sound like a good idea…

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