All Torn Up

What have you done during Quarantine?

It’s a popular question these days.  For us, we did what we do… and pursued our already scheduled project of adding water hydrants closer to the house.

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I know.. boring, right?!

Well we didn’t think so.  We were more upset by the rationing of ibuprofen for our aching backs, than lack of TP (let’s not even go there!).

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After taking 8 hours to jack hammer the first 10′ of ditch 3′ deep, we were already tired…. and had another 140′ to go!

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So we solicited help.  We hired a back hoe… and more importantly, a hammer hoe, to get through our all rock terrain.

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In 4 hours a Case 580 made short work of our ‘little job’.  But in doing so, it completely obliterated our previously well manicured road.

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Even with big machinery, it took nearly a month of hard physical labor – jack hammering, shoveling, digging and moving rock and dirt, to ready our 150′ of ditch to drop our water line (between snow falls and freezing temps).

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Once the line was all in, we covered it with sand, and backfilled the ditch.  We cleared rock, graded the road, and spread 22 ton of gravel.

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In the end, you would never even know what we did… except we don’t have to walk all the way out to the road to get water any more.

Whew!

What will we do next?!

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