May 5th… I was puttering around my yard when the neighbor’s came out for a chat. It was Cinco de Mayo and Tacos y Camaron (shrimp tacos) were on my menu, I invited them to join us.
Men may not talk as much as women, but these two managed to hatch a plan over dinner… rebuild their retaining walls! Rick happened to know Menard’s was running brick on sale which actually saved lots of money so next thing we know, our drive became clogged with pallets of brick! Shortly after, Kevin decided this might be a good time to replace the old waterline to our house since it was vintage 1920′s and we had lousy water pressure.
As it turns out… there is a lot of work involved in all this… for everyone involved! Here is the story… the captions under each tell it.
Rick’s wall was decidedly less complicated, but you get the picture of their great idea!
Suddenly our driveway was populated with pallets and pallets of brick
… and a new vehicle
Our wall was in bad shape
… and the curb nearly a foot or so made backing our of our driveway a challenge
Up at 6am moving plants. I couldn’t believe how heavy some of them were!
Mr. Bobcat, tear down that wall!
So it went…
Into the dump truck. They hauled 3 loads of concrete away.
And the wall is gone!
Donuts for the crew
Our front porch steps….
…weren’t spared (yay! a new porch!)
Disconnecting the 1920′s waterline from the street shut-off proved to be too much. It broke.
And so it went… waiting for City Waterworks to show up.
I didn’t get pictures of the city waterworks crew. They were there for nearly 3 hours replacing the broken port to our house.
They also uncovered an ancient gas line no longer in use.
A trench up into the middle of the front yard (sigh… poor tree roots)
A growing mountain of dirt…
And a crater…
And a 4-5 hour job turned into a 36-hour nightmare for the plumber.
The crew left at 7pm that night when they finally achieved success pulling the old pipe out of the house.
The next morning they brought in the big guns! This is the machine they probably wished they had started with!
Finally the pipe emerged in a new hole they drilled a couple feet over from the old one.
The connector they used to pull the pipe through with the bobcat
Through the trench…
… to the street.
All buttoned up… sorta
Now the hard work for Kevin begins!