In the last post, I showed the six holes Benjamin dug. Well, what I did not show was the holes filled with concrete. That’s right! The same day Ben dug the holes, he mixed a bag of concrete for each hole and dumped it in. He worked into the dark, Mark and I holding flashlights for him to shovel the concrete into the holes!
Ben didn’t want Murphy to fall into the holes, after all…..
Sooo…an explanation. The threaded rods embedded into the concrete in the holes are for “adjusting the building” in the event there is some settling since the excavation was only recently done. Mark and Ben really wanted to get this project underway, so they didn’t want to wait to see how the land might shift a bit. Mark’s solution was the rods which make it possible to shim the building using a jack to lift a corner if need be.
In the above photo, Ben placed the bottom rail of the building in place and his holes lined up…perfectly!
After filling the holes and making sure everything was going to fit together, (and it did so, perfectly!) Ben once again tamped the ground where the rails would lie, leveling all along the way!
Now the weather has been terrificly mild thus far, but today was another story. It turned much colder and snowflakes were in the air as Mark and Ben fitted 2 x 6 inch pressured treated boards for a foundation under the metal rails.
After Ben finished working yesterday, he wanted to go to a Chinese buffet. We agreed it sounded good, so we all went out. On the way home, Mark pulled over alongside the road where folks were selling Christmas trees. The kids were over the moon. They picked a huge Blue Spruce that needed about a foot cut off the bottom!!!
Yes, it does need to be decorated. In the meantime, my kids had me laughing. They are so much bolder than I!
They told the fellow selling the trees they thought this tag said ten dollars.
The guy shrugged his shoulders and muttered “okay.”
Such a deal……