Monday, September 6, 2010

Building a wall is SLOW work.

Each of those "chicken rock" boulders weighs approx. 250-300 pounds.
Steve, Katie and Brian worked on building the retaining wall around the pool this weekend. It was seriously hard work, as we expected. And, though the kids helped, it was really Steve who did the heavy lifting (both metaphorically and literally). Wisely, he is pacing himself: only a few hours of work per day, so he doesn't strain his back.

I think it is turning out quite well, and will make a pretty backdrop to the pool. Most of it will also be at sitting height, so will provide some casual seating around the pool. The wall will follow the curve of the pool.

The area between the rocks and the edge of the pool will be poured concrete (which I hope will be poured tomorrow).

In the picture, you can see that the fenceposts have been installed. They will come back to finish building the fence on Wednesday. It is being built out of western red cedar, and each post is installed with a bell-shaped concrete boot. This shape apparently prevents frost heave and ensures the long durability and attractiveness of the fence.

Tomorrow is the first day of school for Brian and Emily - each of them at new, different schools. Here's hoping everyone makes it to the right place at the right time and with the right materials!

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