Posts Tagged With: Manuel

Out of the ground…

Well, it’s been a busy few weeks as we finished the site prep, got the footings done and foundation walls poured, box filled and compacted and perimeter drains set.  I’ve had lots of fun working on this project so far and the guys have been very encouraging – although secretly I think they liking me help out as I can be the grunt on site.

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Manuel, Manuelito and I finished the poles for about 450 metres of fencing and we’ll be stringing the wire in the next week or so.  We had a bit of trouble with some of the posts as the augur drilled into a clay-like material which just kept sucking the bit down but after extracting a couple poles with the excavator, we managed to press on.

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An auger’s abode

Manuel and his cohort, he who shall not be named, descended on Knight tonight, hungry for a few projects.  I’d been planning to whip up a stand for Bob’s auger but it was down on the list.  Luckily the slave labour arrived and I was able to put my plan into action.  This auger is a ‘bitch’ to get on to the tractor when it isn’t suspended so with this project now complete, taking the post-hole digger on and off will be a breeze.  On to the next project!  Enjoy the sunshine!

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C’est fini…

The first section of the great fence project is complete; about 1000 feet of field fence, some clearing and a few other tidy-ups.  I’m taking a break for a week but over the Christmas holiday, hope to get the back section of the property started.  Overall, I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.  Now I’ll just have to wait until September next year for the posts to really get cemented in to the ground as things dry and tighten.   Thanks again to Manuel for his unceasing, unpaid labour!

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Fence phase 2

So this past weekend, Manuel and I joined by Josée and Tim finished off the east fence, about 150 metres.  I still have some grading and landscaping to finish off but that will happen over the next little bit.  The fence ended up very straight (thanks to the survey!) and very tight.  We used my come-along attached to Bob’s bucket as a stationary pulling point in order to get the fence taut.  Overall, I think the finished project is pretty good, all things considered.  I now have to finish the front fence (about 50 metres) and then eventually the back-side (another 200 metres).  More to follow!!

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Take me to the Hilton…

Our chicken coop is affectionately known as the Hen Hilton.  Coined by Manuel one hot and dusty summer day, the nickname stuck, its usage directly proportionate to the size of the ongoing project.  Recently, my trustee helper and I decided to re-work the wire run, expanding it a little and re-setting the posts.  I was hooking up the augur to Bob when I remembered (somewhat unfortunately) the old house siding (kept because one just never knows when blue vinyl siding may come in handy) and thought now (why not – we never have much going on) might be time to re-fit the coop and clean up the original, rather dilapidated, Hen Hilton.

As with most renovations, it took on a life of its own, moving from quick siding job to include new fascia, a hand-crafted English Oak (er, West Coast cedar) door, enlarged and modernized run area, renovated kitchen cum eating area and some fancy white lattice to cap things off.  I hope these hens produce at accelerated pace – at this rate, we’re going to need to sell more eggs to pay for this project.  I’ll add a few more of the final completed look when I’m back at my desk!

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The Great Fence Project of 2012 (phase V)

Not much new to report in this phase; we’re just continuing the fence line across the top of the garden, moving on to the homeward leg down the driveway.  Following this, we’ll build the gates and take a look at some pergolas.  I’m thinking about adding some hanging baskets but I’m also going to plant some new vines.  Then it’s a re-grade of the driveway, adding a compass/sundial type of thing, a retaining wall around the silver birch and then an overhaul of the side building!

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The Great Fence Project of 2012 (phase III)

So, with Manuel helping with Phase II which was removing the old fence posts and the wire deer fence, we quickly were ready to move to Phase III – removing sod, followed by a quick grade with Bob’s boxblade.  You can see the results below; Bob actually outdid himself with the fence posts and wire.  Next phase – fence posts!

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The Great Fence Project of 2012 (phase II)

With the side gate complete, it was time to move on to the main garden area.  The idea with a new fence (besides being nicer to look at than a wire fence) was to keep deer out of the veggies and provide a safe, secure area for the pets to reside when we’re at work while maintaining a semblance of the view of the back of the property.  The last thing I wanted to do is create a prison in the back yard.  I think we’ve got a decent design but who knows – by the time I’m done we may be looking at the Federal SuperMax.  Old fence down – on to Phase III: sod removal and grading, courtesy of Bob.

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