2. November, 2005 - link-free construction

my front sidewalk
my front sidewalk
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Unlike a certain local blogger who has spend all summer talking about a “water-feature” and who hasn’t posted a single picture of it, I’m taking you live inside the construction around here. Well, sorta live. I’ve got pictures, and I will for the next couple days. I’ve probably been making a pretty good nuisance of myself watching the guys work, but it’s interesting stuff, and I want it to turn out nice.

the side sidewalk
the side sidewalk
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The guys from Finer Surroundings showed up yesterday with the heavy equipment, and started work. They spent most of the morning and early afternoon tearing out my existing sidewalk. I’m putting in a new sidewalk all the way from the front, including new steps up the slope in front of my house, to the garage behind the house. Yes, it’s a lot of new concrete, but not all that much more than used to be here, and it’ll be smooth and level when I have to shovel the snow off it this winter, which will be a great improvement. It should also help with the water that pools next to the north side of the house (no leaks yet, but it’s the kind of thing that would make for a leaky basement if I didn’t fix it).

an un-shed
an un-shed
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Once they’d torn out all the old concrete, it was time to take down the shed that’s been attached to my garage forever. The guy who built both the shed and the garage (Al) was a carpenter (or perhaps cabinet-maker) who built things to last, so this was no small job. I would have tackled it on my own, but the cost of hauling away the foundation for the shed would have been huge, and it would have taken me weeks. Took the pros a couple hours. The picture was taken just after they had finished breaking it loose from the garage, which was a major chore. Al had attached it quite securely, and the darned thing was heavy, too. It was built better than most modern houses, and it was kind of a shame to see it go, but it wasn’t doing anything for me except taking up space in my yard and being a haven for spiders, millipedes, and mice.

And that’s about it for today. I don’t have any links for you. Not sure whether I will or not tomorrow, either. But I will have some pictures. The plan for today is to get all the forms built for the new sidewalk and do whatever landscaping can be done where things got torn up. And tomorrow they pour the new concrete. Given the weather forecast for a beautiful day today, I’ll probably spend a fair amount of time outside watching the work and taking pictures. If I get super-motivated, I’ll head down to the hardware store and get some paint for the side of the garage. The paint that’s there is probably good enough to get me through the winter, but I’d rather not spend all winter looking at a job that I could have gotten done today and tomorrow.

Copyright 2009, Dave Polaschek. Last updated on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 13:59:50.