Wednesday, July 14, 2010

We called in the BIG BOY'S...

We enjoy the great view from our little piece of Heaven up here in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but it is on top of a Mountain. Just a few inches under the dirt is ROCK. SOLID ROCK!!!  The little backhoes just can't do it. So we called in the BIG BOYS.
The ROCK CRUSHER was called......

We need a line from the septic tank to the Barn to run the sewer and another line for our water. The area was rather close for this big machine, but we knew we would run into rock. Up here, you have 2 choices....hire the Big Boys or hire an expert to Dynamite.  When we ran our water line a few years ago, we used Dynamite.  This time we decided to try this route.  The water line needs to be at least 5 ft deep, preferably 6 ft, to be below the frost line.
Soon, just as we suspected, we found solid rock!

You can see the rock we have to contend with. It makes it slow going as they chop their way through this shale and other boulders.

Finally, the lines were all in and it was time to fill up all the ditches.   All the time they were digging, Gina was digging through the dirt searching for rocks.....she was in ROCK HEAVEN. Gina even stopped Mark, the backhoe operator, a couple times so she could get a rock out.  Soon Mark was stopping and showing her rocks to get out...  LOL

Anyhow, we now have water and sewer into our Toy Barn.  While we were outside doing the digging, Rollie was inside busily continuing the framing. He has made super progress on getting everything framed in, including both the windows and the bath and bedroom. Here are a few pictures of his progress..

This is our living room and front door....  Some of you have ask about windows. Yes, we plan on having two good sized window's, this one and the one in the next picture which is over the kitchen sink.

The frame on the left is our window in the kitchen. You can see the bedroom and bathroom taking shape...


I just can't say enough good about this guy. I admire him so much. He and Gina are truly a blessing from above.   My son Scott always wanted to RV with us and help me build many of my projects. Scott and his wife Ann were also very good builders and he was going to help me build this place. Our Lord had other plans for Scott but I firmly believe Scott is now an Angel and had a hand in sending Rollie and Gina to finish his work.  Thank You Scott, Thank you Rollie and Gina and Thank You God!!!

It is a GREAT WEEK!!!!

Thanks for stopping by............

God Bless, I'm sure you all have your "Angels".


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Happytrails said...

It is so much fun to watch the progess taking place! Wow, so much rock to dig through and yes, Gina looks like she has found "rock heaven."
I truly believe God sends people into our lives at just the right time. His timing is perfect. I am so glad Rollie and Gina are His chosen "angels."

Take care!
Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

You guys are making phenominal progress, but you have great help also, I am also a believer in going with the big guns when the going gets tough, sure saves time in not having to do it anyway when the samller stuff gets stuck.Keep the project pictures coming, maybe someday if we get back out to S. Dakota we'll stop and have a look and a cocktail with you guys and swap some cop stories with Mike.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

Jerry and Suzy said...

What can we say? GOod friends make it happen. Also big power tools help.

Rick said...

Wow! That ditch sure looked like a huge job. Definitely one for the "Big Boys"! Thanks for posting all the progress pics, it's very interesting to see how this project is being built and coming together. Rollie is doing a great looking job!

Karen and Al said...

You have very handy angels! They are doing a terrific job and it's going up so quickly. Are you planning on living in the apartment, or is it just a guest house?

Sharon Del Rosario said...

You're making impressive progress on a big job. In no time you'll be furnishing and decorating it.

Bruce said...

That is a big machine. Digging through rock is very hard, and we can't use blasting here because the limestone has fault lines. Blast for a sewer line and destroy your fresh water well.
What do you do with all that rock once you have it out...Bruce