Stick figures of Chloe, Andrew and Henderson with their camper parked in front of Blue Mountain beside the Susquehanna River. Playful Curiosity.

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Thoughts on Excavators

Construction requires imposing straight lines on nature - a place where straight lines are rarely found. The first part of any construction is prepping the ground - taking nature and leveling it for the building process. Now think about this - rocks, holes, different dirt textures and types, hill, valleys. These all need to be made straight and stable in order to build. The excavator is that guy. They must be flexible (nature-side) and logical (construction-side) with a good eye on the whole of the project to make sure that it is being set up right. They are the first ones in.

Bob proved his flexibility. With the change in the lifting plan, he thought for a minute then went "Ok, guess we'll do this." With all the changes from the first concrete contractor, he just rolled with it. At one point he did say with the ever so slightest edge, "Yeah, I'd like to get done with this project.". Nice one.

Arney Brothers needed to fill the side of the house to support the compacted fill in the basement.

"Massive Concrete Blocks" to hold the fill and not bury the septic system.
Basement to be filled with 2A stone and compacted to 100%.

Originally the old concrete block was to remain to help hold in the fill. But it was junk. Could be pushed over with a pinky. It eventually got yanked and used as fill.


Poor Bob. He gets no props. I didn't get any shots of his guys and all their fun equipment. I didn't get decent shots of the fill before it had to be torn up in the wall boondagle. But, they'll be back.