You’re a good man to offer such help, RB, and I know you would have if I’d asked. Such close quarters to the neighbor’s fence made getting machinery in there rather tricky, though. Plus I’ve had to carefully excavate around the buried sewage pipe and an abandoned septic tank, as well as trying not to disturb the supporting porch pillar posts. So I’ve dug a 30” deep crawl way for the entire 450 sq. ft. space all by hand, as well as the 2’ wide trenches for footings, and a 60’ long by 9’ wide trench across the entire front of the property to fill with riprap stone, asphalt rubble, and 20 tons of gravel for driveway and roadside parking - again all spread by hand. Remaining driveway asphalt and concrete from the covered porch all broken up by hand and hauled to the landfill 45 minutes away in the pickup truck.
It’s taken exactly a year for the excavation part, but I’ve begged God for strength and safety and He has faithfully stood by me. Only one small accident leaving a 2” scar from snagging my arm with an angle grinder. That was while I was taking down about 2,000 bricks with a cold chisel and cleaning them for reuse. The cement rubble was all repurposed as a base for the river pebble walkway paths in the back yard. Nothing wasted.
All the removed dirt filled up and leveled our entire back yard a foot deep, as well as filling up and leveling off our neighbor’s front ditch - who thankfully has a lot that’s double wide. Topsoil and reseeding. One wheelbarrow and pickup truck-load at a time.
This has all been a desperate attempt to save every penny that I possibly can during this process, to spare the family finances. My business was considered non-essential with this whole covid thing, so my income has consequently plummeted.
I took a look at your website photos, RB, and those are some very impressive images. Very nice indeed. How big a crew do you have working for you now? Besides your faithful partner, that is, who is probably your greatest asset.