haulin' river rock

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  1. getbent

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    about two months ago, my friend John poured some concrete for me... great guy, fair price and just enjoy watching him and his guys do their thing. Along with a pad for an ADU, he widened my driveway... well, you know how you do one improvement which leads to another and another, the retaining wall next to the driveway looked pretty worn and some of the stone work wasn't great... So, the last few weekends or free time, I've been working on it. Used my beetle kill boards for the dressup of the wall... treated the boards, lots of odd shapes and angles and lengths, but it came out great (wife approves is all I need)...

    Yesterday, I decided to finish the project with some river rock... went to the very righteous rockery over in Morgan Hill (love those people and their stuff) anyway, 80.00 later I had a truck full (a little over a half ton) of river rock (note from the watermelon thread, the bed wasn't full, but I was at weight, so 'full')

    Anyway, I moved 1200 lbs of river rock in about 90 minutes. Today, I washed them down so they are pretty... Now, to the back area where I have a stump in the way of a future beautiful tree and rock ring... did some digging, gonna sharpen the chain on my little saw and I'll cut all the support roots.

    The weather is amazing... 65 and breezy and just amazing...
     
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    No wonder you know how to haul watermelons...
     
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    Nice work!
     
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    wall.jpg

    Here is the retaining wall, I had to reset about half the blocks and redid all the wood, used pressure treated on top, some pieces I had left from another project. The 'bed' took the rest of the rocks, I washed them and they look nice!
     
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    looks great!
     
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    Very nice job. Congrats. Did you find one of Little David's smooth flat slick river rocks?
     
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    Looks great. That is real work.
     
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    Gee I wish that I could help you - but you're doing great without me .
     
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    Nice abode you have there. The concrete has a nice brushed look to it.
     
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    Nice flatwork by your friend. Looks like the neighbor has been landscaping with drought resistant plants too.

    The river rock gives a very satisfying result to be sure.
     
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    Nice work.
    Reminded me of years ago when my dad borrowed a backhoe and a dump truck.
    We went out to the river crossing about three miles away and hauled load after load of river rock back to our place to fill in the ruts in the road.
    On the 14th load a deputy showed up to let us know that it was illegal to take rock or alter the riverbed. Glad he didn't know about the previous 13 loads.
     
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    My neighbor is a good guy, he is in kind of a defeated state lately, he just feels like he sucks at everything, I keep inviting him to hang out while I work on stuff... I fixed his fence and he offered to pay for the wall since I did the work, but, shoot, I don't need the money and he may not know it, but it is much more fun to do stuff together. He always says he has no skills... shoot, none of this stuff takes skill.

    The gardener drove by yesterday to check out the work and to give a quote to three of my neighbors. He thanked me for the recommendations and asked if I'd like a free month... I shook my head, 'heck no, I don't like doing that stuff and you guys have my yard looking awesome. I told him he should get a facebook page and accept venmo and he'd triple his business, he just smiled. He is a great kid, maybe 30. He only has old guys working for him and they are the most precise dudes... 3 guys, maybe 15 minutes a week, they do the fertilizing.... I just water... I watering down to twice a week, but the neighbors come by and ask who does the yard... I only like doing projects, I hate maintenance... although I am cleaning my garage today... and listening to every single New Riders of the Purple Sage song ever recorded.
     
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    Oh yeah. That does look good. Really neat. Good work and I'm sure very rewarding. Job satisfaction is a good feeling especially when followed by a beer and standing back admiring your handy work.
     
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    I'm guessing he figured but just wanted it stopped not for anyone to be in trouble.

    there is granite all around the cabin (maybe a mile or so away) and my wife's grandfather harvested it for all his rock work. I think I'm gonna start doing the same thing... at least until someone says I can't.
     
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    You're a good man. We did the same kind of thing with a "locked down" cabinet maker friend of ours over the winter. Results are rewarding in many ways.
     
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    Bravo!
     
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    I love the look of that wood wall!
     
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    Move that one rock hanging over the edge, it's driving me out of my mind. Otherwise, nice work.
     
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    nice....... I got a good dose of the NRPS this weekend also...that Buddy Cage...MAN...
     
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