Our weather has been pretty good for a while, which means lots of outside works in our yard to attend to.
This year, the plan is to cut down trees around the property to fence it, in order for Rudy to roam free range in the yard and keep black bear and deer's out of the yard, And a few other critters also..
Of course, you just cannot build a wall high enough to keep squirrels away.
So after figuring out my property lines from markers to markers, a few trees went down, mostly young poplar saplings.
Figured out where our new shed will be built, while the old one has to remain until new one is ready.
A few more trees down, and wild black berries bushes (ouch)
There was also some cleaning up around the property following big winds this winter.
All that to say, that my current fire pit is wholly inadequate and has outlived its service life, need a new one.
So since we are in the yard landscaping mode, figured out the general layout and what kind of fire pit to put.
A short trip to the lumber yard later, back home with a fire pit kit to install in the yard.
Hum, took a fork lift to load it, not coming out of the truck in one piece...
A few trip later, every pieces has been moved, were it would lays for a few days.
My own version of Stonehenge :-)
Days later, put t down the ring and layed out the bottom row pieces (three (3) rows of 22 pieces)
I did not count the pieces, I just lay them around the ring until it went around. Had to be 22 pieces, right? (big fat assumption)
Cut around the perimeter of those rocks, leaving a wider margin for the bedrock layer.
Removed all the pieces and the ring, dug all around the hole and everything in between, roughly levelling the bottom sand layer under the top soil. All the removed soil, went to the fruit beds area, for upcoming expansion.
Late last week, got an excavator mouth full of crushed rocks into the bed of our truck, that load stayed on the truck until today when we finally got back to it.
The rock crusher at the pit
Feeling small in between the machinery
One mouth full from excavator is all it take to fill us.
One mouth full to go
One long week end trip to the city later, to attend to the First Halifax African Violets Society
show and sale. It was Heather last AVs club, I stayed on as secretary.
Both Jean and I are members
We had a fair amount of rain lately, but none was showing in my sand hole, everything drained perfectly.
Leveled the sand, brought the gravel from the truck spread and level, Ready for installation.
Put the ring back and started at one end, level each pieces as I went around, first itself and then to each other etc. as I went around. Again , no counting, just putting them around as they fit.
On the third layer, the last piece did not quite fit, and Jean asked me why we had extra pieces left HUH? yes, 4 middle layer, and two for the top cap. Count my pieces around, I have 20, not 22 ..??:&^$%#@
No way this will fit...
Read the instructions, and sure enough, it says 22 per rows. Tabarnouche!
Took all the lovely pieces off, took off the ring, enlarged the hole, lays more rocks, level, spread rocks to fit 22, re-levels each lovely pieces again all around, put back the next two layers everything fit as it should. And the ring? You are suppose to centered it, since there is an air gap between the rocks and the metal ring, which did I mentioned is lovingly heavy??
More gravel from the truck
Re-Re-level the foundation layer and each pieces around
were leveled (again) one by one and to each other
As indicated by my trusty
SW Stanley No 0 level.
And yes, I used my reference 48 in level to ensure, it read true
Tada!! Done, for now, more work around it coming.
Including seating area
And there you go, more top soil moved, more rocks from the truck, and my back is now out.
Bring on the Voltaren extra strength Babe :-)
Oh, and the infamous instructions? Well, maudit Calise y'arais pas put dire tout de suite qu' y aurais in Tabar.. de gap entre les deux Ostie de morceaux Grrrr. See, that's why I don't bother with instructions, they pissed me off :-)
Besides I wrote instructions for a living, I don't have to read them Ha ha , Yah right fool....:-)
SO there you go men, you don't to have to read instructions, but if everything else fail, give them a scan.
Bob, resting his sore ass, err back