Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Post Post

The holes were dug, the next step was putting in the posts. 25 cedar posts. They needed to be in the right spot, they needed to be level, they needed to be cemented in place. Ugh.

Eric is much more precise than I am, so he was in charge of the positioning and the leveling.

A wiggle here, a bump there, he would hold the post and....

...I'd fill in the cement.

One by one, the posts were set.

Thanks to Eric the posts were straight.

Penny is starting to get suspicious about all of this activity....what are those humans doing?

We had ordered a pallet of 30 bags of cement. We thought that we had ordered the kind that you could dump into the hole, add a little water, dump some more cement, add some more water....and it sets in an hour. We realized with the first bag that we had gotten the cement that had to be mixed first. Rats.

Do we return all those heavy bags of cement, pick up more and waste all of that time or go with what we have and make the best of it?? We went with what we had. I made a quick trip to Home Depot to get a mixing tray and we dug in. Add some water, mix with a trowel, add some more water....

...and dump it in the hole. 25 times.

It might seem like Eric was doing all the work with the placing and leveling and all that stuff...but someone had to haul the 60 lb. bags of cement from the garage to the back yard....that would be me.

I did the grunt work, Eric did the precision work and that's the only reason we have a straight line of posts.

Straight as far as the eye can see.

Another part of the project done.

As God is my witness, I will never mix cement again.

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