Mike helped Bob the Builder do the well & water line installation for his mom’s house, The Lazy Daisy Hideaway. As usual, I’m learning a whole lot about the process of how all of this stuff goes together! We started by cleaning up the area so that we have a flat surface to work on, and the proper amount of space to work. Then it’s time to dig the trench from the well casing into to the location where it will enter the home. Finally, we put together the pipe & water line, and feed that into it’s final home before backfilling the entire thing.
Because we are helping out on the project, we pass those labor savings along to Mom. It makes us happy to be able to give back because of the love and support our family has continually given us along the way. Thank you.
We are supremely grateful to Bob for all of his advice and expertise. Not just on well & water line installation! He is always a wealth of information on a variety of subjects, and at this point I think it’s safe to say he’s our good friend as well. We appreciate you, Bob. If you’re local to Teller and Park County Colorado and have need for excavation services visit his Facebook Page, though be advised that Bob is old school so it might be best to call or e mail.
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We decided with all the craziness going on that it was really important to get our raised bed garden in full swing this year.
I constructed 2’x3′ raised beds out of corrugated metal and 2x4s. Each raised bed cost about $43 to make, and will cost the average handy-person even less because I made several errors which resulted in me using half again the amount of wood originally required.
Cut and supply list for 7 raised beds:
2x4x19.5″ x 38 and rip 14 of those into 2x2s. (four 2x4s and four 2x2s per bed) 2x4x25″ x 14 – rip to 2x2s (four per bed) Inside corners 25″ X 14 (two per bed) Miters 45 degrees inside corners 36″ X 14 (two per bed) Corrugated metal *please note actual size is 26″ even if sold as 24″ Purchased six of the 24″x12′ and cut to fit the inside dimensions of each box. Assembled with #10 x 3 1/2″ coarse auger thread construction screws for the wood, and pan head sheet metal screws #8 x 1″ (went through 1+ boxes of 100)
We assembled the tops and bottoms first using a #10 3 1/2″ construction screw*, and then we cut the sheet metal to fit each box individually. After we cut the sheet metal, we pre-drilled the holes into the sheet metal. 4 holes for the side panels (2 top, 2 bottom), and 6 holes for the front and back panels (3 top, 3 bottom). Next, we used a 8×1 pan head sheet metal screw** to attach the sheet metal to the top and bottom frames of the bed. Once the sheet metal was attached to both the tops and bottoms of the boards, we secured the inside corners using a 2″x2″x25″ piece of wood on the inside corner and then a 19.5″ 2×4 on the outside corner spanning the joint for the boards on the top and the bottom for increased strength) and then a 19.5″ 2×2 on the other side of the corner for symmetry and additional strength on the corner.
The joint will end up looking like this. and here is a photo after we attach the mitered pieces to the top of the frame. You will want to trim those up so the corners meet up. You can also see the 2×2 on the inside corner in this image as well. The rocks on the ground are because that was how I marked out the layout of the garden on the ground.
It is rumored that we are going to begin the foundation this week. Realistically, I suspect it will happen maybe next week. Either way, we are on the precipice of some major changes, and of course my anxiety is skyrocketing. Interestingly though, I am aware of it, and also aware of something I heard at that class I attended recently. “What if your anxiety is excitement?”
I don’t have the best track record with follow through in the face of anxiety. I have a tendency to get in my own way and self sabotage what I’ve got happening, and I no longer wish to do that. So it’s something I’ve been working really hard on especially over the past year and a half or so. So with the exciting news, I’m mentally kind of freaking out, but instead of letting it overwhelm me, I’ve taken the day to do some light reading. Ponder the immediate needs, and not try to manage ALL of the things in this exact moment. I had a moment of realization over the past couple of days that it’s not all or nothing all of the time. Everything is about balance, and if I worked for an hour this morning, it doesn’t mean that I can’t take part of the day to sort out my thoughts or take time for myself if that is my immediate need. So when I’m feeling less anxious, then I’ll make that phone call to see what the wait time is for the inspection. When I’m less likely to feel stressed, I’ll look up what I need to know to calculate the concrete required or to ponder how we’ll connect the sonotubes to the footer molds with the different sized holes. Now is the time to gain some clarity and to approach the upcoming surge of activity with a clear head and some focus.
We are excited to launch ourselves into this next journey of our lives, and I’m grateful and pleased that we have so many wonderful souls with us on this journey.