May 2009 Deck Progress

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5/8/09 -- Digging out for the retaining walls. We had to move the steps back for head clearance, which meant building walls.
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The sediment that hasn't been disturbed for hundreds of years. The black layer on top is probably remaining fertile soil from when this whole area was a farm.
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Evidently there used to be a river or a stream here -- these rocks were smooth as can be.
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That's a LOT of digging!
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May 14th -- The footers have been poured and inspected. Now it's time to install the frames for the retaining walls.
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The backyard's gotta look worse before it can look better, I guess...
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The forms are in place.
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Frank had to hand carry 2 pallets of concrete, one 60-lb. bag at a time, up into the backyard from the alley. 140 bags later, he had single-handedly carried 4.5 tons of concrete.
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The concrete is almost all in place.
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Last bag into the mixer!