Monday, May 19, 2008

Wall comes tumbling down

The last project is under way.

Linhart Construction is replacing a 100-foot long timber retaining wall on the north side of the property.

About a decade ago, the wall was built wrong, with undersized timbers and no supportive "dead men," by a contractor who bailed halfway through the project.

The wall was bowing more than a foot in spots. The interior dirt eroded into sharp slopes. The house already leans a little to this side.
It will be replaced with a concrete block wall, 100 feet long and about 5 feet high, with a second-tier wall in the front.


The wall, topped by a classy PVC drainage system

I hired Linhart because the company does major construction all the time.

This was a small project in their book.

My initial contract called for the project to be delayed until after Oct. 1, 2007, when a tax was lifted on repair work. That saved $1,500. I shaved off another chunk by planning to re-seed the neighbor's lot myself.

That got it down to $15,500.

Then winter came early and hung around, followed by regular rainshowers this spring.
I sold the house with a stipulation that I would pay for and continue to oversee this project.

Linhart called last week to say they would start at 7 a.m. Monday and wrap up by Wednesday.

I could hear the chug of a truck coming around the corner at 7 almost on the dot.




A backhoe peeled apart the wall, making the timber look like matchsticks and crackle as they split.



By 7:30 a.m., the wall was gone.


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