Wednesday, April 04, 2012
For eight years, the BW has wanted to pour concrete all over the east side yard, which is about nine feet wide by 25 feet long where it runs along the garage. I resisted the idea because thatís where the power line, drinking water line, telephone wires, cable, and reclaimed water run underground to serve the house. We have already had tree roots break the drinking water line twice, and I really donít want to bury everything in concrete. Because the water from any thunderstorm runs off of the back yard through that area, nothing will grow there, and I bought indoor-outdoor carpet and nailed it to the sand with six inch long galvanized landscaping nails. That quieted her for a couple of years, so I replaced it once, but it got dirty again, and she has been talking about concrete again.
We finally agreed that I would plant another paved area there (all because I gave in on a patio on the west side of the house), and I removed the carpet, tons of sand, ordered the pavers from Home Depot, bought more treated 2x4ís for the frame, and paved the side yard. I came out of it better than the last time because I didnít work more than a few hours each day, but it took me eight days to finish the job after I had all the material. That included cutting the stakes to secure the frame, digging a trench and burying the 2x4ís, driving all the stakes, splitting the pavers to fit around the concrete pad and the air conditioner, etc.
When you think about it, thatís not a very good record if you remember that God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. It took me seven days, and another on cleanup, for a simple patio. It would have been a lot easier if the surface had been reasonably flat to start, and I had a tough time with the cable and reclaimed water lines Ė had to lower both to get the frame buried.