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calendar   Thursday - May 29, 2014

I’ll Take The Steam Drill, Thanks Just The Same

John Henry was on the right hand side
The steam drill was on the left
Said before I will let that drill beat me down
I’ll hammer my old fool self to death, Lord Lord
I’ll hammer my old fool self to death




Whoever left the comment on one of my garden building posts that said I should get a break bar had the right idea. Damnation, we don’t have soil here. We have natural concrete, I swear. Limestone plus acid rain, right? With infinite amounts of aggregate in it too. I’ve got a couple of good shovels, but even if I wail the pointy one into the ground and then jump on the back of the blade, it does nothing. Makes a 1/4” scrape at best. And trust me, I weigh nearly double what your typical scrawny little illegal alien landscape worker guy weighs. I’ve had to result to using a garden trowel and the claw end of a hammer. When that went nowhere (Ok, it was just damn slow. As in No Progress Evah slow), I just gave up and started hammering the trowel into the ground, going down a couple inches and then levering out a handful of earth. Again, and again, and again, and again ... the first trowel broke after a few minutes. The second one, with a steel ringed socket, lasted the rest of the afternoon but at this point is bent up rather like a pretzel. On the positive side, I managed to get almost 4 feet of plinths in, which advances my stone border by 6 standing stones. I got them settled, level enough, and they’re glued up and clamped in for the next week until the masonry glue hardens.

Fuggit, tomorrow I’m just going to gently spread some topsoil in the finished area and plant some flowers before they become totally root bound. Give my old joints a rest while I try to decide whether to buy a breaker point or a long mason’s chisel. Phah, a nice railroad spike would do too. Pity there aren’t any along the train tracks these days.

And if I see the landscape guys, I’ll ask them if they have a jackhammer, and how much they’ll charge to dig the 70 foot long trench full depth. Phooey, that’s an hour’s work for an air hammer with a 4” spade bit.



John Henry he told his shaker
Shaker you better pray
For if I miss that old little piece of steel
Tomorrow’ll be your buryin’ day, Lord Lord
Tomorrow’ll be your buryin’ day



Update: Ha! I think Chris Muir reads BMEWS. Cool.

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