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    When I built my shop I had to cut into a bank of dirt a little and thought it would be fine with just grass. Well it never grew anything and dirt was washing down into my recycled asphalt. After trying to plant grass several times and nothing taking, I was fed up. I searched for a cheap solution and thought of everything and finally ran across a deal on concrete 2'x2'x6'ish concrete blocks. 25$ a piece. Called a friend of mine who has a semi truck and flatbed and he picked up 24 of them and hauled them to his dirt pit about a mile from my place.

    This is where pure luck came in. My neighbor is getting a pool dug in and the contractor dropped off his Komatsu excavator Thursday. I saw it Friday and asked my neighbor who the contractor was. Lone behold it was another friend of mine, so I called him up and asked to use the Ex and he said no problem.
    I'd rather be lucky than good some days, and these past few days have been great luck.

    So I hooked up the gooseneck this morning and brought 16 of them to my house 4 at a time. At 2800 lbs a piece I was a little over weight for my trailer, but I only had to travel a 2 miles.

    All in all it well but still am thinking of a way to finish off the top flat. Maybe frame and pour concrete. May just leave it. Doesn't bother me at the shop and the shop is far enough away from the house that the wife doesn't mind it. A little more recycled asphalt to dress things up and I think I'll be done with outside projects till spring.

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    Well, Im thinking to finish it off, you could always drill a few holes along the top, say 1" in diameter, stick a few broken broomsticks in the holes and mount some mannequin heads on it. Might help keep the critters away on the one hand, but it will DEFINITELY keep away the pesky neighbors.

    But Im with you, best to get lucky once in awhile and looks like you got super lucky with all the assistance you got on this project.
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    Is Mexico paying for it.
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    Very well done. Some simple forms and poured top would be neat.
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    Can you bring a couple dozen of those blocks and the Excavator up to my place? There's a case of beer in it for ya!

    I'd love to have about 30 of those blocks. I'd also love to have a friend that owns an excavator and would allow me to play with it...
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    You must be like your name Big by looking at your shadow? I have seen tent buildings built off these before and it held them down in the wind and kept animals from messing up the Tent Sides.
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    The end block is bothering me. The one hanging off on the top row. Tomorrow I'll remove it and dig down to the bottom row and add another, then place it back. I just don't like it half on the bottom row and half on dirt.
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    You got a bargain,, of course you picked yours up .. Over at the church we had 18-20 blocks of blocks like those delivered for Thinking $50.00 ea. Either way great price for both of us, for ours its been close to 5 yrs and ours hasn't moved , quick and easy way to hold a hillside from sliding down.

    Its hard to tell from photo, but where the youngest grandson is standing , if you look we took 2" x 4" and ripped them to a 2x2 . Take a 1x3 or 1x4 lay on flat against the side, giving you a 3/4" lip and then attach the 2x2 to the 3/4 in board . This will give you about a 1"-1 1/4 " thickness of concrete..
    Or if you don't want a lip just use 1x3 or 1x4 ,, we did the wall where grandson is standing without the lip. The lower walls in distance has lip on front side and none on the back side.

    Oh and we cut the metal lift support off and busted the top angle piece of concrete.
    Of course if you what a thicker top you could use a 2x4 instead of a 2x2. To hold the frame you made to the sides we drilled small holes and took (I call it lashing wire) 1/8" steel wire run 2 wires side by side between the sides and twist the wires to make a tight fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Can you bring a couple dozen of those blocks and the Excavator up to my place? There's a case of beer in it for ya!

    I'd love to have about 30 of those blocks. I'd also love to have a friend that owns an excavator and would allow me to play with it...
    I have a degree in construction engineering but have used very little of the book smarts but allot of the experience smarts. I have been fortunate in meeting allot of good people in the construction industry. Some bad but mostly good. I own an electrical business and we deal with mainly cell tower work. Meeting all kinds of different contractors, that's how I met the excavator owner.
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