Monday February 6, 2023 Guerneville CA.
Ditch digging day
I’d told my brother Tom I’d help him dig a new ditch to replace his old water main and today was the day we were getting started on it.
Repairing my shovel
Then I got my shovel and I knew I needed to do a repair on it’s blade as I’ve been hitting a lot of rocks with it building trails up in the hills and the blade at the digging edge was rolled over a bit and needed to be pounded back into shape.
Now, you’d think with a backhoe I wouldn’t have much to do, but there were complications. It was a bit too tight to get the backhoe in here to dig and there were some plastic pipes crossing between the buildings for electrical and water and they needed to be found so they didn’t get broken. All that meant is, by-hand , was the only way to go here which was going to be my job. He was going to use the backhoe to dig in an area that was full of redwood roots, so the spot he was going to work on would be even harder as the redwood roots are everywhere around here from the huge redwood trees around the house area.
Hunting up the pipes
I started by looking for the electric pipes which I eventually found. There was supposed to be a water line crossing in this spot too, but it was no where to be found here, so I was going to have to hunt for it with the shovel.
After working on digging for about 4 hours I stopped for the day and went back to my place for a break.
At least I got a good start on it. My brother was having a hard time with the backhoe getting through all the redwood roots as some of them are rather large.
Back at my place, the chickens where begging to get out into the front yard to graze so I let them out. They have plenty of other places to graze throughout the day. I only let them in the front yard for a few hours late in the day.