Simon took a week off work in late October to work on his house. His renters moved out, and he has another family wanting to move in, so he needed to build a deck. James figured they should rebuild the garage at the same time, so they tore that down and then started working on the concrete that was needed. First, they spent an entire day excavating… and then another day… and then a third day before the job was completely finished! Part of that was necessary because when he tapped the old retaining wall with the digger, it crumbled.
This was after the first day of digging. The garage used to stand just at the end of these tracks.
A few days later, the new retaining wall was formed up and the posts to support the roof over the deck were braced in their holes, waiting for the concrete.
Then, the truck came and it was all go! James worked on pushing the deck piles down into the wet concrete while other people wheelbarrowed it to the farther holes and it was run down the chute directly into the places the truck could reach. Several little neighbor boys came to “help.”
They poured the footer for the retaining wall that day, but had to let that set before pouring the upper part a few days later.
After another week of hard work, the third pour was complete, the pad to build the new garage on.
Elijah climbed a pole to watch what was happening one evening when he was there helping.
Now, whenever Simon or James has a day off, they are working on building the deck and the roof over it.