May 122018

In yesterday’s blog I told you about my plan to sink some lengths of 4-inch diameter thick-walled PVC into the ground at the edge of a ditch that borders our property to help form a rough seawall to stop erosion and to give us something against which to put in some fill dirt to reclaim what we’ve lost already.

Even though it was really hot yesterday, in fact the hottest day of the year so far, I was eager to give it a try and see how hard it would be to sink the PVC. As it turned out, it’s going to take some work. Over the years rock and brick have been thrown in along the bank to stop the erosion, and it looks like that’s going to present a bit of an obstacle for us.

With Terry holding the PVC upright, I was able to pound the first 5 foot length into the ground about a foot and then I hit something solid and it wouldn’t go any deeper. I tried running water down through the PVC hoping that would loosen things up a little, but no luck.

Moving over a few feet, I started sinking a second piece and it went down easy for the first 14 or 16 inches, then the same thing happened. I hit something solid and that was it. It was about 90° and after a while Terry told me I had to stop because my face was getting pretty red. So we ran some more water into the PVC pipes, filling them both up to the brim, and called it a day. I’ll go back at it again today and see if that helped all. I need to get them down about 2 feet or a little more, so I’ve got a ways to go yet.

On another note, yesterday Terry and I both got the dreaded fake IRS scam phone calls within about a minute of each other. Both times our caller ID identified them as spam so we didn’t answer them. They left us messages and a number to call back if we didn’t want to go to jail. Maybe I should let them take me to jail. I bet if I spent a year or two busting rocks in a prison yard, by the time I got out sinking the rest of those PVC pipes would be a piece of cake!

I’m amazed at how many people actually do fall for stupid scams like this. I wonder if they ever read the newspaper or watch television, or log onto the Internet. You can’t go a day without some warning about these crooks. But they prey on the elderly and others who are gullible I guess, because people do indeed get victimized by them.

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Thought For The Day – Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give.

Nick Russell

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  4 Responses to “It’s Going To Take Some Work”

  1. It may be time for some mechanized equipment. You could either hire someone or rent a small backhoe with a narrow bucket and dig out the line where you want the pipes. Then backfill with the dirt and rocks and bricks. That would be much better than doing it by hand.

  2. Thank you, Nick, for reminding me why we got rid of our house and why I think we will just be buried in our motorhome.

  3. Nick,
    Have you considered plants which are good against erosion?

    ‘Erosion Control Plants. Cover crops, such as vetch, rye and clover, are excellent plants for erosion control. These hardy easy to grow plants send out nets of roots that help hold topsoil in place while also reducing competitive weeds.’

    This link might give you some ideas:

    Looks like you have work ahead of you whatever you decide. Take is easy, though.

  4. Suzy, once we get the retaining wall finished and fill brought in to replace what was lost, we plan to do just that. Thanks for the link.

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