One of Six

Concrete Pier

We made some small progress yesterday with our project to demolish the old play structure in our back yard, but it wasn’t easy. First, I had planned on renting an engine hoist, to hoist the six concrete piers that are all that remains of the play structure. I had watched a YouTube video that exhorted this process. I had already cut up all of the wooden parts and stuffed them into the trash bin and they’ve been carted away. So, all that remains are the piers. I had reserved a hoist about twenty minutes away, but arriving at the rental center, it soon became apparent that there was no way that this tool would fit into the RAV4. The trip wasn’t a total waste of time, because Anne’s favorite sewing machine store was located nearby. She had broken her foot, again. The one on her sewing machine, not the one attached to her leg. It took four clerks and an inordinate amount of time to get her all fixed up though. Returning home, still feeling frustrated that my part of the trip was unsuccessful, I tried again to extract the concrete pier that we had tried to pull out last week. This time we used some wood to act as a fulcrum for our five-foot pry bar. With all the rain that we got this week the ground was pretty muddy. Every time we tried to pry up the pier, the hydrostatic pressure acted as a giant sucking force. Persisting though, Anne was able to get the pier out of the ground. Still, she persisted! Out of the ground the two-foot pier only weighs about eighty pounds and can be lifted or much more easily rolled. So, one down and five more to go. We filled in the hole with a bag of mulch that had been sitting underneath the porch so long, since the pandemic began, that ivy had wormed itself into the bag.

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