Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Birth of a Driveway

Well, to tell the truth, it's not fully born. Not yet. But its water broke today.

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All I have to say about today's series is that that picture of the city guys looking at the fountain is about 15 minutes after they shut off the water half a mile uphill from us, once the pressure was finally mostly spent. The guy that punched the hole, and the guy next to him, and the pine tree behind him, were all totally drenched. They had the rock over it by the time I was called outside so I didn't get to see how high it went, but I saw the results, and it went high.

9 comments:

juliloquy May 24, 2007 7:26 AM  

Zoicks! Or as Shmoo would say, uh-oh. Great "water breaking" gag, however.

Jennifer May 24, 2007 7:35 AM  

Hee! The pregnant lady liked my childbirth joke :)

Dad May 24, 2007 10:00 AM  

So the flagstone sidewalk is going to cut THROUGH the concrete driveway? Uh.....why?

Still having NO luck getting e-mail to Yahoo accounts straightened out. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Messages to you, to Lisa and to Mom's cousin in Florida sometimes - but not always - bounce back (eventually, as in 24-36 hours later) with the message, "Host yahoo.com is not responding."

AAARRRRGGGHHH!

Jennifer May 24, 2007 10:18 AM  

So the flagstone sidewalk is going to cut THROUGH the concrete driveway? Uh.....why?

Visual continuity. It will start at the street, come straight in through the door (in that picture you can see it to the right of the gate we drive through), then cross the driveway and come around to the house.

People may not actually walk that way - we rarely use the little door - but it will look better than a big slab of concrete spouting a little flagstone walk at one end.

There will also be a 6-foot-wide stretch of flagstones across the space where the gate opens and closes. Again, it's just decorative, so it's not all one big expanse of poured concrete.

Sandy May 24, 2007 10:42 AM  

It's marvelous! Please have the girls write their names in the concrete. My dad did this for us when he laid some concrete in our homestead and it bonded us in a magical way.
First picture I've seen of the whole step area...stunning. Just how much would it cost me for you to bring the "stone man" with you on the airplane? :)

Dad May 24, 2007 12:09 PM  

Uh...okay. Now I see. It's good that it'll be visually continuous.
A nice touch, in fact!

I hope the town doesn't charge you for the damage done to their watermain by the contractor. If they do, I wonder whether the contractor will agree to cover it.

Always something, no?

Jennifer May 24, 2007 12:43 PM  

They won't. The good thing about of having a water main that consists of a 4-inch PVC pipe six inches below the surface of the shoulder is that coming and fixing it when someone puts a pickaxe through it is one of the services the water company considers routine maintenance.

At least Alex says they won't charge. I hope he's right, but even if they do, it shouldn't be that much.

And it's not a contractor. It's a guy from Alex's old neighborhood who knows how to weld, lay stone, pour concrete and I'll wager a number of other things, and who charges $2 an hour and works 10 to 11-hour days.

For the heavy driveway work, he has some unskilled helpers - I don't know how much we're going to be paying them, but I'm guessing about $10/day. It was one of them who happened to be doing the digging that hit the pipe.

theotherbear May 25, 2007 12:27 AM  

Definitely bring that man to visit me!!!

Looks great.

Lainey-Paney May 25, 2007 2:01 PM  

well, after the patio/steps you guys built...I believe y'all can build just about anything!

I'm sure it will be wonderful when it is all said & done!

:)

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