Holding the terrace banks in place
digging done for the first round of terraces, I roped Mark into the heavy
work of keeping the banks from slumping. He tried two different
methods, both of which are very experimental (meaning --- wait to hear
some results before following suit).
The second method was
only subtly different (due to us running out of big timbers). Now
we moved on to the floor joists for the old house, which are two by
sixes from back when those measurements were accurate and lumber was
made out of hardwoods. Above, I'm digging out a bit of extra bank
so the boards will fit in flush.
And here Mark's pounding
in the fence posts to hold the boards in place. Notice how he's
got the posts slanted back toward the hillside to counteract pressure
from the earth, and how the boards are naturally spaced a bit apart
(due to us not pulling out nails). The latter will allow
groundwater to seep out, which will lessen the pressure against the
boards during heavy rains. (Yes, the gap was an accident, but our
off-site engineer's comment makes it sound like a good idea.)
Our chicken waterer keeps water clean and hens happy.
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