It's been a banner couple weeks since my last update. A lot of big, noticeable things have gotten done to the project, which is a real motivational boost. Gutters have been installed, the concrete back patio has been poured as well as the pad out at the basement door. My crooked and "hand made" retaining walls at the basement door were filled with concrete as well, which will allow me to finally backfill against the basement and those small hills of soil on that side of the house will be tamed and graded to a final slope. Aside from the back patio, I built a small deck at the mudroom door. I no longer have a giant step to get into the house. I still have to build some stairs to get to the deck, but for now a couple pallets and a discarded log make do. I really had my eye on the tape measure when marking for the footers for the new deck. Missing the mark on the front porch piers may not be demoralizing and irritating anymore but they are still fresh in my mind. My neighbor again came over with one of his farm tractors and augered the holes for the form tubes for me, and I proceeded to fill those with sack concrete. I almost missed the mark again, but my deck posts do land on the concrete piers, barely. I've decided I'm just not good at calculating where those need to go. In addition to the exterior work, my brother helped me get the interior doors hung, which not only is a great step forward but those doors have been piled up in the bedroom since June. Having those in their final place frees up space and will allow me to chink the interior bedroom walls and get the floor done. Getting all these steps in the process completed not only boosts morale but has really gotten us closer to the finish line.
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