It started with a bunch of holes. We used our baby John Deere to start each hole, which was a 9″ bit on our auger. It was great for fences at the old house. The holes needed to be 18″ or 36″ depending on location. So, there was manual digging. I hear it’s a great workout! I wouldn’t know. After a few, we rented a bigger auger bit. It wasn’t really meant for Baby Tractor. So it bent a bolt so well it snapped. I’m still unsure if we got our deposit refunded or not. Chalk it up to unexpected costs of barn assembly.
The rains came each day, and packed down the dirt for us. Thanks, Mother Nature! Kept the pad looking pretty tidy anyway. The yellow string is being used to make sure our lines stay even, and also to keep things square later on. We use *fancy* stuff!
The hole digging process took about a week, but that’s because my husband would work a full day, then come out to the property around 4pm and work until dark. Plus two weekends. Next up was the posts!
The concrete day was fun. The posts required 18″ of mix, and in and effort to save money on delivery costs we over ordered concrete, which resulted in about 24″ per hole. Better too much than too little? I don’t quite understand the math, but if we paid for 4.25 cubic yards of concrete, we saved $200 in delivery charges. Yet, it wasn’t quite clear to me how much that extra .25 cubic yard was. Ah, man math.
And just like that, my brand new Ariat jeans became work pants. We are a little sloppy with lack of experience. I just didn’t really think concrete would try to jump ship. Lesson learned.
Concrete cured in a few days. Kiddo also had a blast confirming the concrete was solid.
Husband has been sleeping like a rock. And snoring like a freight train!