Just like I have been cursing the lazy, no good, dirty sonofabitch who planted that chintzy 4X4 gate post in the first place.
Like him , I don’t give a fuck.
I wasn’t happy with the job I did last month so I went back out there today and broke out all the concrete I poured, pulled the not so good 4X4 that I had put in the hole and started over.
I’m here to tell ya, that little job came damn near to kicking my ass.
I’m pretty much wiped out and my back is KILLING me..
First it was drill and break out the concrete just like last time.
After that I wound up digging the fucking hole for the new post deeper on my hands and knees with a damn pry bar.
While I was doing that I discovered why the lazy fucker who did it in the first place dug the hole so shallow.
Those came out of this hole.
That little square hole wound up being at least twice as big and a whole bunch deeper before I got done.
When I finally got done digging out that damn hole and tried to stand up, I couldn’t.
My lower back was screaming at me and both my feet were asleep.
It took a couple minutes before I could get all the way up off the ground.
After that I had to go to Lowes and find something to cover up the holes in the gutter drain I poked in it with the wrecking bar trying to dig it out originally. I got two of those rubber clamp on things but they are for PVC pipe and the gutter drain is Aluminum pipe. A little slice and dice and I got them fitted though.
This is the pile I have going for one stupid gate post.
Whether anyone likes it or not, I drilled and Lag Bolted a Treated 2X4 to the Treated 4X4 I paid too much for and stuck that in the hole.
Then it was dig out the wheel barrow and go unload two of these heavy fuckers out of the back of the truck.
That liked to kill me.
They weigh half as much as I do.
Then go wrestle the bastards and try to mix concrete in a plastic 5 gallon bucket, then pour that shit in the hole.
I wound up using one and a half bags of concrete to fill that hole.
I’m here to tell ya that that motherfucker is going to be around long after I’m dead.
That 120 lbs. of concrete is 20 inches deep.
What I dug out originally was about half that.
Because big rocks.
The next guy who has to fuck with this little job is going to be hating life.
Nothing personal mystery guy, I’m just paying that shit forward.
Now that that fun stuff is done, I have to basically rebuild the gate that was on the post. It’s all garbage too.
When I am done, 1/2 of the 2 piece gate is going to be pretty much new and hell for stout.
The owner can do whatever he wants with the rest of the crap.
If I am going to live here, I want a decent gate to use and 1/2 of that gate is 4 foot wide.
More than enough for my purposes.