Gabion walls and lots of rocks.

30 tons of rock …. so far. I ordered 15 tons of rock, then 15 tons more rock! I hand loaded some in the bottom of the gabions and then reserved a skid steer for the rest. The framer I contracted with offered to let me use his skid steer for the job since he will have it on site in a few days anyway to forklift lumber on the job. What a lifesaver!

We still have to order 15 more tons of rock, for a second level of retaining that may have to be hand loaded…Ugh! The whole reason for getting these filled so early in the process is that once the deck is up, we would have to load them all by hand.

Here are some photos of the job in 95 degree heat. I hooked up the hose and created a fine mister, L says every construction project needs a fine mister! 🙂

First time driving one of these machines in a long time.

First time driving one of these machines in a long time.

Gabions completed on East side of the drive.

Gabions completed on East side of the drive.

The best wife in the world...helping with filling gabions, not a fun job, but still smiling!

The best wife in the world…helping with filling gabions, not a fun job, but still smiling!

July 27, and 95 degrees in the sun called for some cooling off. An unanticipated use of having water on site!

July 27, and 95 degrees in the sun called for some cooling off. An unanticipated use of having water on site!

Gabions on the west side of the drive...a little too full, we'll need to take a few out.

Gabions on the west side of the drive…a little too full, we’ll need to take a few out.

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