Parking in the Driveway

It is satisfying that we have finally reclaimed the real estate at the front of the house and can [almost] park in the driveway.  Yeah!

Compaction Testing by HP Inspections

We had HP Inspections perform four compaction tests this morning.  These tests were of the soils that were distributed and compacted on Saturday.  The test results were all over 90% with one test over 95%.  Excellent!

Carlos, from HP Inspections, tests the soil compaction that was completed on Saturday.

Carlos, from HP Inspections, tests the soil compaction that was completed on Saturday.

Another test location, near the foundation retaining wall.

Another test location, near the foundation retaining wall.

Six Truckloads of Dirt Delivered, Distributed and Compacted

The O’Briens delivered six truckloads of dirt to our site before noon today.  The dirt was distributed in eight inch lifts at the front of the house and compacted to more than 90 percent compaction with a jumping jack and then a vibra-plate compactor.

It will be great to have much more real estate at the front of the property.  This will reduce the dangerous nature of an open excavation and allow us to stage materials and even park vehicles on site.

First of six truckloads of dirt arrives and is dumped.

First of six truckloads of dirt arrives and is dumped.

Distributing and compacting the dirt in front of the garage.

Distributing and compacting the dirt in front of the garage.

Compaction with a jumping jack (left) and vibra-plate (right).

Compaction with a jumping jack (left) and vibra-plate (right).

Completed! The site is much safer now and we can utilize the real estate at the front of the house.

Completed! The site is much safer now and we can utilize the real estate at the front of the house.

Highest point at the front of the house. A crane should be sitting on this spot on May 12.

Highest point at the front of the house. A crane should be sitting on this spot on May 12.

More backfill soil is required at the west side of the excavation at the front of the house. We should fill this void when we excavate for the cistern.

More backfill soil is required at the west side of the excavation at the front of the house. We should fill this void when we excavate for the cistern.

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