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    Another holiday rolls around and Mrs Heyyall pulls out the honeydew list.

    This holiday weekend--a fire pit.

    No, we can't place a ring of rocks on the grass and go with it. We need to remove 9 inches of dirt, add a base layer, top with sand and then set the stones. In the process move three tons of stone by hand

    We will see how it goes.

    Here we are at the two hour mark.



    Mrs Heyyall has managed to be doing something else important for 119 minutes of the time. The one minute she participated she brought a caramel apple and coke...to keep my energy level up????
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    That's easy stuff. Laborious, but it's really not that hard.
    And it will be worth it when you sit back next to the fire, relaxing with the adult beverage of your choice.
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    That is at least a "fun" project. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished result!
    "We can always find excuses if we want to find them, but if we really want to do something, we have to just go."

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    You running tubeless in that wheelbarrow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hang 21 View Post
    You running tubeless in that wheelbarrow?
    Nope. Tubes all the way around.
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    Yep a very satisfying project. A project you will sit and admirre with a brew and some good grub over and over for years to come. Hey and Mrs. Heyyall is doing her job some wouldn't even be that polite.
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    Go to Home Depot and hire some temps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
    Go to Home Depot and hire some temps.
    I agree +1

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    Ha,ha DS has a point I've done it before. But not quite as satisfying as doing it all yourself. Heyyall I like your landscaping, especially the bicycle pump / bird feeder.
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    Sand base, poured slab, solid block floor with air flow channel and pavers left over.

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    That looks nice 'tude
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    I agree that does look nice Tude. One question for you. Why are the cinder blocks above ground rather than below and out of sight.
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    I had planned on a stepped skirt and just didn't get around to it.
    Needed to build a 4 season porch for mom and step dad who live on the property.
    I'll get to it after the porch for Toni and finishing the wood shed.
    :-)
    I posted it as an easier alternative to heavy stone.
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    The sod out and loaded for removal.



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    That is a lot of work!
    I'm afraid of heights so a 26'r fits me to a T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Settertude View Post
    That is a lot of work!
    X200000000000000 and 1
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    Built a few myself

    Ive built a few stone ones myself. It's hard work for sure.
    One small ring I built involved a massive amount of hand digging in a sloped yard. I was prepared I thought. Then encountered a boulder I had to hand break and remove!
    At least it looks like you wont have to do any serious mining with yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Settertude View Post
    I had planned on a stepped skirt and just didn't get around to it.
    Now it makes more sense, once that stepped skirt get's built it will look awesome, more so.
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    Yup--but the future is uncertain. Time flies so fast and half finished projects fade away.
    Thanks. It does work and makes for a nice night.
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    Now it makes more sense, once that stepped skirt get's built it will look awesome, more so.
    I'm afraid of heights so a 26'r fits me to a T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Settertude View Post
    Yup--but the future is uncertain. Time flies so fast and half finished projects fade away.
    Thanks. It does work and makes for a nice night.
    Well this thread should get ya motivated if nothing else. Either way you did a great job, what is the breather hole connected to at the surface?
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    Looks like you're putting the new Chevy to use already.

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    It just runs out the back and allows air to be drawn into the fire. If you notice the ledge around the inside perimeter--that holds the grate.
    Air can flow from behind at ground level and up.
    I'm afraid of heights so a 26'r fits me to a T.

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    I see a green dot next to your name indicating your slacking off right now, get to work
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    Looking forward to seeing your progress, heyall.
    Watch the toes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Settertude View Post
    It just runs out the back and allows air to be drawn into the fire. If you notice the ledge around the inside perimeter--that holds the grate.
    Air can flow from behind at ground level and up.
    I understand the concept I just don't see the grate. Apparently it must be below the bucket before it was finished.
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    Whipped. Somebody had to say it!

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    Next--move 4,000lbs of class 5 base material



    This may be a bit more than half of what we will need.
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    And here is the nearly finished hole.

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    I hope the neighbors approve of this bomb fire.
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    Try not to kill any morning glories.

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    done yet?
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    Heyyall I hope you installed your dentures. It looks like you're in for a long chewing session.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deke505 View Post
    done yet?
    For the hour, yes.

    The exercise tally for the day- 10 miles on the bike including a pr on a one mile climb, 17,000 steps, dug on ginormous hole. Not too shabby if I say so myself.

    I made me a snack to recharge. A little thing called kicked in your taco guacapico.

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    Heyyall I hope you installed your dentures. It looks like you're in for a long chewing session.
    You ninja'd my big bowl of salsa
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    The end of Day 1.



    On for tomorrow:
    Leveling sand, firepower assembly and stones for the sitting area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    F kicked in your taco guacapico.
    YEA !! for Garlic breath... WHoot WHO0t

    what's the charge to ship 94952 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    YEA !! for Garlic breath... WHoot WHO0t

    what's the charge to ship 94952 ?
    I'll make you a batch. Just stop by around 7 am.
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    fire pit and retaining wall with steps I did.
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    ^ nice work. I wanted grass around the pit but my wife wanted stone. She wears the skirt in the house, so who was I to argue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    I made me a snack to recharge. A little thing called kicked in your taco guacapico.
    Chum's coming over for dinner?

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    well it will be easier to mow around the way your going for sure.
    Right now I have a pile of rubble in the back yard of my house waiting for me to get started. I'm going to do flag stone around at least part of mine as we are sick of the grass clippings drug in the house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
    Go to Home Depot and hire some temps.
    Minus the fact that you have to direct and watch every move so they don't just F everything up. Demo work, sure... moving, finish work, anything that takes thought... don't do it.

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    Criminy! Is that your brand new truck full of mud & slop, heyyall?!!! You're not supposed to get it dirty so soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carverboy View Post
    fire pit and retaining wall with steps I did.
    Nice stuff!
    I'm afraid of heights so a 26'r fits me to a T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Criminy! Is that your brand new truck full of mud & slop, heyyall?!!! You're not supposed to get it dirty so soon.
    The truck let out a giggle of enjoyment each time a square of grass was thrown in.
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    Day 2 update.

    Compacted and leveled the base.



    Leveling sand was loaded


    Fire pit kit


    Unloaded and sorted


    Laid out in its pattern


    We've broken for lunch. We have a ton of limestone to unload and a trailer to clean over the next two hours.
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    Looking good.

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    That's going to look awesome when it's done!


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    Moving right along! All Ive done today is get lost in the woods and rained on.
    Glad my wife does not lurk here or I would be in hot water. lol
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    Fit pit loose fitted (need to glue the caps).



    Let the jigsaw puzzle begin.
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