|Elaina surveys the trench.|
With the trench dug, we took a little break and headed to Home Depot to buy some stone. The stone ended up being a dollar cheaper than I saw online, so we saved a bit of cash there. Once home, we added the stone to the trench for drainage, and started the process of tamping, leveling, digging and filling again.
Once the stone was level, I began laying the base of the retaining wall. This consisted of putting down a 4x4, leveling it, filling next to and under it, then leveling it again.
Basically our day contained several hours of leveling and tamping.
At first I began laying 4x4s along the entire length that we had dug in the morning. I decided, however, that I should get at least one corner started so that I could start building up. The corner waited till after Gabriella was picked up from school. Once home again the girls helped me align the corner, dig, tamp, level, etc., until we had a nice corner started.
|Aligning the corner.|
The final bit for today was to start the second tier. The 4x4s that I'm using, though, are a bit warped and twisted, being scrap that I found stashed in the sheds and barns around the property. It looks like I'm going to need some spikes to help hold them in place.
|The day's work.|