Thursday, June 3, 2010

Home Improvement

Here is the retaining wall I have been attempting to build. I'm about 1/3 of the way into the project, but think I have the learning curve worked out. It has been a triple challenge for me: (1) No experience at this (2) It's being built in a circular shape, not a straight line (3) And it's on a sloped grade.

Notice how level the top coarse of block is - it's within 1/4 inch. That was the biggest challenge; keeping it level and appealing to the eye while the bottom coarse disappears into the slope.

In addition to exercising daily, I work on projects like this all the time. I like the manual labor. It's one of the ways I release tension. Plus there is a definite point when the job is "finished" (unlike much of my minsitry work which is never done). Even cutting the grass gives me the same feeling. My father gave me a strong work ethic and this kind of work like this keeps me connected to my blue collar roots.

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