One man afternoon
It sure is a nice view from up there. The mountains and hills that distantly surround us are very serene on such a perfect day and it's hard to not be distracted from the job at hand sometimes. Late autumn has turned on some fantastic weather and I was actually wishing I had shorts on instead my work pants. no wind to speak of, blue sky and a nice warm temperature. So I moved along the ridge grinding the bolts off, trying not to be in the path of the flying sparks coming from the tool. For some reason the job got harder and harder and I couldn't work out why until finally, I couldn't cut into a bolt at all. I looked at the wheel of the grinder and it seems I had worn it down to nothing. That would explain it. That's the end of of that task for now.
Getting 4 metre-long cypress posts into the ground single handedly is possible, but difficult. Once the post is in the hole, the fun begins, with the challenge being to secure the post in postition and level as I fill the hole back in. That's where the ladder and an occy strap (for you Kiwis that's a bungy cord) came into play. With the post attached tenuously to the ladder I managed to get the base of the post packed into position. Then I attached a brace to the ground and adjusted the post into position and then nailed the brace on. Then I did the same process with the second brace at 90˚. Then it was just a case of filling in and packing the rest of the hole. By the end of the day with the sun creating amazing coloured clouds in the sky I had two more posts in. Slower by myself but still effective. I reckon it should be possible to knock the rest over (so to speak) with Ivan on Friday. There's a challenge!