You Load 16 Tons, and What do You Get?

A lot of sore muscles! OK, so it’s -only- 2 tons, not 16, but the muscles are still sore.

Yep, there’s lots of work going on at Chateau Cabled Sheep.

We’ve been wanting to replace our ancient driveway for years – the roots of the tree that used to be in our front yard cracked and buckled the cement. The curbing along the side of the driveway has been pushed up several inches, and some of the driveway pieces rock when you walk or drive on them.

Old Driveway

This year we’re not only going to replace the driveway, but also the equally ancient one-car garage. DH thinks it was probably built in the ’20s or ’30s.

Old Garage

I know it doesn’t look so bad in the photo, but trust me, it’s in terrible shape. It only looks this good because I repainted it last year. But the roof is in terrible shape – you can see daylight through it, and it’s so covered with moss that you can barely see the shingles. The biggest problem, though, is the diminutive size. Our house is one of the few on the street that has a garage at all, and some of the houses have to share a driveway easement, so at least we’ve got this much. But with two cars and only a single car garage and driveway, either one car is always out on the street, or we have to constantly be shuffling them around. So we’ve decided to splurge and have this one ripped down, and put in a brand new 2 1/2 car garage, with room for a nice workbench. And it will have a “person door”, so that we can get in it even if the power is out or the garage door spring breaks. We’re having a company build it for us, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of work for us to do.

See this patio? It’s gotta go, since that’s where the expanded part of the garage will be. And all those plants between the patio and the garage? They’re history (given away, not tossed!)

Old Patio

So now all of those pavers have to be picked up and moved, since we’ll probably use them to make a new patio where the veggies are now, to the left of the current patio. There’s pavers under those garbage cans too, which you can’t see in the photo. I calculated the number of pavers and the weight of each, and it came out to 3972.5 pounds of pavers that need to be moved. Just shy of 2 tons.

But wait, there’s more… all these bricks need to be picked up and moved too:

Old Driveway

That will definitely put the total over 2 tons.

So who do you suppose is moving all of these bricks and pavers? Well, not DH. He’s off at a conference having a good time. And he’ll only be home a few days before he’s off again. So that means I get to haul 2 tons of brick by myself. He’s gonna owe me. So far I’ve moved close to half of the pavers. At least it’s good exercise! And fortunately, it did occur to me to put on my back support thingie.

Sheesh. And I thought the push ups were bad. And speaking of which, the third week on the push up program was really a killer. I was so smug the first two weeks since I was doing so well. But it was all I could do to get through the minimum number of push ups for the third week’s program. Maybe lifting and carrying 35-pound loads of pavers across the yard will help strengthen me up for the fourth week.

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12 Responses to You Load 16 Tons, and What do You Get?

  1. Stacey says:

    Yikes! I say get the booze and fiber out, mix up some drinks and invite some people over. Either that or hit the local college… and get yourself some strapping young men to help. Oh and if you do that last one? Take pictures for the blog. Please?

    ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy Tuesday!

  2. kitkatknit says:

    Another day older and deeper in debt. (sorry I couldn’t resist!!) That looks like a lot of work. Our drive way is getting unsettled too.

  3. Miss T says:

    That looks like WORK. You should have gone to the conference, too.

  4. Having just completed a lot of “inside” house work, I feel your pain (literally). It will look great when it’s done, though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Cayenne says:

    Good job. It will be so nice when it is all finished. Home improvement can be such a pain!

  6. margene says:

    OMG! You’ll have arms of steel! Maybe you should hire a few guys to help you with all of that!!

  7. Chris says:

    You are going to be so buff when you’re done lugging and doing the pushup program!

  8. Lani says:

    Wow, when you’re all done no one will want to cross you in a back alley! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t wait to see what all the finished renovations look like!

  9. Look at you, you are WOMAN OF STEEL! You burly grrl, you! Go go go!

  10. Lauren says:

    Wow! I don’t know if I would even attempt that alone! I agree, invite people over and make it a party.

  11. Julie says:

    Holy Crap, you are one strong woman ! I’m such a wimp that I’m sure I’d kill myself after 15 minutes (if I lasted that long).

  12. Elizabeth in Apex, NC says:

    Lady, you can forget your arm-flab concerns after this. Assuming you will also be able to raise your arms once you are finished with this process!!

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