Posted By RichC on September 21, 2014
It has been a beautiful weekend to work on a few yard projects as the weather was warm, but not hot. A new drain has been on the list for a while, but the trigger stimulated the repair was when I hit the old plastic components with the lawn mower, shattering the grate and the housing. Instead of installing new underground parts, I used a cutting blade on my 4-1/2” grinder to modify the fitting to accept the new grate – a few bucks later and it looks better than the original ever did.
The other yard work besides mowing was to finish raking out the drainage work that I previously talked about for seed and straw. I’m probably going to be readdressing this area again with a load of topsoil as the clay dirt mix isn’t optimum for growing grass AND will most likely settle a bit over the excavated area. All in all, I’m glad to finally have this mess behind me before winter arrives.
Below are a few photos after bringing in Smallwood Excavating to correct the mess left by the unnamed (so far) previous company … the ones who disappeared with my deposit after starting the project. It is amazing what a difference a well managed and honest contractor makes … Smallwood Excavating finished in one day and even set up a laser to be sure the pitch was spot-on. Great guys, great three generation company. I enthusiastically recommend them.