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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 6/3/2016

They will be done with the removal of the difficult strata of rock today. The hydraulic hammer was a godsend. He has a corner left to square up this morning and it'll be done. The bad news is the excavation is costing a heck of a lot more than we were quoted, like 4x. But I understand why and won't argue about it. It has been a far larger project than either Excavator Kyle or I thought, both in volume (we pushed the house site further into the hill) and in the type of material being dug. Kyle and his crew didn't slack on the job and charged a fair hourly price. The only comment I have is I wish he would have brought in the big guns earlier, but he was trying to keep from having to rent the hammer, which was a $5,000 cost in and of itself.

Fortunately, we saved on the windows and also the beams, which offsets the additional cost here, but it would have been nicer to have kept that savings, eh? When we look at the money that has been invested to date, including the permits, water rights, excavation, etc, and all there is is a hole in the ground - well, it's a bit disheartening! And I am sure everyone goes through a stage like this. And you remind yourself that soon you'll see a building begin to go up - which appears to be starting on the 15th of this month.

I tried to attach a video of the hammer at work, but the one I wanted to use is apparently too large to use, so a short one and a few pics are attached. Remember to double-click to open fully.


Did I say "bigger job than we expected?"
A picture of a trackhoe with the hammer attached. At the end of the yellow section, there is a 4" diameter solid steel rod that is tapered a bit. Looks like a ginormous bee stringer. Beats into the rock like a regular jackhammer to break it and then he pulls it back to dislodge the section of rock. Very repetitive process, but works great!
Another shot trying to depict the height


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