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Posted by Rob in Washougal, WA on 10/27/2015

With water available and power on, it was time to extend the driveway further and to begin the dig out for the barn. 


Its a wee bit windy where the property is located, basically at the mouth of the Columbia Gorge, so it can be a bit windy at times. The barn is 40 wide by 60 feet long. It has 2 very high garage doors so we didn't want the peak roof to be up there at a true 24 foot above grade. We decided to dig down to level the pad for the barn, and put it basically 6 foot in the ground. 

So we started digging the extension to the driveway, adding another 100 feet to it while digging out 40x60 down about 7 foot on one side and about 3 feet on the other. Lots of dirt to move with my little red tractor that could. It was a family affair with daughter and her friend making runs of dirt down to the berm, building it up further, and me finally renting an mini-excavator for the weekend to do the finally leveling. I had used the tractor excavator to dig trenches about 3 foot apart. I then used the scoop on the tractor to dig out the in between. 

Again, I wished I had bought the trailer already so I could use it like a mini-dump truck but it was still not purchased at this point.  

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Moving dirt in the rain!



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