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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 6/8/2009

Well, I knew it was too good to be true.  The rain finally clears up enough to get some more excavating done, and wouldn't you know it--a different problem crops up.

Today during excavation they uncovered a boulder.  A big boulder.  A ginormous boulder.  A boulder at least 20' long and around 8' across and Odin only knows how deep, located right smack dab in the middle of the apartment.

For a while things looked pretty good, with only a single loose boulder found at the edge of the apartment area and a bit of more solid rock right along what will be the apartment footer near the well.  The rock along the footer area was annoying and would have been something we could have completely ignored if it had been about 6" deeper down, but it was small enough that we probably could have dealt with it, either thinning the footer or move the wall slightly (a few inches would have done) to work around it.

But alas that was not to be, as today final leveling excavation uncovered the Behemoth.  Solid granite (like all of the other boulders scattered liberally on the top of the ground around Tanglewood), the size is enormous.  The excavation machinery tried gamely to lift it and only succeeded in scraping away enough dirt to realize that it was basically connected to the outcropping we found a couple of days ago--which meant this boulder was ginormous.  It may very well be a Bone of the Earth and the top of a future mountain range in a million years or so. It can't be moved and it can't be worked around, so that leaves us one viable option--blasting.

So tomorrow Colleen and Builder Dale are going to take a guy who specializes in blowing up rocks like this to take a gander and make an estimate.  If all goes well he'll be able to get up there in the next day or so and remove this annoyance from my construction site (or at least the top couple of feet).  Not sure what this costs as I've naturally never done this before, and Builder Dale tells me it varies greatly depending on size, hardness, and difficulty of placement.  The only real issue I'll need them to watch out for is that the far end isn't all that far from the well (perhaps 15 feet or so) but Dale assures me that won't be a problem

Wow.  Just when we were making some progress too!  Oh can see what  we're dealing with in a couple of pics below.

At least we get to work with some explosives, and that's always fun!

Steven in Colorado Springs


The high end of Behemoth mostly covered by dirt (the excavator had partially uncovered it trying to get it out, then put the soil back when that proved fruitless). The broom provides some sense of scale.
Colleen, the broom, and a handy shovel rest on Behemoth's sadly broad shoulders.

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