“I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”
― Lucille Ball

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Rice-cutting and Back-filling

Rice cutting machine of my brother in law
The last few days we spent our time preparing the lot for delivery of building materials, like gravel, sand, hollow-blocks.

As the previous owner had planted some rice - to be honest it was more grass than rice - it had to be removed or harvested - destroying food is a sin in the Philippines - as far as possible with a motorized rice-cutter and by hand of course.

In the first place we had to make a small private road from the public road to the delivery area.

Because the soil is a kind of clay and 50 cm below road level, new soil - a mix of river sand and gravel - had to be spread over the soil from the road and upto the delivery area, near to where we need the materials.

The whole process is called "back-filling" as the trucks had to drive backwards from the road to the spot where to drop their load. An excavator was hired as well to spread everything and hence the materials could be dropped.
Trucks waiting in line for delivery
First delivery, watch the electric lines!!

Spreading the mixed gravel

After 38 truck-loads, it looks like a first beach head was made 
Sand and gravel delivered for making the fence


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