Uncle Joel, Warrior Against Entropy!

Sometime late last year Ian offered me an embarrassingly large amount of money monthly to keep up on repairs to his place. Much of what he wanted done was stuff I was doing anyway, since his place is useful to me and I don’t want it falling apart. We settled on a much smaller stipend with the agreement that I would not only continue to note and report the deterioration of his infrastructure but get more proactive about maintaining it on my own.

I noticed a few days ago that one of the piers holding up Ian’s porch/ramada/thingie has come loose from the dirt.

This is not an unusual event around here: Some of our early construction efforts were, um, not entirely adequate and in particular the dirt around here is not conducive to holding up concrete things unless you go deeper than we often went. So anyway: I have experience with this sort of thing. I thought I was going to need that 8′ 4X4 from his powershed, but it’s too long.

Fortunately there was a shorter one handy: Once on top of some blocks and my scissor jack, that’ll be perfect. I have everything I need except some concrete, which I can hopefully buy on Monday. I’ll cut rebar this afternoon and get everything ready for work on Tuesday, weather permitting.

If you’re wondering about the peculiar construction, this was the original idea…

…but we could never get anything to survive in the two planters we installed, so the project stalled there.

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3 Responses to Uncle Joel, Warrior Against Entropy!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, but the pear tree – remember. I’d rethink this and maybe put up hoop house using two ten foot long electrical conduit to form the hoops and then covering it with chicken wire or whatever you have handy. Winter is coming . . .

  2. bravokilo says:

    A sweet potato vine might work, and the new leaves make a decent salad. Well…a salad.

  3. Ben says:

    Sweet potatoes are (at least initially) easy to grow, and the “seeds” are available at most any supermarket. Cut eyes from a sweet potato, plant, and water, water, water. They so seem to deplete your soil quickly, and I never learned the knack of growing them sustainably.

To the stake with the heretic!