So, just when I thought I would lose what little of my mind I had left, I got a little break in the way of a winter thaw. In early December, we had three or four days of warmer weather and a lot of wind. The snow practically disappeared overnight!
I called Dick:
Me – Hey, I was up at the property this morning and the snow is nearly gone. Maybe if you got a machine up there quick, you could get the foundation dug before it snows again.
Him – No, that won’t work because the ground is still frozen.
Me – No it isn’t. I took a shovel with me and I could push it in the ground, it’s not frozen.
Him – It’s frozen. We’ll stick to the original plan of breaking ground in June when it thaws.
I hung up on him and sat there and fumed for a while. Then I called a couple of excavation companies and asked them if it was possible to start digging with the thaw. I talked to three different people who told me the same thing – there really wasn’t any reason why I couldn’t start digging right now – the winter hadn’t been very cold and there were machines out there that could definitely handle it.
I called him back and told him if he didn’t start, I was going to sue him.
So what? you might say, it’s just a piece of ground that has had the sage brush pushed off it by a machine.
To me, though, it was a start. The first step in the long process that would hopefully end up with me and my horses happily living on my little piece of horse heaven. The other reason I was so excited was because I knew that the contract stated that Dick would not get any further money until the footers (the concrete base that the foundation sets on) were poured.
I got on the phone again, this time to foundation contractors. Yep, they said, no problem – there are additives that can be mixed in with the concrete to make it solidify at lower temperatures and yep, it was warm enough to pour it. They may need to provide some artificial heat, but it was certainly doable.
This time, however, I didn’t even have to call and threaten to sue him. As soon as the digging was finished, Dick started building the forms for the concrete. The weather cut me a huge break by staying warm.
to be continued….
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