Installation of a septic system is no small task, especially with sloping terrain, clay-chunk for fill, an old "system" spot to dig out and fill, and most importantly, no experience. It took almost two weeks, and help of an outside expert, Josh's dad.
Details really are boring, even of the most noteworthy delays and stressful moments, so pictures will tell the story. Hover over images to see captions.
With three separate storm events causing delays in two weeks (in June...?) we managed to accomplish a major overhaul. Most noteworthy excavation efforts were: removal of the milk-house foundation (we'd hoped to leave it, but it is prime central garden area, and milking in the barn makes more sense); removal of old garage foundation and stinky gravel and rose bush growing over it; enlarging driveway/new house spot; pushing back the plum forest; and, for about 70% of the rental time, installation of a septic system.
Our new sleigh, that daddy built, is made for carrying three five gallon buckets and nicely fits under the house. The long rope can be extended to even farther, or shorter. Isaiah and I can pull Kellen in it up our driveway. The rototiller, we got from Hasan's Tractor Service in Moscow, ID. Dad tested it, and it works great!
Some pictures from last summer, to put the progress (regress?) into perspective. I especially liked the "caught in the act" picture with boys being boys, or boys being mold-affected. Regardless the reason, the smaller one seems to have been bludgeoned.
These siding pieces, something equivalent to hardy board planks of today, hid a thick layer of paper with tar paper strips at joints. Underneath was a surprising lap siding of long ago, with square and round nails in it, and a few old door openings. It was apparently installed by Adolph Heinrick, as proudly Kyra displayed, but no date was found.
Josh: Founder, father