Mr Rooney, our determined builder, dug the post holes for the external side stairs today. Manually.
Normally such a job would be straightforward but very hard work...Unfortunately the old mango tree roots were an obstacle where Mr Rooney was digging which made the work that much harder.
He came prepared and used a small electric saw to cut through the roots which were underground.
Throughout the day, I could hear the occasional gasp of breath and long heavy sighs while I was pottering inside the house - poor Mr Rooney!
To his credit (and my amazement), not one curse or blasphemous expression escaped his lips...I think he needed to save his breath for lifting the ridiculously heavy steel posts, all by his lonesome.
Anyway, it is all captured with the magic, that is digital photography; for your viewing pleasure:
|Mr Rooney digging|
|Digging some more|
|The post holes are dug. The steel posts are ready to be cemented in. Heavy duty, aren't they?|
|Mr Rooney catching his breath after checking the posts were level|
|The Concrete Taxi arrived. It is mixed on site.|
|A few wheel barrow loads of cement are needed for the posts|
|Mr Rooney troweling the cement|
Mr Rooney, you really are a champ!