Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Building a Culvert

How is a culvert made? The dry creek is not very deep or long but when it rains hard, the flow can wash debris four feet or higher. We need assurance that we can get home or go to work even when it rains, and that the culvert won't wash away. So a concrete "bridge" is what we get.

First we had to place a water line from the community water supply.
It's about 1100 feet of PVC piping from the new water meter out to the home site.
The drainage pipes are HUGE! Yesterday, when Kindra and Lauren (ClaySandStraw) and I were walking past the tubes to go back to our trucks, we heard coming out of the pipes loud singing in Spanish. It was a lament about how hard life is, sung in jest and sung very well. Lauren answered the serenading cementer in Spanish, encouraging him that life is indeed good. He answered her in song and their dialogue was hilarious.

Today the pipes are being back filled and the soil compacted. The crossing over the creek is now level with the sides. Next will be cement.

Perhaps we will also make some steps down the side of the creek for a walking path next to the bridge. It will have to be stabilized with stone or plants to keep it from washing out. Next step while the road is being finished is to research what to plant on the loose soil to hold it down. Maybe wild flowers from the Lady Bird Johnson wild flower center?

Kindra and Lauren worked up several site layouts for me after doing a site analysis and tree survey.  They have identified wonderful line-of-site views and one of the proposals is something I'd never considered. We went out to the site to walk over the designs. I have to say I feel differently about building placement after their expert consultation.

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