Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

June 19, 2013

The Project

This project was one of necessity. Our place is built up about 6 feet above the driveway. To meet the criteria for an access ramp, it meant 72 feet of ramp had to be built, with landings for resting every so many feet.

 After much mental thinking, I was able to utilize the existing landings and only had to build 2 additional ones to meet code.You can see the existing steps in the fore ground, and see the construction needed to make the "U" and tie into the landing at the bottom of the 3 steps.
 That landing continued onto another 16 foot ramp, to another landing and then another 16 foot ramp down to the lower landing.
 I still have to install hand rails and toe boards to prevent a walker from coming off the ramps.

While finishing up for today, I noticed Biz feeding away from her herd mates and joining up with a deer.
My Dad gave me some advice when I was a kid. He said something like

" If you have a job to do, read a book on how to do it. The knowledge will be with you forever. If you need a tool, buy it. It will last longer than you. Do it yourself, unless you are making $25 per hour." (going rate for a tradesman at that time

That was sound advice that has served me well over the years.

5 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

it looks like you did a great job.

Alica said...

Way to go...your Dad would be glad to see you heeded his advice. Job well done! :)

Montanagirl said...

That's a great ramp, and great advice too!!

Terry said...

Good job!
Fun to see your horse with a deer.

Mary Ann said...

Your dad was a smart guy. The ramp looks great... but do you ever get to use the hot tub in the Great White North????? Enquiring minds want to know.