Wednesday, 22 June 2011

FBC...Digs a Pit?

I can remember as a kid responding to that boyish urge to dig a hole as deep as I possibly could. Lots of times I quit after only a few feet, and I of course never filled the hole back in (much to my dads disliking). Well for some reason this urge is not something males grow out of, we simply suppress it or disguise it. Glen Post and Tom Jackson have recently responded to this urge in grand fashion though. The two of them dug a pit so deep in the back yard of the church that they needed to dig themselves a trail to get out. Now they did have an accomplice in this matter...and he did have a backhoe, but when you see the pictures I think you will agree this was an incredible accomplishment nonetheless.

Some of you might be asking, "Why did they dig a pit?" Great question! I am glad you asked.

During the winter we have some problems with ice.
So we had Jim and Kevin dig out the drain.
Next we had this guy drill through the wall where we wanted to put the drain pipe.
Now we have a drain pipe that is 4 ft lower than before. (This is good)
"Bring in the big guns!"
Tom could not believe he had to move these piles of dirt out of the way with the wheelbarrow. 
They dug a trench that continued to get deeper as they went.
It was a good thing we had this guy and his machine. Look at the size of that rock he lifted out of there!

In the early years of digging, we are always hoping to discover treasure.
"Is that treasure I smell?" "No. Its sewage."
So that had to be patched up.



What we were really doing was digging a big pit for water from the flat roof to drain into.

We filled the pit with crushed stone.

And then ran our drain pipe into it. 

This is all run below the frost line so that the pipe doesn't freeze and back up anymore. It was quite a project, and we are thankful to Glen for doing this. As with all projects though there are some yahoos who you just take pity on and let them feel like they are helping. Thanks Glen and Tom for your quick thinking in coming up with jobs for these guys.




Now, one final word here. Thank you to the "Sweeping Bandit" who swept in here undetected last night and did a great job cleaning up the mess in the parking lot.



Have a great week.

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