LEARNING TO DRIVE IN WOODEN POSTS BY MACHINE AND BY HAND – 1st wk in July 2014

Tacumshin is located on a virtual peninsula near Carnsore Point with winds blowing strongly from the east and the south at times. Fencing has to be strong and wind breaks take a battering unless posts are securely driven in.

In building a shelter for an outdoor cob oven this week, four wooden pillars had to be positioned and secured in the ground first. These 11 foot high and 1 foot square pillars of wood had to go down 3 foot before they could be securely cemented in place.

To the rescue came John Coleman and Sons, our friendly agricultural contractor from Piercestown up the road, complete with mini-digger on a low trailer. The digger had an augur attachment which pneumatically twisted its way through the soil creating a 3 foot deep borehole. A neat job quickly done – which saved me buckets of sweat! I’ll need that energy to manually drive in several dozen smaller 6 foot posts to which we will nail wind break mesh fabric alongside the vegetable and fruit beds before the winter winds come around again.

John's mini-digger twists the augur in 3 foot where the first of 4 storm proof posts are to stand!

John’s mini-digger twists the augur in 3 foot where the first of 4 storm proof posts are to stand!

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One response to this post.

  1. Wish I could get down to see it Trevor – it sounds as though it is all coming together amazingly. I love mini-diggers – my favourite toy for the very big garden/tiny farm. I fully understand why several retired small builders of my acquaintance bought themselves one as a retirement present

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