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Old 10-03-2012, 09:19 PM   #15
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What else can be said........................what a nice JOB, I know your proud of it, it shows in the outcome, good luck and enjoy it.
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Don't think of it as a old thread. Keep the pictures coming. I'm looking towards the creek for a place to park the MH. Very nice work. Enjoy yourself and keep the photos coming.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:16 AM   #17
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Please Don't think of it as a old thread. Keep the pictures coming.

I and my wife are looking for some land (5 to 10 AC) in Alabama to do the same thing with our 5th Wheel.

We have been looking for over 6 month with no luck so if anyone can direct us to some land please PM us we are looking hard this will be a cash deal.



Great job Liz
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:29 AM   #18
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What a beautiful place,,, and looks like excellent planning/building !! I'd love a place like that !!!
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:36 AM   #19
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I think you need to move out and let me have the place. My trailer would sure look good parked in there.

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Thank you for all of your encouraging comments! Just remember that there are NO utilities there (for all you folks who are joking about moving there) . You'd have to have 4WD to get back there (and out again) when the road is wet, and it's a one-lane, somewhat-gravel logging road, three miles long with lots of curves (several 90 degree ones) and hills. Oh, and you have to not mind being in the middle of a hunting area full of avid deer hunters. It's great if you like being away from it all, though.

We had a wonderful weekend this past weekend. It was cool, so comfortable with the windows open, or cool enough to close the second night.

A couple or three weeks ago, T installed two 100W solar panels on the barn roof to keep the FW batteries charging (one 12V, two 6V). That seems to be working, as the batteries were nowhere near dead, as they typically are. Unfortunately, the fridge conked out, after working fine the previous week. T traced it to a buildup of rust on the jet and cleaned it. When we left Sunday, fridge was trying to cool. We'll see. Solar panels should mean we can go 4-6 weeks with the fridge running on propane and the batteries having enough charge to keep the ignition working.



We were able to stay the whole weekend and run the generator only when we needed the microwave, toaster oven, or hair dryer. Eventually, we hope to have enough batteries and the right inverter to be able to run the TV without the generator, but we're too tired to even think about TV watching these days. For now, we should be able to use the generators very little instead of having to run one for hours to recharge the batteries every weekend.

We started working on the creek crossing and weir area. We're hoping to get the weir done this weekend. Our handy friend up there will be working on the crossing (digging out the muck on the creek floor and putting riprap down) Friday. We want to be able to get across the creek with the dozer, mini excavator, tractor and four wheeler to deal with some downed trees.

This is taking from the deck:



And here's a picture of me doing a little hillside grooming with my birthday present. Last Saturday was the most fun day I've had at the place in the year plus we've been working there. I felt like the GEICO pig yelling, "Wheee!!!!". I did some work on the creek crossing and took out a bunch of trees of various sizes. Several hours of work and I didn't get hot, sweaty, or dirty. (A friend of mine thought that was a purse hanging off the mini ex. It's a gas can for the chain saw on the back, which we needed for some of our tree clearing. Mini ex has more room for toting stuff than the dozer.)



I'm planning to plant some columbine seeds amongst the trees in the background center and right, on the hill and next to the creek.
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That looks great, Libby!
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Looking good keep any new updated.
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Weir!

Last weekend (Sat., Oct. 13), we got the weir built! It went a lot faster than I thought it would. First thing Saturday morning, our friend dug the muck out of the bottom of the crossing, put riprap down, and covered it with clay rock. I guess we started on the weir sometime between 9 and 10 a.m. and had it built by about noon. After lunch, our friend hauled in a load of clay, which we used to seal the upstream side of the timbers before dumping riprap on both sides of the timbers. A lot of the riprap on the banks was hand-placed, mostly by me, although my SO also did a good bit of that.

Here's a photo of the work area. I was the designated mini excavator operator, so I got to dig out the area for the upright troughs then we used the mini ex to transport the troughs, 6 x 6 timbers, and metal poles into place.



This is the weir after everything was in place, while we were waiting for the water to get high enough to flow. We're still trying to decide whether we're going to leave it this height or remove a timber or two, so the pipes are going to look raggedy until we are sure of the height, then they'll be trimmed.



A little farther downstream, before I worked the rocks off the riprap and down through the crossing.



Water started flowing sometime after 8 p.m. Saturday. By Sunday morning, there was a good flow. This is what the area looked like after I moved some of the rock around.



Just upstream:



Looking upstream. The water is probably no deeper than waist deep in any place, but I'm not going in to check. It's COLD water. My SO wanted a pond, I wanted a weir. I got the weir and he's just going to have to imagine that he has a very long, narrow pond. He's talking about putting some fish in it next spring.



This was taken from the deck behind the trailer this weekend. I've managed to shift a bunch of the gravel through the crossing. I have to go out and play every day, moving gravel, tramping through the channel to get the loose clay out and make things more solid, move riprap, etc.

A couple of videos with sound... To those of you who spend time in the mountains, the sound won't mean much, but if you're accustomed to the flat deep south, you'll know how rare babbling brooks are! I can easily hear the sound when I'm on the deck. It's exactly what I had in mind when I first thought about a weir.

https://tb2.lsu.edu/users/opus/zShared/WeirCamera.MOV

https://tb2.lsu.edu/users/opus/zShared/WeirPhone.mp4

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Did you use telephone poles for your main supports? If so how far is the spacing? I am going to break ground on my place this weekend, and hope to have a pole barn in by the end of the year.
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Great pictures again. Nice to see someone realize a dream and put it into reality. Your location from what you described is absolutely every outdoorsmans dream. Love the outdoors and wildlife. Enjoy it, your working hard on your piece of heaven. And very well done I must say.
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Bee950,

The pole barn poles are recycled telephone poles. I don't remember how far apart they are (and the spacing isn't completely consistent, unfortunately), but something like 10-12'. You'll have to post pictures of your progress.

Bruce C,

I'm just along for the ride. I grew up in the outdoors, but it was livestock outdoors, not wildlife and the woods. I started going to the place just to help my SO, but he decided to make it a nicer place than he would have so that I could enjoy being there. It's turning out much nicer than I could ever have imagined and I love being there. We're at a point now where we can relax and enjoy some, along with working.

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Old 10-26-2012, 09:41 AM   #27
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Liz,
In my younger years I worked on a dairy farm and enjoyed it, went into the military and enjoyed that as well, but not enough to stay in, but grew up even more. Got out, met the wife and 47 years later still together. A country boy at heart, just can't take the city life, so when I see what your doing you get a thumbs up. Hope you folks have many years of enjoyment and memories there.
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Very nice keep up the nice work you are doing
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