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Old 04-09-2020, 01:31 PM
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...In Alberta we drive as the crow flies...
Yeah, but a lot faster.

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...I'm amazed watching him operating. He can stretch out 30 feet and pull the bucket in and leave a perfect smooth level path behind him, and then do it again and the site is smooth as heck.
I only know enough to know how hard that is for me to do...
I've only run an excavator a few times but I found it relatively (?) easy to pull a fairly flat surface when leveling. I was digging a pond and I got the bottom a lot flatter than I thought I would--not professional quality by any stretch of the imagination but plenty good enough for me.

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...May not escape the mud today anyhow...
We don't get "breakup" down here on the Coast but I remember it well from the time I spent on the ranch up at Williams Lake in the 60s. We'd get 4-5 weeks of cold, damp, miserable weather with a lot of fog--it was the only time of year we got much of that. Temps hovered around freezing t night but always warmed up enough during the day to melt the top layer of the ground and turn it into mud. Driving anywhere but on the roads was a pain because you had a layer of grease on top of a hard pan underneath--as the temps warmed up the layer of mud got thicker and getting stuck became a real problem.

Walking around was always a chore--seemed like you were constantly scraping mud off your boots so you could go into the house or other building. Nobody wanted to check cows in the yards because in addition to walking about you had to dodge cows and calves and it was likely that you were going to trip and fall once in a while. Damn mud was everywhere...
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Old 04-09-2020, 06:23 PM
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I got up this morning at 6 with a bit of sun and 0 degrees, and now clouded and -2
Unless things change the +10 is not going to fly with the cold front coming in.
Supposed to rain this evening, but it may be hard water.
Quoting yerself saves typing.
We did it, 10.5C at the house. Things melting and water rolling down the ditches.
Tim gave up on finishing til Monday, because it was just like stirring soup. We were grading for drainage and it needs time to work.

And today we have cremated the whole thing, and then sat in the sun for a while.
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Old 04-10-2020, 09:10 AM
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That sucked. One day in the sun with a Tee shirt on, must have been a snow magnet.
Woke up to ground covered in white shit.
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Old 04-10-2020, 05:09 PM
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We’re getting mild temps here today, forecast is cold again next few days though.


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Old 04-10-2020, 06:52 PM
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...Woke up to ground covered in white shit.
But all that pure white snow covering the ground looks so pretty.

From a distance...
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Old 04-10-2020, 08:11 PM
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But all that pure white snow covering the ground looks so pretty.

From a distance...
That's true. It melted by noon.
Normally I don't care about it, I know spring is not as early as it was 20 years back, but when trying to co-ordinate people and operations in this period is tough. By April 16, when I was coming south from the ice road, Margot was mowing lawn back then....we only had a 20" push mower, that does not fade from memory.

But we are 90% accomplished though. Tim has to level the borrow site and put the topsoil back and we are done with the dirtwork for good.
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Old 04-19-2020, 09:05 AM
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Nice progress Gerry. It's looking good.
We still have a pile of snow around here, with intermittent blotches of mud between. There is still frost 6" down so you have a thin layer of slimy snot on top of a skating rink. Working in these kinds of conditions with big equipment is certainly a test of patience!
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Old 04-19-2020, 10:28 AM
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Nice progress Gerry. It's looking good.
We still have a pile of snow around here, with intermittent blotches of mud between. There is still frost 6" down so you have a thin layer of slimy snot on top of a skating rink. Working in these kinds of conditions with big equipment is certainly a test of patience!
Yes it is a test. The blotches of mud will get bigger
We had rain friday and from then we are in 12-14 range all next week. The snow is vanishing. It seems that once the temp remains at or above freezing overnight, the ground will begin thawing. I am hoping to see drying conditions next week and the westward flow will give you the warm air we have now.
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Yep, we’ve had big progress with the melt here, it’s been warm enough the last 2-3 nights that things don’t refreezeand things melt a lot more/faster each day.


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Old 04-19-2020, 11:53 PM
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+12 today here and a frozen culvert.
Fun times.
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