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!@#?% Pole!

  • Aaron F.

    Well, we had to start somewhere.  We have big plans for our backyard this summer but right now it’s in awful shape.  We have to change the pitch because the water currently rolls towards the house, and we are planning on fencing it in and covering it in old red brick.

Step #1:  Remove the rusty yellow clothes line.

Simple enough right.  Not exactly.  I anticipated a concrete base buried in the dirt, but nothing like what we ended up pulling out.  This baby was almost 3 feet long engulfed in a sloppy wet mush.  It was awful.  Nicole and I took turns digging around this massive pain in the ass, occasionally rocking it back and forth in hopes of loosening it.  Eventually I ran out of patience and pulled down on the pole as hard as I could, and of course it bent.  It seemed like it was going to be impossible for the two of us to remove this.  So I thought to myself, “What would ‘Breaking Bad’s Heisenberg do?”  That’s right, he would create a way to solve his problem using science!  In my case, physics.  I wedged some bricks under the bent pole and pulled down on the one end which lifted the massive concrete base.   I had Nicole come over and stand on the end while I pulled it out of the hole using my legs so that I wouldn’t rupture my intestines.  After about 2.5 hours, we got it out of the ground.

Next up is that gross shrub, although I’ll save that for next weekend as I am sure it will be equally as awful to remove.