Cross another thing off the To Do List; the holes are dug and the poles are in the ground!!! This weekend Joe & I spent Saturday digging the remainder of the post holes that we were unable to get to last weekend.
This time we rented the two person auger. It was so much better than the single person auger. The machine is way more powerful and the bit on this one was different than last weeks, so it actually cut into the ground. After using the one today, I am convinced that the bit we got last week was faulty. Either way, if I ever have to dig more post holes I am only renting the two person auger not the single person auger.
Joe and I had trouble getting the auger initially. My car is in the shop so I have been driving Katy’s. We took her car to the local rental place but they didn’t have a two person auger. They called around and the Campbell location had one so we drove down there. We got the auger and signed the paper work and the guy told us how to use the machine, but when we tried to load it into the car, it didn’t fit. Frustrated, we checked the internet and it said that the car shop opened at noon. Believing I could get my car at noon, we drove from Campbell to Palo Alto (takes about 40 minutes). We got to PA right before noon and no one was there. We waited and waited but no one ever showed up. After an annoyingly long time I needed to pee, so we to my parents house a few blocks away. There I commandeered my dad’s SUV. We then drove back to Campbell, finally got the auger and made it home. In all, it took 3.5 hours to get and damn machine. I was starting to worry because last week the post hole drilling took so long, but this machine was so much better that we got just as many holes done in half the time! Woo Hoo!!
A special thanks needs to go out to my dad. He showed up and was a huge help. My dad and I took turns running the auger with Joe, while the free person dug out extra dirt by hand, moved around the trash can that we were using to stand the auger against, etc. Dad was a great help and the three of us were able to get it all done quickly and easily. Thanks Pop!
We rented the auger for 24 hours, and since we only go it around 1 on Saturday, we had all Sunday morning to do a little clean up. Sunday we took twine and strung it along all the rows in the back yard. This allowed us to see in the rows were straight and if any of the posts were out of alignment. It was good we did this because there were several posts that needed adjusting. Joe and I tried to adjust the holes manually with shovels first, but that was not really effective, so in the end we used the auger to adjust the holes as needed. We had residual soreness from Saturday, so the work Sunday seemed a lot harder, but we got ‘er done.