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Old 12-01-2013, 09:08 PM   #61 (permalink)
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How many yards of soil have you estimated to fill the gaps....150-450.??
150-200 yds.
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Three of the most plentiful things on this good ol Earth I hate to pay money for are dirt, water and slab rock.
Then again, go figure, at times these are the only things we need.
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Then again, go figure, at times these are the only things we need.
The dirt in this area is very good and there is a large construction project about 1 mile away that has excess. I will pay $50 per 25 cu.yds. delivered. Of course then its going to take two guys with a tractor about two days to move it into place and compact it. It could have been a lot worse.
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The dirt in this area is very good
"dirt" is vacant, dead, not alive.

"Soil" is alive, full of beneficial bacteria and micro organisms that break down organic matter making it available to plants.
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I agree. Truckloads of dirt will be deposited here. When I'm done applying treatments, it will be soil.
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Here's an alternate view of that lower right corner. The retaining wall will be built along the left in the picture up to that corner, and then across to the right. The height at that corner will be about 1 foot short of the existing wooden fence at that corner. The majority of my property is not in this picture, it is to the right and behind the camera.

Wow so the soild line on your property is gunna be raised to the height of your neighbours shed/garage there? I can't wait to see what this looks like once the retaining walls are finished.
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Two tractors arrived this morning to begin excavation of footings and grading the property.

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On the first day of my Soil Science 101 class in 1975 I was taught "dirt is soil out of place" (such as the dirt either my son or I tracked into the kitchen from outside).

Richard, it looks like your big retaining wall is going to block out a lot of son from your neighbor's place. Are there any restrictions on that there in Vista? I guess it's not like blocking out the view of an ocean in Malibu or something like that.
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Richard, it looks like your big retaining wall is going to block out a lot of son from your neighbor's place. Are there any restrictions on that there in Vista? I guess it's not like blocking out the view of an ocean in Malibu or something like that.
My neighbor behind me is happy about the shade, and even happier that the view from inside my house and my neighbor to the north will no longer be into his backyard and rear windows.

Vista does have regulations and limitations on landscape walls, fences, etc. I picked a contractor on a first-name basis with the city planning department. He told them what I wanted to do and they gave us the requirements for not only the wall, but the grading and drainage system. We then had a draft-person produce drawings to that effect and had it permitted. The masons are now building according to those plans.

Today they dug out a trench for the footing of the rear wall. It is 52" wide and 20" deep.
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I think an areal view (maybe Google Earth) would help to understand exactly what you're doing and how.
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I think an areal view (maybe Google Earth) would help to understand exactly what you're doing and how.
The Google Earth pictures show the home engulfed in trees. They have all been removed. Here is a drawing (shown earlier in this thread) of my landscape plans. At present, the property is somewhat level on the west (right) and along the house, then drops off in elevation to the east of the house (left) by 6 to 9 feet approaching the property line. The retaining wall I'm building runs along the N-S line on the east, and up both sides until current level is reached.
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How about some photos from a greater distance for more perspective.
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Here's a look at the trench for the footing of the rear retaining wall. As of this morning, we're working on getting it down to level.

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Nice cliva miniata (kfir lilly). Try to save it
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Actually, that is a young Cycad.
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Here is a view from the other end. In the upper far-right of the photo you see 1 window pane at the corner of my house. Behind (to the immediate left) of that is my neighbor's house to the south.

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Are you accessing the back yard from your property?
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