Money Where Your Mouth Is- Part Six

November 27, 2016 at 2:16 pm 8 comments

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Part One- https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/money-where-your-mouth-is-part-one/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/june-3rd-your-truth-chris-ritchey
Part Two- https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/06/17/money-where-your-mouth-is-the-process-part-two/
Part Three- https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/money-where-your-mouth-is-part-3/
Part Four- https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/money-where-your-mouth-is-part-4/
Part Five –https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/money-where-your-mouth-is-part-5/

In Defence of the Fence
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Clean up along the front half of the new lot (1125)aka “Lower Deeping Gate” was done and we began to see a problem. We always knew our house at 1127 sat higher than the lot next door, it being on the edge of the old ravine, but once the brush and trees were removed we found the drop off to be not a couple of feet but at one point -6 feet.
drop-off

Instead of coming all the way to the front of our house with the fence and across we decided to fence and meet the original fence( ( as we already had a gate to access the property at 1125) about 80 feet. And there the trials began. First – a decision on the type of fence, then the problem of getting the fence delivery truck down the 16 foot alley was no easy feat.
delivery

Then it was just a matter of putting the fence up up BUT this was not going to be as easy as we thought. Starting at the back of the lot ( after getting the required city permit) all was well. Although the neighbors ( gun on his hip and “f” king of construction) were daily measuring and having conversations as to the size of the lot etc. ( more on that later)

The back of the lot was pretty flat and even so 32 feet of fence being flush to the ground was not an issue, apart from digging the post holes and hitting rocks galore. The long section of fencing running down the lot we soon found out, when trying to stay even at the top, was dropping at an alarming rate.

The men from Tactical Home Services Unit” http://www.thsunit.com/ knocked on the door to tell me there would be a “gap” as we came across the front of the lot as the land was dropping.
Thinking to myself ”

Oh well we will just fill in with some dirt or a couple of little boards”

I told them to go ahead. I wondered why he looked a little perplexed and with a

“well- OK! if you are sure?

My answer as to their skepticism came as the front of the fence went up , what I thought would be a few inches became 4 feet. Our lovely fence looked like the great wall or a billboard, the 6 ft fence became 10 and up in the air. In fact, the land rapidly dropped 4 foot in the last 40 foot of fence and closer to six foot as it met our old fence at the corner of the house and continued to drop the further down the lot you went.
fence

Obviously we couldn’t leave a fence up in the air 4 feet or more but what to do? We had to get three dump truck loads of “in fill” dirt for the property behind the “great wall” ( more expense)so that the 6 ft fence sat evenly on the ground ( Upper Deeping Gate). Since the in -fill dirt was dumped in piles we had to get help, other than Gavin and Braedyn, to move it.
moving-dirtres It was during this day when, as I was watching the two earth-movers, the “little guy with the gun on his hip” started cutting down the tree on the edge of our property and the hurling of insults and rhetoric began screaming at me the Building Dept had given him permission.

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( Photo Source : http://www.rcosf.com/anger-management-do-you-need-a-psychologist/ )

It was then I knew there was going to be an issue with the neighbors and where one’s property ended. I knew the fence was thirty two feet and since it came off of our garage, which obviously was on our original lot, we were well within the lot line ( the newly purchased lot was 34.5 ft. by 157 ft. ) The trouble is (and was) the two neighbors had decided where their lots began and ended and were feeding each other erroneous information.

I stopped the neighbor from cutting down the tree just in time. It isn’t a great tree but in summer blocks the view of another less than desirable property from our balcony. The tree is probably irrevocably damaged and if it falls it will be down to the “little guy with the gun on his hip”

Another expense, because we then had our original lot and the lot next door surveyed and yes! the tree is on our property.

Back to the fence, as the contractors kept digging they met all sorts of rubble and huge tree roots, not entirely unexpected . I had always known there was a water source ( stream) running under the lot so hitting water was also not unexpected. What we hadn’t banked on was the ravine ( seen on the map below) had been filled with the debris of the 1924 tornado , the people back then must have just bulldozed everything into that ravine and covered it with dirt.

the neighborhood  after tornado

the neighborhood after tornado

The drop off must have been a small waterfall at one time. Even though this summer was days and days of 90 degree heat as we dug holes we would strike water.
map (2)

The decision to build a retaining wall/planter box across the front of the fence to hold back the newly filled dirt and to stop further erosion even added more angst and expense. This lot was becoming a money pit but we couldn’t have a fence in the air!dsc02714res
A change of design a change of plan . engineering , more building , more top soil to fill and planting

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but finally the fence in the air was no more but now a feature that had to be softened and landscaped. (aka more money where the mouth is)
feature

Definition of Deeping -Extending far downward below a surface- underground water source.
To be continued………..

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Money Where Your Mouth Is – Part 5 Dec 3rd- The Loop- Chris Ritchey

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rich  |  November 27, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    But, it looks beautiful and PRIVATE

  • 2. thatwoman  |  November 27, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    yes still more of the story…. to come……money, money , money but for the first time in 40 years I can look out the window and smile

  • 3. Mike Kennedy  |  November 27, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Congratulations on creating a serene garden patio out of nothing. I would love to stop and see it up close. It should be an example to the citizens of Lorain, one lot at a time.

  • 4. thatwoman  |  November 27, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    and behind the wall Mike we have the start of a fruit tree orchard more on that in part 8??? you will have to come by and see it anytime especially my hopes for the spring blossoms in “Upper Deeping Gate” ….

  • 5. maryspringowski  |  November 27, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    It looks gorgeous though!!!

  • 6. thatwoman  |  November 27, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    It will look a lot better I hope, we have planted late grass and added to the trees. Planted spring bulbs, lavender and lilies behind the great fence wall and hopefully a little patio bar ( sssssh I haven’t informed the man of the house yet about that plan )

  • 7. linnett  |  November 29, 2016 at 12:06 am

    You never cease to amaze me, I know its not funny but the way you write sometimes just cracks me up.

  • 8. thatwoman  |  November 29, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    well there is always the funny side…. you have to laugh or you cry and I have too much crying 😉

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