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#26455
Dec 21st:

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Two weeks later:

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Still a long way to go, but I'm getting there. It's pretty much roughed-in now, should be able to close off the right rear in the next few days. Then the arduous task of smoothing, seeding, covering, etc. begins.
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#26457
Sweet!!! To be able walk out shoot when the feelings hits must be amazing. :)

Neil 8-)
#26472
Oh man!..........

Now.....when I hit the lottery......I'm gonna buy me some land out in the country up in North Alabama- where there is almost no crime, no democrats and no problems. Then I'm gonna build me a nice range kinda like Hickock45....and then build me a nice cabin there with a big front porch with a couple rocking chairs on it.......Then I'm gonna sit there and rock. And when I feel like it- I'm gonna shoot. And if Agatha don't want to go- she can stay here!
#26504
Some pics and videos of the journey.







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The weather forecast is calling for 4 straight days of rain. With over 10,000 square feet of raw clay exposed, the reality of what I've done... is starting to sink in.
#26524
LT USN (Ret.) wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:09 am Your equipment or somebody doing it for you?
A drag racer buddy of mine owns both of them. The excavator had 75 hours on it when I started. A few days into it, he calls me and says "I just bought a tracked-skid steer, I'm having it delivered to your house tomorrow so you can break it in". Bless you my son. It had 3.8 hours on it.
It's only cost me a lot of Diesel fuel and a broken tail light.

I've done all the work myself, except when it got down to doing the finish grading for slope/drainage, I hired a guy to help me as I needed an experienced guy to save time. The learning curve for finish work was longer than I have.
#26526
BentAero wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:27 am
GlennSFX wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:19 am
higgybaby wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:00 am Red clay?.........you in MS, AL, GA?
I've been living in the Red clay since 59.
:-? ...Could be the Carolinas!
That's going to be a sweet setup!!!
We have a winner!

Upstate SC
:lol: ...I have property in Myrtle and familiar with the "red stuff"!
#26528
BentAero wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:27 am
GlennSFX wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:19 am
higgybaby wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:00 am Red clay?.........you in MS, AL, GA?
I've been living in the Red clay since 59.
:-? ...Could be the Carolinas!
That's going to be a sweet setup!!!
We have a winner!

Upstate SC
Can't be too far from where I am in NC.

When are you hosting your range-warming/BBQ/Sugar Tit moonshine fest for all of your CanikFanatik forum friends?...
#26550
ncjw wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:31 am
BentAero wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:27 am
GlennSFX wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:19 am

:-? ...Could be the Carolinas!
That's going to be a sweet setup!!!
We have a winner!

Upstate SC
Can't be too far from where I am in NC.

When are you hosting your range-warming/BBQ/Sugar Tit moonshine fest for all of your CanikFanatik forum friends?...
It's gonna be awhile; I haven't even bought the grass seed yet. X_X

Higgy: Anytime, for you... anytime.

Glenn: Not yet. I'd love to, but that's 4 hours east.
#27641
Persistent rain 3 weekends in a row has delayed progress. Sunny Monday thru Friday, then Saturday rains turn the raw clay into a quagmire. Finally a dry weekend! The Mrs and I worked hard sat and sun and were able to get the fertilizer and seed down on the slopes. 2/3 of it covered with straw blanket, then we ran out of staples and sunlight. 🙁
Forecast this week is: sunny and mild -until next Saturday... Looks like I'll be burning up a few more vacation days this week.

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#30327
Haven't posted-up in quite a while, and since some of you have probably reached the end of the internet lately...

First week of February we received a devastating 7" rainfall in 18 hours. The seed was only down for 10 days when heavy rain came and it was heartbreaking to literally watch it wash away. Several places had small to serious mudslides, but the straw blanket and 2,600 staples we put in really helped contain it.

The wheelbarrow was empty the previous day...

On February 23rd the 'floor' had the perfect amount of moisture in it, so I pulled a float-drag around it for an hour, which made it glass smooth. I then aerated, fertilized, put down 25 lbs of seed, then covered it with wheat straw and began watering it. On March 1st I aerated it again and put down another 15 lbs of seed.

Much to our surprise, in early March we started seeing grass pop up on the slopes. By some miracle not all the seed had washed off the slopes. It was actually showing promise. By March 15 we had a nice crop of wheat growing on the floor! The wheat straw sprouted and grows amazingly fast. At least it's good erosion control. Thankfully the wheat doesn't choke out the seed, and the seed that the squirrels haven't eaten is growing nicely. (Side note: I put a whoopin' on the those little bastards last week sending 11 of them to the great oak tree in the sky. I counted as many as 10 at one time digging grass seed. I could pop one, wait 90 seconds, and they'd all come right back again. Wash, rinse, repeat. I've maybe culled the herd by 50%)

My Steel Challenge plates and hangers arrived last week and I'm working on fabricating the stands, as I had plenty of free steel to recycle/reconfigure. Slow, but sure, I'm getting there.

BTW, 22.5" of rainfall year to date.

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