DIY Driveway in a Day

December 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm 6 comments

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but our new driveway was! We had been talking about a driveway for a while and this past month the mud has been worse than ever. One morning Ryan woke up and decided it was time. He went out and prepped the area and then had a dump truck deliver a load of sand (most of the sand is for a different project).

We shoveled sand to drive out the swamp that’s encroached in our yard.

New Driveway - Ryan Shovels Sand (Far)
Ryan Shovels Sand

New Driveway - Sanded Driveway
Sanded Driveway

And then the dump truck returned and gave us a load of gravel.

New Driveway - Big Ole Pile of Gravel
Gravel Arrives

Our neighbor Alvin lent us extra rakes and shovels and from then on out we were moving gravel. For hours…and hours… and hours. The project drew a lot of attention. Cars would slow down to look at us and pedestrains and cyclists would make comments.

“That’s what I call ‘Git er done!'” one guy told us.

Another man passed by twice and reported that our gravel pile was definitely getting smaller. It was good to hear, but my body was still tiring.

At one point I paused to wipe the steady stream of snot off my face and I saw a familiar silhouette walking down the street. It was Jacal. I could not have been happier to see him.

“Can I help???” he asked as I knew he would.

Then there were three of us shoveling and raking.

New Driveway - Help Arrives!  Jacal With Ryan
Jacal and Ryan Raking

Still as the afternoon light started to dwindle, bodies ached, and blisters bled, it looked like the project would have to be completed a different day. Suddenly more reinforcements arrived! Three more neighborhood kids came over to help AND a neighborhood adult!

New Driveway - Teamwork Completes Task (Adjusted)
Bobby, Ryan, Khalif and Tyrek Finish Up at Dusk

That night I parked in the brand new driveway. For the first time in months, I did not have to leap from my car to the grass. The mud has been eradicated.

It was thanks to a lot of hard work… and wonderful neighbors.

Entry filed under: DIY, Elizabeth City, home improvement, Neighborhood Kids, Neighbors.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kristina Rosenbaum  |  December 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Yikes! My muscles are aching for you guys! Next time, use something easier to rise above the mud…like Ice-9. 🙂

  • 2. tgaw  |  December 20, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    You stumbled upon a sentimental reference, Kristina! Years before dating, Ryan Somma and I used to exchange letters (actual hand written letters with actual stamps!) about Vonnegut. And 1999, Ryan took me to see my favorite author speak. 🙂

  • 3. Dave Bombere  |  December 20, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Wow! We could sure use that industriousness here in the Visual Property Inspections business!

  • 4. geekhiker  |  December 21, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Very cool. I can’t wait til you guys help me build my mansion… 😉

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