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You Know The Drill, part seven

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La, La, La, La, La, La, La, is one of my favorite lyrics. It can be fit easily into any tune and is easy to remember. At first the La, La’s seem a bit girlish but get behind it and support with the diaphragm, push a little like there is a statement to be made and it transcends simple manliness.   “So I sing like a songbird, what-ya gonna do about it!” I’ve never met a male yet that has an answer to that, in fact many people, male or female, will simply leave the room shaking their heads.

Fold up the rig and take it in. We’ve got a big job to do and the bucket’s going to need a quick modification! Leave the bucket sitting on the round steel bar across the drilling table. We need to drill a hole about thirty-five feet deep. For most of the hole thirty-three inches wide is perfect but the first fourteen feet need to be five feet wide. “How can we drill a five foot hole with just a thirty-three inch drilling bucket?” you ask.   “We’ll need a reamer,” I answer.   A straight piece of steel six inches wide, twenty inches long with a one inch hole drilled at one end would work but a straight piece of six inch wide by two foot steel with a one inch hole drilled at one end and the last four inches at the other end bent up almost forty-five degrees will work better. Weld a pocket at the top of our drilling bucket to slip the reamer into.   When in use the reamer should slip easily into and out of the pocket. A hitch pin with an easy to grasp loop at the top holds it firmly perpendicular to the bucket. It’s important for this attaching and removal process to be easy and fast. In the course of drilling fourteen feet the reamer will have to come on and off at least twenty-eight times as it will not allow the bucket to pass through the drilling table when it is in place.   Suffice it to say, the hole we drill will be used for drainage. What kind of drainage is not important, well it’s important, very important actually, but I’d rather not discuss it. Set-up at the drill site is the same as for the small hole. How we pile our dirt is more of a problem, a lot of dirt comes out of a hole thirty-five feet deep the first fourteen feet five feet across and the rest thirty-three inches wide, do the math it’s a big ole pile of dirt. With a little bit of dancing and a good work-out for the arms and legs the dirt can be piled in almost a complete circle around our hole. We can start at the far side and bury the back wheels of our truck a little bit and work all the way around, counter clockwise, just remember the top of the hole is going to end up five feet across so keep the dirt back at least that far.


Author: assumptionisfaith

david blankenship is the author of three books "Randolph W. Owens, missing on Bright Island" (a science fiction novel), "Herb" (a children's book), "Jack's second Life" (contemporary fiction) and several short stories. The books are for sale on Amazon's Kindle and published in paperback by Create Space.

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