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Replacing the Decks

  Rain, Rain, Rain  

Here in Marin, it's always been a contractor's market. Once the rains stop, they're booked-up. Thus I contracted for the parking space cutout in the winter, and the foundation project the following winter. In both cases, the rains caused delays. And in both cases, there were times that the decision to build in the winter seemed really dumb. Attached: a few pictures of the challenges presented by the water-saturated hillside:

4.29 inches when I photographed this web page. I think Mill Valley measured 5+ inches at the 24-hour mark.

When the old piers were demo'd, they were replaced with temporary supports, braced against the clay hillside.

With the heavy rains, the hillside was collapsing, and some of the posts were about to fail. There was little redundancy in the supports, so a single failure could be catastrophic.

The foundation crew did not show-up when the rain was heavy, so it was up to me to come up with bracing. Since I was sleeping upstairs, I was motivated.

Two weeks later there was a slide behind the house, and the pantry roof supports were at risk...

The good news: I did have help for the cleanup.
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