After all the consternation, pain, and embarrassment it's caused me, I bet you guys would never guess what I rented last weekend...
A skid loader! Well, kinda. It was a mini skid loader. It's called the Dingo, by Toro. We're ramping up to put down a patio of pavers and we needed to remove a foot of dirt over a 20'x12' area. Turns out that much dirt weighs a lot!
I knew it was a lot of dirt and I also knew that this soil hadn't been worked in over 4 years, so it was pretty tough. I had no grand illusions that my weak back could do that work, so I forked out the money to rent this puppy.
It was fun, but I was still tired at the end of the day. Now I've got to compact the dirt, get a load of sand, and level the stuff out. I've already purchased the pavers from Lowes and am awaiting delivery of those fellas. After the patio, we're moving on to the deck.
We're doing our part to stimulate the economy. Thanks, President Bush.