Rock Hammer Time

After a couple days we had made good progress but we had a HUGE problem - that bolder we found early on was actually a HUGE rock face just below the surface.  We needed to cut down about 8 inches into about 100 square feet of rock face.  You can see in the above picture the white area in front of where I'm standing is the rock we needed to get rid of. 

So - we rented an air hammer and I went to work!

This is BRUTAL work.  I hammered away for 12 hours while my dad was leveling out a few areas and moving dirt around.  The hammer plus chisel weighs about 90 pounds and you're constantly repositioning it.  I was exhausted after this!  And I swear I'll never do this again! 

Rented an air hammer from Home Depot.  This thing was a beast! I ran it all day long and by the end it was hot to the touch but it did the job! 

You can see alot of the rock I had chissled up around this picture.  Plus my dad had already moved a couple of loader fulls away as well.  It was ALOT more rock than I realized we needed to move.

Taking a break - this is really tiring work.  Trying to say hydrated but by the end I was getting calf cramps and was totally exhausted.  I can't believe there's people do this for a living!  The videos on the left show how I had to work on a spot for a couple minutes to get a tiny little chip picked off the top.

When I was finally done with the air hammer this is what it looked like.  The picture on the left was after we took a little dirt and filled in over the top of most of the rock.  - And that's my son - Hunter - learning to drive a tractor!