One project that really has nothing much to do with the fence project is the stump removal project. If you recall back a ways in this blog, we had the big end of September storm that brought down some oak branches. So we got Vernon and his crew at Buena Vista Arbor Care to come out, take care of the oaks and get rid of the two Dougs on either side of the driveway. This was the pain in the butt Doug on the east side of the driveway that is in the way of everyone pulling a big trailer or 5th wheel trailer in and out of the driveway. We'd been meaning to get rid of the stump and cut the grade down to driveway level and rock it, thus making it a ton better for everyone pulling in and out of the driveway, trailer or not. That was the plan, anyway.
Part of the fence project of course requires many post holes and two BIG holes (for the gate posts) to be dug/drilled. And of course, you ALWAYS get the Locator out before doing that, just in case. Much better to be safe than explaining to Pioneer why no one downstream of the ranch has any phone or Internet service all of a sudden. As it turned out, it was a VERY good thing we had the Locator out first, before we went hucking out that stump with a backhoe, as was the plan. The double orange paint line makes that very obvious.
The good news is that we not only have a major league backhoe operator (Don), but Pioneer will sent a tech out on standby, just in case. There is a good chance that the fibre optic cables are all tangled up in the roots of the Doug, and even though we do plan to be quite careful, sometimes fate laughs at that sort of thing. If that is the case, he'll be ready to repair it. Don has a plan that involves an old, beat up chainsaw he keeps just for root trimming below grade, plus I've seen how pinpoint accurate he is with that backhoe