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Old 07-06-2012, 01:21 PM   #1
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Driveway curves?

At the end of each trip, I always dreaded backing down our driveway that had a couple of very tight curves. When we built the house, it had seemed like a smart thing to do to wind around and thru the trees, instead of leveling them and building a nice straight driveway.

Changing that this week! Added a lot more room on the back end for parking and widened the curve quite a bit. So it isn't straight, but is is definitely wider and less "curvy". Can't wait to back in for the first time (and I imagine my neighbors will be glad to see us move the Airstream that has been in their driveway for a week)

Anyone else eliminate a challenge from your yard or storage?
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:32 PM   #2
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Chuck:

I hope your only involvement was writing a check and sitting on the porch with some heart friendly beverages.....

Concrete work in June in CC is another thing that should be deferred until those brutal 62 degree January days lol

Hope your recovery is going well

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Oh and back to the OP....

We had loose gravel at our storage place and backing the Safari up the incline into our bay had become an adventure....

So i asked to be moved. They came out and did tractor work, and then i thought...hey what if i use my non slip traction setting on the Tundra....

voila... either the gravel work worked or the traction setting did because no more spinning wheels and the AS went up the incline just like Bob's Your Uncle....
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Way to go Chuck, it looks nice and it surely will help on the backing up making it less stressful.

I just went ahead and brought some property and build a dedicated storage garage. I yet to have such a nice driveway like yours though.

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Hold it a minute, is that a tree right in the middle?
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:39 PM   #6
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Chuck:

I hope your only involvement was writing a check and sitting on the porch with some heart friendly beverages.....

Hope your recovery is going well

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My ONLY involvement was exactly that. Sit back and watch. Skye wrote the checks... Recovery is scary good. Be real easy to forget what happened. Start work on Monday. Thanks!

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Oh and back to the OP....

We had loose gravel at our storage place and backing the Safari up the incline into our bay had become an adventure....

So i asked to be moved. They came out and did tractor work, and then i thought...hey what if i use my non slip traction setting on the Tundra....

voila... either the gravel work worked or the traction setting did because no more spinning wheels and the AS went up the incline just like Bob's Your Uncle....
I can remember when I first figured I had a button on my dash for that! When you need it, it sure seems to work!

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Hold it a minute, is that a tree right in the middle?
Why yes it is. Skye refused to bring down that one! Pictures don't do it justice I guess. Curve starts about 20 ft earlier and is about 7 or 8 ft wider right at the hard part. Plus the addition at the back means I do not have to wiggle my truck back and forth in a tight spot between that very tree and the neighbors fence. It will be so nice to try it out in a couple days...

Hope to see you guys soon. You are locked in for Blanco right?
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:41 PM   #7
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Aww Chuck, you sissy! You should of had one of the pilots over CCAD just bring over a CH54 or a skyhook and set the whole thing where you want it as a test exercise. Just kidding, of course. The "nice, aesthetic" curves you put in that driveway would bring JOB to tears. Who knew way back when you would have a 28' Airstream. As for the neighbors, they got a free upgrade, they oughta be payin' U. Hope you are doing well my friend.
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Concrete work in June in CC is another thing that should be deferred until those brutal 62 degree January days lol

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God made 20 year olds for some reason!
They laughed and joked thru the whole job! No way I could have done it. It is HOT down here.
But I kept reading about sidewall pressure thru the slow, tight turns and thought man oh man, I have to be subjecting mine to serious stress... Better now I think!
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Before

Arrrgh I hate a Mac! But my DW insists we have them at home so....
Tried to copy a pic from goggle earth to add so you could see a before pic, but nooooo....
But if you want to see how it looked before...try this link

https://maps.google.com/

zoom in to the house with the brown roof and the Airstream (chuckle) Filled in that whole triangle up top at back of driveway and also a bunch of the first curve. (now my Daughter thinks I did this so they could park their trailer here too) sigh... NOT!
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With Google Earth you can hit print screen button then paste into paint to save the picture.
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Old men write a check . . younger men have to get out and walk back. Back . . and do it again.

Glad you fixed it.

Now for the shed to back it into, Chuck. Like what they do with the school playgrounds around here . . gives one pause to consider the heat when even the little ones play under a roof.

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Now for the shed to back it into, Chuck. Like what they do with the school playgrounds around here . . gives one pause to consider the heat when even the little ones play under a roof.
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Exactly right. One step at a time. Start work again Monday and save for a cover. Shade makes a big difference when you always have a 20 mph breeze.
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