Yesterday I had the good fortune of reporting on this pool excavation just off Gallatin Pike in Nashville.
Mud Monkey’s customer, Tricia, had purchased an 18 foot round Intex pool and promptly discovered digging with a shovel was too much for her…two scoops after starting…maybe?
Intelligent decision! We ended up filling half her yard with debris from the hole.
“Wow, this is a lot more dirt coming out than I had figured on!” she exclaimed more than once. A rock also came out that was so large even our somewhat muscular operator couldn’t budge it by hand!
If a pool isn’t level enough it can collapse, not a good thing.
Tricia had traced an eighteen foot circle, so our operator dug that out first. Dig, measure and laser to check level, he repeated those steps many times until the specified area was “correct and within tolerance.”
While I snacked on a few beetles that had crawled out of the hole, our operator did some side scoop work to enlarge the circle and chamfer the sides so a wall wouldn’t be necessary.
(I am not without manners by the way. But when I offered Tricia an exceptionally fat, juicy and lively beetle, for some inexplicable reason, she politely refused. Her loss, my gain : )
Finally, the Mud Monkeys operator smoothed out the dirt spoils so they incorporated nicely into Tricia’s landscape with only minimal hand work remaining.
“Could you move that big rock and place it by the shed on your way out?” asked Tricia.
Job time was approx. 4 hours, Tricia paid at the discount coupon rate for a pool leveling job, truly a bargain, smiles all around as our operator left to do his next job of the day!
And that’s the way it was on May 15th, 2018, Mud D. Monkey signing off!
“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” – Phillipians 2:15
Mud Monkeys can deliver and/or install the Geotextile fabric you need for your driveway project. Call 615-651-9275
What is it?
Woven fabric that comes in large rolls. Typically black in color.
The rolls are approx. 12 feet long, hold 4,500 sq. ft. of material and weigh approx. 250 lbs.
Where do you use it?
On any soil surface, before installing rock or gravel, which then sits on the fabric.
Why? Often, because it’s the law. Check local, state and federal laws regarding new driveway installation. Most new construction requires that a certain number of feet from the entrance in requires Geotech. On some projects all areas that are bare dirt need Geotech before installing gravel.
I was right in the middle of a perfectly ricky roo day when the boss lit up my Monkey Phone:
“That culvert installation story on Old Hickory Boulevard is breaking now and you need to cover it,” the vexatious old Orangutan practically screamed in my left ear.
“It’s a Mud Monkey customer needing their driveway extended ten feet to the right side for easier entrance to the property, this is absolutely huge!” he added.
I shook my head slightly in mock defiance, debating whether to rebel for real, but quickly decided to cover the assignment anyway, I am in pursuit of the Excellence in Journalism Award, you know.
Upon arriving, I witnessed a chaotic scene. The Mud Monkeys’ Bobcat Man was gingerly lifting an 1,800 lb. 10 foot long concrete culvert from a funky little homemade trailer the customer had picked it up in herself after purchase.
Dave the Mud Monkeys driver was struggling to guide the lift chains, the machine making that annoying beeping noise as it was backing up.
And the customer, Becky, obviously terrified her life changing concrete culvert was going to drop and break, was yelling, “Through God all things are possible!” ….just pure chaos.
Within thirty seconds of arrival I assumed full lotus position just to calm my nerves.
And stayed there.
Except for when I took these hopefully self-explanatory pics of the awesome job the Mud Monkeys guys did:
And that’s the way it was, September 18th, 2018, roving reporter Mud D. Monkey signing off.
Do nominate me for The Excellence in Journalism Award here
By the way, Mud Monkeys does sell, deliver and install culverts to replace old, collapsing ones or to extend what you have to achieve additional swing room entering. And Mud Monkeys is:
Our site page has details, contact information and pricing:
or call Kelly at 615-651-9275
To be clear, we deliver topsoil, gravel, crusher run and fines (super crushed gravel) to:
Downtown Nashville / Wedgewood / Edgehill / Parthenon / Westend DownTown /The Gulch
12 South / Belmont / Lipscomb / Green Hills / Oak Hill / Edgehill/Belle Meade / West Meade / West End/ East Nashville/ North Nashville / Dickerson Pike East Nashville Area/ Germantown/ Sylvan Park / Sylvan Heights / South Nashville / Sterling Heights / Woodbine / Spence Lane / Briley Parkway / Nolensville Rd/ Brentwood / Crieve Hall / Bradford Hills / Cane Ridge / Music Row / Vanderbilt / Hillsboro Village / Belmont / Donelson / Airport / Green Hills / Forest Hills / Belle Meade / Inglewood / Edge O Lake / Priest Lake / North East of Antiock towards Mt Juliet / Bordeaux / Downtown / Oak Hill / Crieve Hall / North Brentwood / Bellevue
If your gravel drive is washing out repeatedly, sometimes just after having fresh gravel laid, there may be a solution that’s less costly than cement or paving and will save you a bunch of banana$ in the long run.
Mud Monkeys does offer simple rut grading and gravel replacement, and we are happy to do that, but it may not address the root problem.
For a longer lasting solution we also offer a more comprehensive fix:
More extensive grading that redirects runoff.
Erosion control using a combination of materials that increase stability
This solution requires both machine and hand labor.
Contrary to my usual thought process, I’d advise you not to monkey around, Call Kelly at 615-651-9275 now for an on-site consultation and estimate.
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Mud Monkey’s choice proprietary Magic Monkey Soil Blend is a mixture of soils, fertilizers, gypsum and other ingredients (we can reveal provided you have top secret clearance with the F.B.I, C.I.A. and several other government agencies). Only $45 per scoop. Delivery available.
Try it on your vegetables, lawn, perennials, annuals, shrubs or anything you want to appear lush, look beautiful and grow like magic.