If you're going with the whole wall building analogy, most contractors don't get paid until the wall is finished
Not so true. Often you pay a large chunk of the job cost to cover materials at the very least. When I can, I do it myself because Iam unhappy with other peoples results, even when a job stretches outside my experience. This project was a question of money so I took professional design advisement and then did it myself because that was the only option. Software is outside of my skill set atm. Due to being unhappy with products, I have grown towards seeking my software vendors with caution. After research, Stardock is one of a few outfits I have confidence that will support their product proper.
I'm the brick in the first picture
LoL I know the feeling.
But in that pic I wasn't leveraging off any bricks; but was instead pushing my lever upwards to then kick the blocks under the rock to gain a couple inches of headway. Then reposition the lever, lift the rock, kick a few more blocks under... wash rinse and repeat as required. I ended up using a Bunch of those bricks! Dad took a pic of that, but I don't have it onthis PC atm. Can post later if anyone actually cares to see it.
Wow dude, 24 yards of rock a wheelbarrel full at a time??!!
I had 12 yards of fill dirt delivered in the spring raise the ground elevation around my basement foundation. I'm still spending hours on my weekends and evenings moving dirt, 4 months later!! You are a glutton for punishment. My hats off to you.
TY. But I've a long history with this sort of thing so its not so bad as it might be for some. Taking the material out of the ground for which the rock takes its place was the toughest part. Its only punishment the first few times around... mostly. After that its just a workout making each subsequent event that much easier. The muscles harden and callus forms. Above all the mind learns. I enjoy labor like this. It forces a fulfilling mind body union. Labor becomes easier with correct thinking. Use leverage and momentum to your advantage. And use your Full-body to best benefit. & Think martial art spatial awareness, + applied energy, + focused whole body power, ++. Moving a dump trucks worth of material is not that much of a feat when you put mind behind body to work wise. & the Simple pains fade to insignificance with force of heart. See the mountain and just flippin move it! You know you can!! Motivate.
Hehe, my nephew demonstrates force of heart... He saw the mountain and didn't hesitate to climb to the top and begin whittling it away. One tiny wheelbarrow at a time. (that wheelbarrow was no toy.. that little guy worked with strong heart and accomplished actual work! We couldn't keep him away and had to get tools to suit him. If this was a paying job, I'd give him a full share. Hats off to Him!)