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A Brief History: My house is a part of subdivided land labeled Hatler as recorded on county maps of the 1960’s. Ncaa basketball tournament 2015 Fifty-five years ago it was property managed by county rules. Facebook mobile login Due to the steep terrain the road in the subdivision was never finished the way it is recorded on the maps. Landscaping near me Eight other houses in the Hill Street/Gerrymander area behind the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, now in the City of Sonora’s jurisdiction, are in the shadow of the same hillside my house is. Duke basketball score today All the homes have had problems managing their piece of this hillside. Landscape photoshop tutorials The heavy rains of California’s extremely wet January 2017 caused so much damage in Tuolumne County and the State that both declared a State of Emergency. Fabric material names Fortunately, but unfortunately for the Biehl household (two adults and five kids,) the City of Sonora did not have much storm-related damage to warrant a State of Emergency within the city limits.

Luckily for the Biehl’s Holdrege & Kull, a firm of consulting engineers and geologists happened to have Senior engineer Richard Peevers scheduled to visit the Sonora area. Facebook desktop messenger Holdrege & Kull is based out of Nevada City. El patio woodland ca Upon viewing the hillside (or cliff) Peevers expressed grave concern about how close and precarious some of the rocks within the cliff were relative to the house. How to lay flagstone path To address the situation Holdrege & Kull bid $20,000 to $25,000 to assess and design a fix.

History Part II: The Biehl family paid the Veterans Association to purchase this 3 bedroom 2 bath house As-Is with no disclosures for the “bargain” price of $189,000 in June 2015. La baseball teams Previously a veteran bought the home in 2011 but passed away. Frances conroy eye The property went back to the VA as matters were dealt with through probate at court. Garden of the gods camping The escrow process with the VA was very difficult giving both my real estate agent and loan officer huge headaches. Netafim The deal closed under deadline pressure with other offers pending if it hadn’t worked out for us.

More Rocks Fall: On Friday January 27th, just five nights after the first rock fell, the same sound woke up the Biehl’s eight year-old daughter. Toro irrigation They rushed away from the bedrooms by the cliff to the safety of the living room. Pitching mechanics video Three of the children, the Ambler boys, were with their father in Modesto for the weekend. Tropical garden design Despite challenging court matters involving recalculating child support, I called my ex-husband barely able to choke out the words to describe the fear I felt living near the unstable cliff. How to lay pavers on sand The divorce was six years ago and my ex-husband and I never hesitate to do what is best for the children. Gardening tips The room where the boys sleep is set further into the center of the house away from the cliff but even their grandfather, a general contractor, did not feel he wanted or had the experience to evaluate the hillside. Pervious concrete cost The boys would just have to stay at a hotel until it was deemed safe to return by experts.

A note about managing dirt: Retaining walls over 3 feet high have to be engineered. Pictures of landscapes The little retaining wall behind the house comes in at 2.5 feet. Virtual garden Taller walls need bigger footings or a base big enough to support the load of a vertical wall built on it. Football scores nfl Rockfall mesh curtains are used in some areas along roads but they must be anchored in many places and getting a drill behind the house was problematic not to mention very expensive. Driveway sealing scams Removing dirt was not advised because that could undermine the private driveway above the cliff.

What Is “Safe?” Mike McConnell an excavating contractor of 25 years and a highly respected businessman, arranged a dream team meeting of experts at my house. Baseball games today near me Knowing the seriousness of the situation the three other men were: Mike Lundgren owner and Engineer of Lundgren Systems; Andy Kositsky, representing his opinion as a friend, but who is also a Senior Geotechnical engineer with Condor Earth; and Lance Crauthers of Crauthers Concrete Pumping. Olympic qualifying basketball 2016 From 3:30PM on Wednesday, January 25th to 4:30PM the four did not offer much hope. Irrigation store near me “Bulldoze the house,” they said. Phoenix bats “Fix the slope correctly and then build a new house. Backyard baseball pablo Maybe just lose the garage and back two bedrooms?”

They stayed at the site out of a desire to find a solution to “mitigate rockfall hazards” and they liked the opportunity to consult with each other. Each of the men have worked together on various projects in the Mother Lode but this cliff so near the house with a road above presented a huge challenge. Batting tips Residential projects are much more high risk and often companies refuse to take on the project. Arizona softball The current situation would never, ever, be permitted by the City with today’s retaining wall and set-back requirements. Garden centre toronto Lundgren was the first to offer hope- he was confident the garage rocks fell due to a drainage issue. How to make a good deck in hearthstone So much water came down in the storms that dirt was eroding the cliff leaving rocks exposed. Softball australia The invasive Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima’s) was clearly the culprit for the large rock becoming dislodged. Small balcony garden ideas pictures The top of the cliff was very overgrown making true assessment impossible. Landscaping ideas around trees It has been overgrown since it was purchased, mostly because it was all poison oak. Basketball olympics usa I have long joked about renting a goat to eat the poison oak but nothing had been done yet. Backyard baseball download My husband gets a poison oak rash if he even looks at it.

A unique solution: As noted there was not enough room so the solution became how to work within the space by backfilling gravel and drainage against the house somehow. Little league baseball age chart 2016 The length of the house including the garage is 54 feet, if the siding were removed and the studs doubled up and anchored to the solid foundation, a vapor barrier of wood sheeting could cover the side of the house. El patio mcallen Then the ends of the house would be capped off by forms and cement six feet high would be floated all along the back of the house between the hillside and the house. How to build a fence in minecraft The triangle wedge would be two feet at the bottom but 10 feet wide at the top. Knuckleball pitch It would need to be a geotechnically engineered plan but it could provide a solid footing for an additional 30 foot high retaining wall on top that would block rocks from ever hitting the house again. The contractors guessed, due to the massive amount of concrete, it would cost approximately $60,000 which was half as much as any other option even if the house was removed.

Easier said than done. The first step though, before any design could be done, was to scale the cliff. Sprinkler system diagram Scaling means remove the vegitation and loose smaller rocks and the areas that were unstable and likely to fall. How to pitch faster The engineering angels dispersed as quickly as they had come once they were satisfied with the solution. Hotels in dripping springs texas They went back to working to mitigate the slide at Curtis Creek Elementary, Natl’ Forest Road Projects and the like. Landscape photos The loose debris and vegetation were a tremendous hazard to anyone who worked below and very few like working with poison oak. High pitch eric periscope I did the job that no one wanted, and I felt no one but an owner should ethically do. Spring training schedule arizona I refused to put a life in danger for money, I got out my rock climbing harness tied myself to various trees above the cliff and for 8 hours I removed by hand with precision and a firm motherly touch as much of the overgrowth, poison oak and loose rocks as logically possible. Lanscaping A free couch became “protection” for the home’s siding as I dislodged five-pound rocks down the hill toward the garage. Driveway The result by the end of the day was impressive, if not even more frightening. Fastest softball pitcher in the world There was plenty of soil at the top of the cliff, very few precariously stacked rocks holding up that soil and now no more poison oak vines or roots to prevent more erosion. Brick fence designs Rain was expected.

In hindsight sunscreen, a layer of Technu and a helmet as I worked on the cliff would have been prudent. Little league baseball field dimensions I was mad about a lot of things and scaling the hill was tremendously satisfying. Garden snake baby I did end up in the Emergency room with terrible poison oak (urushiol chemical) burns to my forearms- some spots were black. Little league pitch count rules 2016 My face swelled some but I didn’t need a shot or prednisone, only pills which will eventually resolve my reaction. Home design ideas for small spaces Dr. Outdoor furniture plans free download Cooper Dermatology was able to see me right away and under their treatment I am not likely to have even one scar from my exposure. My husband was not too happy with the risk I took. Wyevale woodbridge He remained in the house watching over his two children but began to see the necessity as I reached the halfway mark and then helped cut several medium trees down. Frances bean cobain art For his help he suffered from a poison oak rash that got worse over several days. Rooftop bars near me He did end up at a walk-in clinic and got a shot plus medication to manage his poison oak reaction.

It still remains to be seen if an engineering firm will take on designing and accepting liability for the footing by the house or other idea. Patio town burnsville The City did recieve the geotechnical report confirming rocks falling from the hill pose a threat to people in the house and thus the home is tagged as uninhabitable. Little league baseball Unfortunately since it will be another two weeks before another Geotechnical company has time to review the site and engineer plans to mitigate the rockfall hazards the Biehl family is leaving the home and moving into a rental house. Pitch in We will work with Wells Fargo and Freddie Mac to resolve the outstanding mortgage on the home.

All our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Sonora Regional Medical Center, the hotel (Inns of California where I stayed for two weeks) and my friends. I would like to thank Tuolumne County Mental Health Services, located on hospital road, for their valuable support services helping people in crisis manage the stress of life. Irrigation supply store near me Also Young, Ward & Lothert, espically Jennifer Lothert for reasuring real estate legal advice about my options, and to all my coworkers who did a great job reporting on the storms, you are all awesome!

I am in the process of setting up a charitable fund named Sabrina’s Angels to help Mother Lode face the realities of our retaining wall issues and rebuild a safer foothill community. The fund will help homeowners assess issues related to earth movement. El patio des moines Do keep in mind regular home insurance does not cover any earth movement, mudslides, sink holes or landslides. Softball pitching videos If you are concerned about protecting your investment look into Earthquake insurance, which covers earth movement of all kinds.