Bob Clendenin




Seawall Repairs


Since they marked the seawall between Ellen's house and Leitha and Doug's house last winter, we were a little surprised when work actually began on Monday.  Click any thumbnail for a larger picture.




Equipment and material are staged at the vacant lot next to Leslie and Jack's.  We don't see any reason why this can't take the rest of the summer.  

Looking further we find other seawall repairs in the immediate vicinity.




One benefit of having a camera with me is recording wildlife activity on the Peace River.  

Taking back what I said about the job lasting all summer, I watch the old wall removed and the new jetted in place, all on Tuesday.




Note that the new slabs are more than an inch thicker than the old and the orchids on the citrus tree are undisturbed.  

On Thursday I hear a two-stroke motor and find the old cap being removed.




Setting forms for the new cap on Friday, they explain to me anchors will be added when it's poured.  They expect the entire job to be complete in about two weeks.  

The forms are completed Monday with rebar in place.  The water line is caped and removed.




It starts to rain Wednesday morning, but not enough to prevent the cap from being poured. Before starting, hardened concrete from the last job is cleaned from the hose.  Once complete, I wonder if Ellen will be out carving her initials.  

The forms are removed on Friday.




Ellen told me last week, she is having her "big tree" removed.  I didn't realize she meant the big coconut palm.  By Monday the rebar is welded to the existing anchors and we get an idea how it looks from the water.  

Three weeks later, screens are nailed over the weep holes.  As earth is poured back into the gap, a bag of gravel is placed behind each screen.




The following Wednesday another crew arrives, poking a water pipe fed from Ellen's house bib into the ground to further tamp the soil and rake it smooth.  When I ask about reconnecting Doug's water at his dock, they knew nothing about that.  

Because the plumber is not allowed to connect the dockside faucet through the existing hole in the seawall, Doug does it himself.  The final touch is added three weeks later with a layer of sod and the project is complete.




Bob Clendenin