The Alcadia sent in the heavy machinery

The Alcadia sent in the heavy machinery

Man and machine began working around breakfast time and had graded most of the block before breaking for lunch. After this, the guys come back and lay the blocks back, that by hand.

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It's Simply Amazing

what a loader and a tractor with a blade can accomplish in a few hours . .

Where I'm at (the boonies)-- availability is an issue.

A talented operator also makes all the difference, accomplishing a multiple of the same work as someone who doesn't know what he is doing.

I watched them lay paving stones in San Juan del Rio Coco last week, very slow work if it's done right. It's all about preparing the road bed first, compacting it sufficiently with enough balastre.

I bought 500 adoquines,, they are being made in Condega for me by the block maker. Price was 15 cords each . . I showed the pics of the Rio Coco work to my foreman; we have a balastre mine a short distance from the farm, and he's going to experiment with paving some areas with the stones.

What would be really handy to have would be one of those power compactors. Stuff like that is so cheap in the US used, and so hard to find in Nicaragua.

I met a guy in Somoto last

I met a guy in Somoto last week that repairs equipment. One of the things in his shop was a pretty good sized plate compactor. I'll try to go in tomorrow and ask him about it.

They had a hand held power compactor in for a while

Didn't get a picture of that. The Alcaldia sent about three power tools during the work period -- one was a angle grinder of some kind, the compactor, and this. Everything else was done by hand tools.

This machine was made in China and had the various Alcadia stickers on it. The bucket looks rather used.

The Alcadia has the manpower, as someone commented at the block meeting discussing the work in progress week or so before last. They'll send in enough guys to do the blocks in about as long as the time it took them to take them up (circa two days).

The weirder part is watching them clean the pavers by hand and cut down machetes, and move the stacks around. Don't know how much of that is making work for people or if it's necessary.

Rebecca Brown