When I first started writing about my garage project, I mentioned that I was about 80% sure that our garage was slowly sinking into a sinkhole. I couldn’t be certain, of course, but several signs indicated that there was active soil movement on the property, but now I have certain proof.
Last time I wrote about the project, I showed that we had used a circular saw to cut away the asphalt in front of the garage so that we could have some room to pour a concrete apron. When I last posted a picture, it looked like this:
Since that photo was taken, we dug out about 6-8 inches of dirt to provide a space to pour the concrete apron. We finished digging last weekend, and had started to set the forms for pouring the concrete. We had the concrete bed all flattened and compacted ready for concrete. Then Tuesday evening we had an ever-so-slight rainfall. Really, just a tiny bit of rain. We woke up Wednesday morning to find that this sinkhole had opened up right next to our garage, completely undermining our brand new slab:
And if that much movement is happening with the slightest bit of rain, who know what’s happening when the rain really starts moving. It confirms, though, that we’re building a garage on top of an active sinkhole. There is about a 0% chance that this will end well.
But this is not a sad post, friends. This is cause for joyous celebration. Right now, as you’re reading this, I want you to feel smart and capable. I want you to feel proud of your accomplishments. I want you to celebrate your successes.
As we move through life, each of us will make mistakes. We will have setbacks and challenges. We will underperform, miscalculate, or neglect some important thing. We will beat ourselves up over it. We will have feelings of self-doubt or shame. And next time, dear reader, you start beating yourself up over your latest failing of some sort, I want you to stop, think of this post, and smile. No matter what you’ve just screwed up, you should take immense comfort in knowing that at least you aren’t that guy on the internet who built a brand new garage on top of a sinkhole.