Removing Rocks 101

Got Rocks?

For reasons only geologists can explain, the area where we live has had the dirt on the surface washed away. The result is that much of the land has rocks just below the surface. Not your garden variety of rocks, but rather gigantic swaths of granite. Anyway, to build a house, you need to flatten some of this out, or in our case, we had to make a hole where our basement would go.

The solution: Dynamite!

There’s a large mound of rock on our neighbors property (click to enlarge). Note the bright orange string running across the surface. Actually that’s detonator cord for the mix of nitrogen and dynamite buried in holes drilled into the rock.

Below isĀ  a quick little video of the removal of this rock. Just click the word “boom” to download the video.


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