As I wrote earlier, Lisa cleared the old garage site. On Tuesday, the gravel delivery came. I wish I'd gotten a picture of the truck; I'd never seen a "transfer trailer" in action before. The driver had one load in his dump truck and was towing a second trailer. After dumping the first load, he went back to the parked trailer and actually pulled the bed of the transfer trailer onto the dump truck so he could then dump that as well.
There was just short of 32 tons of gravel in this delivery, costing $358 including delivery.
Lisa and I got out the rakes and shovels and did some smoothing of the surface of this pile of gravel. It would have been nice to have a small tractor with a push blade to do a really serious job on it, but we got it sufficiently level that we felt comfortable confirming the order for the cargo container. On Thursday afternoon, Lisa called me while I was at work at her father's house and said one word: "Container!"
I hot-footed it over to the other side of the property and instructed the driver about where to place the container. We'd driven some stakes in the pile to show where we wanted the back of the container, and we'd previously given instructions that the door of the container should face "outward" (toward the cab of the truck when it backed in).
Having read gridlore's horror stories of PODS placement, we were eager not to make the delivery driver's job difficult. He looked it over, pronounced it "no problem," and backed his truck into place and dropped the container right into the center of the pad where we asked for it.
In case you ever wondered how they unloaded these things, here's a video of the actual unloading. This took around twenty minutes, but much of that time was spent undoing safety chains and whatnot, so I trimmed it down to such action as there was.
Here it is in its final place. Lisa did a little digging around it to make sure the doors would open cleanly. It probably won't sit completely flat and wouldn't have done so even if we'd had a grader over the gravel pad, because the ground below the pad isn't completely flat and firm either. We expect the gravel to settle unevenly; however, it's thick enough that the container should sit relatively high and dry for a few years at least.
Initially, this container will be temporary storage for Lisa's things as she consolidates them from various places on the property. After she moves out, then it will be a new storage shed for Lisa's father, who paid for the gravel and container with the approval of Lisa's brother.