New company Picnic Table project

•July 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Just finished and delivered my latest wood project.  An office picnic table, so no more eating at our desks on the beautiful sunny days. Now, if someone brings in a grill we can have brats, hotdogs, or burgers, once in a while.

First time building a picnic table, so had to take time to figure out the dimensions, and materials.

Here are some photos.


Job posting at IMSIF

•March 5, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Job Opportunity for certified geologists. Anyone interested, please contact Joe A Robertson

Job Description – Geotechnical Investigator


The Geotechnical Investigator determines whether or not mine subsidence is causing damage to the structure, and if so, the extent of damage caused by mine subsidence. Review and analyze periodic level line survey reports of ongoing ground movement to determine when damaging movement has ceased, and property repairs can be made.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.

Review preliminary report of independent claim adjuster, assemble and review available mining information, including mine, bore-hole, topographic, and quadrangle maps.

Conduct claim site inspection to examine, photograph, and otherwise document damage to insured structure, interview policyholder regarding property history, and gather information to plan survey line.
Determine type of geologic instrumentation to be used at the site such as deep-seated settlement points, inclinometer and extensometers, Shelby Tube sampling, drill hole testing, split spoon sampling and other subsurface investigation techniques.

Direct placement of settlement points, establish origin of survey line, and determine how the survey line should encompass the site being investigated.
Collect or supervise collection of soil samples, order appropriate tests to analyze soil composition, utilize those test results in the investigation.

Organize and analyze accumulated mapping, survey, soil composition, damage documentation, and any other relevant data to formulate determination of mine subsidence as cause of property damage claim. Prepare written report with findings and conclusions.

Review data from annual re-surveys of mine subsidence damaged structures and nearby instrumentation to determine if damaging ground movement is continuing. Prepare written report on findings and recommendations.

May be required to present expert testimony regarding any investigation in arbitration or lawsuit defense proceedings.

Education and/or Experience Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Candidate must be either a licensed geologist or Professional Engineer, with a degree in fields related to geology, mine engineering, or structural engineering. Relevant work experience or demonstrated knowledge in the areas of mining, mine engineering, mine subsidence, or structural engineering with an emphasis on foundation design.

Knowledge and Skill

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Ability to interpret USGS topographical maps, mine maps, drill logs, and other data sources.

Working knowledge of level line surveying practices, and ability to read and interpret survey results.
Ability to define problem, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form, and interpret geologic and soils data as it impacts various types of construction.

Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and produce technical reports to prescribed standards.
Ability to effectively present technical information and respond to questions from policyholders and the general public.
Competent knowledge of MS Office applications including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.

Other Qualifications

Must be willing to travel with some overnight stays; have valid driver’s license and acceptable MVR.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to work in confined subsurface areas such as basements and crawl spaces, and will also be exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment can be moderate.

Project: Wood retaining wall

•May 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Started another project the other day. Last year we had the sewer line replaced along the north side of the driveway. So there has been a linear mound of soil along the the driveway. This side of driveway also slopes towards the concrete driveway slab and when it rains the soils erodes onto the driveway, causing a muddy mess where Carla parks her car.

Now that the trench area over the sewer has been allowed to settle for about a year, I felt it was about time to dress up that side of the driveway.

Idea: Treated lumber retaining wall, and maybe a flower bed along the edge of the wall.

Length: 21′-0″ long and about 21″ high.

Alex and I started early Monday afternoon. We dug post holes on 3 ft. centers about 18″. It was a hot day! So, before we began, Alex decided we needed a little shade before we started. He figured out if we attached a tarp to a couple of tree branches above our heads and to the Dodge caravan on the other side of the driveway, we would have a nice tent. Sounded like a good idea, so that’s what we did first!

Then we began to dig 8 pot hole, over the next couple of hours. Shade was nice, but it was still hot!



•September 24, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Another big task completed on the Garden Shed Project!

Finished the roof this afternoon. After a nice day of field work, I came home and with help from Opa (my father-in-law), I was able to finish shingling the roof.   I started about 4:30pm, then shortly after that Opa arrived and we “hit it”.  In about 2 hours we finished the shingles, and cleaned around the shed.  I still have a few small things to do, like the soffits and facia, shelves and work bench on the interior.

Now, The only big task left is the siding.  Installing the siding won’t be the real “task”. The real “task” is getting the siding for a deal!  I had a a couple of siding deals fall though, and I am getting frustrated!  I have some experience with siding., a few year ago I resided my own home.  That was a big project, this one is a little smaller.

Going to make a few calls tomorrow and try to get some siding!

Here are a couple of photos of the new roof!


The color is “Silver Lining”. I thought that was an appropriate color for a roof.


Started shingling the roof!

•September 23, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Back to work on the Garden Shed today! I spend all day Saturday, installing a new floor for my niece and her husband. It was a long day, but I wanted to be working on my shed! But since Kim ask, I couldn’t turn her down! Plus I had help from my little buddy, Tristan!
I was a great day to be outside working on a roof! I finished the lower section of the roof this afternoon. Tomorrow, my father-in-law will come in and help me finish the other section, before the rain on Tuesday.
Still working on my siding options! Thought I had a deal for siding on Friday, that seemed

Attention to Detail !

•September 15, 2012 • 2 Comments

Worked on the Garden Shed, Again today, like everyday!  Well, that is on the days it wasn’t raining.  Weather was great today, it was cloudy, but temperature was awesome. Nice and cool.

Only 3 big things left to do on the shed, shingles, siding and soffit & facia.  So today, was a day to focus on the details.  I put the upper windows in the shed today.  My sister came by and said “Wow, fancy windows for a shed!”  I got a great deal on a pair on transom window at Norm’s Bargain Barn.  The roof for shed was designed to allow more natural light, so a was looking for some smaller narrow windows for this affect, then I found these at Norm’s. I think they look amazing!  Put the trim around all of the windows.  Then I wrap the entire structure in 15lb. felt paper.  The paper will act as a vapor barrier and as cut down on drafts in the cold weather.

Still have work to do!  This project took a lot of planning and designing.  This has been a great project.  Look for more to come!

“Fancy windows for a shed”


Garden shed looking good!

•September 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Great weekend weather!  Great couple of days working on the Garden Shed.  Ray and I got a little help from Cory, putting the plywood on the roof.  Put the roofing felt and the drip edge on the roof, as well.

Finished the front side closed in angled end under the roof.  Still need to close in the rear side, though.

So far, have not purchased any plywood.  Still have a few short pieces left.  Should be able to finish the rear side and around the upper windows, before I run out.

This has been a great project.  All the material has been recycled from other material.  The plywood and some framing pieces came from the large wooden crates I got from a bulk package company in St. Louis.  The framing material came from a buddy’s old deck.   A couple of the small windows came from a family friend who had then stored in his barn for years. One window came from my favorite store Norm’s Bargain Barn.  It was a “display” window in a carrying case.  I did purchase 2 ornate transom windows that will be the upper window overlooking the lower roof, got a bargain from Norm.

I will have to purchase shingles for the roof, I don’t think it would be a good idea to use recycled shingles.  And of course, I will purchase new siding!

Garden shed, almost done!