We had planned on painting but it was a little too cool (fall is here) so we elected to tackle a major project that has been 'laying around' from day one. I am referring to one of the stone caps that had been pulled off our wall years ago. Local neighborhood legend has it that 5-6 years ago the local "low life" scrap metal thieves , frustrated that they could not steal the last of the wrought iron fence, took a pick up truck and chain to the remaining section and in the process yanked the top cap of our stone wall off.
This created a erosion problem and there was about two feet of top soil around this cap on the street level flower bed. Our terracing and landscaping had resolved the erosion problem above, but the problem was how to get this 8 foot, several hundred pound stone cap back into position. It was far too heavy for us to lift, even with help. Options were hire a stone mason and crew to come in ( hundreds of dollars) or rent a forklift (hundreds of dollars) None of these seemed viable.