Eh by gum! We've bin hit hard ont noggin by two (2) posts int less than a week, and now eh up ere's a third! Good grief and chuffin' 'eck! That's summut worth mashin' sum tea ova. It's jut like waitin' fort bus: stand around fort hours and sure as eggs is eggs, three'll come by together*. Any road up and without further ado, it's high time fort episode five of workin' down tut pit.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
So....the fence at the front yard. As has been well documented, we did not want to put the fence up ourselves. I possibly could have built the fence panels, but nobody in the Sheep Family had any desire to dig a whole bunch of thirty-six inch deep post holes. So we laid down some $$$ and went back to the couch.
Taking photos of holes in the ground is not very interesting, so I didn't bother with that. The first pictures are after most of the posts have been set:
All fed and watered....check back soon for a progress report
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Hello from the wilderness! It's been two (2) months since the last post for a variety of reasons. We've been waiting on our fence contractor for one thing, which meant no real progress on the front yard. In the meantime we've been plugging away with the basement expansion but none of that progress has been released for public consumption due to a backlog in the editing suite....wait....until now that is! Stand by for the master piece that is episode four of the project codename: big dig
Sunday, March 7, 2021
Hello again from Planet D.I.Y! In case you were wondering, I have been beavering away behind the scenes, but have suffering from a creative impasse in terms of linking those scenes together into a cohesive product. I've also been struggling with editing the footage of the basement expansion project, but finally I do have some good news to report: while our lengthy negations with a Top film editor have yielded nothing more than a week-old cheese and onion pasty and a half drunk bottle of Holsten Pils, we have secured the services of the highly rated Paul Circus to fill the Executive Producer's sizable office suite. Anyone who endured either episode one or the somewhat improved episode two will notice his sticky fingerprints all over episode three!
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Backfilled with a mixture of dirt and rock that came from the basement excavation project. We haven't been able to repurpose as much basement dirt as I was hoping to because it turned out to be essentially rock.
Came out nice:
Time to mark out the location for the fence. You can't really see in this photo, but the green blob in the middle is my laser level. (Incidentally, I happen to know from undergrad that LASER stands for Light Amplified Stimulation of Electromagnetic Radiation).
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Just a fence left to do huh! That may have been how the last report on this project ended, but it turned out to be far from true. Here's the thing: we do need to put the fence up before we can plant anything, but we also need to lay down a lot more decomposed granite, probably 50 bags of rich topsoil, and we have a retaining wall to build at the top of the slope. Fortunately, we figured out that if we put the fence up first, all of the above materials would have to be carried down the hill, through the gate, and back up the hill. Once this dawned on us, the fence went back on hold!
So, after another trip to the DIY mecca that I don't particularly like but also choose to spend copious amounts of moolah at, we were stocked up on 6" x 6" PT lumber and road base. I scrounged up some rebar from the other project we're working on right now, and we were good to go with our retaining wall.
We dove straight in to installing the wall - this area was actually dug out right at the beginning of this project.
To be continued....eventually...
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