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New Path to the Garden

Well..still some wood for next year in the way but we levelled off the old raised bed area, created a new path to the lower garden and creaded an ornamental raised bed below the oak/chestnut tree..Amazing how fast things go with the tractor bucket is on.

( but the first shot is of the new area I am pulling stumps up from )

..and once we are happy with things we will wait until fall and then put grass seed down. Grass is not our end goal.but it is much easier to deal with than weeds are!

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Posted by on August 6, 2019 in Construction, Gardening

 

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Shed Progressions

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It stands to reason that as soon as we remove the roof of the shed for the rebuild and it rains for a week.. Almost constant drizzle with heavy rain.. Quite a bummer when you are midway through a job and are already looking for excuses not to have to work.

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All roofed in now… Needs the finishing touches (and roofing material)  and some outside reassembly of the metal cornering… Then on to further roof strengthing by way of excessive shelving..this shed is going to be a new storage paradise and not the mess it was in the past.

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.. All the rain is good for grapes too..and grass..which needs cutting if we can ever find the lawnmower.. Not a problem I ever intend on having again (unless someone comes out for a game of hide the lawnmower)!

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in Construction

 

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varathane’ing

OK, so the varathane is now on.

..just after the final coat

.still need to do the base-boards but that is going to have to wait. We have been living in the living room for almost 3 weeks and its got to go! So we are moving the bed back in tonight along with the dressers and we will work around the furniture while we do the baseboards..I am not expecting a big job from it. We put 4 coats of varathane on the floor and each time it took around 12 hours to dry..and made the place uninhabitable while it dried. That was not all bad because it gave us an excuse to get out of the house for most of the weekend..apply varathane and go visit friends..apply varathane and do some work outside then go for a walk..which was really nice since it seems that we spend less and less time doing things like going for hikes. It also enabled me to update on the beaver situation developing down at the still water/developing stream..A* and I hiked around the lake and through some old overgrown trails and came out by the ‘train hole’ where I usually fish so we came back home that way..and while passing the still water I was privy to the goings on of the beavers..not that I saw any beavers..Jango sloshing about in the water and making all kinds of noise makes it hard to sneak up on wary beavers..but I did see all of the trees they had chewed down.

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I was actually amazed since some of the trees were 5inches in diameter..and I also got to see the beginnings of the lodge that the beavers are working on. As I said before..I will have to come down and try to catch the beaver in action. The area where I would usually fish is totally underwater now..you cannot even get within 20 feet of it to cast. Amazing work..and the dam is getting larger too..I took 3 beaver-chewed sticks to make some new walking sticks. fun to get out for a change..I need to make more time for spelunking through the woods in the future!

beginnings of a lodge.

Anyway the varathane is now done..we were a little disappointed with the varathane since it made everything lighter then the stain was..but what it lacks in shade it makes up for in depth and hardness..We are really hoping that Jango will not tear the wood apart but we will have to wait and see. I also am in the process of purchasing a ‘portable garage’ for the remaining wood..I cannot keep it dry enough to be able to install so if I need to wait it will be until next summer before I can install more. With the portable garage I am hoping to have a place to keep the wood dry as well as enough space to be able to process the wood in so I can keep working over the winter. There is one available on sale for $199 for a 10×17 structure..that should be more than enough room!..hopefully the wind will not rip it apart!

..just the baseboards and window trim left!

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2010 in Construction, Wildlife

 

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Chicken Dreams – to build a coop

Dreams are turning to reality! A* and I have wanted to have chickens for a while..neither of us have ever done it and we have no clue but we have never let things like facts or knowledge stop us..so a couple of weeks ago we bought materials for beginning construction on a chicken coop for around 4-5 chickens…today was the day the weather improved enough to begin construction..

Materials:

  • 8 – 2×6’s
  • 20 -2×4’s
  • 3 thoughts of eggs
  • 2 1/2 nails ( a whack )
  • wood preserver
  • 1 vision of chickens
  • 2 sheets of osb
  • 6 patio stones
  • bad mood
  • surly attitude
  • beer

OK, so I know in the next little while I am going to be building a chicken coop..I have some ideas as to what I want for a floor size..I am going 4×8..so that will give me almost 32 feet of room..minus the walls interior. The land that we own is QUITE hilly, rocky and sloped so the very frist thing I need to to is to place down some patio stones..but even before that I need a level area to put them on..so out comes the good old shovel and pick..then back-filling with some rough gravel..this is so I have something consistant..not that the coop will not shift with the frost. After the patio stones are in place I assemble the ‘joists’ from some 2×10’s that I treated with preservative. Getting the thing level was an exercise and a half..I understood what I had done wrong after I started..I had never done this part of construction before so there was much to learn…but I eventually got it ‘level’..with a slight slant towards the door so that water would run-off when it was cleaned. After the joists were on and level I put on the plywood flooring…that was it for day 1.

Lessons Learned:

  • making the ground level takes time..like 2 hours..and its hard work
  • I am an idiot
  • how to square a structure: measure from corner to corner..if its the same it is level.
  • sealing softwood from mositure and mold – bought some wood preserver from the hardware store..applied liberally too all boards and cuts that will be on the outside of the structure in the form of support..
  • I am still an idiot

Outstanding questions:

  • will the chickens like the color I choose?
  • how do I do a roof?
  • how much more wood will I need?
  • am I qualified to do this job?
  • would drinking beer fater help improve the project or my mood more?

the 'level' floor of the new coop..the area in front was our compost pile..we added some rocks to note for a future flower bed.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2010 in Animals, Construction, Fowl, todo

 

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