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post May 15 2019, 12:10 AM
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QUOTE(stargelman @ May 4 2019, 03:19 PM) *

Had two weeks off from work, so we decided to get rid of this shoddy old hut that the previous owners built as a place to store all the crap they were collecting (or well the crap that he was collecting). This hut was basically a car port with some panels attached to the side. The floor was a whole variety of different pavement stones - leftovers - with gravel and sand underneath. Now, our plan was to remove the hut and have some bushes and stuff planted there, but for our two week vacation, we mostly just wanted the hut gone. This is what the ensemble looked before we started:

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You can tell from the picture that even in the small bit of pavement you can see, there's at least three different types of stones used. There's another set of stones under the hut itself.
The roofing of the hut was especially wonderful: when a hailstorm destroyed the original roof, they replaced it with polycarbonate. Now polycarbonate, when it's been exposed to the sun for a while, is a material far worse than styrofoam: if you so much as look at it, it breaks. And it splinters into a thousand pieces. Never use polycarbonate.

Before, I had already removed the poison ivy you can see in the background. That was a pretty nasty experience since that poison ivy had been allowed to fester for about 20 years. It had destroyed much of the wall on the backside of the hut with its sucktion cups already and, I don't know if you know this, if you cut down a lot of poison ivy, it's all poison dust trying to choke you for your trouble.

I also previously removed most of the pavement stones and stacked them up on the other side of our property for later reuse. There was just a small strip left.

When tearing down the hut, I started by removing the wooden panels at the side which I thought were just normal boards but which actually were connected to each others with tongue and groove. Since the boards are all interlocked and since most of the screws used to fasten the boards were already pretty scruffy, I just used a hammer to get most of them off.

I then pondered how to get the roof off. I didn't feel like getting a ladder so I tried hammering at the polycarbonate from below. That worked: the stuff cracked and there were splinters all around. So I stopped and took a break to think on this further. In the mean time, the wind picked up and was starting to solve the problem for me: it got under the now exposed roofing and tore off some of the polycarbonate and threw it on the neighbour's property. This was not appreciated by the neighbours a lot who panicked and nearly stampeded. I surrendered, got a ladder and started to unscrew the plates while holding on to them with all I had. In the process of getting it all off, another polycarbonate plate flew over the fence, but by then, the neighbours had been evacuated so no harm done.

The next day, it was time to dig out the concrete foundations. Now, the previous owners were pretty stingy, so it came as a surprise that they weren't stingy with the concrete. This is what I had to dig out:
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I'm not sure it shows from the picture, but those things were pretty damn huge and heavy. Now I can lift a lot of weight, but I couldn't even lift the lightest of these. Maybe it was because they're difficult to grab, but I'm guessing they were just way too heavy, especially the third from the left, the big wobbly one. I ended up using the support beams of the hut to lever these out. I got them all out in a single day, which made me kind of proud. However, it also gave me pause: I had previously thought I could just throw them in the car and drive them to the disposal site. But, knowing I couldn't even get them off the ground and also only having a "normal" car and not a dump truck or something, this I could rule out. So we had to order a rubble container and while we were at it a wood container as well to get rid of all that.

Of course I had also been so naive to think I could just put the gravel into bags and reuse it for another project. I had no conception of just how much there was.
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So the containers were an especially good idea. Especially because this happened: we went to our favorite nursery to look at and order some bushes for later delivery, and we had this really nice selection all setup on their yard and then the boss comes over and says "well, we'd have to deliver that pretty soon though, it's high season and we can't store these for your for very long" and then they asked if they should deliver the same week or the next week and I was all like panic.gif

So yeah, that meant that I didn't just had to remove what was left of the hut, but also prepare the whole ground for new plants. Since the ground had been extremely compressed and there was only gravel and sand on it, that meant the sand and gravel had to go and fresh soil had to be thrown on top. That was thursday.

Friday evening, we did some calculating and realized we needed four cubic meters of soil. In freedom units, that's over 141 cubic feet. That is also roughly 6.5 METRIC TONS.


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^- Our nosy neighbours kept watching me work all the time!

Spent the entire friday weekend removing the gravel and sand mix and throwing it into the container, and on sunday I dug out huge poison ivy roots in the vain hope that it wouldn't return anytime soon. Of course it will, because that is what this hellspawn of a plant will do, but...

Monday morning, my gf started to phone around and luckily, one supplier actually dumped those 6.5 metric tons of soil on our property the same afternoon. So all of thursday, I was busy wheelbarrowing and shoveling those 6.5 metric tons. Wednesday was a public holiday and on thursday, the nursery guys came over and planted what we had selected. They actually complimented me on the prep work for the patch. That felt really good.

This is what it looked like when I was done with it:
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So as you can see I cut out a quarter circle from the lawn as well, so that was more stuff to be thrown into a container because of stupid laws.

When I was done, the first two containers looked like this:
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Sorry for the potato quality picture, but you can tell just how much rubble that is.

I'll do you one better and put it in numbers though.

That's around 750 kilos of wood (or ~1650 lbs)
That's also 5670 kilos of rubble (or ~12500 lbs)

I know, because we got the bill today and that stuff is billed by weight.

I'll get a picture with the plants in later, but ... yeah that was our vacation project.


Did I mention I only had a shovel and a wheelbarrow, not an excavator?


Holy Cow, you did all that with just a shovel? That is amazing!





QUOTE(stargelman @ May 5 2019, 06:41 AM) *

That's what it looks like now:
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Still some work left to do: the empty area in the front will be filled with lawn, and there will be a stone border separating the lawn from the bushes.



Oh, this is beautiful! I hope you show us the finished work with the stone borders then!





QUOTE(Decrepit @ May 6 2019, 04:02 PM) *

This afternoon I at long last mowed the lawn! Most of it.

I desperately wanted and needed to mow around a week ago, during our last day of dry weather prior to days of potential heavy rains and/or storms. But... I wasn't far enough along recovering from my back having gone out on me some days prior. I felt a bit better by then, but didn't dare risk relapse.

Today is the first day since then I deemed it anywhere near dry enough to attempt a mow. Even that was stretching things. The ground is still thoroughly soaked, grass/weed bottoms damp. Parts of back yard, abutting the rear fence, remain under water.

Be that as it may, several hours of potential rains/storms are predicted for tomorrow morning. It was now or never, with grass already uncomfortably tall.

Went out this afternoon under cloudy skies. Pulled the mower from my (covered) front porch to the front walkway. Checked gas...A-OK. Got ready to pull the start string. Plop...plop...plop...a light drizzle set in. Pushed the mower back onto the porch. Stood under the porch overhang a few minutes. Light drizzled became an occasional spit. Pulled mower onto the front walkway. Fired it up. Off I went.

Much to my surprise, I was able to mow all I hoped to, front yard, sides, and all the back except roughly a sixth near the rear fence. The mower conked cut three times, clogged by wads of damp clover. Truth to tell, I fully expected to not be able to mow that large section of back yard at all. All in all it came off surprisingly well.

Tuesday Morning Addendum:
Rain/Storm predictions are now removed from today's forecast. Had I known this yesterday I might have waited until today to mow, in theoretically drier conditions. That said, I'm glad to have gotten it out of the way, dampness or no dampness.


Darn your back, I hate to think about you being in pain! I hope you are okay after mowing on damp ground, that has to make it harder to push around.






QUOTE(Decrepit @ May 14 2019, 02:51 PM) *

Mowed the lawn after lunch. Could have waited a few more days...if storms weren't predicted for tomorrow.

Need to remember to buy a new air filter for the mower. Been trying to remember that (when it counts) for over a year now.


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post May 15 2019, 12:04 PM
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Project: Upload new Transport Fever 'Scenic Excursions' episode
Status: Complete

I uploaded episode 12 overnight. It is now available for viewing. A link can be found in our "What are You Playing" thread.

Hit a slight SNAFU during the upload process. Discovered I had somehow gotten the dimensions wrong for my custom YT thumbnail. Had to rebuild it from scratch. No biggie, except it was late in the process when I discovered the mistake. I was ready for bed by then, and rather groggy. I could have waited and uploaded a fix this morning. But I knew that if I didn't correct the issue then and there I'd likely have a hard time falling asleep. Fix it I did...and still needed a sleeping pill to nod off.


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post May 16 2019, 03:40 PM
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Thanks to my brief unemployment I got lots of stuff done at the cottage today. Among the things were putting up a backside on the firewood shed. Wasn't easy as we don't have any long boards left. Had to scrounge up some short ones and piece it together.


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post May 25 2019, 01:18 PM
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Project: Eye Exam
Status: Complete
Had the exam yesterday, Friday 24 May 2019. My left eye worsened only a little since my last exam, all the way back in 2014. My right eye remains the same. Exact results:

RIGHT....+1.25...add +2.25
LEFT......+1.50...add +2.25

I was told I have cataracts, which he says is common for folk my age. However, so long as my vision is correctable to 20/20 via glasses or other means, which mine is, they need not be removed. He did stress that from now on I need to make sure I have yearly exams to monitor them. That's fine by me so long as I have insurance that covers yearly exams, which I do at the moment.

Project: Order new eyeglasses
Status: Ongoing
So far as I know I'm still authorized one free pair of eyeglasses per year from the Navy as part of my military retiree benefits package. The pair of bifocals I wear now was obtained that way. Only, the order page has changed. I find it rather confusing. Gonna need to ponder it over the next some days to ensure I don't screw this up.

I also need a new pair of computer glasses. The prescription for those is Right +2.25, Left +2.50. (Exactly as I guessed beforehand.) I'll need to pay for them, so must search the web for sellers of inexpensive yet trustworthy eyeglasses.

Project: Mow lawn
Status: Must do soon
Am thinking to do so either this evening or tomorrow evening after supper. It'll be hotter than I like either way, but what can ya do this time of year?

Project: Wait for water to be restored
Status: Complete
Discovered no water coming from my faucets not long after the end of yesterday's supper. Walked outside to find our street waterlogged...on a sunny, near cloud free day. Noticed several digging machines parked in front of a house about halfway up/down the street. Street water flow started at that house. Still now water when I retired to bed last night. Thankfully, water had been restored when I hobbled out of bed this morning.


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post May 27 2019, 08:10 PM
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Project: mow lawn
Status: complete
Did so yesterday evening during my brother's visit. (He was asleep on the sofa the whole time.)

Project: drive brother home
Status: complete
My bro's car conked out on him at our town's one traffic light. He got help pushing it into our gas station lot, then a ride to my house. This morning I drove him home. This being Memorial Day nothing much he can do about it until tomorrow. I'll need to take him to work tomorrow morning. Since he works at an auto dealership everything should lock in place after that. <crosses fingers>

Project: groceries
Status: complete
Got them on the way back from driving my bro home. (He lives quite near the Walmart I shop at.)

Project: Prepare scenery for TpF Scenic Excursions filming
Status: Ongoing
This episode is likely to be a re-visit to the Chesham goods run first seen around ep6-7. I'm not overly enthusiastic about this one, but it should serve.


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post May 31 2019, 01:29 PM
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Project: Create new TpF SRA episode and publish it online
Status: Complete
Uploaded to YouTube overnight, 30/31 May 2019, now available for view. A link is found in our What are You Playing? thread.

Project: Order new free-to-me military standard issue Bifocals
Status: Ongoing
Got a bit behind in this due to my brother's car issue, an internet outage, and matters I'll not detail. Am back on course now...I hope. Filled out and printed the needed online form as best I can while ago. Printed mailing and other instructions. Might need swing by my local Eye Doc's office this coming Monday morning and have him sign the form before mailing. (I had him sign a few copies during my exam, but later found out eyeglass selection has changed since I last ordered a pair.)


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post May 31 2019, 08:22 PM
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I need to get new eyeglasses. :/


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post Jun 1 2019, 02:18 PM
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QUOTE(Sakiri @ May 31 2019, 09:22 PM) *

I need to get new eyeglasses. :/

#MeToo but I'm too cheap. Also I use contacts more so, meh.

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post Jun 1 2019, 02:27 PM
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Nice job, mirocu! goodjob.gif


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post Jun 1 2019, 07:04 PM
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I can't wear contacts.

As a side note, is there some kind of formula for determining how much gravel one needs to adequately cover a driveway?


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post Jun 1 2019, 07:28 PM
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I expect there is a simpler way but all I would know to do is the basic math approach:

Determine the area of the driveway (length x width for a simple rectangular driveway). Then multiply the square footage area by the desired depth of gravel for a cubic measurement. Then convert the cubic measurement to cubic yards since that is how gravel is often sold - in the US. Perhaps mirocu could help more - especially if your project is in Sweden.


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post Jun 1 2019, 09:58 PM
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Here's a video on my current project.


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post Jun 1 2019, 10:11 PM
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I need to figure out a border and how much gravel I'm gonna need.

And if I need to dig or not. I don't know if I want to disturb the lower layers of gravel. :/


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Reaper, very pretty and nice choice for music. smile.gif


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QUOTE(Acadian @ Jun 1 2019, 05:19 PM) *

Reaper, very pretty and nice choice for music. smile.gif


Thanks its actual music from the She-Ra Princess of Power series soundtrack happy.gif.


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post Jun 4 2019, 08:53 PM
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Project: mow lawn
Status: complete
Did so yesterday afternoon. Man was it hot! If it's this bad early June I shutter to think what it'll be like during the hottest part of the year. Might have held off until today, but several hours of storms were predicted for the morning that didn't materialize. It's out of the way in any case...for a week.

Project: balance checking & savings accounts
Status: complete
Did so this morning right before lunch. Feared it'd be a major hassle this month, with my receipts not as well organized as usual. Turned out to be a piece of cake.

Project: eyeglasses
Status: incomplete
I hoped to have an order in the mail yesterday. Ran into a SNAFU discovering I have filled out an important piece of info wrong on the order form. Had to redo the form and run it by the examine's office for a new signature, which I did during yesterday's errand run. The holdup now is that I've been waiting two days now for a return call from the Navy about one info block on the form I'm not 100% sure what to write. If I get no response by tomorrow I'll likely make my best guess and submit.

Project: grocery run
Status: complete
Did this yesterday morning after a brief visit the the eye examiner's office.

Project: create new YouTube thumbnail for TpF SRA ep13
Status: complete
Did this not long ago. I hope to eventually submit 'improved' replacements for all SRA episodes whose thumbnails I'm less than pleased with.

Wednesday Morning Addendum:
Eyeglass order is in my mailbox awaiting pickup. Never got a return call from NOSTRA. Annotated the submission form to reflect my primary concern and will hope what I sent suffices.

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post Jun 8 2019, 02:08 PM
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Project: Exercise Walks
Status: Ongoing
After a several month hiatus since my first, disastrous, walking attempt this year, terminated after only one walk, I resumed walking either this past Saturday or Sunday. Walked every day except yesterday (rare scheduling conflict). Leave the house circa 0545-0600. Follow my long-established 25-30minute route. Only day-one did I go out later. Gotta say the earlier walk time suits me far be, but then I've long been a morning person. Carried an umbrella one walk due to predicted rain/storms, but nothing came of it.

Project: Routine Dental Exam
Status: Complete
I need a crown. Bloody 'ell.

Project: Crown
Status: Scheduled
I go in 24 Jun. My copay is $540.10US, start to finish. Or so I'm told.

Project: Cardio Appointment
Status: Upcoming
A long-scheduled routine maintenance visit, 18 Jun. Or so I hope.


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post Jun 8 2019, 05:17 PM
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QUOTE(Decrepit @ Jun 8 2019, 09:08 AM) *

Project: Exercise Walks
Status: Ongoing
After a several month hiatus since my first, disastrous, walking attempt this year, terminated after only one walk, I resumed walking either this past Saturday or Sunday. Walked every day except yesterday (rare scheduling conflict). Leave the house circa 0545-0600. Follow my long-established 25-30minute route. Only day-one did I go out later. Gotta say the earlier walk time suits me far be, but then I've long been a morning person. Carried an umbrella one walk due to predicted rain/storms, but nothing came of it.

Project: Routine Dental Exam
Status: Complete
I need a crown. Bloody 'ell.

Project: Crown
Status: Scheduled
I go in 24 Jun. My copay is $540.10US, start to finish. Or so I'm told.

Project: Cardio Appointment
Status: Upcoming
A long-scheduled routine maintenance visit, 18 Jun. Or so I hope.


Holy Crap! panic.gif

sad.gif That is a really high copay for a crown, are they making you a solid gold grill? Geez!


Best wishes on both; and hope your Cardio appointment goes really well!






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post Jun 8 2019, 06:41 PM
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That is high. I was quoted 200 for stainless when I almost needed one.


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post Jun 13 2019, 02:54 AM
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Project: Mow Lawn
Status: Complete
Did so yesterday in reasonably mild weather for this time of year. I'd rather have waited until today, but didn't want to risk a chance of predicted storms...which didn't materialize.

Project: Create new TpF Scenic Excursions episode
Status: Ongoing
Spent most of the waking day at it. All needed video clips are captured via OBS, then combined and edited in Filmora. Might have all needed text narrative in-place. If all goes well, I'll finish up sometime tomorrow for an overnight upload, weather permitting.


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