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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Not About Dad

Well, I don't want to go on and on about Dad.  He still asks strange questions and makes no sense sometimes, but let me leave that alone for today.

I DO still have a life, and things to do all my own.  Projects especially.  The house is 26 years old, and now that some things like roof and siding have just been replaced, I can go on to other maintenance issues.

The framed raised garden beds are 20+ years old and are falling apart.  The deck is 20+ years old and, well "not falling apart", but was never great or "to code".  I started flooring the attic 15 years ago and only did half of it (the other half had electric wires resting on the joists and I never could quite decide what to do about that).  My utility trailer has exterior plywood sides but they are rotting.

So there are those things that I have put off in favor of the larger needs.  Now it is time for those smaller ones. 

I've designed new framed garden beds.  They will be wider and higher (15' H x 4' x 8' instead of 10" H x 3' x 8'), have 6" of sheet metal flat on the bottom to stop grass growing up against them (for easier mowing),  and have boards on the top edges for sitting.  With 4" x 4" posts along the outsides to suport the board on the sides and on the top.And I will be cutting down some trees to allow for more sunlight on the garden.  I regret losing the trees, but I have too much shade as the trees have grown taller for 26 years.

The trailer will get higher sides, and a solid bottom.  And of ACQ treated plywood.  The previous plywood rotted to fast and the bottom was boards with gaps.  I had to keep using tarps to keep compost and sand from falling through.

The attic came back to my attention when I had to "duck walk" across 30' of joists when the roof started leaking to place collection pans under the leaks.  I've figured out how to avoid the electrical wires of the joists without making them inaccessible for repairs.  I have 1" x 2" x 8' boards that I will cut into 6" lengths.  I'll screw those on top on the joists next to the wires and along the outer edges of where plywood can be screwed in place on top.  That may not be clear...  I'm raising the plywood just above the wires on the joists, but using screws so the plywood can be removed if there is a need to get at the electrical wires.

I need a new compost bin, too.  The old one is in shade (it wasn't in the shade when I built it), was too small, has no top to keep varmints out, and leans over badly.  It wasn't my best design...  So I am designing a better one.  Larger, more air circulation, tops, in sunlight.  I drew up a framed hardware screen panel 4' x 4', and I will just make 6 of them to attach to sturdy 4" x 4" posts set in the ground, hinged on the front and top.

There are other projects too, but those should take a few months, LOL! 


Ramblingon said...

when you are finished, Tennessee is directly south of you..come on down. My attic is calling. Hehehe.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Man, I cant get a project done around here for anything, lol We've still got a half finished play house in the yard and the nieces just turned 22... somehow I dont think they're going to want to play in it any more, even if it did get finished!

Katnip Lounge said...

Yikes! If it's not another, it's one thing.

Mariodacat said...

Sounds like you really think things thru before hammering the first nail. That's the best way to do it. What neat outlet too - you can pound out your frustrations when needed.

The Cat From Hell said...

Ah! the joys of renos! We needed a new front door. No big deal right? WRONG! 60 year old house in a village in the middle of nowhere!
A 4 hour job has turned into a 2 week (soon to be 3).
Nellie's Mommy

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Thank you for the comment about turning the (grown up) girls playhouse into a shed. Greg's a boarderline hoarder so we're not giving him ideas, lol, besides, the roof rotted into large holes and honestly.. if that gets fixed before I get my kitty Skywalk, I'll be spitting the nails that fix the thing! lol