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Old 07-29-2013, 01:02 PM   #2476
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Mother Nature can be brutal. I think the storms are a method of survival for the fittest and getting rid of those that are not strong enough. - That reminds me that I better get some tree trimming done of some I want to save.

Judging from the skies in the pictures, you now have some clouds. Did any heavy rains dump a bit on you?

Did you even hear the storm from the inside of you bomb shelter? Those roll up shutters do the job, but make it hard to enjoy the entertainment. I imagine the protective area you built for the wasps protected them well and they just emerged later. I had some wasps bury in the sandy soil of my lake home, but I did not dump the waste concrete wide enough, so they got out and brought the whole family back with them.

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Dick my yard was ankle deep with water. We had flooding. I found a drowned mouse just outside my door this morning. Other areas had huge hail, almost baseball size. I'm glad that missed us. It broke roof tiles and windows. Yes I could hear it inside. The plastic roofing of my awning was so loud with the rain hitting it. I never put up a rain flashing on my entry, I had water leaking inside last night. Time to fix that one. As for the Wasp's I think I got them. They only had 1 entry that I could see. I'm not calling that one yet but... Supposed to be cooking hot again by this upcoming weekend. Thanks for following, dorf dude...
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:59 PM   #2477
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I've gotten started on a new project. Knocking the stucco off the wall between me and the neighbor. My plan is to raise the cement stones and replace the plastic boards for a privacy fence. Here is how far I got today, about 1/4 of the way. What a dirty job. The temps are supposed to start climbing by the weekend. We'll see how far I get. Here's a couple pic's. dorf dude...
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I can't picture where that stucco wall is. Is that the wall between your house and your neighbor's? I suspect you will post more pics with a more perspective as the wall project progresses.
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Jim, here is another perspective shot. The grey boards will come down and I will brick up to the same finished height. It's the stucco below the grey boards that is getting knocked off and re-done. I hope this helps. dorf dude...
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Scott, I put most of your outside progress pictures together in a zip file that should be viewable and in order with this link.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8NZ...it?usp=sharing

I couldn't upload the zip file directly due to the file size being over the 100 kb limit. If for some reason it doesn't work, or you want it removed, one of the admins can do that for you.
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Jim, I'm not sure how to manipulate your link. But Thanks. I had to give my wrist a break today from the air hammer. I've decided to raise the wall behind the "Shent" one more row. The ground behind will be more level then. I got another delivery of sand today and of course Mia had to claim the pile as "Her's" I drilled into the existing stones and spiked them with rebar. I've found that my band saw is the best way to cut it. Fantastic tool. I was using a grinder and cutoff wheel before. Here are few pic's. dorf dude...
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... I really need to find a way of covering the neighbors ugly doors. I'm thinking Bamboo mat's. Any other ideas? I'm open for suggestions. Here's a pic. dorf dude...
How about planting bamboo. Can you grow it there?
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Jim, I'm not sure how to manipulate your link. But Thanks.
Try this:

Click link,

Under file tab click download,

Click Extract all files in the left pane,

Follow Extraction Wizard prompts,

A new box comes up with the picture thumbprints. In that box is a left pane where you can view the pics as a slide show.

Hope this helps. I just thought it would look really dramatic to see outside progress from a couple of perspectives, front and back over the years.
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:35 AM   #2484
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Campbell's son is on summer break and is looking for work, I hired him. He sanded my awning beams and clear coated them. I set the stones behind the "Shent" 2 more to go then finished. Here are a couple pic's from today. dorf dude...
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I finished the snow fence on the roof. I've been getting materials from www.Bausep.de Great service. I also got the insulation for the tent from them. Here is a pic. dorf dude...
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Greg came over this morning and gave me a hand putting up the Bamboo screen. Wow! What a huge difference It is amazing what a little investment can do. No more looking at those ugly doors. dorf dude...
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My roofing came in this week. I had a few helpers come over today and now the new roof is on the old barn. It is fiberglass reenforced plastic panels. We went right over the top of the old roof. We extended the front a little bit. This gives more rain protection underneath. Here are a few pic's from today. I'm dead. Not used to getting up and down on my knees so much. Now it's time to get the rain gutters ordered. dorf dude...
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:50 PM   #2488
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I've been blown off by 3 different people with Bobcat's for leveling out my back yard dirt piles. Guess what? I'll keep my money and do it my self by pick and shovel. Going quicker than I thought. Which isn't very fast but.... I'm like an ant. Keep chipping away a little bit. I've gotten a few more ring stones set too. Starting to take shape. The rain gutter showed up the other day for the new roof. I hope to get it up this weekend. Here's a few pic's. dorf dude...
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I've been following your project for quite awhile now, and I have to finally chime in. What an amazing job you've done there! Demonstrates the fact that just about any project can be handled with the right attitude.

I spent 8 months at Graf back in the mid=1970's. Actually, our unit, How Btry 3/2 ACR, lived at Vilseck while they remodeled our barracks at Amberg. Spent many many hours on the tank trails at Graf (both in the dust and in the mud) as well as out on the bunker line.

I'll bet things have changed a bunch over the last 40 years.
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Graf has changed a lot since you were here. The tank trails are paved now.

I've been busy. I've had to dig all the dirt out of the way for the wall to pass. I felt like I was cutting a pass for railroad tracks to go through. You can see the stone wall we put up last year. I don't think I'm going to leave it there. I'm leaning towards raising the cement rings another row higher. That will give me a larger area that is flat. Here are a couple of pic's. 6 stones further. All spiked of course. dorf dude...
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