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Old 03-29-2014, 01:08 PM   #2536
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Welcome back after a cool winter!!

A couple of window boxes would be a nice German touch, but select the right plants for the northern exposure.

You spring looks to be a little more progressed than ours. -

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Old 03-31-2014, 02:09 PM   #2537
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I've gotten back at digging and spreading out my dirt pile. Man I'm out of shape! I've also finished the last stones on this retaining wall. One more wall to go. More projects coming up soon... dorf dude...
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Old 04-06-2014, 01:32 AM   #2538
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I'm back at it full throttle. I rented a bucket truck for the weekend. Matt gave me a hand mounting 2 more PV solar panels. That brings me up to 2kw. They will catch the afternoon and evening sun. As a 2nd benefit they shade my windows which will keep my house cool in the summer. In the one pic it looks that the panels are not centered but it's the roof ridge that's not centered. I also stained the eves on the front and will do the back today. What a fantastic machine. My neighbor asked why I didn't just put up a scaffold? It would be cheaper. I told him that finding a scaffold, loading it, setting it up, having parts of it in the way where you want to work, taking it down, hauling it back ect... You get the point. This bucket truck puts you exactly where you need to be at the flip of a switch. Well worth the money in my book. Here's some pic's from yesterday, time to get to work! dorf dude...
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After many tries to get a firm to do my driveway I got one. It's not really a DIY project but I am helping so I think that counts. They hauled out many loads of dirt and back filled about 18 inches. A side benefit is the little backhoe is mine for the weekend. I will be working on the back dirt pile on Sat. No working on Friday and Monday, they are Holidays here. Now for some pic's. dorf dude...
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Wow, quite the project you've got on your hands. Good luck with everything!
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Dorf Dude -

Are you going to fill the voids in the "grass pavers" with gravel/rock or with soil you can cut the grass and be more natural?

If you go with soil and want a "green" effect, keep the soil level down a bit below the top of the pavers to avoid compacting the soil that prevents good grass growth. - The Brits learned that a long time ago.

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Dick, I'm packing the dirt in the holes. Not too concerned about great grass growth. Grass will grow no matter what. I've turned the stones upside down where the carport will be. The holes are tapered and I will concrete them in. It will be locked in. I was out at 6:30am on Easter digging my dirt pile away. I have a delivery of sand coming and had to make room. The further I get the more work I find. I have lots of stones to cut and have always had a problem getting a straight cut. I glued a level on my grinder and now I know that it's straight. Here are a couple pic's. dorf dude...
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Concrete is poured/spread in the stones. Matt helped and made a DIY tool. The "Superscrape 2000" We've poured the pad in front of the door. Of course Mia had to inspect it. I was able to rub out the paw prints. I've taken down the old fence and stacked concrete rings on top of the wall. I've not filled them with anything. Very stable as is. I found a good re-purpose for the outhouse toilet. Mia's not to sure about this new dog around here. A couple of pic's, dorf dude...
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I had a Birthday to deal with this weekend. Not much work got done. I got a nice sample of some local beers in a mini keg. Nice gift. It was from the workers that put in my driveway. I did get the 6 pads poured for my carport. I inlaid threaded rod bent at 90 degrees for the upright posts to sit on. I turned beer bottles over to keep walkers by safe. The bathroom wallpaper is finished. Turned out great. Now I just have to finish it up. Here are a few pic's, dorf dude...
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Carport is up Much work still to do but the main structure is in. Sure nice to have a forklift to raise the main beams. I thank my friends for helping. Time to get some rain gutter on order. Here's a few pic's. dorf dude...
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Hi Shu: Long time no chat. I'm back on the island so I thought it was high time I looked in on you again.
Wow! There are a huge number of changes since I was here last. Everything is looking absolutely first class. Just shows what you can do when you aren't stuck on a small island.
It's nice to be able to access things like lift trucks, and gravel delivery and concrete...and on and on! Hopefully I will be in the same boat when the house sells here.
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Hey DD, Finally got caught up on your projects. Great work. Question for you about that stove you got in late 2012. You mentioned that you were going to do some sort of thermal mass thing with it. Did you ever do that?

I was wondering if you have hear of those rocket mass heaters that you can build with basically nothing but recycled materials. I want to build one to heat our greenhouse. Apparently they produce more heat for way fewer amounts of fuel (pellets or wood).

Sounds like a project right up your alley!
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Hey DD, Finally got caught up on your projects. Great work. Question for you about that stove you got in late 2012. You mentioned that you were going to do some sort of thermal mass thing with it. Did you ever do that?

I was wondering if you have hear of those rocket mass heaters that you can build with basically nothing but recycled materials. I want to build one to heat our greenhouse. Apparently they produce more heat for way fewer amounts of fuel (pellets or wood).

Sounds like a project right up your alley!
I have not gone forward with the wood stove/thermal mass project. The pellet stove works so well at heating the "Shent" I felt no urgent to need to pursue it. You are right on the money with the Rocket Stove idea. I've found a few plans that have me thinking. The only problem with a wood burner is you have to babysit it. Pellet stoves can be left alone. I've got my eye on the look out for materials to build a Rocket. One of those future projects. I have been staining the carport the last few days. Much more still to do, at least another week. It takes forever to do it right. Minimum 2 coats but I'm shooting for 3. It will pay off in the long run. The sun will be beating down on it. I've looked at your project, busy busy. Keep up the good work. dorf dude...

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