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Old 08-07-2011, 07:24 PM   #16
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Been a long time since I've updated this. Just got back to working on it this weekend due to a very busy summer. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can get back on it and get some things accomplished.

Garage with two of the toys that I haven't even drove all summer (though I may sell the s10, not sure yet)


Half of the floor underlay up. Couldn't pull it off in big pieces as it was nailed like every two inches and then the glue from the linoleum was covering the top of the wood so I couldn't pull the nails out.



All broke up.


Cleaned up.




What looks to be the old siding or such when the put an addition on at some point.

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Old 08-07-2011, 07:25 PM   #17
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And what I found when I took the ceiling down, don't think your supposed to see light, lol. Time to get a new seal.


Probably will just take the ceiling 2x4's down as they are just sitting on top of the walls so I can just put in new ones.


And some of the junk from the bathroom.

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Old 09-14-2011, 07:30 AM   #18
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Well getting the joists straight right now, but no pics.

But been working at my parents. Putting in a flag pole at there house.

22 bags at 80lbs a piece






Hauled a bunch of rocks to their house from our "rock farm" so we can build rocks walls on the sides of their walkout.




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Old 09-14-2011, 08:40 AM   #19
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Wow - great work so far. Sometimes demo and cleanup - I've thought - is the hardest part.
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:58 PM   #20
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Well I've never been more proud to see something, flag is flying. I still need to put my light up. I got a temporary one up tonight though. Not sure how to put it up as it needs to be off the ground a few as the snow really blows up there and we plow the snow that way. Thinking maybe a small wood pole with a fake birdhouse and have the roof of it angled. Then put the light setup in the roof so it shines up on the flag. Also still need to put a thing around the bottom of the pole to cover the sand and put something towards the bottom to connect the rope to. Also its got a 3'x5' flag, looks a little small when you get close to the pole but from the end of the driveway/road it looks really nice. May try a 4'x6' flag to see what it looks like. Now I can't wait to put one up at my house.

Pipe coming from the house. Still need to put pea gravel and then rocks over the pipe.



Out the other side of the deck and out to the flag pole.


Bottom of the flag pole.


And the flag.



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Old 10-03-2011, 07:17 AM   #21
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Wow - that looks great! Location and everything makes it look so appealing. Well done.
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I'm definitely loving that flag pole. Keep up the good work!
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:00 AM   #23
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The flagpole and the landscaping around it look nice!
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:54 PM   #24
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Thanks!!

Well I am waiting on a buddy to help me with new 2x10 ceiling joists for the first floor ceiling I am going to sister them to the old ceiling joists and then cut some of the old ones to release some of the pressure from them. Also going to put new 2x4s next to the old ones in the walls to support the new 2x10's. Had a couple foam insulation companies come out and look at the walls. One was the open cell and the other one was closed cell. Still doing a lot of reading on each as it seems everyone says something different, though I am leaning towards the open cell.

But I did get some work done at my parents house today. Putting up a couple rock walls on the side of their house with some of those rocks I brought there in my previous post.

How it looked when I started this morning.




The 4 big lids you see are for the septic tanks. Instead of having to dig up the ground every time to pump the septic tanks I put in some "risers." I dug out the septic tanks and put (4) 4' plastic corrugated pipes on top of each concrete lid on the septic tank. Sealed them to the concrete and back filled the dirt back around them. Now all you have to do is remove the big lid on top and step down onto the top of the concrete septic tank and remove the concrete lid to it. I am going to build/tie in a flower bed to the house that goes around the lids. Probably put bark on top of the lids that way all you have to do is shovel the bark off.

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It was to dark when I finished tonight to take pics of the rest of the progress I got done, but I will take some tomorrow.

And just a pic to show the relation of my parents house to my house. You can see my house in the top right corner above my field.


If your still reading this, hopefully its worth it, lol. Thanks.
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Glad to see updates! I remember looking at the original posts quite some time ago, probably when you first wrote them.

Love the flag pole. I want to install a lighted one in my front yard, but am fairly daunted by the permitting process and burying the electrical for lighting. Did your area require it to all be permitted?
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Ooooh big machinery - I'm jealous! Nice to see you're still at it, thanks for the updates.

The septic lilies are great - makes me want to play leapfrog. Obviously you come from the school of people who've dealt with every form of septic issue - we can be identified from the air that way.
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Thanks! I didn't need any permits for the flag pole. And yeah the covers work nice. Usually the septic companies only use like 1' pipe, but I wanted room where you could stand down ontop of the septic tank to remove the concrete lid and put it to the side. Makes it easier for the guy pumping too.

Well here's how it sits right now. Still got some things to change/move, but I am happy with how it turned out. Got to put in a 1' round corrugated pipe in the ground under the deck post in the corner by the rock wall this morning and pour concrete in as I had to take out the old footing.




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Oh now that is really cool! Usable terraces for layers is so much better than a tired old retaining wall . . so nice! The stones are handsome. Good choice.
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Thanks! Forgot about this thread, so here's a few updates.
Put some pieces of pipe I cut in the ground for some mums. Now all my mom has to do is just pull the container/mums out if one looks bad. Also if its going to frost she can easily bring them in the garage. Then when its spring/summer all she has to do is remove them, put some dirt in there and plant here flowers. That way she always has flowers in the same spot instead of digging them up each year.





The hole for the corner deck post footing I dug.



Took a 4' long by 12" wide piece of corrugated pipe and put in the hole and filed it with concrete. Put the jack under the deck to keep it up for now, though it really didn't move, but better to be safe then sorry. Got to cut a little more of the bottom of the post so I can put that other cement circle piece on-top of the other one, but giving the concrete some time to cure.




Dug out in front of the green shrubbery so I can put a 1-2 high small rock wall to keep that up and not have a huge water run off towards the bigger rocks walls. Also dug out a little behind the rocks walls to slope the ground a little away from the wall.



And added a few more rocks to the top of the wall under the deck to keep the grade level under it so the water doesn't come flying down the side of the rock wall also.

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Not the most exciting post, but I put a drain on the top terrace to help with water run off. Going to slop behind the wall towards the drain. Its just a 4' long pipe with holes drilled in it with a cap. Wanted to use the bigger black corrugated pipe as I could use a post hole digger if I ever needed to clean the inside of it out (dirt, bark, etc), but I couldn't find a cap. Instead I am going to use a guide line holder that's used to hold lines/wires up to support telephone, etc poles. It fits perfectly in the green pipe that I can just turn in the pipe if there is dirt or bark and lift it out.



The guide line holder.


And started on the little rock wall.

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