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What home improvement work did you do today?

Discussion in 'Home Improvement' started by atrinh15, Apr 28, 2018.

  1. Apr 19, 2020 at 2:47 PM
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    Neighbor just installed sod and had half a pallet left over he need to get rid of, so i hand tilled the area around the sand box, raised the sprinkler heads and wheelbarrowed the 50 pieces of sod from across the street. Wife and son approved
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  2. Apr 19, 2020 at 7:49 PM
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  3. Apr 19, 2020 at 7:58 PM
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    It is 1,000gal ,placed a 2 stage filter in the gutter. 1/2” expanded metal for the big stuff and a finer screen right at the inlet. There’s no practical way I know, to keep the water really clean. i would like to see your system.
     
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  5. Apr 20, 2020 at 4:43 AM
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    The ladder serves as some support for the front side?
     
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  6. Apr 20, 2020 at 5:59 AM
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    Yes I put the ladder in that location to take the load on that corner.
     
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  7. Apr 20, 2020 at 6:53 AM
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    installed a new resin shed.

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  8. Apr 20, 2020 at 8:41 AM
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    So mine is nothing crazy, just barrels from work I’ve acquired; that help sustain filling my fish pond, the overflow when I do get any goes to a grape fruit tree, the roof section it draws from isn’t very big but this was just a learning experience. The first flush helps all the heavy debris that makes it thru your screen filter, settle and sink to the bottom. That leaf eater is a really easy and nice way to provide filtration, it’s also good against skeeters. Your supposed to flush after the first rain of each season but mine only holds maybe 2 gals of “waste” so it’s not a big deal to drain it after each rain or whenever you want really
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  9. Apr 20, 2020 at 9:47 AM
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    I will probably modify my inlet to do something similar. Great ideas!
     
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  10. Apr 20, 2020 at 10:53 AM
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    4/20 Reefer madness! I’ve been working the last two days all day, piping, setting, pressurizing, evacuating, wiring, venting, ass kicking this AC unit for my house! Dual stage condenser 17 seer, with a 80% furnace ecm drive. I’m excited to see lower bills this summer, it replaced a 12 seer unit from 2001! I still need to get a condensate pump and finish the flue pipe, I won’t be cold here until November, but this week it will be in the 90s
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  11. Apr 20, 2020 at 5:58 PM
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  12. Apr 20, 2020 at 9:30 PM
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  13. Apr 21, 2020 at 6:21 PM
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    Question for all of you DIY'ers. Does anyone have a rock/boulder retaining wall built or build it yourself? I am about to tackle this project next week. I have almost all the prep done. My question is about rock size or mixing them. I went and picked out 4 or 5 boulders for the tall side of our wall. Its going on a slope and the tall side is roughly 3ft while the short side will be around 18". The wall will be about 50ft long. The landscape supply company recommended some boulders for the bigger part. I am a bit worried in the size difference. Here are a couple pics of the Black Basalt we are planning on using. My idea was to place the boulders on one of the flat'ish sides and stack the smaller rock towards the front of the boulder. Then just cover the back of the boulder up with some 3/4- and back fill with soil.

    Originally I just wanted to use the "wall rock" size. They are not lite and the uniform size seemed like a better idea.

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  14. Apr 21, 2020 at 6:28 PM
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    You might be able to do 1 or 2 big stones to break up. However moving and setting it might be a different story. I had a company send in a triaxle with 22 tons of stone and my mason just picked thru it. Broke off what he needed to make it fit. I personally like the stones to be the same size.
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  15. Apr 21, 2020 at 6:37 PM
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    And thats dry stacked right? I have been waiting for 2 days for them to call me and let me know what the boulders weigh so we can adjust the tons of smaller rock. I just found another company that is equally as close. I may just call them tomorrow and talk to them. Originally I was planning on 12 tons. If there was any extra no problem I have another 40 something ft wall I have to build later. Unfortunately the harder one has to go first. This was the first person that told me I should use boulders and smaller rock.

    If I use the boulders I have to get a mini skid/ditch witch to move them... I mean that would be helpful with moving the gravel and the soil as well but isn't necessary for those two.
     
  16. Apr 21, 2020 at 6:41 PM
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    These are cemented in the back. So nice flat face stone. And then larger stones in the back with cement in the middle to anchor it down. Stones in back or the stones used for scraps or rounded stones that didnt fit with the front
     
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  17. Apr 21, 2020 at 7:24 PM
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    Ahh ok that makes sense. I didn't see any mortar in the joints so I thought maybe dry. I just talked to the wife again and we decided that mixing the two wasn't what we wanted. So after opening a few window tabs and looking at various pics of both sizes we decided against the boulders. So I will cancel those and stick with the smaller wall rock.

    This company has a bunch of great examples of what we were planning on before getting derailed from the supplier.
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  18. Apr 21, 2020 at 7:45 PM
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    Finished up my little "behind the house area." I collected a bunch of 100+ year-old brick a few years ago and I've been using them for the last couple of days to make walking pads around the house and to make mini flower gardens. I took a bunch of broken ones and used them to make a border around some unruly rosemary. I can't wait to be done so I can do some more planting.IMG_1429.jpg IMG_1432.jpg IMG_1439.jpg IMG_1438.jpg IMG_1442.jpg IMG_1441.jpg
     
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    Ripped out old, in with the new 100% PVC. My first deck ever and came out ok I think. Lots of rookie mistakes but lessons learned for the next one.

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    Nice touch with the boarder and accent down thE middle.
     
  21. Apr 21, 2020 at 8:22 PM
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    Laid grass seed in the back yard and added a city slicker fire pit.
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    I agree, nice work, especially for your first go!
     
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    I ended up spending another few days and doing double the poly coating on the floor. Cost another $160 but figured better safe than sorry since it will get pretty beat with the tractor/mower/quads going in and out.
    It’s officially dry and I started moving my junk back in today.

    Took a few truck/car shots - it will never be this clean again LMAO :D

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    Theres too much weight behind the wall to be dry stacked. Thats a nice stone not sure how high you are going. Motor is usually used just to bind them together if you dont want to see it on the face.

     
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    6C053B28-5ACE-4C21-80B6-567E2A3C0A07.jpg My grandson and I decided to build a fire pit.
     
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    the tall part of the wall will be about 30-36”. The low part between 12-18”.
     
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    Do you have drainage planned? Backfill planned? How about a footer? I would consider getting some big boulders for the tall end, even if you hide then behind the face of the wall, you're holding up a lot of land behind that wall.
     
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    So far this was the plan. After locates are done dig down 8”x18”. Fill roughly 6” with 3/4-. Stack the bigger pieces of rock which should be 12-18” pieces as the bottom course. Use a 3” perforated hose with sock and back fill with more gravel then soil.

    Roughly 16ft of this wall will be taller then 30”. The rest will be 2ft or shorter. Maybe I’ll add a pic of the front of the house to help show what I’m thinking.

    To be honest I never thought of using the bigger rocks behind the face of the wall. That’s not a bad plan. It’s an expensive plan. I removed a bunch of boulders during the prep. I bet I could use those as the bottom of the backfill.

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    Looks great. This is my plan to tackle in the next week or two. What's the stone you used called?
     
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