Friday, June 5, 2009

new materials

I went to several big box hardware stores yesterday in search of a solution.

I wanted a cheap yet reliable way to block off some gaps at the bottom of the fence so that I can back fill the gap of the retaining wall and the property fence.

I had started out with cinder blocks, and while surprisingly affordable, it wasn't the be all, end all, as I was still hoping for something that would cost even less. (The cinder blocks would require "re-bars" - reinforcement bars staked into the ground to prevent blocks from moving, and they cost money.)

I went to one, and they showed me some pressure treated sheets of plywood for $35 a sheet (I can't remember the dimensions). I went a second, and they recommended 4x4 posts stagger stacked on top of one another. I went to a third, and the guy said - Stryofoam (tm).

I thought he was joking at first, but he wasn't. After I thought about it, it's sturdy, flexible, waterproof, non-bio degradable, and it was cheap.

So I tried it. Well obviously I won't know how well it'll hold over time, but at least it's done.

It was $17+taxes for a sheet of 4'x8'. I actually bought 2 sheets, but I only needed one. I don't know how I'm going to return the second sheet.

Stinkers.

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