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.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Talk about FML

See this gap?!
stone patio Triple H Handy patio pavers

I can't get rid of it!

I'm anal about gaps.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Maybe it should be twittered

I just poured boiling hot water on my fingers. It really hurts now. I quickly put on aloe vera lotion for sun burn and such, not really sure if it's doing anything.

And I knew it was going to spill onto my hand. I just wanted to see how much it would hurt and if I would pull away if it did.

Answer? Lots. Yes.

I'm an idiot.

The great wall of.... nevermind

Picture update. This one is for my parents, who are dying to see what the backyard looks like.

retaining wall allan block junior  allan block junior retaining wall