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Post #51 by MP » Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:08 am

Big#D wrote:makeshift versions of the above:
a dog house instead of a small shed
a barbecue cover instead of a tarp.


or just build a quick frame about the size of the lawnmower with 2x4s and then cover with plywood. leave the top angled to let the snow drip off. make sure there's a door.


Throw a few patio stones underneath, a couple shingles on the roof and a coat of paint if you wanna get fancy.
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Post #52 by Jedrik » Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:56 am

Big#D wrote:makeshift versions of the above:
a dog house instead of a small shed
a barbecue cover instead of a tarp.


or just build a quick frame about the size of the lawnmower with 2x4s and then cover with plywood. leave the top angled to let the snow drip off. make sure there's a door.


edit: http://www.icreatables.com/sheds/shed-plans-lean-to.html


MP wrote:Throw a few patio stones underneath, a couple shingles on the roof and a coat of paint if you wanna get fancy.


More or less what I was thinking, I guess. There's a wooden ramp (between the deck and the fence) leading up to the door that used to open into a hallway leading from the backyard to the garage. That hallway's now been gobbled up by the kitchen so we could have an extra 3.5 feet along that entire side of the main floor.

So I'd like something in that spot that's pretty low to the ground and not much more visible than the ramp, rather than buy a real shed that I don't really need otherwise.
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Post #53 by NyQuil » Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:32 am

AD wrote:I'm clearing a path through the snow to the bbq in 5 minutes.


I have a hot tub in my backyard.

Needless to say, shoveling a path to it all winter long was not something I counted on.

What a shitty winter we had.
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Post #54 by habfan4 » Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:00 pm

NyQuil wrote:I have a hot tub in my backyard.

Needless to say, shoveling a path to it all winter long was not something I counted on.

What a shitty winter we had.


No snowmobile?
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Post #55 by Muffin Mannequin » Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:29 am

Busy week for me as well. Had to leave my screen door open so the windows could be cleaned, and moved my car to P2 of underground parking so P1 could be cleaned and re-sealed.. To make matters worse, had to listen to a friend talk about repairing his septic tank.
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Post #56 by NyQuil » Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:16 pm

habfan4 wrote:No snowmobile?


Well, there's this thing.

But it runs on vodka.

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Post #57 by NyQuil » Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:20 pm

From a more serious standpoint, the flat roof that was installed on my house when it was built leaked the first two winters. It caused pretty heavy water penetration damage.

They originally blamed the scupper, but I'd had a roof expert (engineer) come and do an inspection before this winter, and he basically concluded in his report that the roof would fail. And it did.

The membrane did not overlap the edges of the roof, so as ice damming happened, the water level rose up past the retaining wall, then down past the membrane and into my house between the ground and 1st floors.

I had to make a Tarion issue out of it, and I've got a team replacing the entire roof as we speak. The roofing report helped a great deal as the builder tried all kinds of crap around roof maintenance to get out of it.

Meanwhile, the subcontrators are taking out the ceiling of my living/dining room, as well as the walls of my upstairs office and spare bedroom, re-insulating, re-drywalling and painting, and replacing the hardwood upstairs. Thankfully, mold was limited and contained.

So I've been living in my basement/master bedroom for awhile.

Hopefully this should be the end of it.

I also broke my wrist at soccer a few weeks ago, so fiscal year end involved learning how to work a lot more with my left hand.

It's been good times.
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Post #58 by Craig » Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:32 pm

I spent a good part of the day getting my yard in shape for the spring. Turns out that by leaving everything where it lay in the fall that became a bit of a pain. Lesson learned, rake in the fall.
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Post #59 by Craig » Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:32 pm

I also installed a rain barrel. All by myself!
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Post #60 by Shawnathan Horcoff » Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:57 pm

Fellas, keeping an eye on the communal garden from my 34th floor penthouse is proving difficult. Any suggestions?
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Post #61 by Roughneck » Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:12 am

Big#D wrote:i took down the hockey rink this weekend. the grass under the rink was greener and in better shape than the rest of the grass in the yard.


i'm starting to question roughneck's expertise in the field of grass maintenance.


edit: re:


The rest of the grass meaning the grass that is being exposed to all that surface water from the ice rink melting and being taken down and that is consistently too wet to do proper spring maintenance?


But you know, whatever, I'm not an accountant.
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Post #62 by Redden Punches Faces » Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:29 pm

my landlord says the hot water should be back on sometime in the next 90 business days.
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Post #63 by AD » Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:37 am

The vast majority of my yard is paved stone.

Its a small yard of course but still. Its the way to go. Grass can fuck off.

(i'm re-sodding this year. The little i have is horrendous!)
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Post #64 by Craig » Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:27 am

I think my back yard is going to be more clover than grass this year. All 100 square feet of it.
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Post #65 by MP » Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:50 am

Big#D wrote:if you do chives or anything else that grows/spreads quickly, put it in a pot. i once mistakenly put chives in the ground and it took over the whole garden. never again. fortunately, i moved from there.


A pretty good prank to pull on someone. Secretly plant chives or mint in one of their gardens...
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Post #66 by MP » Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:53 am

onefatsurfer wrote:Started getting the garden ready. We're going to grow tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, lettuce, kale, basil, green onions.. I think that's it. Oh, cilantro, too.

The yard is getting there. I scraped up most of the moss under the trees and put down a shade grass seed mixture and some peatmoss. The seed hasn't started growing yet, but hopefully by next week we'll have some starting.


Full times, just started basil, cilantro, oregano, rosemary and thyme in doors. Keep in mind with cilantro plants it's best to start new ones every couple of weeks so you always have a supply. They tend to go to seed quite quickly. Breaking off any flowers will slow that process.
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Post #67 by MP » Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:56 am

So I found a warren of rabbits in my garden, 4 in total. I transplanted them to a wooded area, I doubt they'll survive now given the foxes. I would have drowned them, but my 5 year old was right there....

Does that make me a bad person?
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Post #68 by Craig » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:00 am

onefatsurfer wrote:Started getting the garden ready. We're going to grow tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, lettuce, kale, basil, green onions.. I think that's it. Oh, cilantro, too.

The yard is getting there. I scraped up most of the moss under the trees and put down a shade grass seed mixture and some peatmoss. The seed hasn't started growing yet, but hopefully by next week we'll have some starting.


If you can help it, please try to avoid the use of peat moss. It's pretty bad for global warming.

/soapbox
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Post #69 by Craig » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:01 am

MP wrote:So I found a warren of rabbits in my garden, 4 in total. I transplanted them to a wooded area, I doubt they'll survive now given the foxes. I would have drowned them, but my 5 year old was right there....

Does that make me a bad person?


Not really. City rabbits are no good for eating, so there really isn't much else you can do.
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Post #70 by Craig » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:06 am

Big#D wrote:if there were babies and you moved them, then they're probably dead already. if they are young ones, they'll probably die, but could survive and come back. rabbits only last a few years anyways.


we don't have a real garden in our yard specifically because the number of rabbits. on any given night we have three in our yard feasting on clover, etc. the year before last, we found a nest in one of our bushes and saw them grow up. otherwise they live under a set of holly bushes that we have or under the gazebo we have, which i'm about to tear down.


maybe between ripping down the gazebo and cutting down all the trees in my yard and putting up a real fence, i can get rid of the rabbits. doubtful though.


Rabbits will dig under a fence, won't they? You might have to bury chicken wire or something.
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Post #71 by Craig » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:07 am

Big#D wrote:unless your grass is in really shitty shape, then use peat moss in combination with soil and seed. the peat moss helps keep the water on the seeds and makes the grass grow faster.


http://homeguides.sfgate.com/plant-new-grass-peat-moss-46124.html


I know what it's used for, it just releases ungodly amounts of methane and co2.
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Post #72 by MP » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:23 am

Big#D wrote:on this subject, i ended contacting the city and after spending 45 minutes on hold and being transferred between a couple people, i was put in contact with a couple people who both said i don't need a permit unless i'm putting up a swimming pool fence and i'm good to rip down the old fence.


:devildance:


Did you get that in writing?
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Post #73 by AD » Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:24 pm

MP wrote:So I found a warren of rabbits in my garden, 4 in total. I transplanted them to a wooded area, I doubt they'll survive now given the foxes. I would have drowned them, but my 5 year old was right there....

Does that make me a bad person?


Foxes are cool so, no.
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Post #74 by clawfirst » Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:10 pm

Craig wrote:I know what it's used for, it just releases ungodly amounts of methane and co2.


you think by not using it it ceases to exist and decompose?....


Craig ladies and gentlemen.
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Post #75 by Shawnathan Horcoff » Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:23 pm

We're still talking about Big#D's fucking fence?
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Post #76 by Craig » Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:50 pm

clawfirst wrote:you think by not using it it ceases to exist and decompose?....


Craig ladies and gentlemen.


Are you...are you serious? :stare:
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Post #77 by clawfirst » Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:52 pm

Its decaying mouldy shredded leafs and bark and shit. what do you think happens to all that decaying organic matter regardless?
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Post #78 by Craig » Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:54 pm

Peat isn't leafs and bark, it's peat. Are you thinking of mulch? Peat does this, unless you farm/mine it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_sequestration
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Post #79 by clawfirst » Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:17 pm

I just read up on peat. Why did we ever use it when it is less effective than mulch for basically every purpose? I did think it was mulch.
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Post #80 by clawfirst » Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:45 pm

I don't see how it could be useless. it just holds some water on the top. obviously not as good.
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Post #81 by AD » Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:23 pm

I'm planning on doing re-doing a plot of grass in my yard. Most of my yard is stone but I have a, maybe 150ft, little sliver of grass, of which 1/2 has pefect sun and rain conditions and 1/2 gets very little sun, is on the side of a huge brick wall and is a constant battle to keep alive.

What grass do I use?
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Post #82 by CharlieGirl » Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:52 pm

AD wrote:I'm planning on doing re-doing a plot of grass in my yard. Most of my yard is stone but I have a, maybe 150ft, little sliver of grass, of which 1/2 has pefect sun and rain conditions and 1/2 gets very little sun, is on the side of a huge brick wall and is a constant battle to keep alive.

What grass do I use?


Why not plant grass where it grows well, and put in a perennial garden with shade loving plants (hosta, for example) that require little/no maintenance?
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Post #83 by MP » Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:58 pm

Pretty much, growing grass where the sun don't shine is pretty tough going. If you insist on grass, they make shade mixes for such applications, or sodding might work in such a small area. Although, make sure your sod is fresh, as you're gonna give it quite the shock...

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