Monday, February 11, 2008

The backyard project continues

Another project I've been working on for the past year is a total backyard renovation. This is really a continuation of my earlier post: Holding It All In. Words of wisdom on a project that involves moving earth: you don't really have a grasp on how big the project is until you start shoveling dirt. The best way to get a concept of how big a project really is: go shovel 3 wheelbarrows full of dirt, and see how far along that puts you in your project. That'll shed some light on it.

This is about where I am right now:

I'm digging a stairwell into the earth, and planning on finishing them off with some sort of flat stone. Flagstone? Ledge stone? And the wall itself will be river rock.

2008 resolutions

My biggest resolution in 08 is to finish all of my ongoing projects. The first one will be patching up the overhang from which I evicted our resident raccoons.

Original post on on my other blog:

Raccoons in the attic... A continuing saga

So, I'm lying in bed, and I hear some shit up in my ceiling. At first, I think someone is up there, about to rob us or something. The good news it it wasn't a robber, and I'm assuming you've already read the title of this note, so you know I have a raccoon problem. But the real problem is that the particular place they're living is not accessible to me. Unfortunately the part of the attic they decided to set-up shop, not really an attic at all. It is just a roof overhang, and is way too small for me to crawl into. The only option is to pull down the paneling that is nailed to the underside.

UPDATE 1: Late one night I waited for the raccoons to leave on their nightly escapade. Through previous observation, I noted that there were 3 raccoons living in the ceiling. Once all 3 raccoons waddled out of the roof, I worked quickly to block their entrance with wire mesh. The raccoons are now officially evicted.

UPDATE 2: It's a year later, and I've finally mustered the motivation to repair the underside of the overhang. Replacing the original paneling would look like crap, since it was badly damaged during its removal. I've decided to take the more attractive approach, and install tongue and groove planks.