LumberJocks

Not quite in the workshop... #12: More disco inferno...

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by dbhost posted 1510 days ago 878 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Another step closer to freeing up shop space... Part 12 of Not quite in the workshop... series Part 13: From Disco Inferno, to the Victory Dance! »

Storms, just when you don’t want them summer storms. At least I am not in a burn ban right?

So today is now, according to NOAA, supposed to be the last stormy day until next week, meaning, I should have a full 48 hours or so before I get off of work Friday of nice, dry weather. This means that the few remaining stumps that need to burn are going to be barbecued this weekend…

The charcoal is standing by, at the ready, the fire rings are waiting to go. I just need to get my dryness all in order. Mind you, these stumps are small enough I should be able to hand saw what is left down almost flush to the ground, and just burn the rest out with 1 bag of charcoal for the cluster of stumps… That leaves migrating material to the back yard from the shop, and getting concrete.

Now my wood hauler (pickup truck) has a slightly expired safety inspection sticker, I am within the grace period, but I do need to get it into the inspection station and get it cleared. No biggie. My truck is in good shape, 6 years old and low mileage and all…

I bet you guys and gals are wondering where the disco inferno thing came from… You see, on Memorial Day weekend when I started this thing up, PBS was doing their fund raiser thing, by doing a weekend of Disco…. So I would watch the stump burn out the window, while watching the PBS Disco special… Yeah I was bored…

Anyway, that song came on, and it has since stuck in my head… Hence the blog title…

Okay back to the fence…

I am making my new fence taller than the original, mostly to match my neighbors fences. This brings up one HUGE problem…. A fence post I replaced about 4 years ago. Unlike the original posts which were just sunk into the mud (PT held up well over 25 years considering how it was installed!), this ONE post was properly anchored in concrete. which unfortunately is all tangled up with some very tough roots etc… And is out of place for where I want to run the new posts. Originally they started from the right side, and went over in 8’ increments, I am going from the left side, and doing the 8’ increments. I may have to cut and burn this out as well. At least to get it flush to the ground… Either that, or figure out how to bust out the concrete base so I can remove the post and back fill the hole.

I am VERY hopeful I can get this done in short order. Might have to get a couple of cases of beer, invite some friends over, and have a fencing party!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



9 comments so far

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

3622 posts in 1766 days


#1 posted 1510 days ago

And once you get the fence done, the only comments you will get will be…...

......why didn’t you run the fence over there…....
......that post isn’t as straight as the others…....
......But honey, I really liked to look out at the ducks in the morning when I was drinking coffee, and now I can’t see them….....could you move the fence over there and…..................
......I would have put in a chain link fence if I were going to go to all that trouble….....
......You know, the color of the fence doesn’t really match the house, why don’t you repaint the house….....
......Did you put in protection so that dogs can’t dig underneath?.......
......I think you are too far over into municipal property, and they are gonna ask you to move that fence, that’s what happened to Bob Bonkers down the block…..
......Bet you didn’t get the property line surveyed. Bet you are over the easement….......
......Isn’t that last post right where the main water shutoff valve is?.............
......I heard they are running new underground cable back there and since you are on the easement, they won’t even pay you after they take your fence down…....
......But if you get it surveyed, then the city will figure out that your house is too close to the property line, and your covenants say…....blah, blah, blah
......I’ll bet the neighbors are going to be real pissed, they used that corner for access to the bayou…...
......Isn’t there a regulation about obstructing the migratory path of red toed, green eyed, moth eating minitoad from the bayou to the pond across the street?
......Bet you needed a permit for that, and didn’t get one. Betty Busybody turn Waldo in for that and he not only had to remove the fence but they fined him….......even made him plant new trees where the stumps were, claimed they would have regrown given time.
......Didn’t you understand that that tree is a protected species in this county….....they fined George $10,000 and he had to hire a lawyer and…...............

Been involved in putting up a few fences myself over the years…..............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

View dbhost's profile

dbhost

5378 posts in 1834 days


#2 posted 1510 days ago

Oh boy, now to address that!

......why didn’t you run the fence over there……. Because we simply put back what was damaged by the hurricane.
......that post isn’t as straight as the others……. You’re right. I need to buy the $100.00 post level instead of my old $15.00 level, rip the fence back out and start over… (That will stop that argument right there…)
......But honey, I really liked to look out at the ducks in the morning when I was drinking coffee, and now I can’t see them……..could you move the fence over there and……............... Not going to be a problem. The bigger problem is that the neighbors on the other side of the Bayou can see right into our living room. She wants the fence in the way to stop that.
......I would have put in a chain link fence if I were going to go to all that trouble…….. Not an option. HOA will only permit dog ear picket privacy fence, it’s in the covenants & restrictions. Anyway, chain link fence is something both of us dislike.
......You know, the color of the fence doesn’t really match the house, why don’t you repaint the house…….. She loves the color of the house. Not a problem. She MIGHT dislike the color of the fence, but not so far…
......Did you put in protection so that dogs can’t dig underneath?....... The entire fence line is HEAVILY root bound. Nature provided dog proofing. Seriously, I had a roomate that had an escape artist dog that tried digging. She finally resorted to head butting a hole in the fence… (You wonder why I had the replacement fence post right?)
......I think you are too far over into municipal property, and they are gonna ask you to move that fence, that’s what happened to Bob Bonkers down the block….. Nope. Fence is 8” inside the survey line, as are all of the back fences on my block. The other side of the bayou though is another story all together…
......Bet you didn’t get the property line surveyed. Bet you are over the easement…….... Nope. Crossed that T, dotted that i, we’re good…
......Isn’t that last post right where the main water shutoff valve is?............. Nope, water comes in from the street.
......I heard they are running new underground cable back there and since you are on the easement, they won’t even pay you after they take your fence down……. Nope, Easement is a 3’ wide strip, running parallel to the fence, 3’ into my yard. Hence why I can not put anything within 6’ of my fence… But they CAN clobber my side fences at will… That sucks.
......But if you get it surveyed, then the city will figure out that your house is too close to the property line, and your covenants say…….blah, blah, blah Nope, got it all handled. Had an excellent real estate agent when I bought the house. We got the survey done, and have things CLEARLY marking the survey points that haven’t changed in a decade…
......I’ll bet the neighbors are going to be real pissed, they used that corner for access to the bayou…… I’m in the middle of the block. And yes, the neighborhood teens are going to be upset, I have caught a few of them cutting through my back yard to get from the bayou to my block. It cuts out a 6 block walk for them…
......Isn’t there a regulation about obstructing the migratory path of red toed, green eyed, moth eating minitoad from the bayou to the pond across the street? No. Not for me anyway. However if Egrets are ever a protected species, I am hosed…
......Bet you needed a permit for that, and didn’t get one. Betty Busybody turn Waldo in for that and he not only had to remove the fence but they fined him……....even made him plant new trees where the stumps were, claimed they would have regrown given time. Fence is under 8’ tall, per city publication, no permit needed. Approval in writing from HOA.
......Didn’t you understand that that tree is a protected species in this county……..they fined George $10,000 and he had to hire a lawyer and……............ Chinaberry, and an Elm tree. They were all blown down by Hurricane Ike, china berry is not protected, and the Elm choked itself off as they are prone to doing when the storm damaged the bark in a manner akin to Dutch Elm disease… No running afoul of protected species here.

Been involved in putting up a few fences myself over the years……...........(-:
Sounds like. Yeah I did my research before getting after this. The biggest hurdle was the HOA approval for reinstalling the fence. Everything else was easy…

Basically I am replacing what was previously there, going with the previously accepted style change to match my neighbors, and keep visual continuity in the bayou, and keeping the egrets out of the yard. I would have been in a MUCH bigger hurry if there were gators in this particular bayou…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

View GregD's profile

GregD

606 posts in 1738 days


#3 posted 1510 days ago

What worked for me in removing fence posts was to dig a bit around the post, add water, and work the post until it could easily be leaned over quite a bit in every direction. Wet gumbo is your friend here. Then I screwed some short cross pieces to the post and used a combination of car/motorcycle jacks to lift the post straight up. Wet gumbo under the jacks isn’t your friend, so I used some pieces of 2×6 under them to spread the load. I used – and bent – 3/8” (or was it 1/2”?) lag screws on the cross pieces doing this.

Of course I set these posts, and you probably did a better job than me so this might not work so well for you.

BTW, it is practical to chip out quite a bit of concrete with a 3/4” cold chisel and a 1 hand sledge hammer. It doesn’t go quick, but you can make it work. So if you cannot get the post off, you can get the top of the concrete below grade and leave the rest of the post as a problem for the next guy. This time of year the sweat will be pouring off you, so drink a lot of water and take breaks.

-- Greg D.

View dbhost's profile

dbhost

5378 posts in 1834 days


#4 posted 1510 days ago

Forget the sledge hammer. I’ve got a compressor and air hammer… And of course a cold chisel that is sitting in a tool box doing nothing…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

View Dennisgrosen's profile

Dennisgrosen

10850 posts in 1717 days


#5 posted 1510 days ago

DBHost do you want some elegant europeen épéé or some big nasty sabels sent over
to that Fencingcompetion you are going to hold in you little yard :—)

jim that was alot of good arguments….......LOL….....been there , tryed it…..:-(

Dennis

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

3622 posts in 1766 days


#6 posted 1510 days ago

........the funny part, I was just getting started, had to go to work…..........(-:

You did a great job of answering my spurious questions…...(-:

We had a backyard fence with our neighbor gals, fence belonged to them, who live in the same house their parents did, they both died since we moved in. They were a little short of money, and since we were going to fence everywhere else in the back yard anyway, we took down their section of fence, built a fence to match ours, and even built them a piece going over to their house complete with a gate for them. Cost a few extra bucks, but it makes our yard look a lot better, including the view from the front, since we have contiguous unfenced yards in front. They were happy as clams to get a free fence, we got the fence to look the way we wanted.

Course it was an easy decision because they are great neighbors, and occasionally watch our house when we are gone. Easy to be neighborly with fine folks. We have both lived here for 25 years.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

View dbhost's profile

dbhost

5378 posts in 1834 days


#7 posted 1510 days ago

You are very right on the value of good neighbors… I’ve had neighbors I was happy to see go. The folks around me now are top notch…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

3622 posts in 1766 days


#8 posted 1510 days ago

I would have been gone years ago if the neighbors were bad, they can make or break things. This is a very middle class neighborhood, not high class, or even high middle class. Quite a mix. Some blue collar, professionals, and white collar.

Mychelle, my handicapped stepdaughter, can wander around this neighborhood and we don’t worry at all. Although she hasn’t lived here for years, they remember her, and watch out for her. Across the street is another neighbor that has been here since we came. She sends Mychelle Christmas cards, and Mychelle visits her when she comes over(we live in a culdesac, so not much traffic). Delivered her only grandchild.

To my left is another physician, again, no fence. A black bear was spotted in his yard last weekend. I have seen moose calving in his back yard, which is has more trees than ours, but about the same size. For those who don’t know me, I am in the absolute center of Anchorage, AK, the largest city in the state, at about 250,000.

So nice neighbors, but gotta watch out for the itinerent wildlife. Nothing nice or safe about them. But that is what Alaska is all about.

.....in Alaska, the wildlife are neighbors too. Not just the big mammals, but also the chickadees nesting in a birdhouse tacked to the potting shed, and feeding their little ones…...can hear the babies peeping when we are close. Kermit has been sitting on his jungle-gym in my office backyard bay window, watching the chickadees for a couple of hours now this afternoon…...my afternoon off.

Goofing around…....Sherie is working a bit at the office…....we’ll have leftovers tonight…....easy.

Have a good one….......

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

View dbhost's profile

dbhost

5378 posts in 1834 days


#9 posted 1509 days ago

Your neighborhood sounds a LOT like mine, Doctors, Engineers, IT professionals, Mechanics, Roofing Contractors, and that’s just in my block… just no bears, actually, very few bears in Texas. I guess they don’t like the humidity… At least here by the coast. We do have our share of wildlife, Egrets, Coyotes, a whole mess of squirrels and rabbits, and of course Hawks to keep the rabbits and squirrels under control… Many a summer night has been spent in the driveway with the smoker talking with the neighbors, and watching the hawks hunting the bayou…

Oh, and I may have forgotten to mention the White Tailed Deer in the Bayou. There are a few in my area, a mess of them by the Space Center, and the University.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase