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    • January 29, 2020 12:35 AM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      Filled another 100 gallon trash can with bamboo cuttings, and fitted a steel post against the fence for some overhead string lights. Thinking about doing the lights now so I can work later, I have everything except the guy wire ready to go. Its gonna be warmer this weekend so hopefully I can get farther along overall.

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    • February 2, 2020 9:37 PM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      Jesus Christmas cookies on a bicycle am I exhausted. Spent the day breaking up the last of the bamboo roots. Had to use two shovels, crowbar, an 8' breakers bar and a chainsaw...but the bamboo is GONE GONE GONE! I also started adding new fence planks grafted into the ugly chain link fence. New fence already looks 100% better. Pics tomorrow.

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    • February 2, 2020 9:40 PM EST
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      OK....I'm stumped........Just where behind the bamboo is the chimney going?

       

       

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    • February 2, 2020 9:44 PM EST
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      Vic, I hope you don't give Dave any ideas about next years MIK challenge.  I can just see it now ..... "Must complete a much needed yard project that must include digging, placing pavers and digging up roots while completing your challenge project in order to participate"   I know he is taking notes so he doesn't forget 

       

      Glad you're able to work on an outdoor project, Vic.  The problem I have with these type projects, where do you stop?  Looking forward to new pics of your labors.

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    • February 2, 2020 10:47 PM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      Dave Taylor said:

      OK....I'm stumped........Just where behind the bamboo is the chimney going?

       

      In the corner 

       

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    • February 2, 2020 10:58 PM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      Dan Hilyer said:

      Glad you're able to work on an outdoor project, Vic.  The problem I have with these type projects, where do you stop?  Looking forward to new pics of your labors.

      That's the thing, pics don't really show how much work had to be done to get it to this point. But with the bamboo gone I was able to place the landscaping headers against the fencing, the PTDF runners for the new fencing which I already started placing. I can also start digging out for the inside walkway and placing the inside wood retaining walls. The biggest hindrance now is my cars limited carrying capacity. I need a boatload of fence pickets but I can only realistically carry 30 at a time. PTDF is even more restricted. It all has to rest of the folded forward front seat, and I have to be careful not to overload it. It's times like this I realliy miss a pickup truck.

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    • February 3, 2020 11:22 AM EST
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      Pics! Again the pictures dont really show just the shear amount of work just to get to this point. 

       

      Here is what I started with. Arguably I never should have let the yard get to this point.

       

       

      Once the Challenge is over I will post a new thread specific for this, speaking of the challenge, here's the latest pic of the chimney.

       

       

      ummm....yeah....I kinda got just a tad little distracted 

      This post was edited by Vic Smith at February 3, 2020 2:48 PM EST
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    • February 3, 2020 7:01 PM EST
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      So...have you found a new home for the mini storage shed?

       

    • February 3, 2020 7:20 PM EST
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      Tim said:

      So...have you found a new home for the mini storage shed?

       

      Yep, that was the first thing I had to do to clear out the area, I bolted wheel castors to the skids on the base so I can roll it around and created a small paved little alcove against the fence that filled another nasty little hole, its just out of shot here. Heading to Home Despot tonight to buy another stack of fence pickets.

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    • February 4, 2020 2:31 AM EST
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      Vic, that last photo made my evening!  Thanks!

    • February 4, 2020 10:48 PM EST
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      5 days left... I'm beginning to think I'm not going to finish the station. 

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    • February 5, 2020 4:24 AM EST
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      Vic Smith said:

      Pics! Again the pictures dont really show just the shear amount of work just to get to this point. 

      Oh I can believe it. I had to get a guy with a stump grinder to get rid of the bamboo we had in the side yard. And a chainsaw to get it down to ground level. 

       

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    • February 5, 2020 10:39 AM EST
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      Ken Brunt said:
      Vic Smith said:

      Pics! Again the pictures dont really show just the shear amount of work just to get to this point. 

       

      Oh I can believe it. I had to get a guy with a stump grinder to get rid of the bamboo we had in the side yard. And a chainsaw to get it down to ground level. 

       

      Ken my chainsaw was sharp at the start of this process, Now its dull as a butterknife and I have to take it for sharpening and service.  

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    • February 5, 2020 10:49 AM EST
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      Vic Smith said:
      Ken my chainsaw was sharp at the start of this process, Now its dull as a butterknife and I have to take it for sharpening and service.  

      Yea, I forgot to mention that part......................

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    • February 8, 2020 9:57 PM EST
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      Dang and blast it!!!, I'm almost done but it's going to rain tomorrow, so I'm not going to finish this weekend! And I'm so close, all the new fencing is installed, I've got two of the inner wood retaining walls in place, and the other retaining walls cut to size, they just need to be screwed together, but I need a full day of good weather to finish digging out the inner walkway but it's forecast to rain tomorrow. Blast!!!

       

       

       

      Oh and I didn't get to work on the station.

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    • February 8, 2020 10:16 PM EST
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      so, now Vic stays indoors and attempts to rehab the station before the deadline...

       

    • February 8, 2020 10:26 PM EST
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      And the Chimney goes where?

       

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    • February 8, 2020 10:56 PM EST
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      Dave Taylor said:

      And the Chimney goes where?

       

      Dave

      I dunno Dave, part of the issue is there are some missing parts that replacement would blow the budget also it's a really huge structures. Bigger than my workbench can really handle so I will have to take the rebuilding alot slower.  

       

      Also I have to keep the momentum going outside,  Stuff always gets in my way. That I've got it this far is amazing to me. So I'm just going forward as much as I can while I can.

      This post was edited by Vic Smith at February 8, 2020 11:01 PM EST
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    • February 9, 2020 11:31 AM EST
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      Dare we ask to see pictures of your work shop, and your work bench....!!!     Where is a proper picture of this CHIMNEY, you guys claim not to know where to put....?

        Fred

    • February 9, 2020 2:53 PM EST
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      HA HAA HAAHAHA! In my best Professor Fate laugh. The rains are late and I was up early. I have hit a major milestone ,as of now I have finished!... my retaining walls. 

       

      The chimney is still sitting on the bench mocking me.

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