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31 August 2015 - 6:18pm

I HATE Home Projects

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I don't know about you guys, but I HATE doing projects around the house. This year I have had an electric wire come disconnected in my house and I electrocuted myself trying to replace an outlet, and last weekend I found that one of the fence posts I had installed a few years back had become completely rotted through and was on the verge of collapsing a 10 foot section of privacy fence.

Deciding that I was going to take care of this before the windy and rainy fall season, I opted to try digging the post out. After getting six inches into the ground, the 4x4 post (4 inches square and 10 foot long) collapsed from the rot, leaving about 4 foot of underground 4x4 and cement left to be dug up (which was splintered into about 8 inch rotten chunks). It ended up taking me almost THREE HOURS to leverage the strength to get all of that crap out of the ground, straining my back, shoulder, and ab muscles in the process. I also was completely caked in dirt from having my head in a giant hole for so long.

I managed to get the post in and secured the fence, saving myself a few hundred bucks in the process, but the post ended up being a bit too long as I couldn't dig past the bottom of the old cement footing (I put 120 lbs of cement in each footing originally). The good news is that the fence is now secure and won't fall down in the fall or winter, but I was dead for the entire remainder of the day.

The bottom line is that I hate doing projects like these. Please share with me some home horror stories so that I can feel a bit better about mine. Smile

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31 August 2015 - 11:20pm
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Hey man at least you got it done!

Probably the one that sticks on my mind more than anything else was deciding to repaint our paling fence that was looking a bit worse for wear. And that is when we realised that the person who chose the palings we used in the first place was a complete idiot (yes it was me). That is because its fiddly enough painting them while on the fence already, i.e. trying to get the sides and bottom painted properly. But they have this semi-ornate cutout at the tops that makes painting them a total pain and made the whole thing take twice as long as it needed to.

It's interesting you say you electrocuted yourself. It's against the law to do any wiring work here unless you are a licensed electrician. I guess because at 240v you can kill yourself if you're unlucky.

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31 August 2015 - 11:33pm
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This probably will not help you, but this is exactly why I rent. lol

And when I move it will be to a townhouse or neighborhood with an association.

The less work the better for lazy me. Smile

When I did own, I cannot think of any horror stories except in the spring when I bought my house we marveled at all the gorgeous trees, and when fall came we made SEVERAL trips to the compost pile after raking up all those "beautiful" leaves. Smile

Home ownership IS a lot of work, not to mention money.

Glad you are okay after your shock! Surprized

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31 August 2015 - 11:35pm
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We did have our downstairs (split level) toilet back up once to the point we had to call Rotor Rooter.

They ended up digging out my middle son's favorite shirt, which youngest son (he must have been around two years old at the time and middle son 4 and 1/2) had flushed sometime when we were not looking. My middle son had been missing that shirt, because he loved it, but it could not be saved. Sad

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1 September 2015 - 12:51am
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Eww gross! What a cheeky little one. lol

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When I did own, I cannot think of any horror stories except in the spring when I bought my house we marveled at all the gorgeous trees, and when fall came we made SEVERAL trips to the compost pile after raking up all those "beautiful" leaves.

Stop, you're giving me flashbacks. Our neighbour next door has two massive trees in their small back yard. One is a liquidambar which drops leaves everywhere in Autumn but also drops these spiky ball things that we call land mines because if you step on one with a bare foot there will be blood!

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1 September 2015 - 12:47pm
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This probably will not help you, but this is exactly why I rent. lol

And when I move it will be to a townhouse or neighborhood with an association.

The less work the better for lazy me. Smile

When I did own, I cannot think of any horror stories except in the spring when I bought my house we marveled at all the gorgeous trees, and when fall came we made SEVERAL trips to the compost pile after raking up all those "beautiful" leaves. Smile

Home ownership IS a lot of work, not to mention money.

Glad you are okay after your shock! Surprized

Ugh, I am not looking forward to the Fall season. I have 6 trees in my front yard and another 3 in the backyard, with a neighbor's tree that hangs half into our yard as well. My Fall is horrendous with these leaves, but thankfully last year I bought a leaf vacuum, which is kind of like a lawn mower but it sucks all the leaves up and saves me from raking them. We also get to just dump them on the road and a truck comes by and scoops them into another truck, so we don't have to buy bags....

Speaking of which, I need to go change the oil and spark plug on the leaf vacuum. Leaves are already starting to turn and will be falling in just a few weeks!

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1 September 2015 - 3:51pm
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Sorry for reminding you of the leaves, lol. Your new leaf vacuum should help some. Smile

I always become a little sad this time of year. I know it can be a beautiful time of year, but it is bittersweet, knowing what follows. Sad

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5 September 2015 - 4:56am
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Eww gross! What a cheeky little one. lol

Stop, you're giving me flashbacks. Our neighbour next door has two massive trees in their small back yard. One is a liquidambar which drops leaves everywhere in Autumn but also drops these spiky ball things that we call land mines because if you step on one with a bare foot there will be blood!

Sorry for the flashbacks! And those "spiky ball things" sound dangerous! I will have to Google Image that tree.

And, yes, youngest son was quite the handful when he was young. Some people said he looked like Dennis the Menace with his summer tan and white-blonde hair (it has gotten a little darker with age), and sometimes he acted like him too. lol

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5 September 2015 - 5:18am
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Imagine stepping on these while bare foot.

Liquidambar land mines

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5 September 2015 - 2:46pm
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Imagine stepping on these while bare foot.

Oh, yeah. That would NOT be fun.

All that I can think of that we have from our Oak trees are acorns. I used to collect them by the bag and sell them to a local animal park called "Bambi Land" every fall. A kid's fall project. lol They would feed them to the deer.

We also have the helicopters that are seed pods that when you throw them in the air they spiral down like helicopter propellers providing just hours of fun as children. lol

We also have "pickers" or "stickers" that are pointy little things with needle sharp ends that stick in bare feet, but they grow close to the ground on some type of weed, I think? And they DO hurt I can tell you from experience. If you live in MN, every person and animal has stepped on one at least once and lucky if you only step on one at a time.

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Imagine stepping on these while bare foot.

That's pretty extreme! How large are those?

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We also have "pickers" or "stickers" that are pointy little things with needle sharp ends that stick in bare feet, but they grow close to the ground on some type of weed, I think? And they DO hurt I can tell you from experience. If you live in MN, every person and animal has stepped on one at least once and lucky if you only step on one at a time.

We call them 'bindis' in Australia, I think every kid who grew up in Australia has memories of running around in Summer barefoot and inevitably sustaining a bindi injury!

Not sure what has happened to the grass these days but bindis don't seem to be a big thing anymore. Perhaps we're using different grass or we're getting better at weeding? Or maybe its just that I don't run around barefoot anymore now that I'm grown Wink

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That's pretty extreme! How large are those?

A couple of centimetres (or an inch) or so in diameter. They are actually the fruit from the tree but obviously you'd never want to eat them!

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A couple of centimetres (or an inch) or so in diameter. They are actually the fruit from the tree but obviously you'd never want to eat them!

Yeah that doesn't sound like it'd be much fun. We have miniature barbs like that on some bushes in the woods, but they don't actually fall off. I recall one time I was out grouse hunting in the woods and I was walking through a thicket that was full of the little buggers. I walked out completely covered in the barbs, and was pricked to hell. Yours look like those tiny barbs on steroids, though!

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