Home Stuff

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Owning a home is a lot of work. (Duh, I know).  I think every ounce of energy I have that isn't already used by work had gone into this house.  As exhausting as it is, I have to say it is pretty satisfying work.  I guess I understand why people continue to own homes even though they are non-stop work.

Most of the work we've been doing over the last two months has been in the yard.  The biggest project was finishing our fence.  Because of the way our driveway comes into the backyard, we couldn't just fence in the entire yard so we got a black chain link fence installed roughly half way through the yard.  We would have liked to fence off more, but we have to keep reminding ourselves that this will be rental unit some day and giving one tenant 100% of the back yard doesn't make much sense.
After getting the chain link installed we had to install three portions of the wooden fence that goes around the perimeter of the yard.  Of course those three sections have been gone for years and in their place was a mountain of poison ivy and poison oak.  We treated the whole area pretty much the day we moved in, but it took almost two months to die enough for us to start removing it.

Then, when we went to remove it,  we realized the roots were so deep that we couldn't actually pull them up by hand which mean we had to borrow a roto tiller.

Then, when that was all cleared out and we could finally install the posts and the fence pieces, we realized that the roots of a nearby tree ran right through where we needed to put the posts.  We ended up needed a power auger and a pick ax to get through all of that.

Installing two posts and three fence panels should taken a few hours of work.  It took us probably closer to 20 hours of labor to get everything done.

On top of that we were also told by our insurance company that if we didn't reshingle our shed they would drop our coverage.  Luckily my sister saved us and did 90% of the work.

The yard is finally done.  Other than regular maintenance like mowing the lawn, there is nothing major that needs to be done out there (for now).  While I'm very happy the outside works is done, it really just means that it's time to start all the inside work we've been saving for fall.

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