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Offline Flyin6

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Zero to Hero: My home project
« on: June 15, 2019, 11:45:34 AM »
So, yea, even with bringing in the Suburban to a finish, albeit, not a complete win, I have had my two pre-Rangers out of school. And we all know that idle hands with loads of time is not fertile ground for good things to grow.
Therefore I decided to keep them busy.

Our home was a custom built thing that she moved into in March of 2007. It is a bit large and was pretty expensive and boasts lots of custom features, but it also served as a place to finish out three girls and raise two boys from some tender pre-school days. What that means is that it has suffered a bunch of abuse! Add to that, a tornado went right through my front lawn and hit my house taking out a good third of my landscaping and a bunch of trim on the exterior. It was not a big one or the damage would have been much worse.

I didn't even get to live in the thing for the initial few years. My "Work" kept me abroad for many years where I only got to visit the family and home a few weeks a year. Most of the folks who are regulars here know all about that, sort of.

Well the bottom line, considering with the ravages of time constantly at work, My working on our farm (Not here), building SquareD, the suburban, my truck, constantly fixing broken John Deere tractors, the place needs some TLC. So the boys and I got together and began what we call the "Zero to Hero" project. We are giving ourselves from March when we started until Christmas to take the place from, "in need of repair, somewhat faded and run down, and wanting for a makeover," to something besting its original glory.

Our advantages are we now have grown up a little and can actually work. The trees that survived the twister are now mature and 25-30 feet tall. The back lot is all cleared, in grass and looking nice. We have beaucoup equipment to use and we have a rough idea of what to do.

I wasn't taking pics like I do with car projects, but I can list what we have done so far.
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Re: Zero to Hero: My home project
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2019, 12:03:07 PM »
So starting at ground zero, we:

raked the flower/shrub beds
pulled weeds, did some trimming and hauled off clutter
Cut in the flower beds
Cut in the driveway
Cut in the sidewalk (Its long)
Mulched with 10 yards of black triple shredded mulch. (lost a John deere tractor in that)
Cleared out mom's garage
Burned a huge amount of debris from shrubs and splitting wood for the stove
Sealed the water boiler fluid transfer lines thermal cover with foam
Pressure washed the deck
Pressure washed the screened porch/deck thing
Sealed the deck with Olympic water proofing (The deck is trex composite decking)
Painted the garage and ornamental outdoor lighting
Repaired the electric (useless) dog fence
Cleaned off the concrete pad below the deck
Pressure washed the concrete pad
Pressure washed the concrete pad where the boiler is located
Sealed the concrete water boiler pad
Consolidated the scrap metal (BIG PILE! YIKES!!)
Trimmed some larger trees
Painted the shutters hunter green
Painted the french doors from the screened porch to the kitchen
Pressure washed both outside heat pump units
Planted grass into bald spots
Spent a lot of time chasing after our dog which gets out of the yard daily
Painted some large flower pots
Built and installed a privacy water hose and stuff 4 X 6 enclosure for the driveway area near the garages
Sealed and brightened the floor in the screened in deck
Cleaned out the storage/workout room
Installed pine bark nuggets around conifers in year
Planted an area with Hostas
Divided and planted some bulb perennials
Dropped several large dead/dying trees
trimmed dead thatch out of trees/shrubs

There is more, but I think you get the idea. This is a little like eating an elephant one bite at a time, but on it goes.

Updates and pics as we move forward

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Re: Zero to Hero: My home project
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2019, 03:38:39 PM »
I'm going to have to take a nap after reading that.
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Re: Zero to Hero: My home project
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2019, 06:29:49 PM »
Just woke up.  It was nice


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Re: Zero to Hero: My home project
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2019, 12:13:28 PM »
Great to have assistants of that age group - keep 'em busy and outta trouble!
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Re: Zero to Hero: My home project
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2019, 06:38:21 PM »
Great to have assistants of that age group - keep 'em busy and outta trouble!
Rog!
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