Monday, 1 August 2022

Paint The Veranda Rails Once More

As an experimental painter [2nd day on the job]there were a lot of things, tips and trade secrets to learn. Even knowing that the only resolution to make was do the painting correctly. 

Definitely, not to start a new job until the first job has been completed has been a common team. Focus on one before you start on another.. 

So I Got into painting the veranda rails once more

Having painted the first coat of hard gloss paint over the white primer used on the veranda rails with a too large paint brush there are little pockets of paint that were missed.

Still love the marble effect that the wet paint had. Except that where the paint was applied in two layers, as the first coat had a kind of seal over it already the second coat change the wet marble effect.

The next morning this effect was of a solid low golden bronze colour. A really beautiful solid soft golden colour.

What was actually needed during the 

One that even came up really soft with a sheen when the pictures of the veranda were taken.

Hence the walk down the road to buy another paint brush. 

And of course the wait now for a convenient morning with which to wash the painted hand rails . With a dilute soft soap addition to a bucket of water.

Buy the tools that suit the job size

While at that the 1 centimetre paint brush will break free form the packaging to begin the painting all over everything again.  

The convenience of having a correctly measured brush size adds to the fun of knowing there is a one stroke 'downward' all the way down on the vertical parts.

From left to right horizontal square pipe work. Especially the inside rail on the actual handrail facing the door.  Mostly hidden out of view.

Stokes matter with paint jobs

These are just some of the small things that have risen from the first time of painting a veranda hand rail.

Sunday, 10 July 2022

That drain outpoured the dirty water

One year ago the drainage challenge made itself known. Even through all the times it rained, poured down, or just down pored, there were leaks above the inside walkway.

Today, on inspection the dirt and debris from the tile roof and trees around was found to have blocked the side garden's drain.  the hose went into the gutter drain The hose was running already. Okay the drainage hose was competing with the washing machine water.

Yesterday, the gutter on the other side of the downpipe was cleared. Mud, leaves and twigs came out. Water on the other hand went and flushed what little remained away.  

Great to hear the water going down the downpipe.

Where last year there were so many fussy cats left behind on the property what was also in the gutters was a smelly, slushy, totally horrible thing to unexpectedly put your hands into. Bleach and soap washes, hand cream with a better smell applied. Even to the extent of wearing a mash, and a scarf to thought the stink.

Gloves defiantly went on. Plus, a just in case safety mask set were purchased. 

The hardest thing was finding someone to hold the ladder. Eventually my eighty-five year old mum held the ladder. but, even then we had to do this on the quiet. Like when no-one was around.

The explanation went that they were protecting me! Bull! If this was so then they would have cleaned the gutters properly as soon as asked!!

It is known that in order to properly clean cutters the best way to do this is to 'remove the waste in the gutters.'  Downpipes are slightly different. There are machines to do this. Or chemicals.

Well let's just say that two gutters leading to two drain pipes out the back were successfully completed  just as 

  •  it began to gently rain.
  • a son rocked up in the car parking just on the other side of the roller door.
Yip we smiled quietly. The ladder was away now.  The hose where it could go and be unsuspected - on the garden next to the washing line. The dogs were busy eating... just in case they took the son out to show him our gutter work ands he became suspicious!

Asked the son if he would/could do this the next day... "My mum. A friend and I did this six months ago.

Yeah I remember that they looked in the gutters during what was meant to be summer time. Twigs, which were seen from the foot path, were still sticking out the gutters.

But what was able to be got done was some drain cleaning blue crystal chemical were put into two of the five drains yet to be completed.  

Suffice to say that when people think you cannot do it, ask around, you will find people that know what they are talking about.

  • Listen to these people.  
  • Then go research on the internet.
Now you know what questions to ask a tradesman.  Also what dot list of job specifications and guidelines to give to that trades man.

This dot point list will include 
  • Safety precautions to be taken.
  • Request for their insurance policy number.
  • The equipment and backup that they have.
With a small amount of research there is the answer. Call in the experts.  They have a vacuum commercial gutter cleaning outfit.  Added bonus is besides the domestic gutter cleaning available the video camera shows where there are leaks, blockages and the trouble cause and effect.

Plus those tiles... well there is the roof repairs and restoration. The re-pointing of the ridge caps  and valley area.  They also have the resources to replace any broken roof tiles.

Additionally Made Easy roofing maintenance has solar panel cleaning.  Therefore they may know where to get a solenoid.  The rental agency sent out a bloke who removed the solenoid instead of replacing it.

Action is better than the stress of living with all three of these things causing stress and trouble in the long run.

Sunday, 3 July 2022

Move That Old Garage Door Over There

That aluminium covered, ratty and tatty, door really needed to move. That old garage door. Over there seemed simple enough.  Push, pull, slowly and surely progress of a few meters was made.

Things were actually going well - until, with the slight unbalance, the door went to the left, got jammed and just would not budge.

Meanwhile the dogs watched [amused] from just around the corner. The challenge was there was no-one else available to help move the door.

Time to go do something else

All in Gods plan was muttered.  So the situation was safe, just the door was not moving anywhere fast. 

Enter one son. Bliss.

Ask and you shall receive!

The end goal is to utilise the frame work as a roof of a chicken house. If not a chicken house then cover for the worm farm and compost area.

Meanwhile, just a few days ago behind the water tank the blackberry was cut down. As much as possible was removed out. This will be the potatoes in pots area for this year.

Make the area tidier

Since arriving at number 14 this old garage door, that was at number 19  

  • was meant to be a detachable roof for over the green tin shed.
    • only thing was the shelter part was delayed until it was never actually created.
  • hung around under the kitchen window.
  • was finally moved around to number 14 where the number of 'resting places' became very scare.
  • always seemed to be not quite in the right place
    • was getting closer with each 'move'.
    • is now blocking the actual garage door. No-one is getting in there without a noise being heard.
    • guess where the garage door was suggested to be placed in the first place!

So move that old garage door over there is gradually getting closer to where it was meant to be in the first place.

Oh well someone listened!

What seems junk to some people is a treasure to others. So stick to your inner vision even if it means just slowly make things happen. 

Remember that all garden adventures start with an idea.

Friday, 24 June 2022

The 3 x 2 meter Tin shed escapades -this time drainage.


Property maintenance is divided into many different areas. Over all number 14 s is still at the discover, unravel, sort out stage with massive starts and stops involved 

By the end of this post you, dear reader, will we hope have a smile and a chuckle at todays escapades with another reinvention of rain water redirection that leads to proper disposal.  

#HouseMainatance- Drainage at it's best.

Over the last few days the down pipe tucked in the corner of the office and the bungalow has been , well some will call it a work of art, others may shudder, but the artist within just may appreciate the fortuitous look at a multi jointed, 'arty' - fact obliquus!  Hey the fact that that meters of down pipe is holding okay so far is marvellous in itself it's completed] .

Today it was a day of getting ready for the tin shed guttering to go up.  YES!!!

Having heard of the saying "Two sides to every story.... it happened today.

The only one with a vehicle that could hold a three meter long piece of gutter was the son who turned up late last night. The ute was quite capable of carrying the pipe. All he did was tie it up with the piece of two meter rope. The piece from the twenty meters that held got a few months back for helping then.

As we went to go in there was the Lions Clubs sausage sizzle.  Yes I'll have one of those and mum willl...What do you want mum?" says he with the money out. 

This was great cause unknown to him the stop after this was to be the petrol station.  

This last week has been so frustrating re transport of long pieces of poly pipe. Public transport means the pipe has to be cut in half as it's classed a dangerous item to transport too larger lengths of materials. occupation health and safety issue. 

Hence the ute tray was just perfect.

So into the shop.  Straight down to the plumbing and bathroom area.  There were the gutters.  The choices being

  • Polypipe
  • Aluminium. 

For our needs a three meter piece of poly-pipe was the easiest choice. 

Now luckily as the attention turned to the ends a floor staff person came past. The reason for our confusion was quite often the bits get put back in the wrong place. Once the ends were sorted out the things to latch the drain onto the shed.  

Oh you drill into the shed! 

Do you have a drill?  Yes I brought that two months ago. Quietly thinking "but I now need to get those drill bits to make a decent hole." The hole for the water to come through.  

With the instructions of 

  • Work out where the hole will go.
  • Drill the hole.
  • Use glue to stick this piece of pipe into that hole.
  • Connect the down pipe to the ring thing under the gutter. Simple right?
That's another piece of equipment there

Then came a question.
Do you need two of everything?

The enlightenment happened when the diagram was drawn instead of explained again.

The sticking point was the vertical four-sided bean right in the middle of where the gutter is..Then there is a ten centimetre off shoot of extra shed. The good thing is there is a spare space between the garden shed and the square pole.

One diagram later and there was a fully understanding male literally joining bits together..
 |  |              |   |
-   -             -    -
 |  |_______|    |
 \____     ____/
          |   |
As another person said... 
"it's like joining meccano building blocks together.  Give the "man the diagram and watch him work it out in front of you" was what another friend had said just a few evenings ago. It worked.

Yes the glue was remembered.  Yes the sillastic tubes were remembered.  No I brought the pusher thing yesterday.

To the counter and out we went
Next step was a very simple and heart felt thank you

They say time is money.  It surely is when the person helping you is unaware that they will be thanked through some way of assistance.  In this case it was simply petrol.

Over to the petrol station and into the tank went a delivery amount for what would have been the cost of the 3 meter long drain.. 

For the rest of the trip

Half way home came the question... Mum when are you doing this job?  Chuckling the answer came... when I sort out how to drill a hole into the tin shed to hang the guttering off.

But that is tomorrows look in job.

Right now the next thing to do is take the dogs over to the paddock across the road and just let them enjoy the 20 cm grass growing there.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

What a few Hours In The Garden May Bring To You

What a day!  Every time there is a breath of time floating by it seems there is rain, rain and more rain.

Sure the rain is appreciated.  Not very many plants like to grow well without rain, or watering.

So today things kinda got a bit long in the tooth time wise.

Today it seems the jobs put themselves in order. Like do the clean up in the side garden. Well half of that got done.

That involved placing a bamboo fence near the chillies.  moved on to the removal of the near rusted through couch. That's on the nature strip waiting for the council nature strip refuse pickup next month.  Just need to contact the council tomorrow and book in the pick up.

About this time the last of the summer veges in the tall and also the square garden were plucked out of the very went ground.  

Next step was to round up the apple tree logs cut last year. Those pieces of wood were then piled along next to the little deck side wall.

That brought forward the change needed with a little metal side table.  The ply wood was very wet and rotten. Only thing was the four screws that held the plywood table top on are now dangerous.

Guess that goes out to the front as well.

The green waste bin came inside. Now that bin is full with blackberry which regrew when the pumpkins were on the ground growing.

The compost of course needs both turning and replacement along the garden beds soon to be done. Hopefully when the rain stops in the next few days.

The tomatoes that were green, two were red, are in the kitchen. The plants though were not that lucky.  They are in the compost. Along with the frost bitten marrow, various weeds, grasses and bits of 'stuff on the concrete. That's all in the compost bins too.

By the end of a couple of hours that part of the yard has been ready for a late winter planting.

Just as well the seedlings are ready for the replanting. From the small seedlings into individual pots.  What is not yet already done is the turning of the earth. Which is a challenge as there are so many herbs and plants already growing. Thus the only thing to do is turn, lime and aerate the compost.

But tomorrow there is one of two areas now to complete out that side area of the garden.

  • the BBBQ area there were pumpkins growing there and they have finally done their dash. Defiantly more for the compost. Just as well one of the four compost bins is empty. The rhubarb froze its leaves off during the cold snap. There is things to do there.  And quickly.
  •  the area where the two trees were removed last year. defiantly the grasses are overgrown yet wet enough to pull out.
After this there was just enough time to do a portion of the shrub trimming along the foot path.

All this just goes to show that when you have the tools, the time, along with the motivation things come together. Sure tomorrow there are more jobs to finish and to of course to start.  One after the other.

Point is if one person can do this then other people can do this as well.

Choose the ground you wish to plant out.  Move on from there.  Got build and plant.  Water and keep feeding the plants, worms and the ground. Enjoy the food. 

Unlike many things.... the garden and the plants just keep changing. Getting deeper, hopefully fuller and wow, more reproductive as the seasons change.

Keep your garden going with love, smiles and happiness as part of the heart felt joy the activity brings to people.

Friday, 27 May 2022

Photo boomed Dogs took precedence over six hours work result

OOOORRR they are cute

Funny thing happened today. It was one of those days where determined as you are something is going to be twigged just for you.  Does not matter how these moments turn around your day experience has told that you just accept them and smile as they happen.

Whether inconvenient, embarrassing or the moment was meant so you could learn  things from those moments they happen.

Was impressed with self

  • Firstly walked out side to check o0n the porch handrail.  
    • One coat and there was a golden 'dapperly' effect.  Cool look.
    • Two coats and the golden bronze solid effect was a wow.
As the photos from different angels were taken the green plastic paint on the wooden side ways slates drew attention.

That's It
Mind made up there is another job to do once the front doorway has been completed. Especially standing there at home looking at a few of these photos.
  • took photos of the veranda side railing.  All facets of the side railing. Left/ right.  Facing the wall. Facing the drive way. 
Shhhsh, quiet! Dog talking
According to the two dogs in the house it was now time to be included in these photos shoots. All the really good ones.

Finally walked into town to the shop the paint was brought from.  Neither the lady in charge of the area, or I, are camera adapt.

Staff Member sort for assistance
A man my age approached and he said yip you front gallery in settings.  

What? I was looking for the simple word : Photo's.

Now the three of us were looking at the photos.  The dogs, bless them, got more attention than the six hours of painting dedication it took yesterday to just do this far.

What else could you say!
That's it the dogs have been laughed at.  Me : well I smiled as these two twenty year old dogs stole the show!  Hence the title :Photo boomed Dogs took precedence over six hours work result.

Thursday, 26 May 2022

One Job Time Frame

 When tackling a new job that has a new set of skills how to estimate the time it will take you tends to include other things.

As a young parent

 I'd leave things like painting now to the people who know how to do it.

Looking after others in the family

 As a person looking after older members of your family.  Be the older children, relatives or close family.

Working, or studying, away from home 

Same as above

Working at all from home...

Here you have a little more time freedom possibly.  The painting of the front door, plus the porch rail took nearly four weeks.  

That four weeks does not count the paint stripping and sanding or the doors, door frame  and the small, but tricky confined and hard to get at area between the meter box and the ninety degree side facing wall! 

Forgot something 

What it did take is an extra few days to get from the nearly painting of the rust remover on the metal to today's effort actually repainting  nearly all the porch rails vertical. I missed a hard to get at part of one. 

Panic not. Now a tomorrows job after another paint brush is purchased.

What is interesting

 There is a relaxed atmosphere. Okay so a piece was missing the full treatment.  The day has simply run out to complete the job fully.

What is important to me is when the weather is fairer to the paint drying the thirty minutes split between two areas of pain about one and a half meters in total will not take long.  The biggest factor, besides a new paint brush is the initial coat of whites drying time.

One adventure has many aspects

On that point within this adventure anyone may smile at.

Meanwhile there is also the garden to tend to for the next week or so.

Catch up soon when you are back here. 

Paint The Veranda Rails Once More

As an experimental painter [2nd day on the job]there were a lot of things, tips and trade secrets to learn. Even knowing that the only resol...