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..
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 \____     ____/
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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. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Well that Painting was cool

 Once there was a song completion where the young competitor quietly freaked out. The main judge walked over offering a drink from the container he was using.  One sip later the contestant stood in the middle of the stage and stated "Well that was cool!"

That saying so applies here

That is how I felt after the first coat of pain was applied to the front porch rail of number 14!

So far the splotches are 

  • all over  old dulled down bright pink jumper that was part of the "Mr Pinks Popcorn". 
  • the white is all over the paint brush held hands. Yes both of the hands. 
  • plus in the hair. It's complementary to the gray hair I suppose.
  • on the black and white dog [ Boof] has a white splotched ear.
  • there are a few specks on the foot path and porch. Ho-hum, the plastic paint splatter catcher moved exposing the concrete under it.
Decision - use less 

But after nearly three and a half hours of painting the base coat of the front door and the porch raining the realisation is that this painting stuff is like a child growing up before your eyes.

With only a little paint on brush, add a greater focus on where the bristles were going, the actual paint applied was a lot more care.  Result looked for - less everywhere was to apply.

Time consumes your concentration

It's now 2:42 pm and other than the fact it's getting really cold out there there is a temptation to go and add the bronze gloss.

Smile cause that temptation just won the day. You will be reading this for tomorrows post.

Happily it's time out finding adventure in paint.

Tomorrows post  you'll find out how far everything got to before the rains come again

Cheers for now,

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Sugar Soap Clean Up Done

 Phase One of the sugar soap clean up has been completed

At least for the front door and veranda area.

The quandary so far is the two colours of the veranda rail.  Some black, some white sections. Solution is to paint these with the top coat of outside white paint.  Let this dry . Solves the further rust challenge once that little bit of rust has been worked on with the sander. [ brought a few weeks ago.]

That is when it was realised the whole rust protection along with the Sugar Soap wash two would need to be redone.

But to continue from before that nasty realisation ...

Meanwhile while wiping down the upper sections above the actual front door rough bits were found.  They will need sanding and then another wash down

The answer to this was to simply wash everything down with the sugar soap anyway. 

When that area is dry the review of all this all once dry will be done simply through running fingers over the non door areas.

Which area to paint first was next

Acknowledge that the

  • front door does need to be painted before the real onset of winter hits.
  • screen doors will stay wetter for longer just because of how the screen is created... water has something to hang around on. 
    • The actual screen is easier to paint with spray cans as the paint gets through easier than a brush. But the door and the metal will be painted with a white gloss by a thin sized brush. 
    • The number fourteen calligraphies in bronze on the door.
    • Woops that's a thought. 
      • A white screen.  
      • White calligraphed fourteen
      • While the actual screen frame is Glass Bronze.
  • the metal frame work on the front porch needs to be just one colour. Just for the satisfaction of knowing it's one colour underneath.
There in lies the solution
Make the choice then action it.

Right now the metal and the door has dried. Thus the white gloss paint is about to be shaken and stirred. The porch is about to be covered with the blue tarp in the bath. 
The tape applied to the bricks just in case of spare paint hitting the brickwork.

It's just been realised the choice was already made yesterday morning.

The painting clothes are on me already.  It's time to get a move on while the weather is terrific drying weather.  Still and warm.

Cheerers for now

Monday, 23 May 2022

To Buy One Little Paint Brush

Today is the day that was set aside to buy one little paint brush.

Over the last few days the front doors veranda has started to continue the fix up maintenance.

Yesterday the only thing that was completed was one coat of rust remover.

Other peoples ideas

Now being told that liquid rust remover was not something to be used ...etc... a few weeks have gone by. The thing was the liquid paint stripper had already been purchased.  Was quietly sitting in the bathtub with the rest of the painting stuff for the door way.

To have spent thirty dollars on a small bottle of rust remover was a great feeling.  Then to be told it was a waste was a horrible feeling.

Well it was a fine winters day yesterday. 

Today was another beautiful one. It was yesterday as the eye caught the square bottle that sat on the bath tubs edge the thought popped into the head. 

That is "Why was the input of someone else who was not there at the time the contents and use of the rust remover bottle was explained" taking precedence over what needed to be done.

Guidance by other members of the fraternity

Actually "what would my younger sister do" was the next question that came before anything else! 

 As a young teenager in the 70's I'd seen my mum paint the toilet psychedelic colours in wavy lines as a quiet protest to something my father had done.

Mums van was next. Sanded back. Rust removed. Hand painted. And furbished. Then away she went on search for something that took years to find.

Adventure comes through many things in life.  

Adventure is what you make of your surroundings. How you treat people, and how they in turn consider you. Or maybe just the smile that that today was on your face.

Right at that moment female logic hit the forefront of the "you've already spent this money.. now use the product to find out for yourself!"  Experiment. 

However well intended it's only advice not orders

So the lid came off not only that bottle, but the roof of someone else's 'confining restrictions. 

Paint brush and product in hand there was something missing. With an old shop vegetable plastic tray later the holder for the rust remover was created. 

Add a pair of eye protection glasses over the reading glasses. Looked funny in the mirror. Did the job.

The internet is a wonderful instructional guide.

Everything to be painted was cloth dried. 

I mean everything that was intended to be painted was wiped down. The excuse that more was done was because there was to much paint stripper left in the little  container. 

No way was that going back into the original container.

The dogs sat inside the door patiently waiting.

 At one stage I'm sure they were wearing glasses!  Just my imagination there.  This time they stayed well away from the activity. Suppose being twenty-one human years these dogs may have found out a little about 'stay away from Susan when she has a paintbrush!'

Rust Remover checks 

In the afternoon when about to go out the rails were checked. Then with the magnifying glass in hand what was seen were like little pock marks where the rust had been. This stuff works. And there was the grin.

Well it works on the areas that you put it on. Today two things were achieved. The second coat all over went on If it was metal that got a coat of paint stripper. If done yesterday ... well there was again extra paint stripper so the paint brush just kept moving back and forth, up and down. This time there was nothing metal missed. Painted, rusted or just needing a coat to use the rest of the paint stripper the job to that point was now completed.

What's next? 

Tomorrow that area will be coated in protective plastic coating. Newspaper or something to catch the flicks and the drips.

The new paint brush  shall be used with enthusiasm. Up, down, under, across. each and every corner and join.  The colour is a light bronze.

Just a thought: 

Some of the veranda railings are currently black while others are white. Maybe a test run first is in order.

On that note these last few days it was prudent to buy one little paint brush. That too was part of the house maintenance adventure.

Cheers for now

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 mas...