As I completed more and more of this Great Wall, my perfectionist side of my personality became impossible to ignore. I usually only listen to it when I am at work and programming but it was overpowering and I caved.
The construction of the ‘Great Wall of Stafford’ has begun. Not only did I need to dig trenches that were 12″ deep and 24″ wide, I also needed to fix the grading in front of the new wall. Luckily, General Rental is just a mile away and they are very lax on renting large equipment out to people like me. I was surprised they let me rent the Mini Excavator, Kubota U17. They probably thought, “What’s the worst that could happen?”. Continue reading “The Great Wall of Stafford – The Beginning”
It’s day 984 and I am still not finished with my office. I started this project in August of 2014 and it’s haunted me ever since. The paint has been removed, however, I’m not looking forward to sanding all the molding; it’s going to be so messy. I might just leave it how it is and attempt to stain over it. Next step is to place plywood over the decaying floor and install carpet or laminate.
When Kathy and I moved into this house in June 2011, we had a lot of projects. She took on the ones that required tools and stuff I know nothing about and I chose to replace an old retaining wall with a less crappy wall. Since we couldn’t afford the fancy blocks, I settled for concrete blocks. I’ve hated that choice ever since and 2017 is the year I correct that mistake.
Last year it was time to fix two other drooping areas with retaining walls. These two came out better than expected… and Kathy didn’t help me with the first row, I was actually calm… well except that time I lost it, threw a 20+lb block and felt like I tore off my shoulder… but it flew at least 5+ feet a distance to be proud of.