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Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Rajesh Koothrappali, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. Rajesh Koothrappali

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    Just bear in mind that you will need it to fit between the pot feet so it is easy to remove and empty when necessary rather than having to lift the pot each time.
     
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    no - it can just evaporate! lol I don't want to lift these mofos ever again if I Can avoid it lol
     
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    Or overflow......
     
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    Added the final touch to the pots tonight after a visit to Bunnings. Nothing major but just finishes the look... :)

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    Decided not to worry about drip trays. Will just hose clean under the pots the day after watering them. :)
     
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    Just looking at that pic, do those nails sit proud of the timber ?

    Might need a bit of hammer love.
     
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    They do and they do. :D Not a big deal. Got to re-stain the deck on the first 30+ weekend. It's on the list. ;-)
     
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    I'll take some photos today..

    go easy on me ffs..

    in the mean time.. any idea on how to get rid of that hardened crusted mouldy crap from the polycarbonate roofing sheet stuff on the top of patios?

    can't really use a gerni, as my neighbours yard is extremely close - and we DONT get along
     
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    Few pics of a little reno project i did about a year ago.

    Basic idea was to create more usable space while getting rid of the Pergola/Carport that wasnt usable due to its height. The Pergola was so low that i had to duck to get underneath it, while the Landcruiser wouldnt fit under the carport.

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    So ripped out the Pergola/Carport and the brick pavers that were laid down.
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    Then had to move out the "front" and get rid of the tree's/bushes that were in a garden bed next to where the carport was
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    Then i had to remove all the dirt, luckily my FIL wanted "some" dirt. So he received all of it.

    Hired a BobCat, because shovels are for noobs.

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    Also used it to push back the retaining wall inside the fence

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    End product

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    And with new retaining wall in

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    Then knocked down the brick wall and started turf prep

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    Turf in

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    Fence up

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    Job Done

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    That's an awesome job Sab! Kudos! Looks SOOOOOO much better than it was. And usable too. :D
     
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    ffs.. can you lads stop putting up such good results! hahaha
     
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    So.. Just to re-iterate, my brother and I lived in this place for about 5 years. The garden itself wasn't neglected as such, just more mowing and whipper snipping rather than care for 'garden beds'. Over the last few months Ive been here myself and ive put a little bit of time into it. The WHOLE idea is to have a nice, peaceful place to go have a beer or a coffee and a smoke, or to listen to music from the house and enjoy the outside..

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    this looks so much more squashed than it actually is :-\ :
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    Oil > stain. Much better protection for the timber.

    A huge job there Sab. Looks like it cam out a treat.
     
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    Cheers :) Isnt quite finished yet, going to turn the portion that was the carport into an undercover area, so going to be paved and re-covered. But, that's on the backburner until my shed gets built and we go to Europe/USA.

    I used a Kikuyu, just because of the hardiness. Used the backyard for our wedding 1 week after i laid the turf and expected half of it to die as you're not meant to have people walk on it, let alone 40 people seated for large amounts of time. But nearly 2 years on it's thriving.
     
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    Oil, stain, not great with the terminology. It's the one you apply to a wet deck do it absorbs into the timber. :D

    Yeah Kikuyu is the go-to grass for hardest wearing. I also prefer it's shade of green over the darker buffalo.
     
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    Oil won't apply to a wet deck, coz oil and water separate.

    Oil soaks into the timber but also provides more of a protective coating, again coz oil and water separate, so once the oil is dry the timber won't absorb any water which reduces fungal disease, warping etc.

    Staining might give the deck colour but not the same level of protection.

    We had a deck at our old place for over 14 years. 6 monthly oiling (Spring and Autumn) kept it like new. Best applied with a sheepskin applicator imho.

    I would never just stain a deck.
     
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    OK cool. Oil it is!
     
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    used motor oil, thinned down with a bit of diesel > everything :)

    Not sure of the legality of it in Australia thou... But looks great, and brings out the grains... works better on rough timber than planed thou...

    and Trennaa that is a pretty decent back yard...
     
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    Hopefully by the end of the year I'll be able to post some before and after pics in this thread. I've got a few projects on the cards soon. At the moment the backyard looks like a jungle haha.
     
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    I knocked up a front deck a few months ago, to replace and extend a crappy old one that was rotting and falling apart. It's 6.2 x 3.8m so not huge but it's made a world of difference to usable outdoor space for dining etc. It was complicated by the original house foundations being poured to allow for a porch outside the front door (which I've removed and filled in the alcove for more interior room) so I had to set in some 2x4s to nail the deck into over top of the foundation. This set the height for the rest of the deck and was a pain to get a fall away from the house for water run-off.

    We've also got about 110sq.m of vege and berry gardens out the back, which I've been boxing up over time. Some of it is just rough while some of it is more permanent, with merchant-grade decking used for the sides and polythene lining to prevent rot and chemical leeching. I've fitted an irrigation system around the inside of the boxing of the largest gardens and run lines to all the gardens, and fitted a water computer to handle the whole system, so it's set and forget. It grates me every time I look out the back that I've refined my technique with each garden so they range from pathetic to mildly acceptable.

    I've also fitted a valve and outlet to the two main gardens that will enable me to run irrigation hoses down into the reserve behind our property to water plants there as well.

    We also have a 2.4m x 1.8m greenhouse as a nursery, plus an outdoor nursery where we grow plants to put in the reserve and for our rental properties.

    I still have to rebuild the old shed so I bought a couple of zincalum kitset sheds to store everything while I pull it down. I also have to build a pergola out the back too. Always something else to do...
     

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