Put in a couple of trees into the raised garden on Sunday... 3 on the right are flowering cherry trees.. one on the very left is a weeping cherry.. should look good once all the tops fill in to each other..
Anyone here used composite decking? I'll take pics when I get home so you know what I'm talking about, but I need to work out some way of building a small fence on a brick retaining wall. Basically I'm leveling a section out the back and it needs some sort of safety fence for the young ones just in case they decide to try and fly. I've found the style I like and it's the same price as merbau without the maintenance.
It'll be going on top of this brick wall. I was thinking about dynabolting 5 130mm shoes and putting some short (600mm high) square posts in and attaching the decking to the face.
The eventual plan is to build a sleeper retaining wall off the end of the bricks running back to the back fence and fill the whole lot in and put either turf or fake grass up the top. Then the lower left side will be leveled down and the garden shed will go there on a slab. Where the garden shed is now will be a seating area and on the front right side of the brick retaining wall I'll build another screen using the same materials and method of the smaller safety wall.
Suggestion: Have you thought about simply getting rid of the brick wall, and grading the ground into a nice, natural looking slope down to a low flat area for tables/chairs etc. Leaving the shed part the way it is.
Yeah Id put 4x4 H3 treated posts in behind the concrete wall, 180mm below the top of the bricks, then put a 180x25 long ways on top running parallel with the wall, this will leave the back half of the posts exposed so you can run your joists off them..
Since you don't have to back full to much have you looked into the support pads to hold joists?? sort of like the Nurajacks.. I think mitre 10 (and maybe Bunnings) do something similar.. if it was me id put a paver under each one to help expand the weight.
Union jobs should be banned, full stop. I had the displeasure of working on one for a few months and the site rep was a thuggish douche bad fk wit. He told me and another guy (singling us out in front of about 30 other blokes) that because of people like us (sub contractors) the wages boys were losing money and we were taking it out of their pockets. I never had an opinion either way on unions before then, but that one act made my mind up.
While we're off-topic...my team and I were once told by a union rep (in front of several hundred other union members) that we were paid enough so had nothing to complain about. I was earning $47K at the time (mid-1990s). So we left the union. Now I earn 50% more than an equivalent union member, with better benefits. Oh well.
I had a builder mate organised to clear out the ratty arsed stones up the side of the house where I'm going to concrete but turns out his bucket is too big and will rip up the edging. I have a back up plan or 3 and the final option is clear and level it by hand. Hopefully everything is still on track to get the concrete done before Christmas but the next 4 weekends are busy as hell for me.