It’s been nearly 2 weeks since the last update on the Eternal Infernal Brick Project of Doom. My, time flies.
When we last checked in, the steps into the front yard mini orchard were in this state:
Finished up the steps proper:
Came out well. The hole on the right and the bare concrete on the left will be the sites of two little brick towers upon which will be mounted a gate.
Meanwhile, out against the street, we left the brick planter/wrought iron style fence, southern section, in this state:
We’ve reached this critical juncture:
So, now I get to hammer-drill a few holes into the concrete, epoxy in some rebar off of which will hang some hardware from which the wrought iron style fence will be supported on either end, build the little brick towers, fill them with concrete, install the fence, add capping bricks to the front double-brick wall (can’t do it until the fence is fitted, as some of the bricks will need cutting or notches for the iron fence uprights to pass through). Similar process for the porch, for the gate hardware.
Then fill the planter in the front and puts some, I dunno, plants in it. THEN build the southern border wall – I hear such things are all the rage – which is similar planter concept, but without an iron fence, thinking more wooden lattice.
Got a month and a half of summer. Will he make it? Stay tuned!
Also, I mentioned earlier that my avocado tree project had failed, and, rather than let prime garden spots lie fallow, I threw in a some tomatoes and peppers – and 4 pumpkins. Which is between 2 and 4 pumpkins too many.
Prime spot. Hot, sunny days. Plenty of water. These suckers are going to take over the yard, the house, and it not stopped somehow, THE WORLD. OK, maybe not, but they are growing like crazy. On the plus side, as they crawl out of the bed and onto the surrounding ground, I’m motivated to clean up and weed, to make room. Two sugar pumpkins for eating, two of some giant variety for fun. Here’s the current status on the Great Pumpkin Conquest of Concord:
Vermin have discovered my garden and orchard. We have a fair array of furry little bastards – pardon my Urdu – from moles, mice, rats and gophers through possums, racoons and potentially deer (seen plenty a few blocks from here, never seen any this far up our street. The threat is there, however). Damage so far suggests squirrels or rats. In a just world, it would be perfectly acceptable for me to spend a few nights out front with a pellet gun, nail some of whatever they are, and leave their carcasses to rot upon little pike-equivalents as a warning to their vermin kin.
But I think that’s frowned upon.
I do have some commercial-level vermin poison, stuff farmers use, which I of course never use anywhere anything other than vermin can get it, which kind of rules out the front yard. Sigh. So – we’ll see. Will check out various traps. Don’t know what the local policy, if any, is regarding offing squirrels – there are certainly plenty around here, many of whom die trying to outsmart cars. A few garden-fattened vermin would not be missed…
How about a raptor eyre? Probably not viable short term. Seen all sorts of hawks and owls around these parts…
Stay tuned for more exciting old-guy home improvement news!
3 thoughts on “Home Improvement Update: BRIX!”
I love the instant vintage look. In August we are having our 90-year-old sandstone porch pulverized to make a base for concrete to be poured over it. The concrete will be stamped and antiqued and made aesthetic to the best of our financial abilities, but it won’t look or wear like real stone. However, the cost of having stone laid was so prohibitive, and the state of the porch so perilous (a lawsuit waiting to happen when someone finally turns an ankle on the eroded stones) that concrete it must be. Alas.
Thanks. Yea, I have the luxury of not having a liability issue creating a looming due date. Even apart from money and urgency constraints, with little ones underfoot, the ‘scrounge materials and spend years getting it done’ option is not often feasible.
Wow the steps look great! Good for you getting such a labor intensive project done mid summer. Good luck with what is left 🙂