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  # 2090653 14-Sep-2018 13:39
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When I was turning my shed into a man cave, I installed a mezzanine floor as the ceiling apex is about 3.5 metres.

 

However, it's always been a mission to get up there. So this is my latest DIY creation:

 

I built a short ladder that's hinged against the mezzanine floor and held up with a hook on the right side.

 

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My ladder in its down position. I made it so it's just long enough to swing down and connect with my work bench:

 

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View from the top of the ladder onto the mezzanine floor:

 

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I made the ladder sides out of a rimu door frame I scored. I'm lucky to live quite near to a business which makes aluminum windows and doors. They chuck out a hell of a lot of old wooden doors and windows that are free for the taking. I've gotten all sorts of old fashioned window catches, hinges, etc.


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  # 2090723 14-Sep-2018 15:27
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It probably doesn't count as a DIY project - in that we destroyed stuff, not made it - but close enough. It is however the fulfillment of a life long ambition - to prune roses with a chain saw.

 

 

 

We moved into a new rental house at Christmas time. The place has had its vegetation go wild for a few years and that included the bush / climbing roses near the back fence. They had grown into a mass of impenetrable bushes that were encroaching on the wife's washing line (death sentence right there) about 2 -3 metres deep, 2.5 metres high and all along the fence.

 

The wife had tried pruning with secateurs and inevitably gave up. I finally got the order I've waited my whole life for, "Dear, can you please prune the roses with the chain saw?"

 

Can I?   Hell yeah!!!!!

 

Having encountered the rose vampyres in other parts of the garden (some one must have doused the garden with super thorn grower juice) I covered up, got out my trusty chain saw and (after phoning the blood bank to put them on high alert) took to the roses. Photos follow.

 

The blood bank was required, I am still pulling out splinters 5 days later and the chain saw needs a blade sharpen, but we succeeded. 2.5m to around 250mm. Life long dream achieved. I do believe in miracles.

 

 

 

Parts of this story may have been exaggerated or embellished. My wife never calls me darling.

 

1- The Job: 30 minutes in and barely a dent made. tough little beggars

 

 

 

 

2 - First blood to the roses - and second, third, fourth ... buy hey, pain is short, chicks dig scars and glory lasts forever.!!

 

 

 

 

3 - The girls inspect the finished work. They had a feast and then spent the next 2 hours flat on their stomachs in a dust bath getting over the bug feast.  200 kg of roses to the dump.

 

 

 





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  # 2090758 14-Sep-2018 16:31
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flanges and elbows were way cheaper on aliexpress when I was looking at that for a friend. They backed out before we ordered anything tho as his missus is indecisive.




I used to be indecisive but now I’m not sure if I am.

Small flight of steps recently rebuilt for a friend - before and after (and still to be painted):


 



 



 


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  # 2091071 15-Sep-2018 13:04
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richms:

 

 

 

flanges and elbows were way cheaper on aliexpress when I was looking at that for a friend. They backed out before we ordered anything tho as his missus is indecisive.

 

 

 



I used to be indecisive but now I’m not sure if I am.

Small flight of steps recently rebuilt for a friend - before and after (and still to be painted):

 

 

How are you going to paint them? What type of paint?

 

I find the hardest wearing paint tends to be the slippery type - so add in sand to make a grit, or put something in place to prevent a skid zone.





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  # 2091074 15-Sep-2018 13:07
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Sorry, don’t know. Our friend is going to paint them black herself (I just primed the treads and risers before installing) and I haven’t asked her what sort of paint she intends to use.

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  # 2091076 15-Sep-2018 13:17
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Took the kids to the local Community Tool Shed / Mens shed for a Saturday morning family outing.

 

Number 3 (12 years old) wrecked a few pellets and made himself a deck chair.   Numbers 2 & 4 (14 and 10) got some recovered seating from a stadium and made an Aldus Huxley bench seat.

 

The wife made a boot jack for pulling off shoes (so now i don't have to bend my old bones down).

 

Number 1 made a chicken swing. We are still adjusting it to see if they use it.

 

 

 

Aldus Huxley Bench Seat with Wifes boot jack down near the parsley.

 

 

 

 

12 year olds deck chair.

 

 

 





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  # 2092820 18-Sep-2018 20:18
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nunz:

 

2 - First blood to the roses - and second, third, fourth ... buy hey, pain is short, chicks dig scars and glory lasts forever.!!

 

 

 

Just a hint for roses if there's a *next time*.... Welding gloves and the chainsaw. 

 

Our cottage has more thorns than roses.. That's what happens when you buy an old house in the country :D




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There's a new crop of kittens coming along at my local SPCA. I got this white box someone made as a speaker cabinet. I've modified it as a thing for kittens to play on:

 

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  # 2092875 18-Sep-2018 21:22
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There's a new crop of kittens coming along at my local SPCA. I got this white box someone made as a speaker cabinet. I've modified it as a thing for kittens to play on:


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They’re really lucky to be aloud to play on that.

Hope they don’t think it’s a woofer.

Or try to catch the tweeter.



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No, this isn't a creature from the deep. I excavated a 90 mm storm water pipe in our front lawn today. I already knew it was totally blocked.

 

Here's a closeup of the roots that made it their home:

 

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I'm going to re-install the pipe and use it to catch water that enters our property from next door.


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  # 2095022 22-Sep-2018 20:25
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My son's first birthday cake.

 

 

 


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  # 2095023 22-Sep-2018 20:32
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Do we have many keen gardeners here?

 

If so, a Garden Thread would be good. It fits in DIY, but might be worthwhile for a specific thread if any interest


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  # 2095028 22-Sep-2018 21:26
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tdgeek:

 

Do we have many keen gardeners here?

 

If so, a Garden Thread would be good. It fits in DIY, but might be worthwhile for a specific thread if any interest

 

 

Come to auckland and i'll fed you some of my garden goods ;)

 

 

 

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  # 2095079 23-Sep-2018 09:57
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tdgeek:

 

Do we have many keen gardeners here?

 

If so, a Garden Thread would be good. It fits in DIY, but might be worthwhile for a specific thread if any interest

 

 

Come to auckland and i'll fed you some of my garden goods ;)

 

 

 

experience of a lifetime for you.

 

 

Nice!  Ive never had a green thumb, but when we bought another place a couple of years ago, lots to do. I feel I have a green thumb now, learnt a lot. Many hedges of three types, largish house but two level so on a near 1/4 acre section, plenty of area. Its landscaped, but 5 pretty shrubs can soon turn to one long green shrub. Ive got the hedges under control, fixed the lawn after being flummoxed why it was brown and thin. Removed some shrubs, cut back others, pruned the fruit trees (I did know how to prune) and they have thrived since. Added two more raised garden to the older two. Planted a few roses and MANY bulbs with view to lower maintenance. Im really enjoying this outdoor malarky!

 

I'll seed plant the vegetable gardens that also have a 20 metre fence strip as well next weekend. Current project is fixing a not very level lawn. Its only 7yo, so I guess the topsoil has settled.

 

All good fun and satisfying. 


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  # 2095129 23-Sep-2018 13:54
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Thank goodness for earthquakes. The last one here (1931) left the house pointing down the hill. The house was re-piled so it is (sort of) level, but the hill still slopes so nice and dry underneath since all the water runs down. 

 

 





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