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Two Quick Updates on the Backyard

I was so excited to give you guys an update on the backyard today.

It’s mostly because I’ve been told by the Mr. that I should start projects and finish them instead of just doing the former.  I have an excuse, though; the weather has put a bit of a damper in my plans.

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Progress

I did manage to scrub down the upper deck some more (like I did last time).  I feel like the labour required x outcome = almost not worth it.

We’re going to give it one more go with the pressure washer before thinking of something else.

That is, if we can fix our pressure washer.

The Pressure Washer

Two of the four ball bearings popped out of the hose attachment last year.  This, unfortunately, means that the hose goes flying off like a rocket when the machine is turned on.

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There are still two ball bearings on the left, but none on the right.

I was thinking about contacting the company for a replacement, but I saw a large shelf of exactly-ish what I needed at the hardware store.

There were so many different sizes and styles that I did the whole, “Buy everything and return what doesn’t fit” style of shopping.  Well, sorta.

I must say, it’s a much better solution for clothes than for hardware.

I tried imagining this problem like a couple of math equations.

  1. There are 18 pieces that look like they might fit at the store.  How many trips will it take me to buy the right piece without having to buy them all at once?
  2. Will I be more in the mood to champion through the customer service line on a Saturday morning or a Monday night?
  3. How many times will I buy the same piece, loudly proclaiming to any cashier that will listen that, “THIS IS MOST DEFINITELY IT,” before realizing I’ve already tried it before?
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Answer:  Three times.

Bonus

I just heard some horrible crashing noises outside my front door.

Thankfully, my house wasn’t falling apart.  My neighbour had called for a scrap removal service and the driver was more than happy to take some extra.

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Before:  The Mr. removed a rusty gazebo and flag pole and left it in a pile for later.
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After: All gone!

Effort x result = Best yet.

4 thoughts on “Two Quick Updates on the Backyard

  1. We had our deck power washed by the people who did our siding. I was disappointed. Not in the cleanliness of it but in the fact that now it is very rough. I was expecting it to be clean AND smooth. Now I realize we probably need to put a fresh coat of sealant on it. That goes on the list. I am still amazed by all that YOU do yourself. Good job girl! Maybe if I was still in my twenties I’d have the energy – inclination to do that too but being in my 60’s it is a little bit past time for me. When we moved in 21 years ago I was 3 or 4 months pregnant with our last daughter, had 2 already and all my energy went to working and raising the kids. Hubby had health issues and worked long and odd hours. Now we are making up for that a little at a time.

    1. Thank you! He is very handy and does a lot of the more technical repairs. I like to make the fun, decorative touches. I actually had to check back in my comments, but you’re the second person who has said that power washing did nothing. I guess the good thing is that we can do a small patch and determine if it’s going to do any good. I’m ready to throw on a coat of deck hardener paint to make it look like composite.

  2. We had our deck power washed by the people who did our siding. I was disappointed. Not in the cleanliness of it but in the fact that now it is very rough. I was expecting it to be clean AND smooth. Now I realize we probably need to put a fresh coat of sealant on it. That goes on the list. I am still amazed by all that YOU do yourself. Good job girl! Maybe if I was still in my twenties I’d have the energy – inclination to do that too but being in my 60’s it is a little bit past time for me. When we moved in 21 years ago I was 3 or 4 months pregnant with our last daughter, had 2 already and all my energy went to working and raising the kids. Hubby had health issues and worked long and odd hours. Now we are making up for that a little at a time.

    1. Thank you! He is very handy and does a lot of the more technical repairs. I like to make the fun, decorative touches. I actually had to check back in my comments, but you’re the second person who has said that power washing did nothing. I guess the good thing is that we can do a small patch and determine if it’s going to do any good. I’m ready to throw on a coat of deck hardener paint to make it look like composite.

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