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Old 08-28-2017, 11:17 PM   #21
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Is there money in that oak wood?
Trust me, you could go broke chasing how much money is in that wood!
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Trust me, you could go broke chasing how much money is in that wood!
I think you are right.

As this link about water oaks says,
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it is a weak wooded tree prone to many diseases and insect pests.
I can vouch for that since mine were full of termites and bees, and large branches constantly fell down due to the weak wood that could not support them. Around here it is not considered to be at all desirable compared with other oaks. I did give the wood away to a young neighbor who had a fireplace and no money for wood. He seemed appreciative.
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Old 08-31-2017, 06:22 AM   #23
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We just completed a patio project that included a Western Red Cedar pergola, kitchen island with grill head and side burner and travertine tile floor over existing concrete slab using imported stone from Turkey. With wife and I doing the work, total job was $7500. That includes the appliances and all. It's very satisfying after all the sweat and arguing to enjoy grilling, beering and wineing outdoors. That is until the rains hit here in Oregon.
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pics. I especially like to pergola. I have a curved paver patio and would luv to figure out how to shade it better.

I also like your black aluminum fencing. I'm collecting quotes this week to finally put a fence across the back of my property. I'm using the black aluminum 5ft height one 5ft gate so I can get to woods behind. I would have left it open but we are getting trespassers lately (kids).

Enjoy your grilling!

Pic shows the opening, we're fenced pretty good on both sides, just the back is open. I'm using the aluminum to preserve our little view
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Old 08-31-2017, 08:36 AM   #24
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I have a massive sycamore in my backyard, which wouldn't be the end of the world except my neighborhood is 100-year-old townhouses with teeny tiny backyards. The canopy of this tree now spreads across nearly three houses. I actually have the tree trimmers coming out today for an estimate, and I will beg them to cut it back to within an inch of its life, because it scares me. I may ask how much it would cost to remove it--and I'd have then leave the stump to act as a table top in the middle of my postage-stamp yard.

But if anyone has any sycamore advice....
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Guys have finally started. Lots of delays with these contractors...

Deck gone;



Now stacked up next to the fence;



Probably use to make forms for the new concrete walkway on the side yard;



And the pad for the hot tub;



These bricks were the side yard walk way, but they were removed and are going to be replacing the red lava rock between the patio and the new fence that will be going up.



The hot tub kit is on the way!
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Robbie, I love your tagline! Very inspirational and motivating. I also worry too much, so seeing what you wrote here has made me feel more sure about taking the ER plunge myself :-)
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The forms are down and the mesh is in and the cement truck will be here tomorrow morning at 7 AM. Woo-Hoo, got a lot to lay;



Hot Tub pad and walkway



Sidewalk to the backyard



Little area between house and deck walkway that used to be dirt.



Posts in, base boards in and sand in to float paver bricks. The guys were meticulous with those baseboards, took them a long time. They didn't just nail the stuff together like all the other fence guys I've used. I took a look and told them they built fences like cabinet makers;



One guy just smiled and the boss said "This gets us a lot of call backs"

I didn't mention that they will be getting a nice tip but they will -
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What a difference a day makes;



Hot tub pad & walkway



Sidewalk



Front sidewalk

New deck and new fence and xeriscape coming -
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I am totally enjoying this thread. Things are shaping up sooooo nicely. For some reason, I really liked those baseboards. I had no idea I would be fan of baseboards, but there you have it!.
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Very nice! How did they strike off the concrete on the sidewalk along the wall
to make it level?
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Should've written your name while it was still wet.

My grandpa built a 2-bay carport with attached workshop in his late 60s and we could still see his name in the cement decades after he passed...
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Very nice! How did they strike off the concrete on the sidewalk along the wall
to make it level?
I have no idea. It was dark outside and those guys were running around and working fast and I stayed out of their way inside the house where it was safe -

As to level, it's a little "off bubble" so that water runs away from the house. This I know by testing as I've been instructed to hose the slabs 3 times a day for a harder cure.
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New redwood front patio fence almost done. Needs a few more framing boards and is going to get a coat of stain sprayed on tomorrow.



Then the red bricks can go down -
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Tub up!

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Got my new glass door with doggy door built in installed;

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That tub is fantastic!
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I got the stove and the fence in today.



And the guys are busy with my deck -



Blow that dough!
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