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Old 04-27-2018, 07:45 AM   #61
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RobbieB, Just saw the 2 gates you installed, nice job. I've never seen that steel frame and turn buckle. Does that whole thing come as one kit?
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Now that the snow is (almost) gone, the outside project is to replace the alley retaining wall that the guys pretty much destroyed last year when they brought the machinery in to do the new patio.

Inside project is to paint the sunroom and get new window treatments.
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Old 04-27-2018, 10:45 AM   #63
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Our backyard transformation from April 1996 to April 2018.

We got our backyard retirement ready (low maintenance/low irrigation) and a nice place to relax and entertain.

1- removed all sod replaced with decorative gravel and drip irrigation
2- removed wood fence and installed block wall
3- installed pool and hardscaping
4- installed BBQ island and patio cover
5- removed extra trees
6- constructed vegetable planter boxes with automatic irrigation
7- installed LED lighting
8- Planted flowers shrubs throughout
9- installed herb garden

We did the design ourselves. With the exception of the pool, decking, and block-wall, we did the work ourselves.
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RobbieB, Just saw the 2 gates you installed, nice job. I've never seen that steel frame and turn buckle. Does that whole thing come as one kit?
You can find the kits at Home Depot, Lowes or Amazon.
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Wouldn't the steel frame be enough, so that you do not need the diagonal cable?
I have an old version of that set up, and even with the cable mine has twisted and doesn't swing free any more. Of course, it was working fine before it went through Hurricane Irma last year. I jury rigged it to work (sorta kinda), but it looks pretty funky. No pictures included. Next winter I've got fence work on my to do list, so I'll be replacing the gate. I'll likely use the same set up again. The gate on the other side of the house came through the storm completely fine.
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The steel frame is loose, it has a center member that just floats in the upright channels. The thing is made rigid by screwing into the 2x4's. As wood slowly rots the screws will eventually loosen and the gate will sag. Pulling up the sagging end with the cable fixes this.
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Our backyard transformation from April 1996 to April 2018.



We got our backyard retirement ready (low maintenance/low irrigation) and a nice place to relax and entertain.



1- removed all sod replaced with decorative gravel and drip irrigation

2- removed wood fence and installed block wall

3- installed pool and hardscaping

4- installed BBQ island and patio cover

5- removed extra trees

6- constructed vegetable planter boxes with automatic irrigation

7- installed LED lighting

8- Planted flowers shrubs throughout

9- installed herb garden



We did the design ourselves. With the exception of the pool, decking, and block-wall, we did the work ourselves.


Very nice!
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Our backyard transformation from April 1996 to April 2018.

We got our backyard retirement ready (low maintenance/low irrigation) and a nice place to relax and entertain.

1- removed all sod replaced with decorative gravel and drip irrigation
2- removed wood fence and installed block wall
3- installed pool and hardscaping
4- installed BBQ island and patio cover
5- removed extra trees
6- constructed vegetable planter boxes with automatic irrigation
7- installed LED lighting
8- Planted flowers shrubs throughout
9- installed herb garden

We did the design ourselves. With the exception of the pool, decking, and block-wall, we did the work ourselves.
You now live in DH’s dream house—gorgeous!!!!
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Just completed plans for our kitchen redo and hardwood floor project. About 1500 sf hardwood, new cabinets, counters and appliances. Everything is 24 years old. Having problems with the current cooktop - only 2 burners work and parts are no longer available. Fridge is having issues. Tile floor is cracking. It's time.
Who made the plan? You? What software did you use? I am planning a big interior re-design project next year.
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Who made the plan? You? What software did you use? I am planning a big interior re-design project next year.
I made the plan in sketchup. Free and a lot on youtube help videos. Does 3d rendering also. You can get addons to put in appliances, cabinets, furniture, but I just roughed it out to see what it would look like.
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Yesterday we watched paint dry for fun—color samples, for the outside of our house, darkened as they dried. DH wants to change it up a bit, I want to keep it the same. Pretty sure we both know who’s going to win this battle—because if Mama ain’t happy....
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I made the plan in sketchup. Free and a lot on youtube help videos. Does 3d rendering also. You can get addons to put in appliances, cabinets, furniture, but I just roughed it out to see what it would look like.
I have used sketch up so this should work for me.
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Very nice!
Thanks for the feedback.
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Jersey shore? I love the Jersey shore!

My Ma is from there and we went often when I was a kid. Atlantic ocean on one side and the Barnegat Bay on the other. Just a sandbar a quarter mile wide.

Yeah the salt air takes it's toll.


We’re in North Wildwood two blocks from the boardwalk and beach. They’re working on a major construction project on the pier just down the street to include new restaurants, a swim club with public pool, and some fun things for kids and us older folk. Supposed to be done by Memorial Day but I have my doubts.
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Our backyard transformation from April 1996 to April 2018.

We got our backyard retirement ready (low maintenance/low irrigation) and a nice place to relax and entertain.

1- removed all sod replaced with decorative gravel and drip irrigation
2- removed wood fence and installed block wall
3- installed pool and hardscaping
4- installed BBQ island and patio cover
5- removed extra trees
6- constructed vegetable planter boxes with automatic irrigation
7- installed LED lighting
8- Planted flowers shrubs throughout
9- installed herb garden

We did the design ourselves. With the exception of the pool, decking, and block-wall, we did the work ourselves.
Oh, that is wonderful!

The number one wish list item I have for our next house is an outdoor living area/kitchen in the pool area. We just have a small covered patio where we are now and I wish it was bigger. We both love being outside but our current house doesn't lend to much outdoor fun/relaxing.

I also miss the pool we had at our other house. I miss looking out over the water.....
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I went backwards through this thread and now that I've seen everyone's projects, I'm itching to get out and do something! Everyone's photos look great and I'm particularly in love with the outdoor living ones. I guess I still have winter cabin fever.... we went right from winter into a strange monsoon spring and are just now getting decent weather.

We have a few projects to do but are at the mercy of Mother Nature. We need a bunch of sod but with all the rain we've had, no one is cutting yet, so we don't even have a possible timeline. We can't do our other projects until we get (most of) the sod down so we're in a holding pattern.
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I'm redoing the shelves / clothes rods / supports in the walk in closet. Was cheap particle board that I repaired after the huge weight load of my wife's clothes caused it to fail. They don't make the original supports anymore so I have 3 new braces, 2 plastic coated wood rods, 3/4" thick solid pine shelf boards and I'm going to laminate aromatic cedar plywood on top the pine.

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I have an old version of that set up, and even with the cable mine has twisted and doesn't swing free any more. Of course, it was working fine before it went through Hurricane Irma last year. I jury rigged it to work (sorta kinda), but it looks pretty funky. No pictures included. Next winter I've got fence work on my to do list, so I'll be replacing the gate. I'll likely use the same set up again. The gate on the other side of the house came through the storm completely fine.
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The steel frame is loose, it has a center member that just floats in the upright channels. The thing is made rigid by screwing into the 2x4's. As wood slowly rots the screws will eventually loosen and the gate will sag. Pulling up the sagging end with the cable fixes this.
Around here, the commonly used steel-frame gate is the following. It's a welded frame of 4'x6', and people usually fill in the gaps between vertical bars with cedar planks. See the holes in the horizontal slats that are predrilled for that purpose.

If it does not fit in between the cinder block columns you are out-of-luck, as that's the only size.

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That looks pretty rigid to me.
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Oh, that is wonderful!

The number one wish list item I have for our next house is an outdoor living area/kitchen in the pool area. We just have a small covered patio where we are now and I wish it was bigger. We both love being outside but our current house doesn't lend to much outdoor fun/relaxing.

I also miss the pool we had at our other house. I miss looking out over the water.....
Thanks for the feedback. It's a salt water pool so I don't have to worry about adding too many chemicals. I usually start my day outside with my laptop and watch the financial news on TV. We use the outdoor kitchen a lot. The pool and spa is nice after a long bike ride or at night under the stars.
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