Milestone

Today I finished the last zone of the drip irrigation system for the yard. Not a minute too soon either as we move into the 7th week of heat with no rain, and none in the forecast for at least two weeks. There are a few clean up tasks remaining but it is all set to automatically water now.

This was supposed to be a 2020 COVID project. Supplies were bought, plans were made. Unfortunately due to circumstances it all got shelved until this summer. It has been a much larger effort than originally estimated. All told it is about 1000’ of drip line, covering 35 trees, a couple dozen bushes, drip heads to all the flower pots, and micro spray heads in the garden areas all separated into 11 watering zones and spread out across 2 acres.

Future expansion will be to incorporate the greenhouse and the rain cistern into the system. That will require running power to the greenhouse, so I think that will be a 2022 project.

Well hello big fella…

This beautiful boy has been taking afternoon naps on the septic tank every other day for a couple weeks now. I suspect it is because it is covered in gravel and cool. We have lots of does and the odd fawn on the property but not usually bucks. It was nice to see.

Stabbed!

Tracking chip activated, fully magnetized, pick your joke. Second vaccine shot in the arm today.

Yay!

Stuff getting done

Checked off a few items since the last post. Patio…check.

Greenhouse…check

Bathroom…check

Irrigation…well, started anyway.

Bathroom Update

Progress has been ok on the bathroom reno. Probably close to estimate on effort but calendar-wise a week long so far. Had to leave the project sit for 5 or 6 days so far in order to attend to some personal items and a couple days helping out on other projects when an extra arm was needed.

First up was some dry rot. While we didn’t know it was there I am not really surprised to find it. The shower head nipple pretty much just fell off when I grabbed it. Corroded completely through.

The other bit of unplanned work was to completely redo the laundry plumbing inside a new half wall. I don’t have before picture, let’s just say it was “rustic”.

Lost another day to the electrician and opening up walls for him will add a half day to fix too. Hope to be tiling in a couple days, depending on how the mudding goes.

Back to work

I didn’t do much in the way of projects last year. This was partly a COVID thing but not entirely. The things that caused this are beginning to rectify themselves. While certainly not totally resolved they have righted enough for me to get back to work.

And there is lots of work.

First up is another flagstone patio. I find these are getting easier to do as I get more experience with them but still not my favourite job. Better than stone walls, but only slightly. Rock days are hard days, and I go home stiff and sore and my back complaining each time.

You may recognize the stone wall. We did that one last year as part of a pond build.

Running concurrently with this one is the long delayed (at my request) bathroom reno. I got started on that one yesterday. New heated floor and tiled shower replacing the old tub that was there. Like in any case when you open up walls or ceiling or floors you take care of any other issues you find at the same time. For this project that means dealing with ants and bad insulation and replacing a couple of interior stub walls.

Tear out started

Finally there is the new greenhouse. We’ve been collecting the materials for this and now have all the pieces we need. Spring has sprung so there is a bit of pressure to get this one going. Not sure how I am going to to squeeze it in. I don’t want to put it off so we may have to do some split days ahead.

Muck

You know, nobody ever calls about a drainage problem in the summer.