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Outback: Dirty and sweaty but SFW, part II

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2014-06-26 21:36:47 EDT
Rating: 2.0 on 8 ratings (17 reviews) (Review this item) (V)

In order to increase the useable area on my property for the occasional party we host, it was decided that we would do this project. It took a full day for the part we paid the lawn guy to do (I am not going to go buy a Bobcat for one project) and every sunlit hour of the following weekend for us to complete what you see. OMG totes worth it.


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Submitted by skrapmetal at 2014-07-06 10:28:17 EDT (#)

Well, the Independence Day Extravagonzo was a success. The rain held off until right in the middle of the fireworks, but it only rained for about 5 minutes so it wasn't a big deal. The band played an extra set, no one got hurt or killed or really embarrassed (despite that the very first 2" shot exploded on the ground about 3ft from the guy that lit it), and the only cops that showed up were the neighbors I invited. The BBQ and grilled corn-on-the-cob went over well and there are even a few leftovers for today. Now to clean up...

Submitted by Yes at 2014-07-05 03:09:35 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Kicker of all ass. (+2)

But seriously, where is Batman supposed to sit?

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2014-07-03 18:45:40 EDT (#)

Glad you like it, DaBeast. I like it too. I'm covered up for the year as far as yardwork is concerned (soz). And anyhow, honestly, you'll get better quality yardwork done faster by just loading a few of those guys hanging out by the Home Depot sign into your truck for the day.

Submitted by DaBeast at 2014-07-02 08:15:10 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Utterly awesome work, Skrap! Well done! Now come do MY yard!

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2014-07-01 08:29:27 EDT (#)

Roadsong - already have like 250 ft of small soft white LEDs hung out there in the trees for party lighting purposes. They're not in the pictures because I hung them up Sunday evening. They'll come down afterward, though, so I don't have to constantly maintain them. Didn't go with solar/battery because of all the usual reasons people don't buy solar/battery lights a second time.

Submitted by Flack at 2014-07-01 02:01:17 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

"Imma hella change this shit into something totally different because YOLO"

Submitted by RoadSong at 2014-06-30 21:34:20 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

"....every sunlit hour of the following weekend for us to complete..."

Well worth the effort too!

The yard art horse and bird feeders are swell, the Bat Observation Station eek.


Stop rolling your eyes, just get white!

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2014-06-30 19:43:32 EDT (#)

Wildman - It would be rude to dispute your assessment of my awesomeness, but I will certainly do so should the pine straw and palm fronds (all basically really great kindling) catch fire and burn my place to the ground during the 30+ minute session of lobbing 2" and 3" fireworks into the air directly overhead that's planned for the upcoming party. If that doesn't happen, of course, I'll reluctantly and quite humbly concede your point.

Bestmate2 - erm, nope. It's not that I'm ideologically averse to the idea of outdoor arbor-centric man-on-man BDSM (though admittedly it's not one of my 'on switches') - Libertarian, y'see - it's that I don't know where you've been or what you've been doing there. Thus, I cannot be sure what tying you to one of the trees and whipping you might do to the tree. I'm sure you understand.

Submitted by Bestmate2 at 2014-06-30 16:55:21 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Tie me to them there trees and whip my ass

Submitted by Wildman at 2014-06-30 08:33:48 EDT (#)

You are so wonderful. I mean you ARE the man.

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2014-06-27 11:45:46 EDT (#)

I don't have kids, Oath. Thus the time and wherewithal to do this kind of project. But if I did have kids, you can be assured that they'd a) be doing most of the mulch and pine straw spreading, and 2) know how to fix their own bicycles.

The dog, sadly, is useless in these yard type adventures. Limited attention span and no thumbs.

Submitted by OathMeal at 2014-06-27 10:57:01 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Jesus dude.

You see some land and shit and you're all like, "Imma hella change this shit into something totally different because YOLO" and the next thing you know it's goddamn Tool Time all up in the Skrapmetal household.

Do your children and dogs all run around with tiny little tool belts on?

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2014-06-27 09:01:16 EDT (#)

FALLEN - I utterly do want a Bobcat. Not only for the earthmoving capabilities but for their ability to make soccer tolerable.


Submitted by FALLEN at 2014-06-27 07:36:43 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

This was your excuse to buy a Bobcat.

You know you want one.

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2014-06-27 07:08:30 EDT (#)

Bob - the blue pots full of red, white, and blue flowers are for the upcoming Independence Day Extravagonzo that we do every year. They will be replaced with less colorful ones after the party, assuming the fireworks don't burn the whole area. I do have a big copper fire bowl on the paver patio in another area of the yard, because they are nice to hang out by.

Submitted by BLITZKREIG_BOB at 2014-06-27 00:22:48 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I've been doing a lot of rec. designs/builds recently...mostly due to the construction industry still being in the toilet and the only public projects that get funding anymore are parks.

Anyway, nice job! And at a good price, too. A+

One recommendation that I might give you is to lay down some geotextile when it comes time to freshen up the mulch next season or whenever, to keep the walking trail from growing weeds through the mulch. A 50' roll of the material goes for like $5-10 at Lowes (they call it 'landscape fabric'). Less maintenance and all that.

I'd also swap out the blue flower pots for terracotta ones. The blue plastic immediately grabs the eye, giving your beautiful nature hideaway a walmart-y look. That's just me being nitpicky though.

I guess that a fire pit is totally out of the question with all the pine straw around.

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2014-06-26 21:42:01 EDT (#)

Totals: $2000 (mostly for the lawn guy's heavy machinery) and 53 person-hours hauling/spreading materials. For scale, that's about 1/4 acre that was cleared and done up.

Also: Do not use the Walking Path and the 30m Range at the same time. That would be bad.

If it'll make you feel any better, I've learned that life is one crushing
defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead.

-- Homer Simpson
Homer and Apu