Busy Busy Busy with Outdoorsy Time!Monday, April 18, 2016
Yay the weather is nicer! Yay! Briefly surely; it is Chicago. But go weather! Go weather!
I can finally finally finally start hammering away at the long outdoors list! Whew.
First, a garage clean up. Yes again. And again. Since my outdoor list is lengthy and I expect we'll be spending oodles more time out back this summer, it's important to start with a clean base. Yeah? Yeah.
|How does this happen all the time?!|
I unearthed a three foot long piece of 2x in the basement, cut it in half then cut the ends at thirty degrees.
|As you can see, cut 2x4's on that 30 degree angle.|
Thanks to those, I finally feel like my side of the garage is more organized, less cluttery.
|Ahhhhh, nothing like a tidy organized garage area.|
Next I changed a few locks. This sadly does not help our multitudes-of-too-many-keys situation considering we have, wait lemme count.......seven different locks throughout the land. Wow. It was originally nine so, hey, getting better.
All we had on the back gate next to the garage was a half on half off rusted out knob so I had looped on a temporary cable and padlock. Figured it was about time to have easy access if we wanted, ya know, be a little less shoddy.
|The gate and busted knob in all its glory.|
|Here's the alley side.|
|And here's the yard side. That flap o' steel in this photo needs to be on the alley side. Duh. Big duh.|
Especially since the bolt now catches on a raggedy nub in the hacked out opening and doesn't throw the entire way. I'll see if I can file that down. Ah, not on my list...repainting the two back gates.
Which I did a coupla' days later and man, yay! That has been nagging me for a while so it felt very very good to get done. Pat on back good.
|No wonder these things don't get repainted often, right?!?! Patience, zen patience.|
|Yay! All repainted though it's hard to tell here. Seriously felt so good to get the back gates painted.|
Next I fixed the back security door closer a bit. It's tough to do solo when the door won't latch.
Don't get it. It latched last year. Sigh. Shaking fists.
It needed a minor adjustment to get the door to close alllllmost the whole way. But yes, now I need to figure out why it's not latching. I bet it's the extender part.
Oh, turns out that extender part on the bottom is not only split in several places, the screws are rusted (who puts screws to something like that on the *outside* of a door?!?!) and despite all attempts to date, cannot get them out. I will keep trying of course. Never deterred by "no."
Either way, I kicked it a few times so it's a little straighter. A little.
And then the deck! Time to seal the deck.
Please, it's not that mind-blowing. It doesn't enhance the wood's appearance as suggested on the canister but it does indeed do its job. It's a one coat and done (yay!); that was clearly evident when I accidentally applied it in spots where it had already been applied. Good sign, yeah?
|"Look Mommy, the water beads! Good work, bipedal!"|
Hm. I wonder if I could have/should have used a waterproofer that's similar on the concrete counter instead of the useless crap that I did use. Huh. I wonder if it's too late. Hm.....
Well anyway. I must've been huffing paint fumes or something -- since the gap between the deck boards is about 3/8" or so, I sat with a chip brush and made sure every side of each board was coated. Yeah, that's dedication all right. Since I wasn't spraying the goo but rolling it on, it seemed the stuff wouldn't ooze evenly down the sides, hence the manual labor investment.
|Rollin' rollin' rollin'|
No worries. It's a deck. It's outside. It gets dirty and will continue to get dirty. It adds character, right? Right. It's fine. Pfffftt, whatev's.
I am getting more and more anxious about plants not coming up yet though. Too soon?
But now the deck is all sealed, yay, and check mark, crossed off the list! Yay!! I get to stand in the dining room window during the next rain and watch the water bead. And I will too.
Then I was perusing the ol' Craigslists again, this time for patio furniture. I swear, that site is way dangerous.
I saw...I saw, oy, that these folks have their ad back up for the lounge chairs they were selling last year.
Crazy thing is: super bargain. Omg. I've seen these come up at various times for $400 each or more. Yes each. So not only am I in pain because these chairs, with ottomans!, are so damn ridiculously cool and I want them, they also happen to be a bargain. Alas, $400 is not in the cards and they are an hour and a half plus away. In a town brimming with antique stores. See? Alas.
But! On a happier Craigslist note, I did find these! Yellow! My favorite. And at that price for both, yep, sold. Picked them up the next morning. Didn't tell Mike, merely surprised him. He likes them too!
old person rawr grumble noises. It was my first CL transaction that way and huh, far too handy. Like scary too handy. Like I just may delete the app scary handy.
But hey, aren't they fantastic?! There's minute rust that was not mentioned unfortunately so I need to find out how to clean it up, manage it; these chairs are powder coated.
A dining table design for these chairs is in the hopper. Mike nixed my concrete table top idea fearing it would crack and be too heavy. Fair assessments. I have a new idea that I'll run past him, ascertain that scenario.
So we'll see. Hey, plenty more to do outside so stay tuned. And oy, plenty more to do inside too so gotta run, see you soon!