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Topic: Great days
Posted By: Bear43
Subject: Great days
Date Posted: November 07 2017 at 7:03pm
Well, over the past weekend I committed to something major. I am buying a small house sitting on 6 acres of land. It's owned by my dad and he has had big offers on it but he knew I was very interested if he ever got rid of it. He offered it all to me for $20,000 on Contract For Deed. I couldn't pass it up. The only real downside is I will have to commute 45 miles to work but with a decent car the math comes out to being much cheaper than living in the middle of Watertown. Plus, I will have space to work on my vehicles and my own 100 yard rifle range that we set up long ago. I am excited... a little scared... but happy.



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Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: November 07 2017 at 7:15pm
Don't be scared...the fear goes away when you are busy trying to pay the bills!!

Seriously Bear..your on your way! Good luck, mate!

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Posted By: SW28fan
Date Posted: November 07 2017 at 8:13pm
Good Luck.  When I retire (not to many years from now) I'll be looking for a small house in the country

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Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: November 07 2017 at 8:21pm
as life changing as this might seem today within a few months it will be as routine as paying rent or anything else you have ever done and you will be building a future with roots that obviously have a solid base already , 

i know nothing or things there but i think you got a deal on this new beginning , savor this new step you have taken , build your dreams , that drive is not that bad - ive done much more on a couple occasions in my life journey and those that travel for work would envy you that commute , 

i am very happy for you , 


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: November 08 2017 at 4:26am
You won't regret it Bear. I bought a place in the country 11 years ago, because city is too expensive to buy. It's renovation is still not finished; but it is mine! next year it'll be fully paid for and we'll have a party!


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Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: November 08 2017 at 9:55am
I had been trying to look for a place closer to Watertown but it was way too expensive to afford anything. Which is why I have been stuck in an apartment for 17 years. Looking forward to having a yard to do stuff in, being able to get a pet finally.... and the freedom of peeing on a tree if I so desire LOL


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: November 08 2017 at 10:18am
Just think of it as rent you pay to yourself instead of a landlord.
Do remember to keep a maintenance budget though. Start right away even if its small like $10.oo a week. You're the janitor, plumber & so on now.


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: November 08 2017 at 5:38pm
yup , in there are those pesky things that need attention from time to time , 

you will be fine , settled in and happy in no time , 


Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: December 15 2017 at 7:07pm
Well, things on this front are going even better. My dad and stepmom talked it over and they actually are selling me the property for $15,000. I tried to argue it was too low but they want out from under it and are happy that it is staying in the family and want to cut me a break. I am simply dumbfounded but I won't argue it any more. Heck of a deal!


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: December 15 2017 at 7:31pm
please keep us appraised of you progress , i think you have embarked on the next huge step in your life , a commitment of sorts that as the years go by [all too fast i might add] will reward you in satisfaction and accomplishment , as well as accrueing value by having a caring owner , i commend your parents for seeing into the future , 


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: December 16 2017 at 4:04am
6 Ares makes for a lot of grass to cut. You know that "pet" you was talkin bout getting?? Make it a sheep (or two!) Problem solved

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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: December 16 2017 at 7:26am
If you get sheep get at least two as sheep are flock type things.

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Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: December 16 2017 at 8:20am
Happy for ya, Bear! Home ownership gives one a sense of accomplishment and pride. 100 yard gun range?! I am envious but very happy for you! 45 minutes drive is small compared to what I had to drive for almost 30 years. Try and hour and a half in the morning then over 2 hours coming home after a 12 hour shift at the paper mill. But...I never complained because I was paying a mortgage on a beautiful house for my family. Life is GREAT!!!

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Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: December 16 2017 at 2:11pm
Well Canuck..I DID complain - & rightly so.
I was working at the Ford plant in Oakville. We worked 10 hour shifts on the line (w 1/2 hour for lunch). It was an hour commute into the damn place - always in the dark, cuz U started @ 0700. 11 hrs later U try to go home in the Toronto commuter traffic.(again usually in the dark..U begin to feel like a mole!! )
When we finished the Windstar, we had a "filler" contract on the Freestar. We worked 2 weeks on & 2 weeks off, but at 8 hr shifts.
Thanks to the commute, one week I spent 40 hrs working in the plant & 42 hrs in commuting.
Man! I DO NOT miss that place!

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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: December 16 2017 at 2:42pm
Work a deal with a neighbor who has sheep, offer to let them graze for free a couple of days a week. They'll trim that lot faster than you think!
We did this at our cottage in Wales & it worked a charm. Be aware they're * ahem * "self fertilizing" though.Ermm


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: December 16 2017 at 7:15pm
Unfortunately no neighbors have sheep anymore. I have been thinking about a couple sheep or a calf. That won't be for a couple years though. First thing is to get settled in and get a house cat. I have been wanting a pet for years and a house cat will be a good start, I think.


Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: December 16 2017 at 11:18pm
Gnomes make great house pets....and if you teach them how to do lawn maintenance even better!

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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: December 17 2017 at 5:49am
sheep poo is easier to deal with than Texas Land Mines though, jus' sayin' is all.Star


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: White Rhino
Date Posted: December 17 2017 at 6:47am
Bear, I took the plung about 20 years ago, bought this place for $40K , was still working call outs for G.E. , then got lucky and landed the Job at Exxon-Moble in Port Allen (Baton Rouge)  that was an hour and 15 min. drive each way ... was there for 7 years then we lost the contract. now Im back on call outs with Archrock...Since then I also bought the north property thats attached to mine !!
As for sheep, if I could ever catch the guy up the road at home ,Im going to see if he will sell me a couple of his.... 
My Wife is a vet tech so I have 6 cats , 7 Dogs, a mule, a Donkey, a Pony for the gran kids, and my Daughters horse, a Guinea fowl ( got to be the toughest bird I ever have raised!! its out lasted every chicken and turkey here from the bobcats and coyotes!!)......
I thought I would not make it at first, but with a few sacrifices here and there along the way, I made it.... and it feels great to come home to my own place....Remember, you can never go wrong with owning land !!!!
Congrats on your purchase Bud !!!!!


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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: December 17 2017 at 7:09am
Get two cats, birth litter mates if you can.

They will be great hunters, friends, and at times when they play it is great fun to watch.

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Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: December 17 2017 at 7:27am
Canuck, I was wondering when the gnomes were going to be mentioned.

Shamu, you do have a pretty good point there.

Rhino, thanks for the encouragement. I am pretty excited now looking forward to being king of my own castle, so to speak. I am sure I will get used to the commute in no time. Best part is once I get a home office set up the company I work for is good about letting people work from home when the weather is bad.

Paddy, that is exactly what I plan to do. I know I will have a vermin problem at first as the house has been sitting empty a couple years so a couple of cats should help that issue.


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: December 17 2017 at 8:31am
..just be careful not to put mouse poison out fer the mice, & then the cats eat the mice. (Gives ya a whole passel of trouble)

"king of my own castle"...I cant wait to see the drawbridge yer gonna make! ..and a moat!! Gotta have a moat, with a moat-monster!!

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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: December 17 2017 at 9:42am
Oh no a Hoadie in the moat!

I just use a mule and Guinea hens as a walking patrol.

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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: December 17 2017 at 11:53am
Actually...TURKEYS..They are the best weed eaters & security systems you could possibly have. Seriously. Found that out @ my buddy's place. He put some turkeys out round his place in Niagara Falls. They ate every weed in sight - on a continual basis. Absolutley nobody or anything could approach the property without them makin a huge loud fuss. (& they really clean up the june bugs, too!) Makes fer some darn fine eatin, as well.

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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: December 17 2017 at 1:48pm
The Romans used geese.
Yum goose egg omelettes!


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: December 17 2017 at 4:59pm
whatever you choose for lawn care , do enjoy this new phase of your life , as much as some of the toils seem to be overwhelming it is what creates the satisfaction of your ownership and  endures the place to you , it is after all a place you will be calling "home" and that is a special place to be that we grow into , get establiched in and eventually find solice in at all those great moments in life - even those trying ones that test our medal , 

it can be your sanctuary , your refuse , your castle , and also the springboard for your entire future , what a great place to be , 


Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: December 17 2017 at 5:04pm
There's nothing like the feeling of owning your own home! Well said A Square! Looks like all of us are happy for ya, Bear. As you know we thrive on photos here so....

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Castles made of sand slip into the sea.....eventually


Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: December 18 2017 at 6:07am
I will post some pictures next time I get over there. At this point it won't be until after the first of the year, but I won't forget.


Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 10:13pm
I got my first property tax bill and I am excited!!! Yeah, most groan at that but it means a lot to me. Oh, the taxes are $249 for the entire year


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: February 01 2018 at 4:09am
Did you forget the photos Bear?Shocked
congrat's on our first "tax" bill! be assured it won't be the last! but that sounds like a good deal; I wish it was as cheap here.


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Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: February 01 2018 at 5:18am
I have not forgotten I just have not been over to the house yet this year. It will probably be a couple weeks yet before I run over. I promise to take some pictures when I do.


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: February 01 2018 at 9:37am
Do they test missles there?
Property tax that low...must be something like that

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Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: February 01 2018 at 10:20am
It's just in the middle of nowhere. Very old house (part of the house is the original claim shanty) so it's assessed pretty low.


Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: February 01 2018 at 10:43am
Sasquatch area?

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Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: February 01 2018 at 12:01pm
Not quite that bad LOL


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: February 01 2018 at 12:37pm
out in the boonies...where the Aliens can getcha!!

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Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: February 01 2018 at 1:57pm
Best have an Enfield at the ready with lots of ammunition!

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Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: February 01 2018 at 7:16pm
im sure bear is well armed for any occassion , my most favorite times in life were fixin the houses ive owned , including the one i now own that was on the market for many years till i bought it - in the 90s no one wanted this place built in the 60s and needing everything having nothing but its square footage and fantasticriver front lot to offer , ill kept and neglected , but i saw the light ....

it took me a few years of sweat equity and saving to pay for what i could not do well to get it done , it was worth every minute of that time and dollar of that cost , we expect to be here till they carry us out , im sure i will be first , 


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: February 02 2018 at 9:57am
I've learnt loads since we bought our house. It's still not finished and it'll be 12 years this May since we bought it. That also means the end of the mortgage! which should free up some cash to help finish it.
Work rate slowed when my daughter was born. The only advice I will give Bear is always aim to do a good quality job. Do it right so you won't be re-doing it in a couple of years. 
There is a "time versus money" equation with house projects. The less money you have, the longer it's gonna take; as I've found out!


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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: February 02 2018 at 1:51pm
Very true!
Never go New York style!
"If there's time to do it there's time to do it over"!


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: February 02 2018 at 4:07pm
Ever watch "The Money Pit"? Great movie. My (Ex) wife & I watched just after buying our first house

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Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: February 02 2018 at 5:12pm
It seems to me that you guys are as excited as I am on this

I appreciate all the advice, Lord knows I need it. I am really looking forward to this move and hopefully it will be my last move.


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: February 02 2018 at 6:08pm
we are - we are reliving much like we do with the rifles , it is a vicarious site - not really peeking toms , but that would not be out of the realm of reality so check you computer bug scan fequently , 

that said we are all rooting for you to have a successful life and live it in a comfortable place , we are in your court and if you need something we can offer ask -= its there for you , ive practiced architecture , performed major renovations on historical places ,  been an industrial contractor , and done my own houses three times in my life , remotely helped my friend totally remodel a cabin in the iron range lakes country to success , i rewired two hoses from the pole back in my younger life - not thinking to do that again really , but  i will offer the help if you ask , 


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: February 03 2018 at 11:26am
We rebuilt an old farmers cottage in South Wales literally from the walls up. It had been abandoned for almost 100 years & we had just the dry stone walls.
It helps to have 30 something members of a club, not just for the labor, but for the diversity of skills. It was a rewarding experience, a feeling of putting down roots for a change. Being in a very rural area you acquire unique (& daft) memories, like the morning I woke up craving coffee after a boozy night the The Lamb (pub so old revolutionaries from the welsh succession were hidden & captured there) & there was no milk. I looked out the back window & there was a field of (dairy) cows! Brilliant! we were om good terms with the farmer. So I took my mug of coffee, waded through the stream, climbed the bank scaled the fence & milked a cow into the mug for just enough. I figured I'd tell the farmer that night & pay for it then somehow!
Well I walked in the door of the pub & the whole place burst out laughing. Turns out the farmer'd been watching wondering what the heck I was doing! He'd never seen a cow milked into a coffee mug before!








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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: February 03 2018 at 3:26pm
Well, y'kow - you think different when you drink..

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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: February 04 2018 at 11:08am
I usually find the opposite, I drink differently if I think!


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: February 04 2018 at 12:07pm
me too , 


Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: February 04 2018 at 12:23pm
No, it is the land undiscovered by snowflakes.

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Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: March 11 2018 at 4:27am
Well, things are on the move.... Waiting for the lawyer to finish the contract for deed papers. Move in time is the end of April. Just got a car for commuting to work yesterday. Got a decent deal on a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix. Everything is coming together nicely. I will be moving a few things over next weekend so I will take some pictures then.


Posted By: Macd
Date Posted: March 11 2018 at 5:40am
Congratulations.  Having your own piece of the planet is a great feeling.  Plant a tree to celebrate.


Posted By: Honkytonk
Date Posted: March 11 2018 at 5:53am
Love the look of that Welsh farm house! Although I live in Canada, I love the thought of living in a thatched cottage on the moors. Must be from watching so many Sherlock Holmes shows!😁


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: March 11 2018 at 8:12am
This is the view from the top of the road, the cottage is a bit lower down in the trees.


If you have google earth look for "Halt Rd, Penderyn", or Google 50° 45' 10.68"N X 3° 32' 51.07" W. Beautiful scenery. The the train scenes from the movie "Young Winston" was filmed on top of the escarpment in the background. All the "natives" & Boers", were striking Welsh Coal Miners in blackface! Many of my Welsh (mis)adventures, were in this area.


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: March 11 2018 at 8:23am
Bear: Once your in on the farm..plant chickens! You'll get eggs AND meat!

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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: March 11 2018 at 9:27am
Plant chickens?
Censored
Who hit the bottle early this morning then?


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: March 11 2018 at 9:37am
Yeah..plant chickens.

Eat well.

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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: March 11 2018 at 2:55pm
BWHAHAHaHahaha!

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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: March 11 2018 at 5:57pm
plant them carefully to prevent ticks and other such vermin , cook them well to prevent disease , so simple and yet words get in the way ....yes i know i have been the next tony on occasion when it comes to nomenclature and terminology ....but

you gotta remember my family grew up in the arkansas hills , we still understand a little of the puttin and takin of this earth , im not inclined to have chickens , but if i did ......................


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: March 12 2018 at 5:36am
Possum, the other white meat!


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: March 12 2018 at 5:52am
I would like to have livestock of any sort but that won't be for quite some time. I travel too much with my job to make it feasible.


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: March 12 2018 at 6:27am
well, get a herd of cats, then. They'll keep the vermin at bay.

In the winter, you can grow snow!(for export). I'm sure you have a "snow-plough" somewhere on your farm.

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Posted By: Pukka Bundook
Date Posted: March 12 2018 at 6:35am
Bear,
 
I'm very pleased it is working for you.  Linda drives near an hour both ways on work days, and it has worked well enough.
Maybe get a copy of an old book, "Cottage economy" by William Cobbett.  he was  an acetic old fudge, but also knew his stuff.
Tells you what to grow and how to keep the pig on a very small acreage.  Very clever really.
It was written I think in the 1820's but still applies.
Rambling style, and throws fits when he gets talking about government!..............but he Can tell you what to plant between your cabbages to get 2 crops a year! LOL!


Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: March 12 2018 at 7:15am
Hoadie, I am definitely getting cats. My stepmom is going to live trap a few of the feral cats in her neighborhood to take to my place and I am getting a house cat too. Fortunately the place is coming with a Farmall M tractor with loader to help with the snow harvest LOL

Pukka, that sounds like an interesting book. I will have to look for it.


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: March 12 2018 at 8:38am
The local Hysterical society round here has a working replica of a typical Colonial era farm. You'd be amazed what you can grow easily on a small cultivated plot.
Its a technique called "4-square gardening" IIRC Its 4 raised beds with a path between them (no stooping to work the ground) a surrounding outside path then a white picket fence. Its actually the origin of the white picket fence!


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: April 02 2018 at 5:54am
I started moving this weekend. While I was out I snapped a pic with my phone. The place looks rough right now with the dry grass and all but it does spruce up a bit in the spring.




Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: April 02 2018 at 9:24am
Nice, enjoy it. Is the shed/barn part of it as well?


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: April 02 2018 at 11:06am
Everything in the picture is my property. Total of 6 acres on the corner of the section. Once I get settled I will get my camera out to take some better pictures.


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: April 02 2018 at 12:24pm
Good on ya, bear!!
Man, talk about FLAT!
Hey-is that Washington State I see in the background distance?

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Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: April 02 2018 at 3:45pm
Bear methinks you need some ,yard art, in the form of old semi derelict farm trucks and old cars......very nice property I envy you!

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Castles made of sand slip into the sea.....eventually


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: April 02 2018 at 3:57pm
nice looking place , you will have it ship shape in no time , enjoy it , take your time , 


Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: April 03 2018 at 3:30am
Canuck, what you can't see are the 3 1963 Chevy pickups and the 1968 Chevy Impala that are sitting in the back

I am pretty excited but I did have my first surprise. The tank on the toilet broke. There wasn't any heat in the house this winter and even though everything was drained the cold was too much for the porcelain on the toilet. So that will be my first thing to replace now.


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: April 03 2018 at 8:07pm
not a big deal to become a plumber for a day - research if you need to , it is an easy fix - shut off the water first , 


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: April 04 2018 at 11:40am
Looks like you have a great place there Bear. You'll probably learn the extra skill's for plumbing and building repairs as you go. That's what I've found over the last 12 years since we bought our house. It is about 200 years old; so lot's to do. Hopefully it will be finished this year! The budget for work is restricted when your still paying for the property. 
My advice is take your time and do the best job you can. But obviously start with the toilet!!LOL


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Posted By: Honkytonk
Date Posted: April 04 2018 at 11:56am
Toilet? How many acres you got? I live in town and my wife is still trying to get me from going around the corner bush to pee!


Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: April 04 2018 at 1:44pm
Heck, I was thinking about putting up an outhouse for emergencies!


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: April 04 2018 at 2:14pm
Do yourself a favor, based on horrible experience, get a new wax ring anyway!
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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: April 04 2018 at 3:54pm
I do plan to do so. Years ago my grandfather was replacing a toilet and as I watched he said to always replace the wax ring. Never trust how it looks, just replace it. I figure he must have learned that the hard way.


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: April 04 2018 at 3:58pm
i think we all do that replace one at some oint in time .... and when you are wiring turn off the breakers to be safe , yes , sometimes i wired hot in the past but im not as agile as i once was , 


Posted By: Honkytonk
Date Posted: April 04 2018 at 4:13pm
Wax gasket. Best $10 investment you'll have. When fixing wiring, as mentioned, use the breaker. I'm guilty of just using the switch, but got nailed once with a three way switch I forgot about!


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: April 05 2018 at 12:45am
My place is still not finished; but we've done quite a lot. The wife is very handy with a cement mixer; which is useful. But her real job title is "Inspector of unfinished works"!  always pointing out faults before the jobs done!!
Here's a few before and after shot's . Our workshop rebuild. I was quoted 33,000 Euros by a local firm to renovate it. We did it ourselves for 3,000 Euros. 



And the kitchen: Demolition and then almost completed for Christmas 2015.



There's still more to do; but we're getting there!


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Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: April 05 2018 at 8:24am
Nice pictures, Zed! Quite a difference in cost in doing things yourself. I can handle most things or I have friends that can handle what I can't so I am hoping to keep costs down my taking advantage of that. The supplies usually aren't bad, it's those labor prices that get a person.


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: April 05 2018 at 4:06pm
very nice , my wife and i did our place back in the early-mid ninetys , it is indeed rewarding , we both had a lot of experience from past lives projects so we took on a lot more , not much i would do different if i had the chance to do it over , little things about taste maturing are switched from time to time , 

the only things i hired out complete were removing the old [very old] tar and gravel roof /replacement with EPDM membrane , it added insulation and remover a lot of dead weight , and the furnace replacement adding central air , 


Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: April 24 2018 at 3:42am
The hauling of stuff is almost done. Next Saturday the 28th will be the day the last loads are hauled and I will be in my house. Then comes all the cleaning and unpacking and work on the house. Made another discovery last weekend. The water pipes running to the bathroom are broken. Fortunately they have shutoff valves after the water heater so I will at least have running water to the kitchen sink for the time being. We will be installing a new toilet this weekend so for now I will have to fill the tank with a bucket to flush it but that is better than needing an outhouse I will be taking sink baths until I can get the bathroom plumbing squared away but that's bearable.


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: April 24 2018 at 4:30pm
we make concessions durring remodeling process - pretend its fun camping out in your house , 


Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: April 24 2018 at 5:27pm
When I was a kid my dad and I lived a few years in a house with no running water. Cistern outside and an outhouse. The house was very old. It has prepared me for this moment


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: April 25 2018 at 6:38pm
good on you - you shall overcome , and live hapily later too , 


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: April 28 2018 at 1:55pm
Sorry it took so long, but here's the pics I promised from the pioneer style mini-garden.
I was a bit early this year because nothing sprouted yet & they hadn't printed the "maps" of how-what-grows-where.

Inside, outside (both are used) & an overall view including the expansion they started this year.

As you can see it gives 4 internal raised beds, each of which has slightly different plants on the 4 sides & the center.

Then there's the surrounding path, a verge (also use for planting & the picket fence makes the liming frames) & yet another row round the outside.

IIRC the outside row is mostly for herbs & spices that the local critters don't like so its not just a spice factory, but a repellent field as well.

They usually have all sorts of info on pamphlets but I'm a bit early this year as you can see.

ON the other side they have 3 “bins”, interleaved horizontal wood strips. Those are used for dumping all the unwanted plant matter, grass trimmings & so on for use next season as a mulch & compost. As the first bin fills its turned into the second, & then the third, by which time its broken down nicely.


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Of course when you have nothing else to do!

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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: May 01 2018 at 6:30am
That is pretty interesting to see. I really like the aspect of the herbs and such on the outside to keep the critters away. I won't get to a garden this year but it gives me a plan for next year.

To let you all know, I may be a bit scarce on here for a while. I don't have internet at the house yet so my only access for now is when I am at the office. I'll drop in when I can though.


Posted By: Honkytonk
Date Posted: May 01 2018 at 8:27am
Can't you climb up the telephone pole like Eddie Albert in Green Acres?


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: May 01 2018 at 9:12am
No problem, enjoy. If I can find the "map" I'll get it & post it. Supposedly mint is a very good broad spectrum anti-insect choice, & it seemed to work well here last year. It is also growing like a weed, the stuff just sprawls out everywhere all you do is point it in a direction. Thumbs Up


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: May 01 2018 at 9:43am
Mint also repels raccoons. They HATE the smell of it, in fact I have seen mint scented plastic garbage bags at the grocery stores.

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Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: May 01 2018 at 10:33am
That is great to know about the mint. I have raccoons hanging about. Walked out back last weekend and heard two of them fighting underneath a wood pile. Quite the racket.


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: May 01 2018 at 7:14pm
huh - free entertainment in the later hours of the night with flashlight and maybe a lazer , hust thinking out loud , not sugesting you stake them out but ....whatever works , 



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