Concrete work is tough.

I have a new found respect for those that work in concrete. I recently laid an easement onto my garage and it was quite the adventure. Here is how it looked before I started:

Busted concrete end. This had to go.

First came the back breaking of sledging and digging out the old concrete crippled mess on this side. It was no easy chore. I found there is pretty much nothing I can’t do with a 20lb sledge and some motivation. 🙂

All the crap removed.

Next came digging out the easement itself. I did a 12″ (inch) trench dig 4′ (feet) wide.

Oh yeah. Lots of digging. Lots of sweat. Good times.

Then, with the help of my neighbor, we laid the bedrock and set the forms. This helps prevent the slab from breaking apart and keeps it in place during the setting process. Earth moves. Prepare yourself. After that, we started laying the concrete.

Bedrock down. Forms in. Let the pouring begin!

After it was all said and done we have a beautiful easement to work with.

Ta da!

I put a Lean-To shed that is 8’x4′ in the front for all the yard tools and still had room along the back to put the garbage and compost bins. Turned out great!

While we were at it, the we did the garage door lip as well since it had chipped away over years of use.

Before.
After.

Concrete work is tough, but anyone can do it with a second set of hands, some motivation, and know-how. 🙂

You’re Doing It Wrong.

This is a collection of things you are most likely doing wrong and my help to you on how you can do it better. Enjoy.

Italian Ice’s are one of the best frozen Popsicle’s on the planet. You go to the store, buy a pack and bring them home. If you’re like me you buy the good shit. You buy Wyler’s Italian Ices. Not that Polar Icee garbage. You are eager to get them in the freezer because you can’t wait for that cold, yummy, goodness, BUT WAIT!

Before you just put the entire box into the freezer or even just a handful pack of them, do it right. Put them in vertically. Like this:

Vertical Italian Icees
Vertical Italian Icees

Why you ask? Simple:

  • 1. When you snip them open at the top you don’t waste any Ice.
  • 2. When you use scissors, no more sticky mess gets in the blades. Thus no cleaning required.

You’re welcome.

A Trip to Barnes and Noble.

Everywhere I go I always try to find subtle humor in everything around me. Book stores always provide a constant source of small entertainment. During this quest I found the following.

Religion and True Crime.

the “Bibles” and “Top 10 Christian Picks” sections are located directly across from “True Crime”. Coincidence!?! You be the judge.

The Power (Hoe?).

Is it “The Power” or “The Power Hoe”. So many ways to construe this book title based on it’s chosen font and coloring choice. Don’t even get me started on the Author…. Naomi. So that backwards is “I moan” and given that’s a female name.. well you’re welcome. LOL.

Tire Dolly’s are the Best.

I recently purchased some tire dolly’s to help move around stacks of tires I keep in the garage. I used to keep them on a shelf and it’s a pain in the ass moving them up and down every season. These babies are a great and inexpensive way to easily move a stack of tires around.

How it arrived

This is a top view of the Dolly (after unpackaging). The casters and equipment are stored nicely in the center.

Using a 1/2 (.5) inch socket wrench I mounted the casters to the dolly and I was off and running. For those that aren’t sure how far to tighten these, I found that hand tightening at first then wrench tightening to medium tension, then a final 3/4 (.75) turn was sufficient.

You can get these almost anywhere here are a few links to get you started:

AmazonHome DepotGoogle