Power Wash

April 12th, 2010 by Shalewind

So, next home project is Operation: DECK. This begins with a good power washing (or so I’m told). You need to clean off all the years of grim and such before staining or water sealing. I’m no novice to the concept having been recruited by my parents many moons ago to power wash the entire backyard fence… So, for reference, this is a power washer:


It may seem fairly innocuous, but this little baby can produce a stream of highly pressurized water that can pulverize even rock, if your so inclined.  I was not, so we stuck with a wide angle nozzle for my fragile wood deck. So I got to spraying, and act which is a fairly decent upper arm workout due to the kickback on this thing.


The results are fairly remarkable:


As you can see, years of grim are now blasted away. Of course, you can do lots of other things with a power washer:


That’s an “M & C” with a heart if it’s difficult to see – the nozzle isn’t meant for fine detail work.  And no, I didn’t leave this engraved into the rust stains on the concrete. Carly preferred me to remove the stain all together.

You’ll notice of course that “Demon Plant” is doing fine. Also, we got our first roses of the season in:

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Of course, I wasn’t the only one that thought power washing was like the best thing ever (be sure to click for bigger views):


So all in all, it was a successful mission. Staining will proceed in one week. You can see the results of the power wash below:

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Freya was worn out, and the dirtiest she has ever been (but happy)!

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Some final pics!


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Over and out for now.

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Battle against the Demon Plant

March 1st, 2010 by Shalewind

So this weekend I undertook the task of doing a little yardwork. My father ensured that I assisted in every bit of landscaping, weeding, hedging, etc around our house from age six onward so I came to this task well prepared. I have come to three indisputable facts with this Sunday’s little experience.

1) I require more tools.

2) I would greatly like an indentured servant in the form of a young genetically related lad or lass (any daughter of mine won’t be escaping yard duty).

3) The tree overlooking my deck is not really a tree, shrub, bush, or vine… It is really some demonic incarnation from the deep circles of the underworld.


This thing is pretty enough to look at in the summer, if not a little overgrown. So a little hedging was in order. Yeah, my mistake thinking this would be easy. The infernal plant not only has thorns and slightly toxic sap, but its bark and appendages are like tentacles. They cling to everything and refuse to bend, break, or yield in any fashion. It’s like having thousands of slightly flexible and razor edged dowel rods twisting in some maddening pattern. I was not pleased with the amount of damage I took trying to tame this thing. The worst part is he clean-up. You can’t sack this stuff! It shreds triple layer heavy duty lawn bags – went through eight of them. You see this:


This is not good. This stuff is the reason jungle travel cannot be accomplished with any degree of ease and it lives in my freaking backyard!


Freya desperately wanted to assist me, but alas she would have to observe from her window command post. And whine.


My weapon of choice for this endeavor. $45 at Lowes and well spent. Ash might not be proud, but it is suitable for the task. Read the rest of this entry »

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