Posts from September 2010

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Pray It’s Not Too Late For the Gate

Shorty after we purchased our house we were told by our home insurance company that we would have to tear down the fence between the front yard and the backyard because it was molding and crumbling and generally unsafe. So we did. Well, we left the 4×4 posts in place because they were fine. But the rest of it came right out!

And that was fine and dandy… until we got a dog.

Since then we’ve had this problem: sometimes when we let Suki out in the backyard to do her bidness, she doesn’t really stay in the backyard. She’ll go to the front yard. And from there it’s just a couple of steps to the sidewalk. And from there just a couple more steps to the street.

See where I’m going with this? A handful of times when we’ve opened the backdoor to call her back inside she has not responded because she’s a few houses down on the other side of the street. That’s not okay!

So it’s always been a plan to re-build the fence and build a brand-new gate. Finally this summer my dad & I got around to that project, and here are the results:


The fence was the easy part. The fence was simple. It was just a matter of stringing up a couple of 2×4s between the 4×4 posts, then attaching the 1×6 boards to the front of ’em with a couple of screws each. Get a big level to make sure they’re all even and what-not. Simple! My dad got the idea of beveling the tops of them for a nice visual interest. Which he did by hand with a hand-powered saw. In fact, my 79-year-old dad insisted on cutting ALL of the lumber for this project by hand the old-fashioned way.

The gate was another story. We both knew how to build a gate… in theory. But neither of us had either done it before. So that was a fascinating project. We hit upon the idea early on of using hook-and-eye hinges so that we could build the gate and attach the hinges on the ground and then just lift it into place and drop it down over the hooks on the 4×4 post. And it worked! The only problem we came across was that our hinges weren’t rated for the weight that our gate ended up being. So we just bought another set of ’em and that’s why the gate has 4 hinges instead of the usual 2.

I’m actually really proud of this project. The gate is rock-solid, and it looks frikkin’ great. I even used maths to figure out how far apart to space the boards so they would be even! Can you believe it? Maths!

It took us several days to complete the project, when I know it would have taken professionals just a few hours. But total cost for materials was probably less than 100 bucks. And now we can let Suki run around in the backyard all we (and she) want without having to worry about her!

Categories: Pictures, Yard.

Monday, 6 September 2010

“Of the Month” September 2010

Link of the Month:
Link of the MonthVacation Rentals By Owner
For the past few years Carrie & I have used this website pretty much every time we’ve gone on vacation. Why stay at a hotel or motel when you travel someplace when instead you can stay in a house or cabin—sometimes for an absurdly inexpensive amount? VRBO is a catalog of vacation rental properties that honestly will make your vacation much more individual and personal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Album of the Month:
Album of the Month Anamanaguchi – Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game
Anamanaguchi is one of my favorite instrumental rock band. They consist of guitar, bass, drums, a Nintendo Entertainment System, and a Nintendo Game Boy. Their music is a fusion of 8-bit Chiptune sounds and traditional rock. As such their music is perfectly suited for the retro-chic stylings of the Scott Pilgrim video game. This soundtrack will appeal especially to any fans of Hip Tanaka and Yuukichan’s Papa.

Game of the Month:
DVD of the Month Metroid: Other M
Nintendo again takes a big risk with one of their most-beloved franchises: Other M is surprisingly experimental for such a mainstream game, especially in terms of the play control scheme(s). It adds many surprising elements to the franchise, like cut-scenes and close-quarters combat systems. At its heart, though, it is still a Metroid game with its definite emphasis on exploration and hidden item collection. Not flawless by any means, Other M is a bold choice to be admired and, ultimately, enjoyed quite a heck of a lot.

Categories: Links, Music, Of the Month, Video Games.