anyway, a good number of the pickets are coming loose. they've rotted a bit, ants and such have eaten out the wood a good bit and i would guess, general erosion has done them some as well. i was out there with a tube of liquid nails, some sisal twine, a hammer, a pair of scissors and extra pickets from the garage.
i pulled out the old nails, dabbed on a bit of liquid nails, nailed in some new nails when i could and tied the picket secure with some sisal to give it a chance to set. i'll remove the sisal later once everything is dried. there are sections of the fence that just darn need replacing. i don't have dollars for that right now. i think i can get at least another 3 years out this fence with some frequent repairs. i do have to start the new fence fun though, it's on the list.
so anyway, my neighbor and i chatted for a while. i walked him over to the garage fridge where i keep some tasty adult beverage beverages. we both had a beer, sat in the shade a bit and chatted about nothing special.
i'd love some assistance with projects. only thing is, i often work spontaneously. i see something that needs fixing and i fix it. if i don't fix it, i cannot sleep at night. i'm that type of person. so often my days are loaded with various fixing bits or various gardening bits or various interior house bits or a combination of all. yes indeed i have a running list of "got to get to's" but the attack of the list is in no way formalized. hmm, that's interesting because i approach my professional work exactly opposite.
i'd say today was definitely a combo day. this is what i've done so far (6pm).
- cleaned the big rugs
- made appointments for opera kitty and mr. t
- stopped by the vet to pick up a few overnight kill the flea tablets
- for opera kitty
- pre-vet treatment
- worked on the fence
- about half way there
- changed out a shower head in the upstairs bath
- installed a low flow, water saving unit
- cleaned off my kayak
- sold it and the new owner is coming by tonight for pickup
- treated bathroom, laundry and kitchen pipes with an enzyme digester
- not damaging to pipes
- safe for water table
- what does this do?
- it eats away at the soap scum and gelatinous goo that collects over time in your pipes.
- draino and other such products do not clean out this guk and they are bad bad bad for the environment
- if you've got a septic tank, you've probably used an enzyme digester to keep your septic tank healthy
- products for your septic tank and for your pipes differ
- set out bamboo training sticks for the melon plants
- i'm trying to keep them in the raised beds
- yes this may be futile, humor me
- set up a new trellis ladder for the growing cukes
- set up several manure pick ups for this week
- pre-composted goods for the garden
if you asked me for real though. there's a whole lot i don't know how to do. and in fact i don't think i even know properly how to fix a fence, i'm just doing what i can to keep it in repair. i am studying the fence; the way it is built, the wood stock for each section, the purpose for each of the parts and finally, which parts are failing first. i may be rebuilding this fence myself in the future. it would be great to have someone else do it, a pro, but i may not have the bucks for that.
and how do i figure out other stuff? i read books, i study existing materials, i ponder, i ask folks how they've done it, i make drawings, put them aside, go back to them at a later time and improve. how to do figure stuff out?