vinod : December 2005 Archives

Boulder River

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I packed up the snowshoes and dog in the Matrix and set sights on Heather Lake. I forgot to put my tire chains in the car and that proved to be a limiting factor. As I stepped on the gas nearing the trailhead, the Matrix began to sliiiide back downhill. I was rolling solo, so cut my losses and just put it in reverse for the half mile down the hill back to the mainroad.

Having just purchased Zizou his first pair of shoes, I was determined to help him break 'em in. I called and interrupted my sister painting her face for the USC-UCLA game to get directions to Boulder River.

It's a low elevation hike, but there was still a nice dusting of snow.

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It's an easy rolling stroll through the woods, so perfect after a frustrating start to the day. Just one other car at the trailhead when I arrived, but never bumped into them.

All I Want For Xmas

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This is the only thing on my wishlist. Though I do wish the passenger came with removable shoes.

Finally...a Gate!

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It was a long time in the coming, but I finally banged together a gate in the garage and hung it up out back.


Also put together some stairs to climb up onto the deck from the side of the house.

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Props to Artistic Iron Works in Saskatchewan where I purchased the gate frame and stringers. Unbelievably nice folks and awesome accents, to boot. I still have to mask some steel brackets and finish staining but the fence is one big step closer to being completed. There are two openings still featuring plastic temporary fencing which I'll fill in some day or another. .. ,,

Deck Repair 101

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Swiped my parent's camera over Thanksgiving so I'm back in business...

The deck was rather shoddily designed with an enormous gap that your foot could fall into and your ankle in turn snap.

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So I popped out the two deck planks nearest the wall and sistered on some 2x8 pressure-treated boards to the existing joist. Then measured and cut the new deck planks and the gap was gone.

Here's what we're looking like now (I probably could have raked the leaves before taking the picture):

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I have to say that this is the project I'm quite self-congratulatory about. Plus, it only set me back about $35. And might save me a lawsuit at the next summer BBQ. And before said BBQ, the deck will be properly treated and stained.

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