Hi everyone, Kevin’s here today to tell you a little about what I’ve been up to the past couple weeks. Contractors. Lots of them. Well, 3 to be exact: Roofing, Fencing, and Sprinkler Contractors. On top of that, we’ve done our own massive decomposed granite patio here. It’s not that I’m ignoring you all and letting Jess do all the posting. I’ve been really busy with these guys.
The roof is now finished. Jess posted on that here.
The fencing guys have made repairs to our fence. Now, they are going to clean tomorrow and stain it next week. You’ll see more on the finished product then. Here’s a couple picture of the repair process with the procedure:
Step 1: Dig out the posts and straighten them (they were bowing out).
Step 2: Brace the poles together with 2 stacked 2×6 pressure treated boards so they won’t bow out again
Step 3: Fill in with soil and compact.
And your fence is repaired. I would probably have tackled this myself if insurance wasn’t paying for it. However, it was nice having other people do the work. The patio is built up to the top of the 2×6 boards now!
The last contractor we’ve hired is the sprinkler guy. I’ll be posting more about the later, but I will say that a sprinkler is NOT something a DIYer should be excited about tackling. There’s tons of digging, tons of material needed, and you will be running electrical along with your piping. This is something best left to the professionals. If you’re in the North, you’re probably thinking: Do people really NEED sprinkler systems? In the Texas summers: YES!!! This is something we’ve wanted in our house since we’ve bought it. However, the $4000 price tag had us cringing. Fortunately, my company did well this year and everyone got a bonus. My bonus (after tax) almost exactly covered the sprinkler system. Here’s a teaser for the sprinkler system install:
Did you know that you can’t water your grass between 10AM and 6PM in Dallas? Apparently there are a lot more restrictions. Time to do some reading! Do you have a sprinkler System? Have you had to deal with multiple contractors at once before?