Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Home Project


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 12-05-2010, 08:30 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default Home Project

Not sure about you fellows but home projects seem to fall to the bottom of the list. After doing a craft show yesterday I really wanted to do something outside, although dark I decided I would work on our firepit area as it see's a lot of use by the kids when they are home.

Background:

I have just over 6 acres, 10 min from the city centre on a great lake, bought this in 1986, cleared and started our dream home. We had a hurricane a few years ago that basically flattened the majority of my trees and what didn't fall, comes down in storms as they are no longer protected.

Four years ago my son wanted to have a safe grad from high school here and I agreed, 168 kids showed, the tents on the front lawn was pretty funny, anyhow he and two friends made a firepit using my tractor and backhoe, the pit was done properly however they didn't spend a lot of time on the area around it.

I had my 27D excavator home so I went at it, rock here is everywhere so I want to incorporate as much as possible, the rock next to the pit would go an easy 6,000 pounds, 3/4 of it is burried and I had quite a time as it is too big for the excavator I had however after an hour I placed it where I wanted it, a natural seating area.

Next I placed rock around the edge, we have some pretty intense fires so there is also natural seating around the edge.

I started a path to the back of the property years ago, I can't tell you the hundreds of hours I and staff have spent cutting and chipping trees that have falled, I have pretty much heated my house and shop with this wood for 7 years, it is no where near done but at least it's started.

Last summer we took out a gray brick/cobblestone walkway, client paid to have all the brick hauled away, had it hauled to my house, I have thousands of brick as their walkway was 36" wide and 600' long, I will incorporate this brick around the firepit and into the ramp leading up to it.

Last fall I neglected to wrap my ever greens and as you can see my shrubs didn't make it, our winters here are harsh.

Finally there was a post a few days ago about ATV's and Steve suggested a CUT, here is one of our 7 CUTS that we use, if you have the work, this setup will pay for itself in three to five months, the backhoe may look small but don't let that fool you, she will lift close to 3,000 pounds easy.

Anyhow not sure when I will get back to it but at least it is started, if the snow holds off, it will be done before Christmas or that is the plan.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Trail.jpg (113.6 KB, 14 views)
File Type: jpg ramp1.jpg (128.3 KB, 14 views)
File Type: jpg ramp2.jpg (108.5 KB, 10 views)
File Type: jpg firepitrocks.jpg (120.3 KB, 9 views)
File Type: jpg 2520CUT.jpg (138.3 KB, 13 views)
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 12-05-2010, 05:40 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,835
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
That looks like it is going to be a lot of fun to make and use when you are completed!

I am sure you have seen plenty of fire pits, what do you find that you like about some and dislike about others?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-05-2010, 05:47 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
That looks like it is going to be a lot of fun to make and use when you are completed!

I am sure you have seen plenty of fire pits, what do you find that you like about some and dislike about others?
I like inground pits as you can have a larger fire without attracting a lot of attention, after the hurricane they brought in very strict rules about the hight of the fire you are allowed to have which is useless so inground I can get around that.

I like natural rock although I will build custom benches this winter from White Cedar.

Gravel tracks in the house and all my floors are hardwood, so the cobblestone not only looks natural but it stops any fine gravel from coming in the house.

Most do not bother with low voltage lighting, it's fairly cheap and super easy to install so I will incorporate that also.

When it comes to a fire pit people cut corners at times to save cost, for me this is all free and I love doing it so I can pretty much have what I want and it will be good advertisement when I am through.

Next year I want a fish pond, I have built dozens for others, I have the room and natural water flow to do it so I think I will.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-06-2010, 02:31 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,835
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
When it comes to a fire pit people cut corners at times to save cost
What kinds of things in the past have you seen where corners are cut that cheapen the ultimate look and level of usefulness for the fire pit?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-06-2010, 03:38 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
What kinds of things in the past have you seen where corners are cut that cheapen the ultimate look and level of usefulness for the fire pit?
They want to use what we call crusher dust for a path and area around the pit, I tell them it will destroy the flooring in the house.

Sometimes they buy cheap brick which will crack and fall apart.

What we have learned is we have options and if the client option is something that I know will not work, I explain why, if they decide they still want to go that route, there have been a few that I walked away from.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-07-2010, 01:49 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,835
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I would think especially around the fire, you would need a product that can handle higher temperatures.

Quote:
They want to use what we call crusher dust for a path and area around the pit, I tell them it will destroy the flooring in the house.
How does that happen? Do you mean people will drag in into the house with their shoes?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Next Project picframer General Talk 10 08-14-2010 03:07 PM
Pond installation bid and job picframer Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 24 05-12-2010 08:06 PM
Garden Project picframer General Talk 8 04-24-2010 07:34 PM
Project Welcome Home Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 4 05-04-2009 11:09 AM
What would be your next project? Steve General Business Discussions 1 09-04-2008 09:01 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Contact last years...
googus
Today 09:13 AM
Today 12:31 PM
by Steve
1 25
What happened to Better...
Steve
01-27-2014 04:07 PM
Today 12:26 PM
by Steve
21 3,106
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
Today 12:23 PM
by Steve
44 15,959
New to the forum
LCRobert
01-26-2015 10:21 PM
Today 12:21 PM
by Steve
5 97
adding something new...
veteranslawncaresystems
Today 12:13 AM
Today 12:16 PM
by Steve
1 37
Looking for advice on...
berryjam
01-21-2015 07:37 PM
Today 12:13 PM
by Steve
12 332
Bidding to get other work
Rodriguez11
07-21-2011 11:52 PM
Today 12:08 PM
by Steve
29 9,359
How many contracts...
5StarLawnscaping
01-12-2015 03:51 PM
Today 11:04 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 516
"Part Timers", "Low...
doug1980
06-10-2009 12:55 PM
Yesterday 09:01 PM
by jrs.landscaping
43 10,232
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
Yesterday 12:30 PM
Yesterday 07:24 PM
by avetslawncare
4 79
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
Yesterday 07:06 PM
by avetslawncare
5 731
TaskEasy & Plowz & Mowz...
jrwalker333
01-25-2015 01:02 PM
Yesterday 02:14 PM
by Steve
5 151
New to group
ron@alpine
Yesterday 08:45 AM
Yesterday 01:29 PM
by Steve
1 48
please Help with none...
Lawnboyman1170
01-09-2015 09:46 AM
Yesterday 01:27 PM
by Steve
13 568
does this sound good or...
Bradcook21
01-22-2015 09:24 AM
Yesterday 07:42 AM
by ringahding1
9 285
second year advise
cmdlawncare
01-23-2015 06:22 PM
Yesterday 07:31 AM
by ringahding1
6 231
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
01-25-2015 09:34 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 526
need advise
rawssrob
02-23-2010 02:45 PM
01-23-2015 06:40 PM
by cmdlawncare
7 2,555
New to forum
ROB N
01-23-2015 08:35 AM
01-23-2015 01:53 PM
by Steve
1 118
Extending the life of...
rmccutchan
01-17-2015 12:37 AM
01-23-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
8 352
osceola lawn service
jasa@wildblue.net
01-22-2015 03:23 PM
01-23-2015 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 135
Tax Question
Wolf4dk
01-20-2015 01:11 AM
01-22-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 261
Billy Goat Vac
Mr. Mow
01-19-2015 07:42 AM
01-22-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
6 252
Property Pricing
GVL
01-19-2015 02:46 PM
01-21-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
5 304
Landscapers Source For...
breadcrumb
01-16-2015 02:44 PM
01-21-2015 05:55 AM
by breadcrumb
14 467
Hoa advice
Bradcook21
01-16-2015 09:36 PM
01-20-2015 04:30 PM
by Steve
4 283
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 07:51 PM
01-20-2015 10:16 AM
by biglee
16 635
How to beat the pre pay...
stansg1fresh
01-13-2015 04:33 PM
01-19-2015 03:38 PM
by ringahding1
3 364
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
01-19-2015 01:37 PM
by Steve
12 1,143
Hi from Illinois
burtle
01-02-2015 09:46 PM
01-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Steve
3 529
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
01-19-2015 01:20 PM
by Steve
14 1,458
Lost my @#$ blower
stevef1201
01-11-2015 08:31 AM
01-17-2015 02:21 PM
by lxarth
2 387
Another Illinoisan.....
barhopper
01-11-2015 05:38 PM
01-16-2015 04:29 PM
by Steve
10 445
marketing with pizza...
apmAkron
01-15-2015 09:57 AM
01-15-2015 06:29 PM
by Steve
4 276
CRM and Quickbooks?
5StarLawnscaping
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
by 5StarLawnscaping
0 203
New Member, Indiana Iraq...
Timbo
07-14-2011 09:44 AM
01-14-2015 06:14 PM
by Steve
10 3,803
check this box truck out!
BLAZIER-1991
01-07-2015 07:40 PM
01-13-2015 03:06 PM
by biglee
8 648
My community only ad...
googus
01-12-2015 09:55 AM
01-13-2015 02:44 PM
by Steve
5 337
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 09:07 AM
01-13-2015 09:37 AM
by Chilehead
18 1,817
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
01-12-2015 06:32 PM
by BLAZIER-1991
30 1,585
tips on creating a...
BLAZIER-1991
01-08-2015 07:22 PM
01-12-2015 06:19 PM
by BLAZIER-1991
4 479
During Your Down Time
achri12
12-24-2014 03:03 PM
01-12-2015 03:54 PM
by Steve
10 1,106
Leaf cleanup
Bradcook21
01-09-2015 02:21 PM
01-12-2015 12:22 PM
by Jamesw86
4 457
Has Anyone Used Plowz ?
dpld
01-08-2014 12:14 PM
01-11-2015 02:17 PM
by burtle
20 3,419
What to pay help
Bradcook21
01-07-2015 01:32 PM
01-08-2015 07:01 PM
by Steve
1 476
Need a trailer
googus
01-07-2015 09:40 AM
01-08-2015 10:24 AM
by Upscale2
7 596
Do you guys charge buy...
burtle
01-02-2015 09:58 PM
01-07-2015 08:37 PM
by Shark1611
14 956
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 07:05 PM
01-07-2015 07:05 PM
by greyhound
18 2,190
Need advice please
CHenricks
01-06-2015 01:17 AM
01-07-2015 03:34 PM
by Steve
4 558
Mowing 2 acres
Bradcook21
01-05-2015 03:13 PM
01-07-2015 03:32 PM
by Steve
9 700
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment bid apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades bush care collections deliquentaccounts ditches edging employee problems equipment rental estimate first truck flyers foreman four wheel drive georgia google gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hills hiring husqvarna john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mr dave mulch new mower past due per hour charge per hour service podcast pricing pto push versus ride running a business savannah search engine optimization seo shell small engine repair square foot starting a lawn care business steep lawns sulky theft toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack up sell employee web design
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:51 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:51 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy