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September 04, 2017

A Lot of Short Projects

Even though the pellet stoves have been off since late in May, last Sunday I finally got around to cleaning the pellet stoves and their exhausts. In my defense, I have never had a last burn in May, so I kept waiting for that really cold snap in June (I've seriously burned as late as June 28). Then I ended up with having a massive amount of planned, and unplanned outdoor projects that HAD to get done, so the stove cleaning was not at the top of my list. The downstairs stove was relatively clean as it was apparent that I had cleaned it shortly before its last burn in the spring. However, since I shut of the big stove several weeks before I shut down the main floor stove, the other stove was pretty dirty so I spent a lot of time on the P43.

And, the cleaning was none too soon as on 8/31 the house was at 66* when I got home from work (the high outside had been 65* - and low that night was supposed to be in the low 40's). The main floor stove was also on most of the day on Friday, and again yesterday as the days have yo-yo'ed between summer and fall temperatures.

 

While I was cleaning out the stove exhausts with both a lint eater, then the LBT (Leaf Blower Trick), I noticed that the exterior paint on that side of the house was suffering. Since I was planning on painting the new porch overhang a second time, I power washed the siding so it would be ready for this weekend.

Saturday I painted and caulked the lower side of the house (the brown portion is still fine, just painted the cream portion), as well as all the way to, and around the front door. I painted the overhang last, and somehow forgot the caulking that needed to be done, so that part is still waiting for me.

Friday I had gone to a different H*me Dep*t than what I normally patronize and found a couple of trees (I was only looking for one - LOL). So, Saturday I got one of the trees planted - an Autumn Blaze Maple that should have orangish red leaves in the fall. This second mapleis an Acer Freemanii as opposed to Acer Rubrum that the October Glory is.

Acer Rubrums are in the general family of Red Maples, also known as "swamp maples". Red maples love wet areas so the October Glory is really happy in the lower portion that I planted it in and there is noticeable growth since I planted it two weeks ago.

The Acer Freemanii is a cross between Red Maples and (get this as an irony) Silver Maples, with the best characteristics of both. They have really nice color from the red maple side and faster growth from the silver maple side). They are very adaptable to soil conditions but are not good for wet areas, so it is perfect for where I planted it - just in front of the Willow stump.I was fortunate that the general area I wanted to plant the Autumn Blaze in was free of any huge willow roots. Previously I had stomped around to see if it might be possible (you can hear where the roots are if you stomp hard with a booted foot). The first picture is from the pen, the second from the living room window, and the third is of the growth of the October Glory (you may not be able to see the lighter green leaves at the tips of 3 of the branches - those are the new growth).

  Autumn Blaze Maple from fence
Autumn Blaze Maple from fence
Autumn Blaze Maple from fence

 

On poison ivy patrol I pulled some young shoots that had grown in the shrubs by the fence over on the other side of the house. Oh, and while I was painting, I found a vining poison ivy that had hidden itself in plain sight - in a rose beside the front door (which I never use, which is why I hadn't noticed before).

  Poison ivy in rose
Poison ivy in rose

And finally, the neighbor had gotten his truck moved so I mowed that area real quick since it was to rain on Sunday.

And that was my Saturday :)

Sunday was HOG meeting, reconcile checkbook (which hadn't been done since April), and some other indoor general projects. The remnants of Harvey were much kinder to us than to those in Texas, leaving 1.5" of badly needed rain.

Posted by Bogie on September 4, 2017 at 07:27 AM in At Home, House Work, Yard Work | Permalink

Comments

Glad you got some of the rain that you needed, and super on the maples! It'll be interesting to see how the Acer Freemanii works out. Poison ivy can hide until it reaches a goodly size. Like you, I found one several days ago. This morning, I discovered a fair-sized green briar in the center of one of our nine-barks.

I just learned that a neighbor down the street has a pellet stove in one corner of his basement. His exhaust pipe is about 10 feet long, traversing over laid stone & pebbles.

Posted by: Cop Car at Sep 4, 2017 9:35:34 AM

Glad you got some of the rain that you needed, and super on the maples! It'll be interesting to see how the Acer Freemanii works out. Poison ivy can hide until it reaches a goodly size. (That's a pretty specimen!) Like you, I found one several days ago. This morning, I discovered a fair-sized green briar in the center of one of our nine-barks.

I just learned that a neighbor down the street has a pellet stove in one corner of his basement. His exhaust pipe is about 10 feet long, traversing over laid stone & pebbles.

Posted by: Cop Car at Sep 4, 2017 9:40:00 AM

I wonder why his exhaust is so long? The only things I can think of is his upper floors overhand the basement or he has a deck/porch over where it comes out of his house.

Posted by: bogie at Sep 4, 2017 3:51:58 PM

He does have a huge, multi-level deck. Perhaps I just didn't recall that most of the 10' extended above the deck? He (and the neighbor on one side) have paved over (with rocks/deck/concrete) so much of their lots that there is nowhere for runoff except into the small lake behind their houses. They contribute 'way too much runoff. It is bad enough for the flooding situation that our houses and drives contribute so much runoff without deliberately making our footprints larger. *sigh*

Posted by: Cop Car at Sep 5, 2017 11:24:53 AM

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