the joys of living in a “council house”

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    mitch
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    last oct i moved into what used to be a council bungalow now by an arms length housing association.

    basically the back garden if you can call it that consists of 8m x 12m of uneven grass and grass is being generous with a path down the centre from the back door to the back hedge. the left hand side is relatively flat. but the right hand side slopes away from the bungalow and from the path to next doors fence. the bottom right hand corner is approx 18 inches lower than the path.

    being a good boy i wrote and asked for permission to lift the grass on the right hand side level the top half of the right hand side and step the bottom half put down weedproof membrane and gravel. build some raised beds.

    boy what a palaver i unleashed, got a letter yesterday with a list of conditions and requirements the killer being that all work must be carried out by a qualified contractor etc etc.

    you would have thought that they would be grateful someone wants to improve it.

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    mitch
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    ok the aerator died, the motor runs but the blades dont turn so i reckon the drive has become detached somehow. as i am not mechanically minded i wasnt about to go looking at its innards, so i rang screwfix on the off chance and blow me down with a feather they said no problem bring it in and swap it.

    i felt sure they would make a fuss and blame me for overworking it etc. but no drama or anything, half an hour later i am putting together a new one.

    well done screwfix.

    #185706 Reply
    kezo
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    ok the aerator died, the motor runs but the blades dont turn so i reckon the drive has become detached somehow. as i am not mechanically minded i wasnt about to go looking at its innards, so i rang screwfix on the off chance and blow me down with a feather they said no problem bring it in and swap it. i felt sure they would make a fuss and blame me for overworking it etc. but no drama or anything, half an hour later i am putting together a new one. well done screwfix.

    Screwfix are very good with their no quibble attitude if something goes faulty. I’m a member of their electricfix side and never had any issues in returning/exchanging goods, even for a higher model right up to the day the guarantee runs out.

    #188775 Reply
    mitch
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    ok almost dug over the whole left side.

    just the corner to go.

    #188776 Reply
    mitch
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    the beds arent bad, some of the early flowerers are going over but the roses are coming through.

     

    #188780 Reply
    kezo
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    Looking good @mitch

    #188783 Reply
    mitch
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    @kezo, the first aerator must have been faulty from the get go because this replacement one is superb, those big chunks of soil in that first picture it marmalises no problem at all and it just keeps going its almost like its got double the power. the difference is amazing.

    #194268 Reply
    mitch
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    ok update on the left hand side project, just finished digging over the whole grass area that was,although calling it grass was a bit generous. the so called soil is more acurately called clay and required layers of manure,bark chippings and soil improver layered on and left for a month or 2. then it was rotavated several times so it now looks much more like soil should. although at the moment a lot very dustlike as its parched.

    no sign of any rain or thunderstorms for that matter.

    anyway utilising the pallets that all the manure etc was delivered on and some new decking boards i have built a raised bed for the far end and as soon as we get some rain i will be scattering wild flower seeds over the rest.

    last of the digging lol.

    a largish raised bed 4.8m x 1.2m x .5m high.

    just need some rain lol

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    mitch
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    #194274 Reply
    kezo
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    Doing a cracking job mitch 🙂

    At least you got the bulk done before the rain

    #194296 Reply
    mitch
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    well so far no rain here, well about 6 spots around 6ish but they do forecast thundrstorms in the early hours.

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