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Old 05-14-2021, 09:45 AM   #76
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Boss gave me a lawnmower after I got a warning from bylaw. Never have I ever mowed the lawn in my life (first house) this shit is hard work. And how do people have those picture perfect lawns? How low/high should it be? Do I look it up in the bylaws? There needs to be a first time house owner guide somewhere LOL



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Spring / summer days... will require attention / mowing at least once every 2 weeks. 3 weeks per mow is a bare minimum.

What you have from the length of the grass looks like it hasn't been mowed for months (easily 3 months)
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So I took possession of the new place and I'm getting ready to go to ham on the kitchen...

But what do people do with the old wood paneling? I know the old cabinets can be posted on Craigslist and people will buy it or haul it away.

Same with the flooring I guess - do people buy older laminate flooring?
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Did you see that post on Facebook where the local kid is trying to give away sections of rotted old fence.
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Boss gave me a lawnmower after I got a warning from bylaw. Never have I ever mowed the lawn in my life (first house) this shit is hard work. And how do people have those picture perfect lawns? How low/high should it be? Do I look it up in the bylaws? There needs to be a first time house owner guide somewhere LOL



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So I took possession of the new place and I'm getting ready to go to ham on the kitchen...

But what do people do with the old wood paneling? I know the old cabinets can be posted on Craigslist and people will buy it or haul it away.

Same with the flooring I guess - do people buy older laminate flooring?
Probably all garbage. Gotta consider how fast you want things gone. Could try to sell things, but it might sit there for a while. Could even try to give it away for free to avoid garbage fees, but that might take time too.

I'd imagine the wood panel is 100% garbage cuz it's ugly. And the laminate if glued or nailed will be 100% garbage cuz i sure wouldn't want to even attempt to scrape the glue and pull nails out to reuse them.
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So I took possession of the new place and I'm getting ready to go to ham on the kitchen...

But what do people do with the old wood paneling? I know the old cabinets can be posted on Craigslist and people will buy it or haul it away.

Same with the flooring I guess - do people buy older laminate flooring?
Haul the old flooring to the dump!
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Post the cabinets on CL, if thereís no hits just bring it all to the dump imo.

And that Lawn..come on man, donít leave that eyesore for your neighbours ffs.. lol
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I'm one week into our deck build and its going quite well. Decided to go with Composite instead of lumber. The deck is about 350 square feet. Cant wait for it to be finished
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Spring / summer days... will require attention / mowing at least once every 2 weeks. 3 weeks per mow is a bare minimum.

What you have from the length of the grass looks like it hasn't been mowed for months (easily 3 months)
If you are only mowing every 2-3 weeks, you are not doing your lawn any favors and it probably doesn't look great either. Most people are on a 7-10 day cycle.

It's not good for your lawn to let it get super long and then cut it crazy short; the best thing for your lawn would actually be leave it a slight bit longer, but mow it very regularly - every 5-7 days. But most people prefer the super short look.

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How does a working family find time to mow the lawn every single week? Not to mention that the working home owner would probably prefer to do it on a non-raining weekend. A frequency like that is just unrealistic.
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How does a working family find time to mow the lawn every single week? Not to mention that the working home owner would probably prefer to do it on a non-raining weekend. A frequency like that is just unrealistic.
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How does a working family find time to mow the lawn every single week? Not to mention that the working home owner would probably prefer to do it on a non-raining weekend. A frequency like that is just unrealistic.
We have a pretty healthy amount of lawn, for sure more than a Vancouver special etc, it takes me 20 minutes if I am hauling ass and treating it as exercise or 30 minutes if I am being slow. I often do it on a weeknight after dinner before people go to bed while it's still light out.

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How does a working family find time to mow the lawn every single week? Not to mention that the working home owner would probably prefer to do it on a non-raining weekend. A frequency like that is just unrealistic.
Lol.. if a home owner cant find time to mow the lawn, i really hope they bought a house that wont need a thing for 10-15 years
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I did a solid 8 hrs on the backyard yesterday, my right forearm is still buzzing from the weedwacker. The whole time I was thinking I have to get up on the roof, clean the skylights, fix the chimney stack, plan out kitchen and bathroom renos, get a price on paving the back driveway, kill all these ants.

So, there's always something to do on the property which doesn't leave much time for wrenching, working out, whatever your other hobbies are. Part of the reason my wife wants to move to a condo, if I find a 4 car enclosed, ocean view strata unit in the same price range I'll take a hard look at it.
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You build sweat equity.

You plant gardens for what they will look like in 3-4 years, you landscape for the following 2, you clean your gutters so you don’t have to next year.

All you’re doing is biding time for yourself. I spent almost 3 years renovating so that I can finally kick my feet up and do the maintenance and aesthetic work I want.

I think I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, if you aren’t capable of minor fixes and maintenance work, paying someone to do this type of work will become overwhelmingly exhaustive/prohibitively expensive.

This is moreso a vanity item but I’ll give an example. I just had the company that Costco works with that does closet organizers etc. I have a fairly basic open closet right now that’s about 8’ wide by 3’ deep. I also got a quote on a little corner unit for the wife’s makeup stuff etc.

I thought an “excessive” quote would be around 3500-4000 as I figure I could build what I asked for myself for around $1000-1500. This company got back to me with a quote of 6450...

To really dumb it down, if you can’t build a book shelf or a TV console from ikea etc. You’re best bet is to find a strata property which will handle the maintenance for you.
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7 - 10 day mowing cycle is freaking crazy. that's assume epic weather condition and doign during covid stay at home is do-able.
i can't imagine if someone had to to work and still do a 7-10 day cycle.

fuck.. now i keep looking at my lawn thinking if i should mow it or not ahhaahahha
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I have to mow mine 2x a week or it gets so long it'll stall the mower if I try to go too fast.
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That is literally me, although I suck at all the handy work that needs to be done, so everything ends up looking ghetto, but at least it gets the job done.

I already do what I can to get rid of weeds and dandelions on a regular basis, but some of my neighbours, including those from a few houses down, don't really give a damn about weed, so they end up sprouting up all the time. Mowing the backyard alone takes up to 4 hrs, since I am seeing all those weeds that I couldn't see before and it annoys the heck out of me to just leave them there.

Now that I am a homeowner myself, I realize I really gave too little credit to my old man for keeping the house together in a decent shape all these years...

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So, there's always something to do on the property which doesn't leave much time for wrenching, working out, whatever your other hobbies are. Part of the reason my wife wants to move to a condo, if I find a 4 car enclosed, ocean view strata unit in the same price range I'll take a hard look at it.
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What do people do for corner cabinets? We are thinking of 45 degree cabinets, and installing D-shaped lazy susans to maximize space/usage. Trying to figure out the two corner cabinets in our kitchen's layout.

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4 hours!?!? Do you have a football field?!? I can certainly appreciate why it's harder to fit that into your schedule.

My lawn generally takes between 2-3 full bags of clippings, for "scale" and that is genuinely 30 minutes of mowing if I am taking my time.

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4 hours!?!? Do you have a football field?!? I can certainly appreciate why it's harder to fit that into your schedule.
Between the bumpy terrain, the PITA edges around various stuff, and all the weed that I notice only when I am mowing the lawn (where I just have to go dig them out), it's usually in the 2+ hours range. The weeding is really the worst and most time consuming part, and I'd have to say that compared to last year, I'm spreading more of the weeding part over the course of the week instead of doing it while I was mowing the lawn, so I haven't pulled any 4 hour stints so far this year.
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Hire a fertilizer/weed control company to come do your lawn. I don't know if Nutrilawn is down there but we get them to do our grass and it only costs a little more than fertilizing the lawn myself, and there's maybe 3 weeds a year.
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