||[Mar. 24th, 2016|10:36 pm]
Our offer was accepted!
Apparently, NC has a practice of the buyer getting 30 days or so of due diligence: essentially, we have bought 30 days to inspect the property and decide if we want it or not. So, there's an outside chance that something will be really wrong and we will withdraw our offer.... but i find that hard to imagine. I've read the covenants, the county and city zoning, the easement for the power company (that one needs more details). Probably need to see how much water the well draws....
So, we've each had half a bottle of champagne (well, Sonoma brut sparkling wine). I can't sleep.
I'm going to need a hatchet or a machete.
Thanks! I've been distracted: i hope you and Diane are well.
Distracted? Yes, Me too
We are hanging in there, no recent bad news.
congrats! I started to get this stuck in my head "NO SLEEP TILL PITTSBRO" (it doesn't quite scan.)
We're putting reminders in our calendar to tell us we're happy in July and August. I'm gonna melt.
Other than that, so excited! I worry my yard care thoughts are a fantasy... we'll see if i can keep the wilderness at bay.
the wilderness will slowly encroach on your orderliness, but it is possible to pay people to come over and deal with the lawn, weeds and trees, especially if you both find it backbreaking.
Having become aware of the news in North Carolina.... can we pay people to deal with the senate?
It's horrifying, and I especially hated to see it happening just as you were making plans to move here. I haven't been following the legal details, but many people think it is basically unconstitutional and will have wide-ranging (and possibly unintended) effects. I am trying to be hopeful that the challenges to it move forward.
I'm boggled. And i'm hoping the drought doesn't follow me east.
Rock on! I suggest an electric chainsaw instead of or in addition to a hatchet.
Okay, that is pretty awesome, and Fiskars generally makes good stuff.
It's been my experience that trying to slash brush with a machete isn't super productive.
Gas-powered chainsaws are awesome for big projects. They're heavy, seriously dangerous, and irritating to carry around, especially insofar as they don't use regular gasoline, but gasoline with some oil added (which you can do yourself but it's still a pain.) They also require a lot of maintenance and chain-sharpening, which is a non-trivial undertaking. A dull chain makes them even more apt to bind and kick and end up whacking you in the shinbone and leaving horrible injuries.
For just out cruising around the property, I think I'd take a big pair of clippers, like these:http://www.homedepot.com/p/Fiskars-1-1-2-in-Dia-Cut-Capacity-Steel-Bade-Steel-Softgrip-Handled-Bypass-Lopper-91436949J/100585804
Those can cut up to 1 1/2" thick (if it's still alive: maybe 3/4" of dead wood) and because nothing's moving, they're a lot easier to get into heavy brush. chainsaws tend to hang up on adjacent bits of small material, that just gets pulled into the chain without getting fully cut. Likewise, machetes want something largeish to cleave, rather than getting caught up in/slowed down by a whole collection of small compliant soft branches.
I have some clippers like that Lowe's link, but I want that machete axe now. I have a small electric chainsaw that I am afraid to use (I am a small weakling). I have a good toothy branch cutting saw-blade that I have cut down some rather large branches with. I have a hatchet but I should probably not try to use it; I'm more likely to injure myself.
otoh, my place is surrounded by trees, and unless they are in the way, they can stay where they fall. it's 'the natural look' in yard maintenance.
I've used those too, and I love them. My favorite yard maintenance thingum aside from the pruners is a 30" bowsaw.
Electric chainsaws seem to stop a lot faster than gasoline ones, so they get people in a lot less trouble. I suppose these days there are lithium-ion-powered ones that would be reasonable walking companions.
Oh, man, the other thing that is enormously useful is a standard old chopsaw. Once a tree or even large branch is down, the chopsaw is so much faster and more controllable for cutting it into decent lengths.
That's exactly what I mean. I got a cheap old one from a thrift store. They're much more controllable than a chainsaw, and much faster than a handsaw. They'll cut through a 6" tree in about ten seconds, once it's down and you need it cut into lengths you can move without giving yourself a hernia. Since I have a wood fireplace, I end up cutting 12" trees to fireplace length with it. (Takes cut-rotate-cut-rotate-cut to get through something that big.)
For brush and even small trees, totally the wrong tool. For the limbs that keep falling off our sick 30' apple tree? totally the right tool.
All joy and prospering to you!
Congratulations, and good luck moving forward!
Um. And I hope the hatchet and machete aren't so you can sleep. Because that makes your bedroom sound far more dangerous (albeit far more interesting!) than normal.