Winterizing

Now that it’s fall and winter will be here sooner than we think, there are many minor tasks to complete at both the main house and the lake house before winter. Here is a list of tasks I’ve been working on: Re-Stain Deck Floor Fertilize Yard Hot Tub Water and Chemicals Guest House Water Pressure … Continue reading Winterizing

Boat Lift Fiasco

Several weeks ago when I was in Dallas, I received word from my realtor that the boat lift (and the boat) at the lake house was in danger of being swept away due to flooding on Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River. After following up for more information, I was eventually able to get ahold … Continue reading Boat Lift Fiasco

Regrowing Grass

The excavation work that was required to build the Hardin Access Pipeline caused a huge amount of grass to be torn up in my yard, which was taken awhile to regrow. It’s coming along well, and will hopefully be fully done and ready for winter by mid-October. Continue reading Regrowing Grass

Stained Railing

After building the railing, the final step in the project was to stain everything. I used a semi-transparent redwood stain from BEHR, which worked well with my paint sprayer. I went through a little over 8 gallons of stain (there is a lot of wasted stain when you’re using a sprayer on railing, but it … Continue reading Stained Railing

Riding Mower Winch

While I’ve enjoyed the John Deere zero turn mower that I purchased earlier in the summer, especially after all of its initial problems, I’ve occasionally had issues with it getting stuck. It has trouble generating traction on hills because of its weight distribution, and it also has a habit of getting one tire stuck in … Continue reading Riding Mower Winch