Free Sod?

IdeasThis is an Ideas Brain Dump Post.

On my way to the office today I noticed a construction crew working on the side of the road digging in preparation to put a sidewalk in. Then it hit me – these guys were tearing up really niceley manicured grass (it was in front of some businesses) and just sticking it in the dumptruck along with the other good topsoil. I wonder…

Would they let someone go on ahead of them and take the sod away before they got to it? If so…that would be a great way for a person to get some free sod for those home landscaping projects. There’s also potential there for an entrepreneurial person to get the sod and resell it. Dang, if I had of noticed it sooner and had my van prepped I would have swung by and seen if I could pick up some sod for my front lawn that needs done 😉

Does this cement look right?

IdeasThis is an Ideas Brain Dump post.

Alright, over my holidays I’ve been tackling the job of making new window sills for the windows in our house. The wooden ones had been rotting away (it’s an old house, don’t you love them?) and it was suggested to me by a friend of mine that replacing them with cement ones would be a better solution. So, with some help getting a form made I decided to tackle the job.

Now, when the first day came for mixing cement I thought I’d go online for a little help with learning how to mix it. Especially since the instructions that came on the bag of cement I bought were rather vague (arent’ they usually?). Well, to my surprise I couldn’t find any information on the internet about mixing cement to the right consistency. I assumed it would be something easy to find. There were plenty of pages dealing with warnings about making sure its mixed right and doing it from scratch but any instructions I did find were just as vague as the back of the bag.

So what did I do? Trial and error :lol:. I explained my experience with the first sill to my friend (which didn’t turn out to well) and he said I hadn’t added enough water. So, my second sill, I added more water and it seemed to turn out a lot better.

I’ve said all this to get to the idea…

I thought, wouldn’t it be great to create a page with step by step instructions (including pics) for mixing small amounts of “ready to mix” concrete. Pictures would go a long way to show what the final mix looks like. That’s it! That’s the idea. Maybe I’ll tackle it someday – if someone else beats me to the punch that’s okay hehe – as long as it helps someone out there… 😉