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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post

I put down tall fescue but previously had Kentucky 31 which worked out well but they did not carry any at the store.  I am not in an area with manicured lawns so mixing varieties was fine with me.  There is an area I am digging up in a few weeks so I may experiment with seed and some sort of ground covering to help keep the moisture in.

Last year I tried some Weed and Feed on the yard and it grew so fast it could have been cut twice a week.  Speaking of which I need some new blades for the lawnmower and to get it in shape for the summer.

Unless they're totally destroyed you can just have them sharpened.
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Or you can just do it yourself; it ain't rocket science. You're not even trying to get the blade all that sharp. It's five minutes with a file.
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I buy a spare set and sharpen myself in my spare time. I dont feel pressured then when I want to sharpen and mow in a hurry. Reminds me I need to sharpen the spare set.
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I hot forge and shape my own blades. I made my forge out of sand and concrete and use a standard bellows. It's not too hard if you are familiar with rudimentary metal working.
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Originally Posted by UnFacconable View Post

I hot forge and shape my own blades. I made my forge out of sand and concrete and use a standard bellows. It's not too hard if you are familiar with rudimentary metal working.

Showoff

But seriously thats awesome. If I had the time I'd love to get into forging. I already taught myself mig welding and was starting tig when my twins came along.
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I should have used the sarcasm icon. I don't even have a lawn but wanted to join in one upping jbarwick.

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Showoff

But seriously thats awesome. If I had the time I'd love to get into forging. I already taught myself mig welding and was starting tig when my twins came along.

Yes, yes, yes. I love styleforum.
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While I don't disagree with your sentiment
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There is something very artistic about a good plumbing installation. all the pipes and colors. You should see what a good union commercial installation looks like. I'm amazed they can keep it all straight.
Why would you have to do that? You called them. Their supposed to tell you how much it costs, not the other way around. That's like telling a car dealer you want to keep it under 400/month and they come back at 399 on a car that should only cost 350/m. Now your jammed up, you cant exactly go back to him and tell him he needs to be 20% lower, because your full of shit. and if he agrees to the reduction, he'll make it back up with change orders that mysteriously crop up. Punt this guy and move on to the next, your in a lose lose with him.

Next time let them make the first offer. negotiating 101.

While I don't disagree with your points above, there are actually no data indicating that one shouldn't make an opening offer and, in fact, it can be advantageous to do so. That's what you learn once you get past negotiation 101 wink.gif
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The blade is nicked up due to hitting some hidden rocks in the yard.  I can go through my yard, pick up rocks, and more reappear later.  The frequency is less and less so I think the erosion is slowing or I have found all the rocks throughout my yard.

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I've been looking for tile for my bathroom, which is about 30 sq ft.  We went to a tile shop this weekend, and we found a tile we loved so finally done tile shopping!  It is a slate look porcelain tile made in Italy - a lot of similar tile appeared to be just poorly painted.  Best part was, it turns out it is a closeout design they're offloading for $1/sq ft.  Considering it was more than $6/sq ft regularly, I think we did alright.

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Let me ask all the experts.  The room, as I mentioned is small.  It is about 6x5 excluding the shower.  I was originally going to get 12x24 tiles, but these are 18x18.  Do you think it makes sense to lay them as diamonds? Obviously it is a lot more cutting, but I think it will make the room feel slightly bigger.  Or should I just stick to a normal brickwork pattern?

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Which do you prefer? Or what are the pros and cons of each as you perceive them?
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Originally Posted by Joffrey View Post

Which do you prefer? Or what are the pros and cons of each as you perceive them?

 

To me it is really, so my question to the experts is: will it actually make the room feel larger?

Pro of diamond:
It will make the room look slightly bigger.

 

Con:
It is more cutting.

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If you like the look and think it will make the room look larger, do it. The extra time cutting will soon be forgotten, but staring with regret at your second choice will last forever.
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The grass seed I put down last week is coming in nicely.  The rain last week followed by a few warm sunny days helped.  Some areas may need sod but I will wait a few more weeks as the seed my not stick to the steep slope.  Also I took my lawnmower blade off and it was not as I remembered being chipped up so I dropped it off to be sharpened.  A couple youtube videos made me realize it is worth the $10.

 

On project that is turning bigger is the resurfacing the top of my retaining walls.  The top layer which is 0.25" - 0.50" is cracking on all of the walls and will need to be replaced.  I got a quote last year of $3,000 but that was adding in a stone mailbox too.  I have most of the materials I will need to resurface but will need a lot more mortar.  

 

As for the tile question, I agree with SB in that you should choose which pattern you like the best.  Tile saws can be rented though when we redo our bathroom, someone else will be doing the work.

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