Friday September 16, 2011 13:30
December 17, 2012 09:58
Project formally complete on Thursday December 13,
Shane Black hired on Friday September 16, 2011 for yard work and two or
three flagstone projects on hourly basis.
10:30 Thursday September 22, 2011 project start.
Landscaping in Glenwoods Hills North
despite falling home prices of about $158,000 from 2007 to
1970's Better Homes and Garden energy efficient home plan.
Second we had built
Shane gets something done. That's why he is paid more than agreed
Roof maintenance is CURRENTLY not going as well. It may
have gotten lots worse.
Wednesday May 23, 2012
Directv dish not visible. And Austrian pines planted by good
neigbors Geroge and Sherry Hosier are visible. Pines about 6-8 feet tall when
Flagstone set by bill in 1981 used for ballast.
Flat roof solar panel bid from CST
included about 800 pounds of ballast on roof. Another reason for landscaping
and not solar generation of electricity.
Monday May 21, 2012 T4
landscaper finishes last wall.
Then we erect 4 and 2 foot latilla
Landscaper was responsible for suggesting and placing solar
lights seen evening of Sunday May 20, 2012.
solar lights are working!
|Calculations to fill raised garden.
Two yards of mulch didn't weight much
Two yards of fill dirt weighed two tons. Trailer designed
for max load of 2070 pounds.
Shane stopped at Valero station to bring
tires up to 50 psi.
Manuel loads mulch.
spreads mulch in raised garden.
Little trailer loaded with 1.000
pounds of 6 inch snap rock by Frank and bill.
trailer tires filled to 60 psi which is essential for 8 inch tires we were told
by Los Lunas trailer person.
Trailer loaded to about twice its maximum
capacity is not good.
But we were lucky nothing bad
Good luck is an essential part of any project.
April 26, 2012 high winds distributed junk in rear solar water display. Wind
also destroyed the Hanson's canvas deck shade.
So solar pump was
disassembled and cleaned.
Turning the four blade impeller revealed
permant magnetics part of electric motor.
PNM, NMGCO, Quest, and Comcast
have no sense of atheistics.
1,000 pounds of 6 inch snap rock will be used
for wall to help conceal meters and boxes.
Solar water pump panel facing
west in late afternoon.
Shane paid 7 $20s for wednesday work.
paid 9 $20s for Monday work.
|| Receipt for third load missing
Loading pecan shells at Pete's
Distributing pecan shells.
paid 8 $20s.
Shane paid 10 $20s since we used his truck and
Just Sprinkers seminar on How to Install a Sprinkler System
Saturday April 14, 2012
Sunday April 17, 2012 above lecturer showed me
rental home he landscaped
which is about 50 feet from Just
Stone structure to right of car is mail box
Cobblestones wrecked hinges on trailer. Here's the
x 1" steel strap used for reinforcement. Blue RTV used too.
trailer wiring not dressed. Bit mistake. Honda CR-V trailer harness failed.
$105 to find problem. $60 for official wring harness from
Cracks in wires repaired with RTV, the wires dressed with
black plastic tape.
Two wall completed.
April 17, 2012 Shane worked on third wall.
splitting skills are improving. Reason we left longest wall for last.
1,000 pounds wanted but above was all
that was available.
2,570 pounds need to complete project.
Splitting rock skills getting good
Shane paid 8 $20s.
|Tuesday April 10, 2012 Stairs complete and
three barrels temporarly placed.
Shane paid 8 $20s.
One Step Gardens solar lights
caused investigation of how they work.
Now let's see if we can
compute their efficiency.
That's a calibrated solar panel.
Comcast contractors laid a conduit, inserted cable and removed broken
cable cut by rototiller on Tuesday April 10, 2012.
on ground marks where PNM contractor identified location of buried power lines
the previous day.
Maintenance is an issue which must be considered,
perhaps even with solar generation of electricity systems?
Phone conversation with realtor Judson
McCollum about landscaping and home values.
|Wednesday April 4, 2012 finished west part
||Each of these receipts accounts for about 1,000 pounds of
West bank complete.
Garden solar lights [battery powered, extenguished during day while charging
battery] installed on berm. One in front of barrel is realtively easy to spot
Thursday morning two were seen at about the same intensity
since they had all day on Wednesday to charge.
leveling steps on rebar stakes caused Shane to install rising steping stones
Esthetics is his sprimary instruction so the 'stair' stones
are not laid-out in a straight line.
And we're investing landscaping in
We're hope this beats 0% interest
When home was built in 1981 interest rates were about 16% or
more. We refinanced lots as interest rates fell.
paid 8 $20s.
$80 is required to fill up Shane's truck, he
|Monday April 2, 2012 Shane moved
About a ton of them.
Shane planted juniper to replace dead one and placed 10
Solar lights were suggested by Shane. When we bought them
we examined how they worked.
This is lead to some significant investigation of practical
solar solar generation of electricity work.
Tuesday morning it
But before light two of the solar lights were
The bright LED on the right may have been the light with the
battery charged with our charger?
New solar homes on Santa Ana
resevation visited before Shane arrived because
seen. Luz electric did not return our call about solar panel output.
employee showed bill
SMA SunnyBoy 2000W High Frequency Grid Connected Inverter
2 kW panel employee said. Employee mentioned the Bluetooth
Employee also said that the power not used by the home was
returned to the grid. This may be wrong if this a totally grid-tied
Shane paid 6 $20s.
|Zero interest rates was one factor in our
decision to do landscape project.
Energy cost was another reason.
The price of an average gallon of regular gas surpassed the
$3.90 mark Wednesday, moving to within a dime of the $4 threshold.
Gas prices have been rising on the back of soaring oil prices, which
shot up in early 2012 amid
fears that tensions with Iran could lead to an all-out
war that causes a disruption in oil supplies.
yard enjoyment may replace essential non-gas-wasting field trips?
Bill Gross says it's time for investors to plan a "Great
Basically, Gross' thesis is that the market, and investors,
will be trapped in a low-return world for the next few years.
Bill Gross Explains How To Make Money In A 'Delevering
In summary, what has the potential to deliver the most
return with the least amount of risk and highest information ratios? Logically,
(1) Real as opposed to financial assets commodities, land, buildings,
machines, and knowledge inherent in an educated labor
Two loads, 1 ton, of cobblestones distributed by Shane
in two hours.
About 3.2 loads remaining, Shane estimates.
Snap rock for northwest border.
Barrel placement selected by langscaper
patio barrel placment selected by bill.
Toshiba A105 to left and L505 to
right. L505 used to verify that embedded controller forth for the 8051 family
work on Windows 7. It did, then was converted to XP which is
Possibility of bird s... in the keyboard make computing outside
Unseasonably warm. Global warming?
|Monday March 26, 2012
of 6 Jack Daniel's barrels purchased.
Bill rolls barrels.
Shane's new haircut.
3,000 pounds of cobblestones placed by
Shane paid 8 $20s.
Less than about 2-3% of the red
flagstones have cracked. Replacement is relatively easy since they are set in
appears to have delaminated.
Water penetrating stone, then freezing may be responsible?
Thursday March 22, 2012
6 yards of
pea gravel required, bill computer.
List to JRP sales lady computations.
Hey, JPR is in businesss of selling rock!
Initials required before driver
would back over driveway.
Cee Pfeiffer phone conversation Saturday March 17,
Reason we phoned.
measurement for pea gravel. 22 x 37 feet.
22 * 12 * 37 * 12 * 2.5
=293,040 cu in
363 = 46,656 cu in/ cu
293,040/46,656 = 6.28 cu yd @ 2,000 pounds/yd3.
High-efficiency furnace replacement
conversation [last part] with Matt and Jason on Wednesday March 22, 2012.
Natural gas is now $2.36 mm BTU.
Field trip to office of HVAC company to talk about energy
efficient furnaces on Monday March 21, 2012.
310 Solar phoned to ask about solar
panel angle on MCT building in Bernalillo on Wednesday March 21,
Note that bill did not give his last name but caller knew it.
rounded so that 7/16 washer will fit. Two center bars have washers fixed with
Rubber pads are seen above two center pins. These will be
fixed with RTV to the washers and allowed harden. Then RTV applied to the
rubber pads and stairs placed.
Monday March 19, 2012
Second load of cobblestones was
distributed toward rear of trailer so when Shane disconnected trailer from CR-V
trailer tilted backward. Shane was off the ground trying to get trailer on
Cobblestone retaining lip complete
stair rock widths and lengths.
paid 8 $20. Shane visted Canyon stone to select 12 stair rocks.
1/2 rebar, 24 inch on downhill side
and 18 on uphill side, topped with 7/16 washers held in place by
Washers have hard rubber pad glued to them with RTV. RTV applied to
top of rubber pad to hold stair in place.
Round pea gravel
36 * 12 * 21 * 12 * 2.5 = 432 * 252 * 2.5 = 272,160 cu
1 cu yd = 36 * 36 * 36 = 46,656 cu in
272,160/46,656 = 5.83 cu yd or
about 12 tons.
|Friday March 16, 2012
setting on the big boulders.
Boulder to right of Shane is half burried, he
Keraset for plugging hole in planter so weeds don't grow
through. Lining walls with weed barrier is also planned.
650 pounds of
snap rock purchased from canyon stone.
Frank loaded stone on to palette,
weighed, then loaded them into 1,000 pound max Chinese-built trailer [about
$189 at Harbor Freight].
Canyon paid $140. Offer for change
Trailer backed through gate so that wheels are on hard
Dolly used to move trailer to job site.
Changzhou Nanxiashu Tool Co.
people in China understand and speak English than there are people in the US,
we have read.
Trailer purchased after we sold our Ford 1972 3/4 ton 4x4
to haul small items such as chipper/shreader, new washing machine, old washing
machine for disposal.
Harbor Freight boat trailer purchased. Both
trailers work very well.
Shane paid 10 $20s.
|Thursday March 15, 2012
Patty gave Shane $20 for materials.
Joe and 8 boulders.
and five $20 given to Joe in bank envelope.
Field trip to Pete's to view
2-4" Sana Ana tan stones.
Mike pointed out that some are larger than
Mike phoned after googling 'T4 Landscaping'. He agreed that above
stones are right for application and that the small trailer is the correct
Pete's will deliver up to 16 yards for $45. Problem is that
when they dump the stones, then they have to be picked up and moved to the
Small trailer, which can handle up to 1,000 pounds,
solves problem. We probably couldn't manage a trailer which contained much over
Disadvantage is that many trips have to be made at about
Shane paid 8 $20s.
|Wednesday March 14, 2012 weed barrier
Shane photo on Thursday March 15, 2012.
paid 8 $20s.
|Tuesday March `13, 2012 planter is nearly finished.
inch thin rock purchased on the 12th.
Two barrels drilled with three 3/8
and two with 1/2 inch drainage holes. Which will work better?
paid 8 $20s.
|Monday March 12, 2012 Shane and his nephew did
of stones remaining is making selection of 'fits' difficult so bill and Frank
and Canyon Stone selected some thin stones.
More Keraset required.
paid 7 $20s and nephew 1 $20.
Sunday March 11, 2012.
is retiree of Washington State University and Sandia Labs. And social security
Greenhouse field trip.
Energy-efficient Webver Q 120
purchased through Amazon to replace propane-guzzling Charbroil
Tuesday March 6, and arrived Thursday March. No sales tax and free
Barbecue tested to see if it will smoke alder chips for
$150 salmon caught off Sekiu, WA last summer.
|Friday March 9, 2012 West planter wall
at maximum height.
West wall went faster Shane reported. And this
is his first anasazi stone work. Bitterly cold at
Visual illusion of south wall sagging is where it
curves to the north.
Shane paid 7 $20s.
welding track on Rail Runner line near Sandia lakes
making good money with the Rail Runner.
|Wednesday March 7, 2012
mason twine purchased to get planter level.
Height at SE corner is 18.5
inches which was recommened by Christine.
which stone work progresses disappoints Shane.
paid 7 $20s.
Charbroil cut up with reciprocating saw and
placed in trash.
Reason Charbroil quit was gas cylinder is empty.
|Tuesday March 6, 2012
Weight of material in planter caused Shane to
put 12 inch nails behind rear first layer of snap rock.
1/2 bag of motar
mixed with half gallon of water. Mixed for five minutes, let stand for 5
minutes, then mix for two minutes. Bill operated stop watch.
tile mortar to dry out.
|Monday March 5, 2012
landscaping bank seen behind Shane obtained from Sandia Pueblo.
2-4 inch Santa Ana rocks cost
$50/cuyd and weight slightly over on ton. Pete's will deliver up to 16 yards
Shane paid 10 $20s for unloading 3,700 pounds of snap rock
on Friday and work on Monday.
Charbroil stopped work.
Friday March 2, 2012 Joe and Shane unload
Bit of mortar to be used between stones.
Solar water pumping investigated on Saturday March 3,
Scroll to bottom of this page for audio about problems with
solar powered water pumps.
$99 solar powered bird bath.
Evaporation in dry New Mexico might require a drip system to
keep bath filled.
|Thursday March1, 2012 Berm cover
Flags outline raised 18.5 inch garden.
about 49 feet. Two feet of anasaziexperiment rock weighted 150
Frank weighing thin stacker rock
450 pounds of thin stacler so 3,250 pounds of thick ordered.
Frank wrote Joe's phone number so that free delivery can be
Note Mr William H Payne '63. That is likely another William H
Payne. At one time there were five William H Payne s listed in the Albuquerque
Shane paid 7 $20s.
|Monday February 27,2012
Hill library corner of Harper and Bartow, Albuquerque, NM.
Sixteen computers counted.
Smooth flow is important Shane emplasizes.
Rototiller air filter replaced.
Shane paid 7 $20.
|Friday February 24, 2012 Comcast internet
cable cut by
Conversation with Deborah at Comcast on
Rototiller stopped working. Pad spark plug.
Canyon Stone gave bill rock cutting lesson.
Bill appears to master anasazi
Shane paid 7 $20s.
February 23, 2012
24 x 18 inch stacker stone purchased.
to see how
much it weights.
Here is it not quite Anasazi style yet.
Thin pieces are constructed from
thick stones with hand sledge hammer and chisel, Joe explained.
garden may be constructed with stacker stone rather than wood.
Christine on weed
Wednesday February 22, 2012 clean-up garden area,
rototill, and arrange tree rocks.
Bought rototiller used in
Pullman, WA for $99 in 1976.
Last of ten bought by Mel and Marv Knudsen
who worked for the Grange Supply.
They thought they were going to make
money renting them. They didn't.
Rotiller retrived from soggy field with
tractor with front end loader.
Bill pushed 'tiller on side when it
arrived in Pullman.
Water ran out carburator. Bill was sure the engine
would have to be replaced.
Still running strong!
that it sure moves dirt.
Shane paid 7 $20s.
|Tuesday February 21, 2012 rabbit and skunk proofing gates
Shane paid 7 $20s.
Backside of Sandia casino wall not
|Monday February 20, 2012 Digging out Apache plume and chamisa
Note snow and improvised irrigation system which was
hurriedly installed in early June 2011 before vacation to Oregon and Washington
Salt cedar stump came out with several pushes and a
Shane paid 6 $20s. Shane left early to help his sister
MCT government contractor in Bernalillo, NM solar
planels appear not to be installed at optimum angle. Sixty degree is
about the correct angle in Albuquerque.
Rail Runner solar planel
photographed in afternoon to south of Algodones, NM
to be near the optimum angle.
But if the object is to sell solar panels,
perform installation and maintenace, then production of electricity is
Monday morning trip to Sandia Park photo of
Jacobs wind turbine
atop lattice tower.
Wind energy appears to be expensive. 80'
Thursday February 16, 2012 is overcast.
Snow not melting quickly.
Study of how Anasazi descendants change height
Wednesday February 15, 2012
Shane reported that he
was going to work here today.
Five inches of snow.
level before Shane trimmed.
A glutton for punishment.
paid 2 $20s.
Tuesday February 14,
Grass pulling, then
Trees are in Ken and Julie's lot.
We talked on the street on Monday about trimming.
me that several years ago he cut the tops of the tree. Dangerous job on
Wall discussion focus on making one or more
'flow' with the sides of the junipers.
Shane paid 7 $20s.
Attended PRC natural gas efficiency rate hearing in Santa
Fe at the PRC on Monday February 13, 2012.
|Friday February 10, 2012.
Bill Felsher of Affordable Solar
part 1 conversation.
No activity section removed.
Bill Felsher of Affordable Solar
part 2 conversation.
Northridge Electric conversation.
Bill Felsher final
Pamps grass and some junipers removed.
Big hold between jumiper resulted
from pampas grass and some dead junipers, Shane reported.
Trickle watering Texas mission almond tree in hope of saving
Small peach tree seen at center can produce huge and delicious
peached some year.
Originally it was planted at the top of the bank.
Soil, if it can be called that, is rock hard so peach tree did not do anything.
Replant of peach tree to where you see was a success.
Palm yucca seen
behind almond tree originally died. Then yuccaS you see emerged from the
Original yucca toppled and most of it sawed apart except for
trunk. Weight of trunch prevented easy removal.
Original trunk kicked
Weighs less now ... maybe after about 10 years or
Shane paid 8 $20s.
Friday February 10, 2012
solar generation of electricty REC rates have declined from about $.12 to about
Listen to Joe
telling about how long it took friend to recover solar panel costs.
Conversation when Joe was demonstrating
Adorning roof with solar panel might not help sale price,
Thursday February 9, 2012 Shane hauled our 'awkward'
desert will carcass, did more juniper, chamesa, Apache plume removal while bill
went to Home Depot
Nice view on Tramway of Sandias covered
with new snow.
Shane pounded in
and drilled holes
Note home in background. Soon to be important.
Desert willow holes.
Neighbor above's irrigation system failed.
was a luxurious green
We didn't notice failure.
Neighbor's water keep our trees on the bank watered.
Lack of water
killed plum tree and maybe a Texas mission almond tree.
that in about a month holes are to be filled with kerosene, then charcoal
briquettes ignited smolder-way stumps.
Salt cedar [tamarisk] flourished
many year ago until it got too big.
Bill removed it and drilled the
filled the holes with charcoal lighter, lit charcoal, then
went to study to work on Windows device driver writing.
driver writing demands total concentration.
Bill thought he heard
Looked out and saw flames and smoke.
Fire department arrived about time
neighbor Bill Stone and bill had extinguished flames.
firemen directions on stump out.
Firemen were somewhat sympathetic to
Note burn marks still on palm yucca.
said that we better wet-down area surrounding stumps if we decide to
Shane paid 6 $20s.
|Wednesday February 8, 2012
Joe demonstrates 'stacker' stones.
not like 'awkward' desert willow.
Bill does not like desert willows.
It's history. :-)
Ready to depart to Eagle Rock convience center.
Tape is 25
feet long, so we need stone sufficient for about 35 foot wall of about maximum
of 2 feet high to ground.
Hello Joe and Frank.
We want to try to
constuct an Anasazi wall which will have some curves but will be level on top
with rock sizes the same as lobby of the Sandia Casino.
Buffalo head is not planned for wall.
Stacker flat stones will be at the
top of the wall? But flat in any case.
Maybe we should have wall thicker
than the stackers Joe showed bill?
Maybe we should figure 35 feet long
and on average 1-1/2 feet high?
Shane and bill solicit your
Shane paid 8 $20s.
|Tuesday February 7, 2012 snow on ground in
Neighbor to noth had wasteful autmatic irrigation
system so we didn't have to water thees on bank.
broke. It was fixed once, the broke permanently. Plum tree died. Shane removed
with 6.5 amp reciprocating saw.
Lesson learned is that when an
irrigation system breaks it might be best to replace the entire system rather
than try to patch it.
Albuqueque's water main system is failing badly.
Ms Leslie Trilling speculates that replacement cost may bankrupt
Shane paid & $20s.
Monday February we travelling north of I-25 to Bernalillo,
NM. Workers seen on roof of MCT
Discovery is that system is 80 kW with central inveter:
listen. No call from Luz
Thursday February 2, 2012 houses on Santa
Ana reservation visted to ask about how many kW solar panels on roof
Friendly dry wall worker said he didn't know but gave
who will know.
Conversation with Sacred
Message for Luz Energy: Arina at Luz
Wednesday February 1, 2012
Problem with trimming
junipers is illustrated by
Limbs are unsightly.
Juniper you see was trimmed by bill when he removed the junipers to the
est of the driveway some years ago. And looked far worse for
Tentative plan is to trim the junipers on the bank in the back to
the point where the slope steepens, the build a
Anasazi-like wall to hide limbs.
Bank was bare in
1981. When it frequently rained during the monsoon season in the summer gullies
were formed on the slope and we had to carry fill them in with washed out soil.
Junipers solved the problem but expanded beyond their intended
Rain is less frequent in 2011 than it was in 1981. But isn't
this what happened to the Anasazi and why they migrated to pueblos?
Essential non-gas-wasting energy recon trip up I-25
just to the south of NM 500 in Bernalillo.
Panel angle is suspiciously not optimum. But if
the object is only to sell, install, and maintain solar panel generation of
electricity system, then angle is unimportant.
Anasazi-style stone work which we are studying.
MCT Corporation Bernalillo
appears to be involved in government contracting so it may be mandatory to
comply with Obama administration altenergy initiatives?
Commentariies read from googling
'cougar military vehicle' suggest that the military commited a mistake using
the 'HumVee' in IED
territory and are now correcting this.
Some 4,000 of these vehicles will have
been fielded under the US military's MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) and
other vehicle programs. US Defense secretary Robert Gates demanded that the
vehicles be ordered in larger numbers after the Marines reported in 2004 that
no troops had died in more than 300 IED attacks on Cougars.
Deseret willows placement was designed by
landscape artist hired by Patty many years ago
artist wanted $8,000 to implement plans. So we did it
Desert willows are obnoxious because they grow fast, limbs
break easily, and blooms little ground in the late summer.
Shane dismember them was fun.
Desert willow limbs about to depart to the Eagle Rock
paid 7 $20s.
|Tuesday January 31, 2012
visited to try to determine who the stone contractor is.
Stone work in
Electronics industry friend told
bill that this casino let a contract to have all of the slot machines connected
to a computer. Watch out!
Canyon Stone assembled lots of stone
presumably for spring yard projects
View to the
Cracks is some of the laid stone
caused by too thin stone, Frank said.
Bottom two cracks stone was not
walked on. So what caused the cracks?
Easy to repair because stone is
laid in crusher fines.
Silver duct tape applied by Patty for
identification of stone she wants repaired.
|Tuesday January 30, 2012
Pueblo stone work.
Where did the stone artisans learn how to do this? It's
in their genes, we speculate.
Frank and bill were discussing
rock options on Monday January 30, 2012 at Canyon Stone and the stone work done
at the Sandia Pueblo.
Frank opined that the rock work talent 'was in
Frank commented that Joe told him about this page. He
wanted to look at it.
Bill responded 'Google
indians are the descendants of those who built
... we've been told.
'Character rock' aka
caveman landscaping is rejected in favor of what you see below. Canyon Stone
won't deliver character stones free as it does for flagstone.
talent is available for a reasonable price/hr?
Stones fastened with mortar.
for wall to hide juniper boughs?
Stones seen stacked for I-25
Tramway/Roy road stone work project before
Bill thought this was
going to take months to complete.
Fifty to 100 indians took about a day
to construct! Both sides of the road!!
I-25 Tramway/Roy road underpass
is on the Sandia Pueblo.
Attended for about 30 minutes.
Arid Crop Seed Cache.
Speaker had nothing good to say about
Genetically Engineered seeds.
|Thursday January 26, 2011
china-made 1-1/8" reciprocating saw
draws 6.5 amps
or about 120 x 6.5 = 780 watts.
How many solar panels required to power
this saw? What would be the cost?
used very hard feeling trees, chamisa, apache plume, cut apart dog run, steel
New pruning blades brought through Amazon.
blade seen below used by Shane on Wednesday to remove stump in neighbors
Blade replaced by Shane today for pruning red and golden delicious
Fred Fair has large apple orchards on the Bear Paw outside
of Regina, NM.
Fred told bill than apple trees only live about about 25
years. These two apple trees have been here 3l years.
paid 7 $20s.
And we're investing in a landscaping project?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer Americans bought new homes in
December. The decline made 2011 the worst year for new-home sales on records
dating back nearly half a century. Fed to Keep a Lid on Rates Through 2014
Interest rate conversation with
SmithBarney/MorganStanley employee Randall on Monday January 23,
Retirement in America Is Endangered Friday
January 27, 2012
Neighbor Roger is a builder. We have not
talked in several years. Wednesday January 25, 2012 bill asked Roger what the
recession/depression was doing to his business.
Roger told bill that it
has been so bad that he is not renewing his contractor licenses.
of our home, Tom Duncan, went out of business, we were told by Bobbie. Tom
Duncan got a divorce, Duncan's wife told Patty.
Joe of Canyon Stone showed me 'character
rocks' on Wednesday afternoon January 25, 2012
Each costs about $100 and weights between 3-400
Reason we are looking at the rocks is that back bank juniper
trimming is on the agenda.
Note yucca at upper left. Orginal
One voluteer appeared and a second is now
Character rocks may be laid at the base of the trimmed
|Tuesday January 24, 2012.
Stepping stones to cooler and irrigation system.
Wheeled garden seat used to repair cooler and irrigation
system should not roll easier.
Burning bush trimmed with industrial
gas-powered trimmer purchased at pawn shop for $200.
Industrial trimmer cost over $400 new, Shane
Roof leak spotted by Patty in same place as a results of
View east toward Sandia mountain.
mailbox in center of photo, then focus on curb to the right.
planted there penetrated the sewer system.
Backhoe was required to dig
them out to repair sewer line.
sulfate[?] was placed on remaining roots. Big dollars to fix. We were lucky
... at least so far with our two giant junipers.
Locate pyacantha [sp? -
they have nasty spines] bushes on left of photo. Shane said he will be working
just to the east tomorrow for neighbor Jerry.
Off to Eagle Rock convenience center.
reported his feet were wet so he departed.
Shane paid 5 $20s.
and NM 550 road-side vendors
Yuccas cost between $1-200 vendor
Yucca at far right on trailer costs $200
Essential non-gas-wasting yucca and energy field trip Wednesday
Januaary 25, 2011
Sacred Solar new home
construction on Santa Ana pueblo
turbine repair work is dangerous so is
the purpose of the tower located on the Sandia pueblo?
service the New Mexico Railrunner which runs between Belen and Santa Fe,
Herzog Contracting Corportation maintains the rails and
appears to be extremely busy making monry while the state of New Mexico is
losing money on the Railrunner.
Halt Rail Robber in Its Pricey Tracks
Media Consultant and Film Producer
The New Mexico Rail Runner may be the biggest boondoggle
ever dumped on the taxpayers of this state. It's an ill-conceived, unnecessary
"mass transit" system that serves a tiny fraction of the state's population for
an obscenely high price. We can and must stop this train in its
The diesel-fueled rail service (no, it's not powered by
windmills) came in a little over budget nearly four times what
Richardson promised! Some legislators believe it actually cost more than the
official number, $475 million.
Then there's the annual expense of
running the train. In 2009 fares generated only $1.9 million out of a $21
million operating budget. That's right, the fares collected from riders covered
only 9 percent of the total cost, making the Rail Runner one of the most
heavily taxpayer subsidized rail lines in the world. ...
Journal, Monday, April 19, 2010
Where do journalists come from? They
are manufactured in America's universities in a liberal arts
|Thursday January 19, 2012
piñon trimming, good juniper trimming [as opposed to bad juniper
removal], and stepping stones to water faucet.
Below taken Thursday January 19, 2012 with LG420G
$14.88 Tracfone purchased from Walmart.
Photo was downloaded over bluetooth to a Toshiba L505d
LS5007 laptop as one of a batch of jpg files using an Asus bluetooth dongle
purchased at Fry's in Austin for about $10, after $5 rebate which bill did not
file in time.
Only two nasty-type junipers over-ran the west part of the
front yard, Shane reported.
Drip system installed by Patty and son in
about 1982 located by Shane.
Plants of the Southwest will be consulted
for their opinion on what should be planted here.
ties installated by bill in 1981. Bill does not claim expertise in
Neighbor Jerry to the east wants Shane to do some
Shane reported he studied landscaping in Texas while working.
Bill's observation is that Shane has learned work skills that may not
be apparent to many.
Shane is into the Austrian school of
Flagstone watered-down again by Shane. Crusher fines [not
'fine' according to Pete's] has to 'set-up.'
Mortar is to be mixed with
crusher fine where water drips off roof and current washes out crusher fines to
see if this fixes the problem.
Shane is receiving compliments for his work on
Shane paid 7 $20s.
Plight of present and future
American retirees discussed this afternoon. They may wise-up to what Bernanke
and Geithner did to them? And not be too happy about this.
There is a rumor which we started ourselves
that Captain Francesco Schettino of the Costa Concordia has been invited
to join the Federal Reserve.
Obviously, in view of the recently released
minutes of its meetings in 2006, the Italian ships captain and the Fed
are meant for each other. Both are prone to error, cowardice and confusion.
Ben Bernanke in 2006, just as the housing and finance bubble was
reaching its zenith:
I think it would take a very strong decline in
the housing market to substantially derail the strong momentum for growth that
we are currently seeing in the economy.
The Daily Reckoning
Thursday January 19,
Bernanke and Geithner are, in no small way, responsible
for this landscaping project because of low CD interest rates.
appear to have taken Mickey Mouse liberal arts courses in college and were
brainwashed, not educated. Memorize, speculate, emote, then interpret ... in
the form of essays.
Friday January 20, 2012 Whitman College classmate
acknowledge me a friend.
Tamara Andrews Walker is the second of my three
Plants of the
Southwest field trip Saturday January 14, 2012.
Pecan shells are used for ground cover
at Plants of the Southwest on 4th stree.
Field trip Friday January 13,
Academy to photograph solar array.
Significant dollars spent for solar panels and installation.
And in the shade of the Sandia
Solar generation of electrcity project was considered but we
decided on landsscaping for economic reasons.
about 12:00 to
Convenience Center required to empty trailer.
Solar arrays have a limited life and are toxic to
manufacture and disposal.
Perhaps money should be collected at time of
installation for removal and safe disposal of these arrays?
tops removed. Roots remain, however.
Reason Shane is broadly
Increase in the amount of light now entering first floor
windows is very noticable. Heating costs may be reduced?
paid 8 $20s.
January 12, 2012 video of nasty juniper trimming.
started from about one plant planted in 1981. They metasticised. They are older
Shane's new dog Jack.
Jack found running loose in Rio
Rancho with collar and name, Shane reported.
Shane said that he phoned
and phone answerer did not acknowlege owernership.
Plan is to
complete trimming, dig around roots, then pull them out of 4x4
Shane paid 7 $20s.
Junipers cleaned to the back side of railroad
Bill hauled ties from downtown albuquerque in 3/4 ton 1972 Ford
4x4 in 1981 and put them were you see them.
Shane paid 7 $20 for Friday January 6, 2011.
the giant juniper to the west.
Hazardous work for reasons of black
widow, brown recluse spiders, cockroaches, mice, lizards,
Patty and son installed a drip system which likely watered
big juniper. This was a mistake. Junipers should not be encouraged to
Junipers were torn out between the curb and the side walk with a
bobcat about a year ago.
Bill and his fishing buddy carted them to the
Eagle Rock Transfer station.
Trimming the desert olive back is a major
impvovement. Note dead juniper killed by desert olive.
were planted by neighbor George Hosier years ago. Height at planting time was
between 3-5 feet.
Reason we are investing in landscaping is illustrated by
Royal Bank of Canada summary.
No money to be made, on the average, investing
in the stock marker. SP 500 has apparently been flat for the past ten
AT the turn of the last century, it was widely accepted that
American stocks were virtually certain to be good long-term investments. Now,
far fewer people are confident of that.
Photo Tursday January 5, 2011 of west part of
Xeriscaping has done too well. Patty and bill did all of
this work in 1981.
Two yuccas to left of Shane are older than he is.
Yucca's bought from a guy who had them planted in his front yard on
Cauga street which is just south of Zuni.
That area of Albuquerque is so
high crime that APD officers try to avoid it.
Bill planted these in 1981
when they were about five feet tall.
Weight of the desert olive was so
great that it killed some of the junipers beneath it.
Off to Eagle
Rock transfer center.
Shane paid 7 $20s. He forgot his receipt book
Junipers are next to be trimmed.
Photo Tursday January 5, 2011
tree seen to right of second Austrian pine produces lots ... which neighbors
Wednesday January 4, 2012 Shane trims tree and removes 31 years of
pine needles seen in piles.
Blower used to clean ground around
Trailer completely filled, covered with tarp to deliver
to Eagle Rock transfer center.
If the trailer uncovered, then Eagle Rock
Transfer issues fine.
Shane paid 7 $20s.
Shane reports that
work is slow but he expects it to pick up in the spring.
Tuesday December 20, 2011
Shane paid 7 $20s.
Rock remaining from
Monday Decemeber 19, 2011.
Work done Friday
December 16, 2011
Shane reported that his knees were killing
Shane paid 7 $20s. Shane produces is the reason.
|Monday December 12, 2011
weather. Temperature in the high 30s F.
$20 above work and unloading flagstone with Joe.
|Wednesday Decmber 7, 2011
Wind storm in New Mexico did
millions of dollars of damage Albuquerque Journal reported today.
storm was followed by snow.
Looking to the east on Manitoba, Monday
December 5, 2011.
Essential non-gas-wasting trip to Algodones, NM
to see if
was damaged by wind.
Tuesday Real Time embedded
conference attended a
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. AMD
Intervention motion filed.
from Canyon Stone
Joe given $20 tip.
Video of Joe and Shane
Ground frozen. Shane departed.
restacked by Shane to get it out of the work area.
stone stacked on top of 1981 stone - which bill laid on sand.
|Thursday December 1, 2011
Trujillo of Canyon Stone to find out how much for stone Shane selected on his
Marcos returned call. $407.
wrote Canyon Stone receipt.
Here it is
2,907 pounds that have to be unloaded from pickup truck.
at Canyon Stone.
Shane ripping up old flagstone laid by bill in 1981.
Shane was born in 1982!
Bill forgot that he put sand down before laying
Mortar seen at bottom left was used between the
Old flagstone was purchased from a Tramway road-side
vendor in 1981.
Plan is to extend the old flagstone area to be even with
the mailbox flagstone.
Here are the measurements.
rock used to fill east trench seen below.
did all this work today
plus he is visiting Canyon Stone
to pick out a pallet of flagstone and arrange delivery. So Shane paid with 7
Bill will phone to find out how much, then, pay in cash. Can
you guess reason?
While Shane was working bill went to Lowe's on Paseo
On the way he stopped at
Decision was that landscaping may make money. Solar
generation of electricity may be a bad investment?
China Rejects U.S. Panel Ruling That Solar Imports Harm
Industry December 03, 2011, 11:51 PM EST
Exposing solar generation
of electricity drawbacks may be a good thing for China gas-powered electric
Affordable Solar bid $8,280, after credits, for 2.76 kW solar
Mike Mattoli told us at CS solar seminar that there is an
immediate 20% power reduction from solar panels so .80 * 2.76 = 2.208
Harbor Freight 2.2/2.4 kW generator only cost $237 which produces
dispatchable [technical term for on-demand] power - provided gasoline is still
available and affordable.
Attack on Iran's nuclear generation of electricity facilities
might mean that petroleum products could get scarce and
Affordable Solar system in on-grid which means
electricity is being sold back to PNM.
Price paid decreased from $.13 to $.07/kWh we recently learned
from conversation with Steve House of 310 solar.
And you get
obtrusive solar panels with an additional junction box. Maintenance problems
may exist too?
Manufacture is solar panels is very toxic and their
disposal of toxic solar panels a problem too.
Financial reasons for
decision to invest in landscaping as opposed to solar generation of electricity
Harbor Freight salesman Darrell approached bill
who was studying generator on sale for $299 from $399.
bill what it would take bill to buy generator now.
knocked another $60 off provided that bill bought a one-year extended
Darrell said now the generator will be guaranteed one year and
Bill spent several days around thanksgiving
googling 'generator grounding because
Over a million google hits on
grounding a poster reported.
Fascinating information of grounding
Our plan is to run electric appliances from an extension
cord for emergency powers so we don't plan to ground
non-technical people messing with electric energy point to
possible future increased cost and possible shortages.
Texas could face power shortages as soon as next year
as aging plants are mothballed in response to new environmental standards,
according to the state's grid operator and the organization that monitors the
U.S. power grids for the federal government.
In separate reports released
days apart, both organizations determined that
Texas will soon have an inadequate supply of backup power
during periods of peak demand. The shrinking power reserves increase the
chances of rolling blackouts if a major power plant goes offline on a very hot
or cold day, when power use is greatest.
|Wednesday November 30, 2011 we visited the
Shooting Range Park to practice.
Video taken at
Return trip on Paseo del Norte took us past
panel equipped home which has been for sale since early in summer.
investigation of installing solar panels convinced us that landscaping is
probably a better investment.
Progress Wednesday November 23, 2011.
given 7 $20 bills.
Propane gas regulator model 150 Marshall
replacement failed after a day of search on Internet and the telephone. So we
improvised a solution.
Gas hose from 1988 Char-Broil 7000 series grill
is 5/16 inch. Visited Lowe's to buy $21.37, tax included, type 1 regulator and
hose which has female threaded coupling.
Trains West visited to
buy 5/16 inch thin wall brass tube for $2.24 including tax.
used to cut swamp cooler 1/4 inch copper tube used to cut off 2 inches.
Hose clamp found in garage completed improvisation.
Char-Broil repair [800-2417548] person tried to get me to buy new grill
saying that parts were no longer available for old grill.
Glass shattered several years ago. Replaced by
All business done with Discount Glass fun.
left in our yard when
departed to Tucson for retirement.
conversation revealed he is trying to recover from back surgery.
statment is "I'm still on the right side of the grass."
|Tuesday November 15, 2011 progress.
Mail box flagstone
Crusher fines added and watered twice.
Flagstone to left was laid by bill in 1981 - before
Shane was born.
Plan is to have it removed, leveled
and relaid by Shane.
6 $20 bills paid. Shane works
Cusher fines sweep planned for next week along with digging out
dirt between sidewalk and curb to east of driveway.
About zero interest
rates and high unemployment prompted us to focus on landscape investiment
despite falling real estate prices in neighborhood.
Thursday November 9, 2011 we used angle finder
estimate that the patio is sloping at about 1-2o northeast
for water dranage.
Angle finder used mostly to measure solar panel angle
in conjunction with compass which is used to measure solar panel
Cracked flagstone seen below removed
Progress Wednesday November 9, 2011
laid flagstone seen to the left of Shane's shoe in 1981. That was before Shane
Flagstone bought from a Tramway street vendor.
level so replacement is on the TODO list.
Flagstone will be allowed to settle for a week or so, then
minor repairs, after that it will be watered-down, Shane
to be installed around mail box.
paid 7 $20 bills.
Shane showed me this page on his I-phone this
Canyon Stone employee Joe visited and given a $20 tip for
helping unloading the flagstone.
Concern about future electricity supply
caused us to buy a 2200/2400 watt generator from Harbor Freight.
help unload it from its carton.
Solar generation of electricity will not
help if your power goes off.
Generator is sufficient to power
refrigerator, small electric heater and
energy-efficient tasklamp to help survive until power is
|Progress Thursday November 3, 2011
thickness variations problems Shane reports slowed work.
Deck should be
flat but tilted so that water runs north to back yard.
given 7 $20 bills since he is doing landscape design work as well as manual
About 11:00 bill took essential non-gas-wasting field trip to
Algodones, NM to view fence installation work around solar panels and interview
Employee reported that solar panel installation cost
View travelling south on 313 through the Santa Ana
Investigation of grid-tie solar generation of
electricity led to landscape project as likely better investment.
Progress Wednesday November 2, 1011
We're contemplating flagstone here.
Met Shane's father today.
|Wednesday November 2, 2011 15:52
Shane covered flagstone
with crusher fines using rake upside down.
Shane uses a broom to remove excess
Weather lots cooler.
Tuesday November 1, 2011 bill
gets big load of crusher fines from Pete's on Holly while Shane and Joe unload
Loader operator loads what was spilled.
Video of Joe and Shane
Here's progress at quitting time.
flagstone stacked outside. $680 @ $.12/pound means that pile weighs about 5,667
Joe reports he does exercised before work so his body is
Shane reports he does exercised after work!
bill how old he is. 74. Bill asked Shane how old he is. 29.
all rock in yard with wheel barrow in 1981before Shane was born.
6 $20 bills for Monday work.
And 7 $20 bills for Tueday work. Creative
landscaping and heavy hauling rewarded.
|Monday October 31, 2011 17:39
Left to right. Shane, Frank, and
$680 for pallet and 1/2.
Joe wrote above
Friday October 21, 2011 17:46
1/4 yard [cu yd] of
crusher fines weighs 1,000 pounds we were told at Pete's.
Chinese trailer from the CR-V 3-ton Harbor Freight jack was used.
ton bottle jack was used first time.
Trailer hitch was lowered on to
He works at
Canyon Stone corporate sombrero is
worn by employees.
New Mexico is skin cancer capitol of the US.
High altitude and lots of sun.
|Thursday October 20, 2011 work.
Video of crusher fine work.
6 $20 bills.
View of yet unused rear patio.
|Tuesday October 18, 2011 work.
rock and mortar removed.
Hard to see portion in sun. But it is a
Shane agreed to work for $12.50. We'd feel guilty if we paid
his this, so he was given 7 $20 bills.
Mexcan nationals will work HARD
for less than $10/hour. They are exploited.
|Thursday October 13, 2011 work
1.Remove the soil where your walkway will be built. Ex. 2"
flagstone + 2? Crushed Stone Base + 1" Granite Sand = 5" of soil excavated to
bring the top of the flagstone flush with the ground level.
dig out about four inches of soil for your gravel base
(Image 3), depending on the thickness of each piece of flagstone.
9" of dirt for patio laid flagstone and 3" for stepping stone laid
Dig the soil up in the walkway to a depth of 10 to 12 inches,
and layer the inside of the hole with landscaping fabric. Spread a layer of
crushed stone over the landscaping fabric to a depth of 2 inches, wet the
crushed stone and use a compactor to fully press the stone into the hole. Layer
granite sand over the top of the stone, wet the sand and compact
Flagstone patio material....360 sq ft. how many tons will I
need???? Thanks so much!!! Depends on the density of the flagstone (which is a
generic term for any flat, natural stone such as slate, bluestone, etc) and how
thick the slabs are, which you don't provide. Density can range from 140
lbs/ft3 to over 180 lbs/ft3. I suggest you call a company that deals with the
type of flagstone pavers you want and talk to them.
I would plan to install no less than 6 inches of limestone for
the patio base under the flagstone. But the limestone is not installed all at
once. It needs to be installed in two lifts of 3 inches each. Install 3
inches of the loose limestone with the fines and spread it out evenly. Use a
mechanical vibrating plate compactor to compact the limestone. A hand tamper is
not the proper tool to use for this part of the job. Run the compacting machine
back and forth in parallel lines across the limestone as you might cut your
grass. Then do the exact same thing but at 90 degrees to the initial direction
you ran the machine.
Decomposed granite 'soil' here probably means only about 3.5
inches needs to be excavated for flagstone bed?
Neighbor Tim has been
watching your work.
Tim has a similar problem.
Shane hourly rate of $12.50, let me
Shane was asked before project how much he wanted per hour. He
responded between $11 and $12.50. I responded with an okay for the
Mexicanos nacionales trabajan por menos.
Noticias buenas es que bill habla el espanol, mas or
William H. Payne, Machine, Assembly and System
Programming for the IBM 360 (1969) (in English and 1971 in
Shane works really hard so Shane was given 6
Whoops. 30 year old wheelbarror failed.
rock you see was placed here by bill in 1981.
New wheelbarrow bought at
Home Depot. Lowe's only had wheelbarrows which required assembly.
rocks super-dirty with 30 years of grime.
Friday afternoon bill
experimented washing some.
Worked fairly well except for
Shane commented that wheelbarrow will last more than 30
Bill, age 74, responded that he will probably not last that
Shane used green cart to haul rocks to front while bill went to
Plastic placed on ground when the Better Homes and Gardens
energy efficient plan home was built in 1981.
Thirty years of dirt is
mixed with the remaining rocks seen.
I mentioned washing the rocks by
placing them in green cart with no tarp.
Put them out with the garbage each Monday! Only about a 1/8-1/4 can
Otherwise waste management may become suspicious.
planned to resume on Monday October 17, 2011.
|Wednesday October 12, 2011 work
Dirt Shane removed in about 16 feet long and 5 feet
Shane was paid 6 $20 bills.
Bobby Bridgewater did some clean up work and bit more work
Friday September 23, 2011 19:06
Observation of Shane's
brain engaged looking at flagstone and where it was to be placed
I was out of focus.
Sepember 22, 2011 15:18
Almost. Compression of crusher fine over time is
required to make it hard.
Shane was given 6 $20 bills for
design work in addition to muscle work.
Shane used wheel barrow to
distribute about 750 pounds of crusher fine.
Shane has a mini bumper sticker on the front of
his trailer that reads.
I love [the heart] beerAnd a six pack of
Thursday Sepember 22, 2011 12:12
Sepember 22, 2011 10:58
Shane at about 10:30
21, 2011 15:27
Scary project for reason that Chinese trailer
rated max load 1,000 pounds.
And we hated to imagine the problems if
tires or trailer failed.
Cell phone carried just in case.
tires inflated to 60 psi. Hydraulic jack and spare wheel carried.
35 mph rarely exceeded. Warning blinkers activated.
Backing the trailer
into driveway was toughest part of project.
We are ready for Shane on
Thursday September 21, 2011 at 09:00!
Pero tenemos Mexicanos nacionales
nombres de telephono si Shane no llega mañana.
'education' at Whitman college between 1956-9 required foreign language for
Tuesday Sepember 20, 2011 09:13
Roots removal using a
Pulaski tool done in about 10 minute segments, interspersed
with hours of rest.
Monday September 19, 2011 09:29
measured Sunday September 18, 2011.
* 4.5 = 76.5
House south side of front door 12.5 * 4.5 = 56.25
south side of front door 26 * 4.5 = 117
North walk and
garbage can area 18 * 7.5 =
September 18, 2011 09:17
How To Lay a
How to Lay a Flagstone Walkway
Crusher fine field
Pete's Landscaping on Saturday September 17, 2011 resulted
in learning that 1 Yard weighs about 2,000 pounts and Pete's sells it in 1/2
Grey crush fine is cost $25 Yard but delivery will
bring total cost to about $100.
capicity is 1,000
suggested boundary marks
Friday Deptember 16, 2011
Here are two recent
Bobby fixes roof.
Vince bids on landscape.
Rock clean-up from Amy's
stucco work is first priority but when you want to take a break, let me suggest
that we drive to Canyon Rock to select a pallet board of flagstone.
Photo Thursday September 15, 2011.
See you on
Wednesday September 21, 2011.
Landscape books at Lowe's
scanned on Thursday September 16, 2011. Not very good. Words and picture
Internet is lots better!
House value is declining so spending lots on landscape is
probably not a good idea.
Merits of landscaping when unemployment is high.
Solar generation of electricity investigated but not
pursued for reason we would probably lose money.
And solar looks to
require maintenance ... and activity us senior try to avoid, Albert Gore
willing, of course.
Essential non-gas-wasting energy intelligence and fishing 2,883
mile trip started Monday September 26, 2011 from Albuquerque, NM to Craig, MT
which ended Saturday October 1, 2011 now has audio of about 46 minutes of
about 8 hour conversation with guide.
william h payne'.
michael fisher paragon natural resources too.
admiral william h payne.
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