1) I don't have patio space to put it and don't want to make more, so I want to put it right on the grass or in the bush/ivy bed. In either place won't it sink fairly quickly (an inch or two a year) into the dirt?
How about if I put a brick under each leg? Do they make bricks with square cut-outs, like 1/2" deep, that might keep the leg from wandering until it falls off the brick? If they don't, could I chisel out a piece of the brick myself to have this? It would also keep the whole bench from moving.
2) IIRC only ACE Hardware had benches to try out. If you want to look: http://www.acehardware.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=park%20bench&origkw=park+bench&f=Taxonomy/ACE/12550829&sr=1 especially, which I would buy if I knew how long it would last, and I could keep it from sinking: http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId 602648 Interesting, fwiw,, more expensive on ebay than at Ace Hardware. I like Ace Hardware: http://www.ebay.com/itm/LIVING-ACCENTS-C117-45-CAST-IRON-HARDWOOD-VIVID-LEAVES-PARK-GARDEN-BENCH-NEW-/280839369739?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item416354b40b
Some were more comfortable than others and all of theirs were more comfortable than some I've sat on. The seat curves down a little at the front. But they don't say much about the wood slats, except that they are hardwood, or how long they will last if left out all year long in Baltimore, which can have a warm day in any month (plus one never see park benches in real parks covered for the winter) ..
Must I buy an all-metal bench? Most are not as comfortable. Should I make my own somehow out of treated 2x4's, that will weigh a ton?
And oh yeah, I don't want to spend more than 200 dollars, although maybe I would, but surely not the 700 I've seen for some.
Thanks a lot.
FTR, from http://www.dcamerica.net/faq.htm 11. What does my warranty NOT cover? Q: Storm damage and damage from exposure to the elements is not covered by our exclusive warranty. Please use caution to safeguard your furniture from harsh elements and inclement weather."
And t his elusive FAQ: 14. What can I do to protect my furniture and make it last longer? Q: With proper care and maintenance, your product should give you years of enjoyment.