On Tue, 17 May 2005 19:11:05 -0400, the inscrutable Robatoy
Ever look at one of those power or health bar thingies? Crikey,
there's so much sugar in one of them it puts me into sugar shock just
looking at it. What misnomers!
Do the voices in my head bother you?
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I have to agree with Patriarch here. Build it out of something
cheaper like paving stones or something. Even 2x12 spf will last many
years and you can just build another when it starts to go.
I learned my lesson building a compost bin for my wife. I thought
treated would get chemicals in the compost and pine or fir wouldn't
last..... ah ha, redwood. I ordered out some 2x4 and some 1x8 and
built a pretty nice bin with two hinged lids and fronts that slide out
for shoveling and everyone was happy. Then, the material bill came.
I had built the most expensive compost bin known to man! Ten years
later, it's still out there and every spring I get reminded of how
much it cost!
When it finally falls apart, I'm buying her a roll of chicken wire.:-)
Amortized over 10 years, it's probably the lowest cost compost bin on
the planet, especially if you use your current labor rate, which is
based on your years of experience building quality compost bins, to
build a replacement<G>.
When someone asks "How much did it cost to build that?" and I tell
them.....this weird look comes across their face.
It's that "Your out of your freakin mind!" look.<g>
Nobody else ever wanted me to build em one.
Then whatever number you gave them was a 'good number'.
I have a $3500 (materials only) garden shed that gets the same sort of
response. Why does a garden shed _need_ a leaded glass entry door? :-)
The door set was on closeout at the Borg. I thought it was $99, and it was
on the cart, with a couple of other things, (OK, the stack was 4' high).
The pricing was wrong, but we worked it out, and I took it anyway.
Another name for these little houses in the garden is 'garden folly'.
But there is space in the garage shop for power tools that was previously
occupied by stuff now stored in a respectable outbuilding. And since it
can be seen from the back street, and isn't, in the strictest of
interpretations, properly sited, I had to make it 'nice'. The city has no
complaints, because it was 'done nicely'.
But to be able to honestly answer folks who ask what it would cost for me
to make them one, when I really don't want to, is priceless.
My compost bin has a concrete block back wall, and recycled redwood side
boards. I'm fortunate that 'fast composting' works well here, though.
Even a modest output of shavings from the planer or lathe seems to fill it
Lew's right. Think of it in terms of labor invested ten years ago, when
you were younger & stronger. The returns are that you don't have to
rebuild any time soon.
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