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DKJLawnCare
11-21-2009, 05:16 PM
Hey guys, long time lurker here, I have posted in a couple of threads, but I figured I should formally introduce myself.

My name is David, I am a Nurse and so is my wife. But I only do that 3 days a week. I run DKJ Lawn Care on Thurs, Fri, and Sat. I am licensed and insured. We service the Anderson, Campbell areas, thinking about adding Knox county too. I had a couple of yards out at Norris this year

I was using a Craftsman LT1000 starting out, a craftsman 21" push mower, a Weedeater brand leaf blower, and two weed eater brand string trimmers. I have in the last couple of weeks upgraded, to a Stihl BR420 Magnum backpack blower, and an 06' Scag Tiger Cub 48". I am going to upgrade the trimmers, and pusher later on in the spring of 2010. I plan on getting a FS110 Trimmer, and a Stihl Edger. I would like to get a good commercial pusher too.

Anyway here are a few pictures. These were cut with the LT1000, I haven't cut anything besides my yard with the Scag yet. (WHAT AN UPGRADE. I LOVE IT). In the one picture, I hadn't picked up the leaves yet.

I know you all like pics, so here are some so far.

Oh yeah forgot to mention I pull my 5x8 Carry on with my Honda Ridgeline (I know some of you don't like them, but its what I have right now, and it is SO comfortable). I hope to upgrade to a 6x10 enclosed, and an F250, or 2500HD diesel in the next two years.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y25/ocb_dave_ocb/008.jpg http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y25/ocb_dave_ocb/011.jpg
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This is our house, I started the landscaping after construction. I removed the plastic edging recently, I added a New dwarf alberta spruce beside the driveway, mulched around the new trees too, also added a pond, and finished the back deck. I know the grass still needs help too.. LOL

BEFORE - sorry couldn't re-size them
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DURING
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AFTER
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I found a couple of pictures of the pond, Before I had really put many plants in, and a good one of the wife's maple, here they are.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y25/ocb_dave_ocb/007.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y25/ocb_dave_ocb/008-1.jpg
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XLS
11-21-2009, 11:41 PM
not bashing but are those regular block or rough face looks like a regular block basment house they never bricked whats the deal??? i have never seen this in home building .

DLAWNS
11-22-2009, 09:36 AM
Welcome to Lawnsite!

DKJLawnCare
11-22-2009, 09:51 AM
not bashing but are those regular block or rough face looks like a regular block basment house they never bricked whats the deal??? i have never seen this in home building .

Are you talking about the basement on our house? That is regular block, it is very common in home building. There are at least 6 other homes in our sub-division that are built the same way.

They are going to be covered eventually we're just not sure which way we want to go with it.

We are looking at three options:
1. Have it done in rock pattern stucco.
2. Use something like the thin brick system.
3. Use another type of stone, such as stack stone.

DKJLawnCare
11-22-2009, 09:52 AM
Welcome to Lawnsite!

Thank you, and you have some very good pictures too.

DLAWNS
11-22-2009, 10:02 AM
Thank you, and you have some very good pictures too.

Thanks man. I appreciate it.

XLS
11-22-2009, 12:46 PM
djk coo i got you so the basment isnt finished my family is masons and it looked like someone forgot to brick it and i knew it couldnt be bricked the way it wa built. but you are on the right path if stucco or think venner is your plans i was thinking personally that the basment house needed alot of infill looks good though.
when you say it is common in building are you referring to the block in general or the process of leaving then exposes j/k we have laid 10's on millions of block and brick so i know they are common just was courious if that was a finished rough faced block design that you opted to use regular block on . or if your home wasnt completeed ( around here the veneer is finished before they home owner moves in) .

XLS
11-22-2009, 12:47 PM
i like the ridgeline when and if you upgrade keep the 4 door idea

DKJLawnCare
11-22-2009, 09:32 PM
i like the ridgeline when and if you upgrade keep the 4 door idea

LOL, I do love the Ridgeline, but we have some plans for possibly upgrading it too. My wife is wanting a new Camaro, so we maybe getting one of those, since our RL will be payed off Jan of 2010. Im thinking about trading the RL in on a Escalade. But I wont do that until I get my work truck.

As far as the block goes, most homes around here are left smooth. Our house we kinda got the shaft on anyway. It was supposed to have been built for $120,000 but Katrina hit, and it shot up to $166,000 due to the price of lumber increasing and all. Not to mention we had to settle for the top deck only and we lost the bonus room. Oh well we picked a bad time to build. But it still worked out for us as the home is still worth well over what we built it for.

If we could do it all over, I would have had my basement finished too, and if we could have built it 1 year sooner, we could have had it completely finished for less than $170,000.

We have already changed a lot. We had cheap counter tops, and we changed that to granite. We added the bottom deck. We have a lot to go but we figured we could add as we went. I almost have my small portion of the basement finished (game room)

We were pricing the block covering, we can have the stucco done for around $1,500 or I can do the brink veneer for about $3,000. Either option should turn out decent.

XLS
11-22-2009, 09:43 PM
wow an escalade would only make you an envy pulling the scag j/k do you have any idea on a work truck?

DKJLawnCare
11-22-2009, 09:48 PM
wow an escalade would only make you an envy pulling the scag j/k do you have any idea on a work truck?

Don't really care too much as long as it is a diesel. I'm probably going to get an F250. I would actually like a Short Wheel Base, Standard shift, Regular cab, since it is just me. If I ever expand, I will add another truck and keep that one for around the house.

cleansweeplawncare
11-25-2009, 04:49 AM
Nice to see a fellow honda owner. We bought a civic for my wife and it drives perfect. Good luck with the business !

DKJLawnCare
11-28-2009, 09:54 AM
I do love the Ridgeline, it is the most comfortable vehicle I have ever owned.

dhunterd08
11-28-2009, 02:32 PM
good to see a fellow volunteer stater on here! Everything is lookin good my friend! I would say the F250 short wheel base reg cab is a great idea. I just bought an 04 FX4 Supercab and the 5.4 just isn't doing it for me like i thought it would. Regular Cabs are so much easier for getting in and out of neighborhoods anyway. I miss my 1997 reg cab F150 lol. Keep up the good work

DKJLawnCare
11-28-2009, 05:25 PM
Thanks for the welcome.

DKJLawnCare
12-18-2009, 09:52 AM
Hey guys figured I would post up a pic of the new to me trailer.

It is a 6x12 with 2ft sides. I picked it up for $800. I had to get a set of tail lights for it, and I had to weld a few spots back down on the mesh floor.

I bought some pins for it, some rubber straps, reflector tape, brake lights. All total I have about $850 in it.

The guy I bought it from said he thought it has a 5k axle, but Im leaning more towards 3.5k because the tires on it are rated at 1,820 each.

That is one + too. It has 3 new Goodyear Marathon tires. The frame is 2x3 box steel and the top rails are all 2x2 box. No angle at all.

It has been out in the weather for a while, So im going to have to either pressure wash it or sand blast it. Then I will paint it.

here is a pic
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y25/ocb_dave_ocb/001.jpg

XLS
12-18-2009, 10:44 AM
it looks all good over there. If your mesh gives you trouble in the future take a few sheets of3/4'' marine grade plywood and bolt it down through the mesh in a few places with cartrige bolts. it is easier to go through the plywood between the dimands then it is to go through the frame . good luck with it , spring will be here before you know it.

also 3500lb axle is standard for those size trailer's.

DKJLawnCare
12-18-2009, 11:14 AM
it looks all good over there. If your mesh gives you trouble in the future take a few sheets of3/4'' marine grade plywood and bolt it down through the mesh in a few places with cartrige bolts. it is easier to go through the plywood between the dimands then it is to go through the frame . good luck with it , spring will be here before you know it.

also 3500lb axle is standard for those size trailer's.

I thought about taking the mesh completely off of it, and using 2x8 pressure treated for the flooring. I could use 3" self tapping sheet metal screw to hold them in. That is what I did on the other trailer I had.

I could use the mesh and make a box in the front for gas jugs, and my saw. I would have plenty of it. a 6x12 sheet of mesh would go a long way.

XLS
12-18-2009, 11:40 AM
you are right there if you can get it up without damaging it you would have plenty .
we had a guy drill for boards on one trailer and it took a few bits then we did the plywood and it took 1 so it was faster as well but i understand if you have a use for the mest ,use it .make what your working with ,work for you . congrats on the buy looks like a good deal. we bough a 5x8 just like it back 7 years ago and it cost your price , not a bad find.

DKJLawnCare
12-18-2009, 11:07 PM
you are right there if you can get it up without damaging it you would have plenty .
we had a guy drill for boards on one trailer and it took a few bits then we did the plywood and it took 1 so it was faster as well but i understand if you have a use for the mest ,use it .make what your working with ,work for you . congrats on the buy looks like a good deal. we bough a 5x8 just like it back 7 years ago and it cost your price , not a bad find.

I think the guy was needing money for Christmas. I threw some paint on it tonight, I bought a can of Rustoleum just to see how it would look. It turned out alot better than I thought it would. I will try to take some pics tomorrow if this snow melts.

DKJLawnCare
03-14-2010, 11:23 PM
I guess I better post some pictures. Now that I have added a bit of equipment. Can anyone help me on the model number of this John Deere. Its old I think its a 1988 according to the Serial number. All the plate below the serial says is 36 COM MOW

Don't mind the grass, it is still dormant, and the bare spot is from our Halloween coffin.

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