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Old 09-20-2007, 08:58 PM
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Have at the idea!

Its called a 'Cannon Ball and Chain' system. I'll have to get back to you tomorrow with where it came from as I don't have it handy. It came from an antique kind of hardware store that was online.

If somebody doesn't understand, the ball is weighted. I say its about 8lbs. Gravity wants it to always fall in which case it holds the gate closed, no latch. Do the chain to the legth needed for the gate to open fully and you're set. How long do you thing it will take to wear out or call backs? Forget that, old fashioned, looks great and best of all works like a charm.

The fence is made of all cedar and has (4) coates of stain, not paint.
Very cool, Todd, very cool. Please forward that info. I think I'm going to do that. I think in my application though, I'll end up putting in a granite post. There is a 12' diameter granite circular patio where all the gravel paths meet in the garden and the granite post will blend better.... I think. Of course, I have a peony that will probably have to be moved now.
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Old 09-20-2007, 08:59 PM
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Boy todd, your cranking them out!!
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:27 PM
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Thanks rusk......I've got big and small carrying me to Thanksgiving. I do not care on the size of the job, just my net. Gross looks nice but net is whats most important. Guessing, one job has around 4,000+ pieces of plant material from 4" Maples to Perennials......the one a pool guy is dragging his feet on and pushing my schedule. Starting October we may be going 6-7 days a week with additional guys to handle the load. Never thought I would hate to see a new email or get a phone call and not recognize the number.

While speaking of fencing.......I would have liked this fence better if the posts had more architecture (not just 4x4) and a different tone. Perhaps just clear stain over the cedar giving a nice contrast to the white.
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:48 PM
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(2) 3' Boxwood
(3) Peony Sarah Bernhar
(1) Peony Karl Rosenfield
(1) Peony Festiva Maxima
(14) Penstemon Husker Red
(18) Platycodon Sentimental Blue
(25) Rudbeckia Goldstrum
(10) Dnedrathema Hillside Pink Sheffield
(28) Echinacea Purpurea Magnus
(19) Echinacea White Swam
(14) Hemerocallis Happy Returns
(40) Hemerocallis Fulva
(7) Aster Purple Dome
(12) Iris Cristata
(16) Iris Siber Ceasar's Brother
(6) Nepeta Walker's Low
(10) flats of Vinca Minor
*Other Boxwoods were transplants as well as about (12) more Peony.

All of these plants are inside or immediately around the fence....so yeah, more there then it looks and unfortunitly will have to wait until next season to really be able to 'see' it in bloom. The (40) Hemerocallis Fulva are spread along the drive/parking/woods.....they are a tried and true winner, throw it in the ground and forget it.
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:49 PM
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Big jobs are just a ego thing! I am about to start my third big job ever and i think i finally might acctually be ready for it! Big jobs are tuff. The thing is once you start doing them, thats all that comes your way.
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:05 PM
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Don't get me wrong, I like big jobs and want big jobs. Production hours are your money maker on them. I just tend to enjoy the smaller ones that ahve a lot going on a bit more.

Small jobs like this, I can get in, knock it out and make more money then a larger job. What I usually do is schedule small between big to give a little break and keep things mixed up vs the same 'ol same 'ol.
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:42 PM
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tthomass, how old are you? Glad I stumbled across this thread. Looks great
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:52 PM
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23 1/2.........gotta get the 1/2 in there, it makes all the difference
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Old 09-20-2007, 11:40 PM
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Where did you learn about the plants/grading/construction work to handle it all? Did you take classes at a community college or get a degree? What kind of advertising do you do besides referals/trucks? Yellow pages?
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:05 AM
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I had 18yrs of life on a beef cattle farm prior to going to Virginia Tech and graduating with a degree in Landscape and Turf Management from the College of Agriculture. Its a very structured 2yr degree in which you are required to take business classes, communications, computer, plants, grasses, pests, fertilizer, design, construction, math........everything dealing directly with the landscape and/or turf industry. Including a 12 week graded internship in the industry......I did mine at TruGreen Landcare.

Came out, went to work for two of northern VA's biggest, high end, residential landscape companies as a foreman 230 miles from the relaxed country living I was used to into the heavy traffic, rude, arrogant, stupid people capital of the state who just happen to have a lot more money. I pick up on things very quickly and became a go to guy. I did irrigation, maint, grading, masonry, installations etc and in doing so gained a lot of experience quickly.

Started in the industry after college June of 2004, got my first license September of 2005 and went full time for myself Mother's Day or 2006 with my Chevy and dump trailer. A lot of business owners in the family, just seemed right thing to do you could say.

I do not advertise, I network. Everything is word of mouth. Not to brag, but I've got more work then time right now and do not want anyone calling me before the end of November. If I was advertising on top of what I've got going now I would probably be going crazy and my hair turning gray before I'm 24.

What I do is work my 'butt' off, for the most part know only my suppliers and/or other people in the industry, SINGLE (theres a kicker) and pull 80-90hr weeks when needed because I also labor on top of the other duties of the business.

As I've said before, I thank my parents most of all. Good family and raising goes a long way, even if I didn't know it back then. They helped me sign for my Chevy and the rest is history.

What about you ALarsh?

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