Neighbour's steps


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Matty F

My neighbour, having made the world's worst letter box out of bits of rough-sawn bits of fence timber attached to a concrete fence with a bent nail, has now decided to make his version of steps up a six metre bank.
Here's my steps that I prepared earlier:
http://i51.tinypic.com/jhu52v.jpg

He is making little rectangular boxes out of the same timber and pegging them into the soil. I await what happens up the top where it gets really steep. I hope he has a hand rail.
 
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Matty F

"Matty F" wrote in message




My neighbour, having made the world's worst letter box out of bits of

rough-sawn bits of fence timber attached to a concrete fence with a bent

nail, has now decided to make his version of steps up a six metre bank.

Here's my steps that I prepared earlier:

http://i51.tinypic.com/jhu52v.jpg



Better than some council made stuff in woodland at first glance







He is making little rectangular boxes out of the same timber and pegging

them into the soil. I await what happens up the top where it gets really

steep. I hope he has a hand rail.



Errr.... Whats that up the RHS then?
Those are the steps that I built. The neighbour's steps and letterbox are too horrible to show, and maybe I shouldn't show them anyway. He's made four steps out of 40 so far.
 
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Dave Liquorice

He is making little rectangular boxes out of the same timber and pegging
them into the soil.
How big is "little". How big and how mnay are the pegs?

Filled boxes can work, but looking at the bank at your steps the pegs
will have to go a good 18" into firm, rather than leaf litter, ground
to be effective.
 
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Matty F

Indeed.



Are they worse than this?

http://www.bcsportbikes.com/forum/showthread.php/146566-Build-to-Fail-

Fail-to-Build.-What-is-this-I-don-t-even.....



No? Then they're not too horrible to show.

Yes? Then they _need_ to be seen.
Won't somebody complain about his privacy being breached?
What I don't understand is why someone in a five million dollar house would try to make his own letterbox. Although I am going to make my own letterbox one day, but then it's going to look amazing!
 
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Brian Gaff

Obviously not got an angle grinder, just a saw?

From your description these steps sound more like ornimental than
functional.
Brian
 
Won't somebody complain about his privacy being breached? What I
don't understand is why someone in a five million dollar house would
try to make his own letterbox. Although I am going to make my own
letterbox one day, but then it's going to look amazing!
Are you waiting for a big block of iron to angle grind into a letter box
or are you going into casting?
 
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Graham.

My neighbour, having made the world's worst letter box out of bits of rough-sawn bits of fence timber attached to a concrete fence with a bent nail, has now decided to make his version of steps up a six metre bank.
Here's my steps that I prepared earlier:
http://i51.tinypic.com/jhu52v.jpg

He is making little rectangular boxes out of the same timber and pegging them into the soil. I await what happens up the top where it gets really steep. I hope he has a hand rail.
No point in posting pictures of your steps Matty, we want to see his.

How about taking a few pictures each day to record his progress and
stitching them into a time-lapse video on youtube.
 
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Matty F

How big is "little". How big and how mnay are the pegs?



Filled boxes can work, but looking at the bank at your steps the pegs

will have to go a good 18" into firm, rather than leaf litter, ground

to be effective.
The rectangular boxes are (outside) 600mm x 350mm and 150mm high and have a peg in each corner.
Since the boxes overlap, the steps will have a 260mm tread 600 wide and 150mm high. I suppose that could work. But up the top the slope is almost vertical.
If I were him I would make several sections of about 10 steps with side rails and peg all that into the ground.
 
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Matty F

If your laws are the same as ours, you should be OK if you take a photo

from public land. That should, at least, allow us a view of the letterbox.






Obviously he wanted something unique.






That I don't doubt. I also suspect it might look like a tram.
Actually I wanted to make it look like my house. But maybe that would look kitsch. What kind of letterbox did colonial houses have?

OK here's the letterbox
http://i44.tinypic.com/amdxfl.jpg
and the steps so far
http://i43.tinypic.com/2vvni2f.jpg
 
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Matty F

Has he given the slightest thought to decay? Is that wood treated in

any way at all? Even if it is, surely the local wood-loving creatures

will eventually do for it.
Here in NZ we are allowed to treat timber with copper and chrome and arsenic.
H3 treatment is OK outside but not in soil. H4 lasts for many years in soil. I suspect he is using H3 timber. My steps are H4.
A building contractor has had a look at the steps and gone away.
The steps have now been removed, and new ones made. I can't see any improvement.
 
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