I made a big dent in the wood pile under the carport. Some of my work today has been moving and throwing away “trash wood” that has been treated such as Fence and even old power Poles. The wood hasn’t been all bad. I got quite a bit of hardwoods (white maple?) along with some elm. While I need to cut and split about half of the wood I will have plenty of hardwoods for over night fires this winter and that is a very good thing!
Speaking of splitting, the little 3.5 pound splitting maul and 3 pound sledge hammer worked great on the hardwoods! My 6 pound splitting occasionally just bonked off a chunk of hardwood. Having a handle on the wedge to drive into the wood then use the small sledge hammer to drive the wedge through the wood was relatively easy. I recommend that small splitting wedge and sledge hammer combo for any one that has limited upper body strength or if you have problems swinging a heavier spitting maul. This combo of tools might work great for people (me) that look like they are trying to scare a splitting maul into the wood rather than making good contact with the splitting maul. Using an axe, maul and other wood splitting tools is a skill that takes time to learn. While using smaller sized tools may seem a bit like using training wheels on a bike. I think it worthwhile for several reasons…
- You get to accomplish your goal splitting wood as you learn. These lighter weight tools would be great for youngsters and women to start splitting fire wood!
- Using a smaller splitting wedge and sledge hammer is less intimidating.
- Less chance of smashing your fingers and thumbs trying to drive a normal splitting wedge into a chunk of wood.
- If you need to split the wood just a little you don’t have to use the big heavy tools.
- Using the lighter weight tools lets you slowly build your strength and stamina.
- If you ever become handicapped for whatever reason, such as a broken wrist/arm you can still keep the wood stove going.
Overall I’m very pleased with the 3.5 pound splitting wedge and it looks like more places/stores are starting to carry this or something similar to this tool.
I mowed the backyard grass area and there is still one one semi-bare spot but I’m very happy with spring grass seeding experiment. I doubt I’ll win awards for the best looking grass patch in the neighbor hood. The grass area looks 100% better than it did in early Spring. This Fall I will be able to fill in those thin spots if the grass does not fill the spots this summer. I added some soil and compost to the back alley mulch area. I’ll add the mossy rose to a small area I hope won’t get crushed under a wood delivery and I have ran a hose so I can start watering that area rather than just depend on Mother nature. I have a plan for the alley area, until all of the wood is stacked I have to wait to plant, as well as move the gravel and lay down cloth/cardboard to block weeds…..
I lent a sprinkler to a neighbor to water the garden I gave them starts to grow. Every person you help is a potential ally. It could backfire but so far it has not for me. Something as little as giving out starter plants or lending a sprinkler might make a difference in a person’s mind.
I got a good 4 hours of work today and that felt great. Yeah I had a couple of twinges of pain but I think I have moved beyond my CIDP flare. I have a little muscle fatigue from playing in the wood pile but I should be able to mow the front lawn and keep up appearances.