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How to Backfill a Timber Retaining Wall

 
57 Stone

Today I do not want to talk to you about dirt. I want to talk to you about this stuff: 57-stone. This is a course stone about 3/4 - 1" and it's great for drainage.  We're building a paver patio that's going to extend off of the house to just a portion underneath this deck. So, what's important here is this wall’s pretty short. It's about 3 ½ ft tall at its highest point, so you might be tempted to try to get away without drainage. We've seen a lot of jobs where contractors will just backfill with dirt only.

I do not recommend in any situation but specifically where water is going to be sloping down and has a potential to seep in behind this wall. What we've done here is we've put in a boat load of this 57-stone instead of using dirt.  In a normal drainage system, you're going to have about 12 inches of dirt that you're going to wrap in a fabric and allow that to create a separation between your gravel and your dirt.

So eventually they don't combine....

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Taxes in Business

 

Most people would get pretty excited if they were told they had to spend $54,000 in three days.  But, in all honesty, nothing could be further from the truth when you own your own small business. Today's story doesn't start on January 1st when the fiscal year ends. My story actually starts three months prior to that, around October 1st. That's when I begin my end of year budgeting. This year I planned it a little too tight.

Start Planning October 1

What am I talking about? On October 1st I start to forecast where my gross revenue is going to be and where my expenses are then I try to get those to match up as close as possible to eliminate as much profit as I can from the company. The reason I do that is, Uncle Sam will take 30% of all the profit my company shows. Don't get me wrong, I love what Uncle Sam's doing but I don't feel like giving them 30% of all my hard-earned labour....

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Broken Down Equipment & Demo Problems

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The story started as I hired a new guy Eliot to come into the company and we have to be snowballing that may be the moment Eliot shows up but it's front-end loader with a tire right up the road. We worked hard to try to pop it back on the beat but we didn't have any luck before we were even done with that.One of my loaders blew a rear transmission hose which should have never happened but the mechanic said he's never seen that hose blow before his life. So lucky me of course but then I had the fun doesn’t end there my want to let other front end loaders blew one of the lift our cylinder hoses and so Elliot is walking around with me he's looking at all the equipment breaking down all the things happening around me and he looks at me says Is this normal and that's when I realize that you guys don't get to see what happens behind the scenes and that these companies do everything in their power to cover up all of their battle wounds and scars and it's those wounds and scars .

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083: Murray Kruger – Using Social Media to Build Business and Get Free Tools

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Murray Kruger and his wife own a construction company and they started posting pictures on Instagram in the summer of 2014. Now, because of his Instagram following, companies are sending him FREE tools all the time for him to review on Instagram, YouTube, and other social media accounts.

When he started, he was posting about 3 times a week, and now he posts 3 times a day. To date, he has almost 50,000 subscribers to his Instagram page.  What does he do with the extra tools that he can’t use?  He uses some for giveaways and donates some to causes like Habitat for Humanity.

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Kruger Construction on Instagram

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Chainsaw Review- Gas or Electric - Does Dewalt Stand a Chance?

 

We're going to be talking about chainsaws today, and specifically their applications. we're not going to go in technical details of how many cc's a gas powered chainsaw may have; if you want those kind of details I'm going to recommend you go check out my friends at the Tools in Action crew over on YouTube.

Tools in Action

Tools in Action show: What's up you guys?! Welcome to the Tool-a-Thon. It's going to be a weekly show where we show you guys the latest in tool innovation. Stan: They have phenomenal reviews! Today what we're going to be talking about is real world application. When you may need a gas powered chain saw, and IF an electric chainsaw could even be a viable option in your arsenal. So let's get started. Three, two, one. Alright, before I get started, the one thing I want to point out is I've never accepted any kind of money to do a tool review. That way I get to say what I want about all of these tools, good, bad, or in between, the companies can't control me. That may...

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How to Fix a Frozen Front End Loader, Skid Steer or Other Snow Removal & Plow Equipment

 

Frozen Loaders

Whether you own big loaders like this or smaller loaders like this, it's not a matter of if they will freeze up, but it's a matter of when. Today I'm going to teach you how to thaw out the frozen loader. I'm going to teach you how to keep your loaders running all winter long without having problems. I'm also going to cover the early warning signs that a loader is starting to freeze up, allowing you to catch it and keep it operational before it becomes problematic. So let's get started. You are probably here in this video because your loader is frozen up and you don't know what to do. The answer is simple, your fuel lines are frozen, and you have to thaw out those fuel lines. Under optimal conditions you'll have a torpedo heater handy. You put that right where your fuel filter is because nine times out of ten, that is where the problems occur. Here is what you need to do, you need...

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Ventrac Tractor Review - Stuck in the Mud

 

Ventrac Tractor Review

The project was restoring a beach; the challenge was the ground was too soft to even support the weight of a skid loader with tracks. As soon as you try to park a loader down there, it would just sink until the Ventrac came in. First thing we were going to do is just give it a test run. We were just going to see what it could do. So, we brought up the brush hog, brought out a stump grinder and we brought out a power rake. We had to remove the old dead vegetation, grind down and get rid of all the stumps and level off the ground so that it can be converted to usable yard space. We tentatively went in not knowing if the brush hog could handle what was down there. This thing was an absolute beast. It blew our minds away. I would have never said in my wildest dreams that this tool could handle brush like this. What we found out is, this brush hog not only cuts it down, but it pulverizes it. It basically leaves very little behind which is a beautiful thing because...

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Fall Cleanup Leaf Removal Tips Plus Help Bidding

 

Whether you're taking on a leaf clean-up job or a landscaping project, you're not always going to have the right tools to accomplish that specific job.  But, don't let that slow you down. After 32 years of being in this industry, I still don't have all the equipment that I need to get every project done. It doesn't stop me, and it shouldn't stop you. Today I'm going to show you two ways that you can bid a fall clean-up job. We're also going to teach you how to make a "leaf burrito". I'm going to show you how we handle doing jobs when we don't have all the right tools and equipment. So without further ado, we're going to get this video rolling.

Leaf Burritos

So you don't have a leaf vacuum, but you have a trailer and a tarp.  We call it the "leaf burrito." Put it on a tarp and you can haul a lot of leaves. When you don't have a leave vacuum, you get creative. So he pulls plenty of...

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Dewalt Outdoor Power Tools- Gas VS Electric / Battery Blower & Trimmer Comparison

 

Dewalt has laid the gauntlet down; they want me to put the theory to the test that electricity can replace gasoline. We're going to find out if that's true. Jake is double-fisting it. Go for it Jake. Today we're going to be talking about Dewalt's electric line-up and what is right for your company. Before we get started, I want to clarify something. There is a difference between the 20 volt setup and the bigger 40 volt setup which is more for the professional landscaper.

Differences

Let's talk about that difference. You can pop the battery out of the 20 volt outdoor tools and run them in your drills and run them into your power tools as well. The 40 volt set up is designed for longer run times, something landscapers will typically use. It's more of a deep cell battery and it's got to withstand hotter temperatures. It's a little heavier duty tool as well because it's designed for those guys that...

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How to Find a Sprinkler Valve

 

If you are doing any type of irrigation work, then you know that the sound a screwdriver makes when you poke it through the lawn into the grass and you hear plastic. You know that is one of the most rewarding sounds. That means you've been looking for an irrigation valve in a yard and you finally have hit plastic. Now you can actually begin the work of replacing the faulty valve. So, I want to give you a quick outline of what this yard looks like.  It is really, really big. It's fall and there are leaves all over the ground.  I looked at this yard knowing I had a leaking valve somewhere and thought, "This is going to be a really long day trying to find this."

Look for the Green

But one thing that I did as I came around the side of the house, and what I noticed is about a 4ft diameter patch that is much darker green than the surrounding area. So, it made me think, "Why is that so much darker of a green color?" Well if water is leaking, it's irrigating it very well and...

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