How to Install an In Ground Trampoline – with or without margaritas

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Everything you never wanted to know about correcting an incorrectly installed in ground trampoline. Boing!

We inherited an in-ground trampoline when we bought our house earlier this year and its been a great activity for our kids.  And the grown-ups too.  And that brings us to our project today.  This grown-up caused about 4 springs to rip off into the air at about mach 5.   NORAD now tracks them in orbit.

Needless to say we ordered a new trampoline mat and springs to replace the ruined ones from www.funspot.com (let me know if you buy from these guys).  Highly recommended if you need replacement parts and I think the least expensive place on the web.  Something you will find out about this SAH dad is that I am frugal, or as my wife translates “cheap”.

After receiving the new mat and springs we went to install them only to realize the frame had torqued and was 4″ too wide in one direction across than the other.  The reason?  The original homeowners did not install a retaining wall in the trampoline pit and therefore over 4.5 years the sides slowly collapsed in on the frame bending it out of shape.  Lucky us, we had a surprise Home Depot project.  Yea!

Because I am so “frugal”, we decided on the following method for a retaining wall.  Its cheaper and less permanent if you ever want to lose the tramp and fill the hole in or convert it to a hot tub.  Here is how we did this thing:

First we dug the hole out wider and took the old frame out.  Once out, it pretty much self-adjusted back into shape.

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We fit the frame back in the hole to make sure it was round and everything was going to fit up.  Note the white spray paint where we marked the location for the 4×4 posts.  The hole had to be widened by 4″ all the way around to accommodate the posts that were going in.

Next we rented an auger from Home Depot with an 8″ bit and dug 12 holes for 12 48″ pressure treated 4×4’s to be cemented in to hold back the retaining wall.  This wall would be built of 36″ high welded wire fence wrapped on the outside with 36″ silt fence wrapped outside of that.  See below.

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my sweet wife pulling a string to make sure the posts across from each other are level

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The 4×4’s laying on an angle are just for support till the concrete cures.

After the 4×4’s cured, I cut two 2×4 horizontal supports to fit between each post.  Use a radial miter saw to cut the angles as it saves a lot of time.

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Next I bent the remaining top 4 or so inches of welded wire fence over the top and tacked both sides at the top with fence staples.  I then wrapped the loose silt fence over that and stapled it in place.

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Last, back fill the trench between the wall and the dirt.  Stomp it down and you’ll notice the wire bulge out some.  Acceptable give in my opinion.

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We smoothed out the bottom and lined it with the remaining silt fence sans attached sticks.

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Colorado is a very dry climate – the evaporation rate is higher than the precipitation rate so I didn’t worry too much about drainage other than grading the top away from the hole.

Next drop that frame in the hole, assemble, add springs, mat and voila!

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Lets see how cheap I really am!

Silt fence                       $30

Welded wire fence    $35

12 PT 2x4x8’s              $36

6 PT 4x4x8’s                 $48

box of screws               $5

box if fence staples     $3

auger rental                    $46

6 bags quickcrete          $27

Total Project Cost         $230.00

I am happy to respond if you have any questions.  Have fun!

Chuck Norris installs in-ground trampolines with a roundhouse kick to the kit to assemble it then he stares it down..literally, he stares at it till is sinks into the ground with fear.  It usually only takes about 3 seconds.

Christianity article by Ann Coulter

If You Can Find a Better Deal, Take It!
by Ann Coulter

Someone mentioned Christianity on television recently and liberals reacted with their usual howls of rage and blinking incomprehension.

On a Fox News panel discussing Tiger Woods, Brit Hume said, perfectly accurately:

“The extent to which he can recover, it seems to me, depends on his faith. He is said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So, my message to Tiger would be, ‘Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.”

Hume’s words, being 100 percent factually correct, sent liberals into a tizzy of sputtering rage, once again illustrating liberals’ copious ignorance of Christianity. (Also illustrating the words of the Bible: “How is it you do not understand me when I speak? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my words.” John 8:43.)

In The Washington Post, Tom Shales demanded that Hume apologize, saying he had “dissed about half a billion Buddhists on the planet.”

Is Buddhism about forgiveness? Because, if so, Buddhists had better start demanding corrections from every book, magazine article and blog posting ever written on the subject, which claims Buddhists don’t believe in God, but try to become their own gods.

I can’t imagine that anyone thinks Tiger’s problem was that he didn’t sufficiently think of himself as a god, especially after that final putt in the Arnold Palmer Invitational last year.

In light of Shales’ warning Hume about “what people are saying” about him, I hope Hume’s a Christian, but that’s not apparent from his inarguable description of Christianity. Of course, given the reaction to his remarks, apparently one has to be a regular New Testament scholar to have so much as a passing familiarity with the basic concept of Christianity.

On MSNBC, David Shuster invoked the “separation of church and television” (a phrase that also doesn’t appear in the Constitution), bitterly complaining that Hume had brought up Christianity “out-of-the-blue” on “a political talk show.”

Why on earth would Hume mention religion while discussing a public figure who had fallen from grace and was in need of redemption and forgiveness? Boy, talk about coming out of left field!

What religion — what topic — induces this sort of babbling idiocy? (If liberals really want to keep people from hearing about God, they should give Him his own show on MSNBC.)

Most perplexing was columnist Dan Savage’s indignant accusation that Hume was claiming that Christianity “offers the best deal — it gives you the get-out-of-adultery-free card that other religions just can’t.”

In fact, that’s exactly what Christianity does. It’s the best deal in the universe. (I know it seems strange that a self-described atheist and “radical sex advice columnist f*****” like Savage would miss the central point of Christianity, but there it is.)

God sent his only son to get the crap beaten out of him, die for our sins and rise from the dead. If you believe that, you’re in. Your sins are washed away from you — sins even worse than adultery! — because of the cross.

“He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:14.

Surely you remember the cross, liberals — the symbol banned by ACLU lawsuits from public property throughout the land?

Christianity is simultaneously the easiest religion in the world and the hardest religion in the world.

In the no-frills, economy-class version, you don’t need a church, a teacher, candles, incense, special food or clothing; you don’t need to pass a test or prove yourself in any way. All you’ll need is a Bible (in order to grasp the amazing deal you’re getting) and probably a water baptism, though even that’s disputed.

You can be washing the dishes or walking your dog or just sitting there minding your business hating Susan Sarandon and accept that God sent his only son to die for your sins and rise from the dead … and you’re in!

“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9.

If you do that, every rotten, sinful thing you’ve ever done is gone from you. You’re every bit as much a Christian as the pope or Billy Graham.

No fine print, no “your mileage may vary,” no blackout dates. God ought to do a TV spot: “I’m God Almighty, and if you can find a better deal than the one I’m offering, take it.”

The Gospel makes this point approximately 1,000 times. Here are a few examples at random:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.

In a boiling rage, liberals constantly accuse Christians of being “judgmental.” No, we’re relieved.

Christianity is also the hardest religion in the world because, if you believe Christ died for your sins and rose from the dead, you have no choice but to give your life entirely over to Him. No more sexual promiscuity, no lying, no cheating, no stealing, no killing inconvenient old people or unborn babies — no doing what all the other kids do.

And no more caring what the world thinks of you — because, as Jesus warned in a prophecy constantly fulfilled by liberals: The world will hate you.

With Christianity, your sins are forgiven, the slate is wiped clean and your eternal life is guaranteed through nothing you did yourself, even though you don’t deserve it. It’s the best deal in the universe.

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Sausage – The Divine Good Eat

You may not think sausage qualifies as a divine eat but if you consider its exquisite flavors coupled with its unending methods of consumption you may find yourself agreeing soon enough.  If ever there was a miracle of the food world it is sausage.  There are countless varieties to sink one’s teeth into as well as the infinite combination of meats, fruits, vegetables, herbs, seasonings, etc.  Not to mention all the ways to prepare it.  Smoked, poached, grilled in the casing –   sauted, fried, baked without.    Today I am making a breakfast tart with fresh homemade sausage.  A few days ago we had biscuits and gravy with sausage and before that sausage patties.  If you can grind it, it can be made into sausage.  And that brings me to my post today.  When pork butt goes on sale for $.99 a pound its sausage making time.  I have a Kitchen Aid mixer with the grinder and stuffer attachments I bought a few years ago.  Its not too hard or as time consuming to do it as one may think (except for turkey – my back was sore for 3 days after grinding that disgusting stuff).  And nothing tastes better than freshly made sausage.  This day I was making country sausage because thats my favorite breakfast meat.  I have my own recipe which I have used with mixed results.  I plan to use Alton Brown’s recipe the next time I make it. 
 
cheese with your sausage?

me making sausage

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Obama making sausage

Balloon Boy – just a pop and a corn away

The story that has captivated the world for the past few days began only 6 short miles from our house.  I remember feeling so sad for the family while at the same time angry at their stupidity for creating circumstances that would allow a 6 yr old boy to fly 50 miles from home at heights of 20,000 ft.  Of course that all pales in comparison to the truth surfacing now – that it was all a hoax.  Now my heart breaks for those 3 kids.  That their parents are so narcissistic.  That their dad may be abusive to his wife.  That they may lose their kids to the state for their actions.  That their parents Richard and Mayumi Heene may go to prison.  All in the pursuit of fame and money.

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 When I was younger people used to surprise me at the evil that they were capable of, but now nothing surprises me.  I know anyone, anywhere at anytime is capable of the most heinous evil not even imaginable.   Unless people believe and subscribe to a moral idea outside of themselves there is no lasting restraint available.  We either live for ourselves or we live for God.  Even Mr. T doesn’t have enough pity for those two fools.

Adjusting self-adjusting door hinges

We have a heavy wooden door leading to our garage which swings on self-adjusting hinges.  It closed too fast and too hard so here is how I adjusted it.

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First, use something strong and small enough like an allen wrench to slide into an open hole.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, pull back releasing the tension on the cylinder.  IMG_2938

 

  

 

 

 

 

Use a pair of needle nose pliers to remove the metal stud which holds the cylinder in place.IMG_2941 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now place the metal stud into a new hole and release the cylinder gently.  If your grip slips, the allen wrench can snap onto your fingers like a mouse trap, so be careful and use those pliers.

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