Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The New Three Month Plan:

Edit: Just so your aware, I'm just waiting for all financial hell to break loose. Its coming. Soon. 

Sorry for the delay, I'm back. I will be taking on a new side project the next three months. The formation of a Dojo, using the small space in the backyard. I welcome any advice from DIY, or those who have personal experience with such setups. The space is a small rectangle that extends past the edge of the house, I think approx L 20'x W 10' (200sq ft). The other long-side is bordered by empty office space. One short side dead ends into a rusted chain fence meshed into overgrown crap. The other, is open and facing the nearby apartment block.

The first phase is to cut wall off that short side, to that end I've sunk an 8 foot post into the ground, and intend to find a cheap, weather, rot, and damage resistant way to put up siding between the post and another post already set out about four feet from the edge of the house. Money has been incredibly tight, and I can't afford to buy the siding yet.

After that, its a matter of securing the long back border. Temporary solutions such as stringing fishing line are not satisfactory, but I haven't thought up a cheap way to secure that long trash-tree-overgrown border.  I was considering sinking re-bar into cement to form X patterns between the trees. The mosquitoes are terrible, I must buy roundup.

(Roundup $24.99, Siding to cover 45 sqr ft, 2x 80lb bag quickcrete ($6.29), 3x rebar ($7.49).) Est. Pricetag: $50

Phase Two, after fencing and a mosquito elimination, will be the designation of the first sparing square. An 8ft x 8ft square. A larger tournament square nearby would be ideal. This smaller square must be multipurpose, in  addition to sparring (primarily striking), it must also be host to conditioning and (potentially) heavy resistance training. Further, It will need to be able to be divided, to allow crowd/and corner.  My initial thought is to dig four 1Ft deep channels around each side, then dig out the interior to half that depth. Place four black 4" drain pipes and gravel around the sides. Then drop 6" of sand.

Edit, scrap the drain pipes, unnecessary use of $22
(Gravel might be to expensive. Sand will be expensive.)

Phase Three: Set up room for seating against back fence.


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