Putting mini-golf in my backyard

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camperjohn wrote:
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It'll be worth it once its done though. I've powerwashed a wood deck before, it takes ages and I found left streaks all over it :lol: DOH

Did you acid wash it? I am acid washing it today and that should get rid of the streaks.


Naa I just meant with the high pressure hose with water, anything comes off easy :D



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You know what's funny? Every time I've read this thread I keep thinking to myself, I would have just shot the gophers and planted a Japanese garden.


I hope you dont program the same way: "Yeah, just write a quick hack and leave work early". ;-)

I live on a canyon. How many gophers would you shoot before you figure out that gophers have babies?
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*lol just teasing. I actually love animals. Even gophers.
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gophers are cute :D

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god that looks like a mutant gopher from outer space....
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The synthetic lawn has arrived.

http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/7946/p1010179ym8.jpg

This project has become way bigger than I thought, but is sooo worth it.
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added bonus - you'll have the nice plastic wrapping to roll the dead bodies into before disposal :D
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You should get one of the gophers stuffed and clearcoated so you can have it sitting on top of the hole(s) when you're not playing.
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You should get one of the gophers stuffed and clearcoated so you can have it sitting on top of the hole(s) when you're not playing.


Haha that is SUCH a good idea!!!
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Almost finished the patio resurfacing

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And my putters have arrived:

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Those putters look awesome ... real old-school putt-putt ...
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Those putters look awesome ... real old-school putt-putt ...


Yes that is what I was going for. I wanted bi-directional putters. I didn't want the modern putters they have now.

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I think those are just gimmicks
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they look like marvin the martian's Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator-based putters. Funny how usually old-school stuff is best.
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they look like marvin the martian's Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator-based putters. Funny how usually old-school stuff is best.

Yeah, just today, people go out of their minds trying to get this to make work easier for people. Yeah, that is probably better (or just to make things look cool :lol: ), but it made many people fat :shock:
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The rope lighting has arrived:

http://www.1000bulbs.com/12-Volt-Mini-Rope-Light/32454/

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wow that look HOT ... really does ...
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Have you put anything in for drainage, or will rainwater just collect on the greens?

Also those lights look damn good.
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I have 3/4 gravel under the lawn. The water drains to the gravel, then out to about 4 drains that go to the city.

The lights aren't bright enuogh though. It was supposed to look like in the photo, but it's really dim lights. More suited for wrapping around a tree. I am not sure what to do about them.
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Are they running directly from the house's power supply or do they have their own?
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The lights aren't bright enuogh though. It was supposed to look like in the photo, but it's really dim lights. More suited for wrapping around a tree. I am not sure what to do about them.


I'm assuming you don't have more than 42 feet of the 2.5W per-foot rope connected to one of the 105W transformers ?

// Edit -- Actually it looks like they suggest a max run of 30 feet.
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I have 30 feet of rope lighting, which is MAX, and it's hooked up to a 300watt supply. Just that I think the lights are intended for indoors and direct-view (as opposed to ultra-bright, indirect viewing)

You can't look directly at a 60watt light bulb - you need a lampshade, but these lights are dim enough, that you can look directly at them.

I can't send it back, since I already cut it (you have to cut it to test it, since the max is 30 feet, and it's a 150 foot roll). So I am thinking I will put them in front of the concrete, or sell it on craiglist, or something. Don't know what to do yet.
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More photos, someone is bound to think of something. :D
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When the rope lightnings burn out, do you have to take out the whole rope and put in new bulbs?
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The rope lights last for 30,000 hours. Then you have to replace them. Which means if they are on 8 hours a night, they will burn out in 10 years.

I will post more pics and let people make suggestions.
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Can you buy LED rope lights? I have a feeling they'd be a lot brighter than normal bulbs.
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I actually thought these were the LED version. I don't think I got the right thing. On the website, there are LED rope lights for $270 compared to $67. If there are brighter, I don't think I would be willing to pay that much for the rope lights.

I will probably sell this on spool on craigslist and then decide.
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Checking their website, they have a 120volt, ultra bright rope lighting set for $121. The non-ultra bright is $400, don't know why the bright stuff is cheaper.

I think I will buy that and hook it up to a relay for the 12volts. The relay will power a switch that will turn on the 120volts.

First I must sell the 12volt rope lights I have since their return policy doesn't allow me to return it.
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awesome.
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Congratulations for the work that you have done. Truly is pretty!

Happy putting!
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