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It's been awhile, but I ended up on deck

Don't ask me how the hell it happened, I'm Army after all....

But, as to working on a deck, I added a rail to one for a guy that has health issues in our favorite are of NW Detroit.

Started out as a flat top.

Still needs sanding and water sealing/staining, but that's for when it gives us a bit of dry time without sputtering rain down on us.…


Added by Jason C McArdle on May 12, 2019 at 3:38pm — No Comments

What I do in the D

We did a Blight Busters gig at a house and while there I came across a mess for their electric.

A 220V line that was active in the panel ended, somewhere, but it was unknown where or what the condition it was in at the other end.

The people are fighting the good fight, but, the economics wasn't in their favor.

While I could have charged more for doing this I couldn't let them live in an unsafe house.  Having had a fire wipe out what I had had, and having a chance to…


Added by Jason C McArdle on November 10, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

I am honored

This week I was honored to receive a Toyota Corolla Matrix from the Bedford TWP Vets center and Victory Gym VHC.  I am very appreciative of being able to get this vehicle.

It is perfect for what I do too, smaller building maintenance projects for people that can't afford the not so low minimum costs of getting other companies in to do the work.  People fighting the good fight in Detroit, wanting to maintain their properties, but don't have the money need someone to have their…


Added by Jason C McArdle on November 10, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

A Day with the Mayors

During a recent conference of mayors here in the D we had the pleasure of showing them around the Blight Buster HQ as well as the Motor City Java House and Artist's Village of Detroit.
Gordon, Rob, and I were the reps of Veteran's Green Villages.

Added by Jason C McArdle on November 3, 2018 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Added Videos

Catching up on things and getting videos uploaded, as well as a bunch of pics.

LifeRemodeled18 had a lot of vids, and I need to edit some of them to be no more than 100MB. 

Here is my current gallery of vids showing what we've done.

Added by Jason C McArdle on October 28, 2018 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Hamtramck Clean Up

We got more shit done, in Hamtramck this time, cleaning up the overgrown trees, bringing more sunlight in to the area for residents that had been asking the city to do something about the mess.  Five land bank owned lots overgrown big time.

Motor City Grounds Crew asked Gordon and I to run the chainsaw and clippers through to clear it out enough so they could clean it up.

We, of course, rocked it out. 

Gordon had the pleasure of working there Wednesday through Friday…


Added by Jason C McArdle on October 28, 2018 at 8:13am — No Comments

Building a refinery phase one

I knon that you think of refineries as nasty stinky dirty places that contaminate the ground and air around them.  For us it isn't anything like that.  If we have a spill we fertilize the ground, and, the air might smell like french fries, fish, nuggets, and what not.

Today we restructured what was tool shelving to get the space needed for the inline refining of used cooking oil for our better than fuel grade premium fuel.

Check out the work we did, Gordon, Rob, and…


Added by Jason C McArdle on October 8, 2018 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

05OCT18 Detroit Op

Friday, just like Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we were in Detroit near Boston and Yellowstone #GSD.  It was also the day I realized I was middle management.

Gordon managed to cut the tress down, I managed to swamp them, and Paul managed to get them to the curb....

Ahh, goals, lol.

This day was all about the trees, opening up the area so dumpers can easily do their dirtying work and other riff raff can't skulk through the shadows.  This helps keep the others living in the…


Added by Jason C McArdle on October 7, 2018 at 9:26am — No Comments

03OCT18 Detroit Op

Life is full of SNAFUs, besides getting shit done shit happens.

More clearing in the area of Boston and Yellowstone, finding the tires and auto parts from a shop that found it cheaper and easier to muck up Detroit over being responsible business owners.

The City is stepping up it's game on dumpers, using cameras to catch the offenders, and nailing them.  I hope that they can expand the effort greatly and take possession of more vehicles and fine them to help cover the costs…


Added by Jason C McArdle on October 6, 2018 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Working with LifeRemodeled

From swamping in a yard to spoting and swamping in alleys we got shit done in Detroit, again, for LifeRemodeled this time.  Worked with Gordon, Ember, and Chris in all of this, plus our assigned FCA contracted photographer that I can not remember the name of.

All in all a busy day of hauling the cut limbs and raking the trash up. 

This first alley we went to look…


Added by Jason C McArdle on October 2, 2018 at 7:33pm — No Comments

TR Training

Yesterday I got a chance to take some Team Rubicon disaster relief training, Core Operations. This is FNG stuff, but, since I am a FNG to TR it was a must.

All in all I did get to meet and hang with other TR members, learned how TR does stuff, and, of course, got shit done.

I did learn a few things in the class, even though it is like cleaning up a house after a dirty tenant.

Now, I guess that I am deployable in full, able to sign up and get sent to do disaster relief in…


Added by Jason C McArdle on September 30, 2018 at 8:04am — No Comments

Farmer Jason?

We are seeing the fruits, err, veggies of our labors.  As well as a great group of volunteers from my old world of internet marketing.  The one woman was surprised that I knew exactly what she was talking about with her jargon.

I had to tell her I founded a CPA network once, ling ago.  Fun stuff, in its own way.  To be honest, I'd rather muck a house.  Less money, but far more straight forward.

But I seem to be getting off the track here, sooo.....

The gardens…


Added by Jason C McArdle on September 27, 2018 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Blight Bustering and Vet's Villaging 092218

The volunteers did a great job for us, and the Master Gardener at Farm City, getting shit done.  Weeding and dead plant removal.  Some of them dealt with the bugs and dirt even though it was a completely different world than what they are used to dealing with.  This is far far more than I can say of so many others that won't get their hands dirty and deal with the bugs and spider webs like they did.…


Added by Jason C McArdle on September 24, 2018 at 7:44am — No Comments

1st Post

Hey all, long time no post, ermm, or first post...

Been doing stuff, getting it done. Worked on the farm bins with one group of people, cleaned up a lot (including garage tear down) with another, and boarded up a project building with yet another.

Worked on a frame for the truck to act as a render hauler with a 200 gallon tank. Tanks, we have a few of, 112 gallon to 700 gallon.

All that is needed know is a trash pump, which seems to be MIA in MA...

We did discover…


Added by Jason C McArdle on September 20, 2018 at 5:42pm — No Comments

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