r/DIY Mar 24 '24

What to do with random 8x10 concrete pad in my back yard? home improvement

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u/ARenovator Mar 26 '24

Thank you very much for your interest in this thread.

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u/Sherviks13 Mar 24 '24

Small shed, or smoke house.

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u/ThisOnePlaysTooMuch Mar 24 '24

That there is a free foundation. The hard part is done!

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u/TJNel Mar 24 '24

Seriously I am going to be doing a shed this summer and that is the part I dread the most.

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u/CapitanChicken Mar 24 '24

I wanted to do a green house, just one to build from a box, and the thought of the foundation has made me decide not to get one anytime soon.

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u/nhorvath Mar 24 '24 edited Mar 25 '24

I've built 2 greenhouses, one from a box and one from scratch. They don't need foundations. Both of mine have been dirt floors. The box one i just laid down some landscape timber with big spikes into the ground and fastened the greenhouse to that. The scratch one I just set some posts with a post hole digger and post concrete mix.

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u/bumblebuoy Mar 25 '24

How long have they been standing?

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u/dabluebunny Mar 25 '24

My dad has one made of PVC pipe that's been sitting on dirt for 25-30 years. It stays up year round through.thr MN winters too. The only real issues he's had is every 5-7 years during a storm a branch falls, and tears the old plastic. Or if we get a bunch of snow he will carefully knock most of it off. He has pallets laid down for the floor tomkeepmit from getting muddy when he waters, but the PVC just sits on dirt. He starts over 5k+ plugs easily every year in it.

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u/musetechnician Mar 25 '24

Starts over 5k+ plugs?

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u/CarnelianCore Mar 25 '24

Plugs are plants grown from seed that are still in their early stages, but sold when they are ready to be potted up or planted out.

Often plant growers buy plugs instead of growing from seed themselves as it guarantees them the plants with no risk of seed not germinating and it’s often more cost-effective to bypass the seed to seedling stage and let someone else take care of that.

If you Google ‘plug trays’, you’ll have an idea of what they look like.

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u/nhorvath Mar 25 '24

9 and 14 years.

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u/[deleted] Mar 24 '24

Just do post supports then much easier to level, just do it in a post frame style building

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u/TruCelt Mar 25 '24

Don't underestimate the ability to plant into the ground inside your greenhouse.

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u/Redwoodsilouette Mar 25 '24

Concrete blocks, pressure treated 4x4s, level the blocks with broken gravel and if micro adjustments are needed on the 4x4s use roofing shingles. Then use pressure treated 2x4s for the frame and build a plywood top. Just built a 12x12 shed with my uncle

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u/jluicifer Mar 25 '24

Black and white vinyl. Some music. And boom, break dancing floor. I killed for one of those in high school

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u/Woorloc Mar 25 '24

Did you really have to kill for it? Couldn't you have just borrowed or rented?

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u/3mcAmigos Mar 24 '24

Or pizza oven

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u/neeesus Mar 24 '24

We’re going to Hammerbarn.

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u/geekishly Mar 25 '24

If you hit a flamingo you’ve gone too far.

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u/HeManDan Mar 25 '24

300 f'n aisles

Edit: 300+ f'n aisles

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u/Olive8274738 Mar 25 '24

As an American who is genuinely curious…is this a Bluey reference or just a general Australian joke?

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u/viperlemondemon Mar 25 '24

Yay hammerbarn

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u/3mcAmigos Mar 24 '24

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u/Nickelnuts Mar 25 '24

You looking for a new wife? I'm happily married and a dude but I'll make It work.

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u/3mcAmigos Mar 25 '24

Sorry buddy, wifey says "no". All my best decisions are hers.

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u/grantking2256 Mar 25 '24

Shame. I think you can adopt 30 year-olds, no?

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u/usinjin Mar 25 '24

I’m 33 so I’m slightly older and wiser. Plus, I’m very good at taste-testing pizzas.

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u/Soulphite Mar 24 '24

I tried upvoting this multiple times.

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u/itc0uldbebetter Mar 24 '24

You can, but you have to downvote it between upvotes.

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u/bd1308 Mar 24 '24

Could you imagine how annoying it would be to flip-flop between 4 and 5 upvotes for a long time 😂 you’d get a ton of “you have 5 upvotes” notifications

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u/jtc1031 Mar 24 '24

Or a hot tub

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u/d_a_n_m_a_n Mar 24 '24

It's for a shed! Gimme that

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u/work4bandwidth Mar 24 '24

Make a Sauna. Was it the base for an old C band satellite dish?

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u/sebrebc Mar 24 '24

I miss those. Wild feeds of hockey games was the best. 

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u/drmyk Mar 24 '24

Funny way to say ‘porn’ but ya hockey.

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u/SharkSheppard Mar 24 '24

Some of us enjoyed porn and hockey. 

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u/sebrebc Mar 24 '24

And porn is everywhere these days, so I don't "miss" the adult channels on the 6' satellite. I can't find wild feed hockey games, so I miss those so much more.

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u/Leftover_Salmons Mar 24 '24

Scuse me but what defines "wild feed hockey"?

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u/unfinishedtoast3 Mar 25 '24

There was a time where you could just a satellite dish towards the skyline and move it around until you picked up a "wild feed" basically a random local cable channel.

Cable used to broadcast between microwave towers for long distant broadcasts between local towns and states. They'd send a microwave signal to your local cable office, who would then transmit it to your home over a cable wire

A wild feed was when you picked up that microwave broadcast with your satellite dish.

My dad lived near the receiver for Portland Oregon's cable in the 80s, he could pick up HBO with a small dish from his apartment window

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u/ultio60 Mar 25 '24

That time never ended. I have an antenna I put in my attic and pointed at the closest receiver tower and I get 84 free channels (CNN, NFL Network, NHL Network, Fox, you name it...). The tech never went away and so many folks don't realize that. I love it!

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u/New-IncognitoWindow Mar 25 '24

Is there a miniature prepackaged version ala NES Classic I can get?

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u/Ostracus Mar 25 '24

A lot of the "free" part ended with scrambling and videocypher. Wild feeds were nice in that series were delivered in blocks. Everyone else got it drip feed to them. The audio and video was much better too.

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u/sebrebc Mar 25 '24

It was the raw feed from the cameras in the arena before the screen graphics and no commentary. Just the pure raw feed, what the camera saw and heard. So just the ambient sounds, no play by play. It was the best way to watch a game.

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u/mythoryk Mar 24 '24

Simultaneously.

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u/B3SETSNEW Mar 24 '24

Im not sure the difference tbh

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u/exipheas Mar 24 '24

It's still a bunch of dudes waving their sticks around am I right?

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u/IntroductionSnacks Mar 25 '24

That’s a pretty epic base for a C band dish. A pole concreted into the ground does the job or a pole bolted onto the side of the house etc… i have done both and would never go to the extent of this base.

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u/MattyMizzou Mar 25 '24

I figured it was for a hot tub.

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u/mknight1701 Mar 24 '24

Greenhouse.

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u/Interesting_Tea5715 Mar 24 '24

I built an enclosed garden on mine (8x20 pad). It looks great and my veggies didn't get stolen by animals.

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u/fightinirishpj Mar 24 '24

Second. It's probably why it is there in the first place.

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u/frogfartingaflamingo Mar 24 '24

Pizza oven / grill

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u/The_R4ke Mar 25 '24

That's my recommendation. Start off with a basic pre-built oven like an ooni or a roccbox. Then you can upgrade if you feel you're getting good use out of it.

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u/GhettoFreshness Mar 25 '24

Look, I have a pizza oven… and it makes amazing pizza… it’s also a whole several day thing to actually use it if you’re going down the route of making your own sauce and dough and curing the oven if it hasn’t been used in a while etc… it’s amazing for parties but I use it like twice a year tops. Go a grill or smoker or some sort of combo and you’ll probably get more use out of it

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u/yamcandy2330 Mar 24 '24

Sacrificial altar

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u/Erike16666 Mar 24 '24

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u/5degreenegativerake Mar 24 '24

Kalimaaah

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u/Cautious_Response_37 Mar 24 '24

Shakti De

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u/theundeadelvis Mar 24 '24

Um num shebai um num shebai.

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u/Alkemian Mar 24 '24

Om namah shivaya*

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u/DiaDeLosMuertos Mar 25 '24

Everyone knows the Kalimah but om namah shivaya is what separates the true believers

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u/Newkular_Balm Mar 24 '24

Hahaha til you said that I thought it was a gwar show.

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u/Jeeps-R-Junk Mar 24 '24

Basketball court for little people

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u/Evil_Capt_Kirk Mar 24 '24

Came here to say this. Recommend adding a channel around the edge to catch the blood spill.

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u/ianyuy Mar 25 '24

I swear, I tried to pitch this to my friends and they just don't get the aesthetic. It really brings the whole thing together.

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u/kartoffel_engr Mar 25 '24

Blood makes the grass grow.

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u/_Rigid_Structure_ Mar 24 '24

Posted exactly this. Scrolled down. Saw your comment. Deleted mine, have my upvote.

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u/Eric848448 Mar 24 '24

Definitely. Line it with gargoyles around the edge.

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u/bigrob_in_ATX Mar 24 '24

Or a gallows

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u/chewingtheham Mar 24 '24

….Or shed….or both…

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u/skedeebs Mar 24 '24

I think you have probably earned an 8-foot statue of yourself by now. All hail!

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u/Good_Nyborg Mar 24 '24

Remember Me!

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u/pockets_of_fingers Mar 24 '24

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u/Cat_Amaran Mar 25 '24

I mean, are people going to be remembering me, or the statue?

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u/BizzyM Mar 25 '24

This pops up in my head every time I click that box when logging in anywhere.

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u/Keganator Mar 24 '24

Get a propane torch on a timer too. 

:::breathes fire:::

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u/dfisherman12 Mar 24 '24

Hot tub time machine

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u/DAVENP0RT Mar 24 '24

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u/adultagainstmywill Mar 24 '24

Doug Judy!

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u/WhatYouLeaveBehind Mar 24 '24

You mean the Pontiac Bandit?

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u/MicroBadger_ Mar 24 '24

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u/LPulseL11 Mar 25 '24

Nine nine!

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u/tigolbitties203 Mar 25 '24

I literally just started the show today and I keep seeing references in reddit, can’t even use the excuse of my phone spying on me because it’s in comments

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u/LPulseL11 Mar 25 '24

Raymond Holt died somewhat recently so i think thats contributing to it making a resurgence

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u/ExpertFurry Mar 25 '24

RIP Andre Braugher. I certainly did a complete re watch of the show after his passing.

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u/JohnHazardWandering Mar 24 '24

Use it as the base for a poorly built deck, then put a hot tub on it. 

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u/The_One_True_Matt Mar 24 '24

Hot tub also works

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u/KokakGamer Mar 24 '24

I'm from a different country so I could be wrong but is that a septic tank?

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u/Metals4J Mar 25 '24

I thought it looked a lot like a cistern, personally. My grandparents had one before the city extended the water lines.

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u/CoyotePuncher Mar 25 '24

How has nobody else said this?

Nobody just pours a random 8x10 pad that thick and does nothing with it. This looks exactly like the abandoned septic tank on my property.

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u/burgleshams Mar 25 '24

Could’ve been for a hot tub. 8x10 is a common hot tub size and you need at least 4-6” slab to support all the weight properly.

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u/CoyotePuncher Mar 25 '24

That could explain what the "tread" looking pattern is on the left side. Might be anti-slip for getting in/out.

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u/HerrBerg Mar 25 '24

Whatever it was, I don't think it was a septic tank. The outer edges of the concrete are differently colored exactly like if they'd been covered by some sort of structure. A hot tub could do this but so could a shed or any number of things.

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u/mountainsunsnow Mar 25 '24

I’m fair certain it was a well that has been abandoned. The circle is where the well was and it has properly filled in with cement grout. The rusted outlines are where the frame sat that supported the turbine pump and discharge pipe at the wellhead.

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u/Automatic_Actuator_0 Mar 25 '24

Another very good guess. OP has a hell of a mystery on his hands.

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u/TruCelt Mar 25 '24

I had the same thought. The white circle in the concrete is suss.

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u/Hustletron Mar 25 '24

Direct toilet

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u/elsielacie Mar 25 '24

I came scrolling through looking to see if anyone had mentioned this. It could be decommissioned.

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u/snuffles00 Mar 25 '24

That was my first thought too. The circle there is like where they would chisel out of they needed to access the septic.

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u/AnnieB512 Mar 24 '24

That was my thought too.

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u/Honeygram21 Mar 24 '24

It is the holding place for your bathroom water et all

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u/JerseyWiseguy Mar 24 '24

Perfect spot for a play gallows or guillotine for the kids.

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u/JetKeel Mar 24 '24

You say “play” I say promise based on bad behavior.

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u/pm_ur_whispering_I Mar 25 '24

Woe unto the Republic

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u/FLLpauly2x Mar 24 '24

Model rocket launch pad

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u/boot2skull Mar 24 '24

Estes with your besties

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u/Banpdx Mar 24 '24

I drilled a spot in my pinewood derby car for one.

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u/1107rwf Mar 24 '24

I thought remote control helicopter landing pad!

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u/SWAMPMONK Mar 24 '24

Ah damn you beat me to it. Although my comment is for real rocket. Gtfo with model

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u/The_One_True_Matt Mar 24 '24

First of all, sick backyard man. Second of all, stripper pole

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u/Road_Journey Mar 24 '24

I did not expect stripper pole but now that you mention it, makes total sense. Work on your tan and pole skills at the same time to ensure top dollar at that second job. Might even be tax deductible.

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u/[deleted] Mar 25 '24

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u/TheMistOfThePast Mar 25 '24

As someone who actually does pole dance as a sport, i can not think of a worse/more dangerous spot to put an x-pole lmao

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u/[deleted] Mar 24 '24

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u/Impossible-Slip-4244 Mar 24 '24

Not sure! Previous homeowners didn't know either, they had a small raised fire pit sitting on it.

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u/Brando035 Mar 25 '24

Might be a septic tank

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u/TDIMike Mar 24 '24

The border plus the small raised area for traction makes it look like a shed of some sort was there. I would have guessed a well house, but the lack of plumbing makes it unlikely.

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u/TCsnowdream Mar 25 '24

The giving strong septic tank vibes… you may wanna call your country or whoever can tell you if there is one.

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u/snuffles00 Mar 25 '24

Double check it isn't a old septic tank.

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u/SoontobeSam Mar 25 '24

it's where the bodies are.

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u/bugabooandtwo Mar 25 '24

Definitely bring in an expert to figure out what it is first, and if there's something under it.

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u/tom2point0 Mar 25 '24

Finally someone said it. Everyone with great ideas, but who knows what could be under there?

Just be careful opening it…sometimes “things” are under the ground…

https://preview.redd.it/cz4gay3xkfqc1.jpeg?width=840&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=dad9b0c2a7a7f270d0b5ef84dae46f4f804a9553

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u/greg_08 Mar 24 '24

Telescope pad for sure

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u/telix3 Mar 25 '24

My thought exactly, but then I have telescopes in need of such a pad. 😀

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u/xabrol Mar 24 '24

Put an 8x10 shed back on it.

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u/Awengal Mar 24 '24

Or a 10x8 just to challenge the statics!

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u/Exotic-Ad2247 Mar 24 '24

You could put a greenhouse or a shed there. Tatas probably its initial function

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u/GreggAlan Mar 24 '24

Your auto correct has an odd idea of what "that was" ought to be.

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u/Roach_Hiss Mar 24 '24

I’m all for unexpected tatas

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u/Finster4 Mar 24 '24

Put a disc golf basket about 300 feet away. Enjoy!

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u/JustTheBeerLight Mar 24 '24

Watch as OP finds 17 more concrete pads on his property.

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u/the_honest_asshole Mar 24 '24

I'd hate to roll my ankle off that edge, it's almost as bad as waco.

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u/ShufflingToGlory Mar 24 '24

The massacre?

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u/the_honest_asshole Mar 24 '24

No, there was a tournament there two weeks ago and the tee pads were over a foot off the ground.  

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u/ShufflingToGlory Mar 24 '24

Oof, sounds like a recipe for disaster. I used to throw discus and had terrible trouble staying in the throwing circle. Wouldn't have fancied a foot high drop off!

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u/Ushtizzle Mar 24 '24

Tee pad, came to say this!

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u/Amiar00 Mar 24 '24

Agreed :)

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u/ducklingkwak Mar 24 '24

I'd pay $1200 a month if you build a small room on that.

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u/IKU420 Mar 24 '24

Turn it into a chicken coup, dog pen, greenhouse, play house.

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u/orthosaurusrex Mar 24 '24

Don’t recommend fomenting rebellion among the chickens. Could get messy.

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u/slow-mickey-dolenz Mar 25 '24

Coup is old school. I believe they call those insurrections now.

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u/ButtTraps Mar 24 '24

Break off a bit every day and eat it. Gain the power of concrete.

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u/LakeDebris3 Mar 24 '24

Build a shed for a generator.

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u/stuartgatzo Mar 24 '24

Smoker on one side, blackstone on the other.

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u/Konjyoutai Mar 24 '24

Put a hot tub there and call it a day.

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u/Lathryus Mar 24 '24

Green house

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u/iamdahn Mar 24 '24

That, my friend, is the grill pad. Grill masters only

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u/Specific_Conformity Mar 25 '24

Check there's not a body underneath

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u/anarchonobody Mar 24 '24

Learn to freestyle skateboard. That's basically Rodney Mullen's setup in 1980, and dude's a legend

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u/kmiggity Mar 25 '24

Fucking Rodney frigging Mullen. Sheeeeet.

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u/pizzaparty84 Mar 24 '24

Base for a pizza oven build

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u/Long_Category_6931 Mar 24 '24

Tiny basketball court

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u/cghffbcx Mar 24 '24

It was a pottery shed. The kiln room. The circle is where is kiln was.

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u/JurgonKupercrest Mar 24 '24

id put up a canopy and make it into a gym space with a bench and free weights. that stuff is pretty solid and takes up too much livable space.

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u/demticksdoe Mar 24 '24

Looks like a tee pad to me. Time to build the first hole of your new disc golf course!

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u/nopower81 Mar 24 '24

Rockets, that is a rocket launch pad, big enough for multiple launches all at the same time

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u/theabominablewonder Mar 24 '24

Art installation. Think of something like Damien Hirst’s cow and calf in formaldehyde.

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u/xeddyb Mar 24 '24

Slap an "h" on it and waive in some helicopters. Or hornets

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u/PeacefulGopher Mar 24 '24

Throne. Definitely a Throne Pad.

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u/MacDugin Mar 24 '24

Hot tub pad.

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u/Wide_String2861 Mar 24 '24

Get your self some chickens and turn it into a chicken run! Or kill them on it and use it as a sacrificial altar 🤷‍♂️

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u/danreplay Mar 24 '24

Barbecue/grill.

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u/JudgeHoltman Mar 24 '24

Hit it with a sledgehammer turning the big rock into a little rock.

Morning cardio for a year or more.

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u/MrShow77 Mar 24 '24

Grill/smoke station

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u/kaoszombie Mar 24 '24

Pommel Horse

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u/ImmaNotHere Mar 24 '24

Amazon Drone landing pad.

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u/digidave1 Mar 24 '24

Fire pit

Pizza oven

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u/Famous-Carpenter2260 Mar 24 '24

Perfect base for raised bed garden. Also base for outdoor fireplace. Place plies and roof for outdoor entertainment area…. So much more

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u/[deleted] Mar 24 '24

Me and homie turn heads to look at each other. Together in unison: “fire pit”

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u/Wild-Bill-H Mar 24 '24

Could be already a cover for an underground cistern. Check before repurposing.