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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Sheds up.

Yep, finished half an hour ago.  That's 22:30.  It looks good in the dark, hope it still looks good in the morning!  Pics to follow.....

.....Ok, so the weekend went like this.....

Saturday morning - late start though due to other commitments, and I set MFM to work levelling up the sleepers for the base.  Had to make do with some scrap bits but no one will know once there's a whopping great shed on top of them.

My job was to drown them in a mix of Creosote and Cubbie engine oil - recycling is most satisfying sometimes!

Then the floor panels, which had been cut into 4 pieces to enable transportation on a small trailer, were put back together....

...and the levels checked in both directions....

....good enough, huh?

With so many joins in the floor, a layer of thin ply went down next to try and hold things together a bit more securely.

Oooooh, excitement, and then the roof when on....

I'm joking of course.  

But it wasn't long....

I said it wasn't long.....

No, really, it wasn't long before we started on the roof.  It was in fact, only the next day.  The cross members had to be notched at each end so that they would site on the trusses and not fall on my head three times.  I measured, MFM cut.  Not my fault if its wrong then.

All was going well, the sun was shining and we were cracking on....

Then, it being winter and all, it started to get dark...

Quite rapidly.

A layer of chip board was next for the roof, as we were using corrugated bituminous sheets which are quite flimsy, and given the amount of snow we have around these parts, anything we can do to strengthen the roof has to be a good thing.

But it did mean we were out there in the freezing cold until after dark, with MFM going up on the roof to start nailing the chip board on.  The head torch was great until the batteries started to feel the strain....

...so we set up the work light....

But when it came to cutting the wriggly sheets to length, we cheated and went into the steading where there are lights, and buckets, and straw and wheelbarrows, and feed bins...and not much room really.  Measured in the dark, I just hope they look ok in the daylight.

The jigsaw gave a very neat and accurate cut.

The shiny bits on the wall, that's frost......brrrrrrrrrrrr

Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  No, its the old inspection light from the shed, fixed to the end of what used to be a part of a football goal post, and when I wasn't taking pictures, I was wandering round holding the light in what I hoped was the right place so MFM could see to hammer black nails into black wriggly sheets on the roof in sub zero temperatures.

But come half past ten (22:30hrs I mean) this is where we called it a day.

And I'm pleased to report that this morning (Monday) the shed is still there and looks pretty good.  The only small hitch was that we were 3 ridge pieces short, so used some wriggly offcuts as a temporary measure to keep the building weather proof, but this morning the offcuts were exhibiting some severe flappage around the edges as the light Scottish breeze blew gently across the fields.  So I got the ladders out and slung 3 big heavy duty ratchet straps over the roof, and with a scrap bit of scaffolding board up there, its holding things firm, for now.  There are gales forecast this week....yikes....

And next weekend we pick up the custom made lambing shed for Mrs BC, then I suppose we'll have to go through it all again!

7 comments:

Hairy Larry said...

That went up quickly...nice kit.

Stuart said...

By gum, that's a right gradely shed you've got there GBC, lots of room for scra. .whoops . . err..I mean projects ;-)

tonuptony said...

My fingers where that frozen only way I knew I'd hit them with the hammer was coz I could feel the sticky blood =]
mfm

Gorgeous Biker Chick said...

Nice innit, meant to say its 20ft x 8ft so yes, lots of scrap can be stored in there and then turned into bikes in the WORKshop. Teehee.

MFM, hope you didn't dribble blood all over the roof! The vultures will be up there pecking holes in it!

Squire Neil said...

Thats a fine shed! Wish I had the room for one like that

Hairy Larry said...

That is a really sturdy looking shed.I too wish I had room here on my postage stamp sized lot for one like it. That would fill my back yard, here in the city.

sfb said...

Nice shed ! :-)

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