Sunday, June 28, 2009
We started of the day with our usual cup of coffee, then we got started on getting the sheets on the roof, the ground at the back of the shed sits higher then at the front and at the front left sits higher then the right.
To get the sheets on the roof Mum would be on the ground lifting and pushing the sheets over me and i would be on the ladder guiding the sheets onto the roof, as the middle of the sheet passes over me the sheet would fall and stay on the purlins allowing me to push it home and screw it into position.
By the time we hit the 5th sheet we started running into some problems, firstly the ladder wasn't high enough for me to comfortably balance while placing the sheets and to put the screws in i was working at head height. This caused by the slope in the land and the rain had soaked the ground so the ladder would sink making it shorter.
We drove to the hardware store and bought a 2.1 meter 'A' ladder that can be made in to a 3.6 straight ladder (not that i ever anticipate to use it at that height!)
Back to work it was, we got the rest of the sheets on the roof, i had to reseat them so they all sit straight, halfway across the roof the drill died, back to the hardware store again, bought a new drill, back to finishing the roof sheeting. Im glad the hardware store is only 15mins from the block!
To complete the roof i still need to put the top and side cappings on and put the final screws in.
The Water Hole.
The New ladder and the 'anti sinking and stabilising' measures.
The second part of the roof done.
While i was putting more screws on the roof, Mum measured and cut the side and top flashings for the rollerdoors. (Hard to tell here, between the front wall and the roller door was exposed wall edges, they now have the colour of the wall.)
Sunday, June 21, 2009
When you get a kit for a shed it pays to look in every bag of miscellaneous bits to see what you actually get.
I spent half an hour a couple of days ago trying to work out how to mount the roller door brackets, for some reason it was in my mind to use 8 screws per bracket, this is after reading the manual several times, i didn't like this for two reasons, 8 screws aren't going to hold the door and there wasn't enough 'meat' to screw into.
Mum and i decided to go for a drive to one of the shed companies display areas and have a look at how they mounted the brackets (a mere 60km round trip). Upon arrival i see a shed the same layout as mine, looked inside and found 3 bolts per bracket, much better idea.
Driving back to the block puzzled at why i didn't get any bolts in the kit we passed a hardware store, i bought the necessary bits and off we went. Back at the block i go about marking and drilling holes, go to mount the brackets and find the bolts i bought were not threaded far enough towards the head to tighten the assembly (back to the hardware store swap bolts).
Finally i have the right bits to continue and i mount all the brackets.
When lacking brawn, brains come in handy, we couldn't lift the doors high enough to get them on the brackets, so we used ratchet tie down straps and the ladder to 'see-saw' the door high enough to lift it into position on the brackets.
With still only half the roof done and now only half the doors done we end another day.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The first wall done.
Cutting the sheets freehand with an angle grinder.
Just under 3 walls done, i ran out of angle grinder blades.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Putting the middle trusses up didn't quite go as planned, unlike the outer trusses the middle ones need to be bolted down rather then screwed, in its self not difficult unless of course you find that the only socket set and spanner set you brought are 2mm to too small. so they will get done tomorrow.
Up went the purlins and finally the strapping to give the roof some tension. If anything the most time consuming was going up and down the ladder all day screwing the purlins to the trusses.
Four of the eight purlins up and it was almost lunchtime.
Monday, June 15, 2009
In case you might be wondering my helper did do more then just take pictures of me looking busy, without Mums help i wouldn't have got this far especially with the roller door frames.
My first days work consisted of finding all the tools i am going to need and check that the generator i bought will do what I'm going to require of it (It started first go so that's good enough for me).
Everything gathered and strapped in the back of the Ute, and its of to the block.
Once at the block I check that all the parts have been delivered and in the correct quantities, put some screws in the trusses, layout the prefab frames around the slab and mark the holes i need to drill in the slab and cut in the frames.
Tidy up and head home.
This is looking straight across the block towards the fence in the top picture, this is where the water pools.
The same pool looking towards the back of the block.
The flood damage at the bottom of my street.
It all started when my friend called me one day and said he wanted out as he and his girlfriend wanted to buy their own house. This was fine as we had agreed prior to buying the house if either of us wanted out then we sell the house and split the profit.
The house was up for sale and i had to find a way to stay in the market, renting wasn't an option, that's why i got into the real estate market in the first place. I couldn't afford a house on my own and i wasn't about to buy a tiny block of land in the suburbs for an astronomical price.
At this point my only option was to move away from the city, about an hour and a half drive out of the city to be exact, there i looked around and found a patch of land the suited my needs and my budget, well maybe not my budget but close enough.
The block is located in a residential acreage area and is one and a half acres in size (for the metric minded that's 6000 square meters) measuring 40m wide and 150m long with a gentle dip in the middle.
The photo below is looking towards the road from the back of the block, the big dead gum tree (apparently it was hit by lighting a couple of years ago) is approximately where the center of the block is.
The purchase of the block didn't go through for another 6 months, with all the hassels of selling the house.