Old fences removed, sod (er..) turfed and a rough grade finished, it was time to move to installing the first few fence posts. Timber was provided by my friends at Dove Creek Lumber; we’ve got the fence posts as 6×6 Western Red Cedar, the windows as 2×4 and the rails – well, I haven’t finalized that decision yet. The nice thing about our lumber is that it is all non-dimensional, rough and thick; a 2×4 is actually 2×4 and so on.
We started setting our fence lines using some batter boards I’d cut. Apart from the pets moving the lines about a bit, we got things square which is a major achievement as nothing on this property is square. We decided to square things off the house mostly, ignoring the side building as they work at slight odds to each other. We came up with a fence design to keep as much of the view as possible, using lagged bolted 2×4 windows to create a sense of openess – at least, that is the theory on paper. Manuel recruited another labourer, Jorge, who joined us for a few hours here and there; six hands are better than four. Next phase – more fence posts and some windows!
Over the weekend, Magnifico Construction and I managed to put together the first bay of Bob’s new abode. After some mental acrobatics regarding post levels, spacing and anchors, we managed to get the first three uprights set, square and level in three dimensions! We tied them into the ledger board with some strapping before figuring out the rafters which went up quickly. Adding some cross supports tightened up the whole structure. We had a little challenge trying to get the north end of the shed up and over the slope of the existing building but with the aid of three cantilevered braces cut at rough 45s we managed to get it supported. Next step, adding the second bay. Stay tuned!
Canuck 4 – Kings 2
The Canucks advanced to the second round of the playoffs tonight, defeating the Kings in a tight match. Josée and I watched the game in our box seats at Pridy Rd. I was thinking back to the past season; 82 games, 42 (41, thanks DB) at home, 42 (41, again…) on the road, most of them on TSN, Sportsnet Pacific and CBC, about a dozen on pay-per-view. Of the 70 or so on regular TV, I estimate that we watched at least 60 of them at Pridy with Mum and Dad, and usually a couple animals as well! It’s become a tradition, with Dad sending out a game day email highlighting the teams, game notes and the supper menu! As most games are on weeknights during the dead of winter, it’s a welcome treat to finish work, pick up the dogs (and now pig!) and head over for supper and the game! We’ve had this tradition now for many years but we did have a new twist which commenced last season; Mum became a hockey fan! Now she’s as rabid as the rest of us.
Anyway, it’s been a great season and I’m glad to see the team heading to the second round. A couple days to rest and fine tune then here we go again. For those of you new to Canucks Nation, jump on the bandwagon – better late than never – and enjoy the ride! It’s going to be a fun playoff run!
Hockey tournaments, trips to Vancouver, bad weather and, of course, work have all done their best to derail my attempts to complete this blasted woodshed. With a four day weekend ahead of me, I was determined to put this thing to bed once and for all. After visiting Black Creek Farm and Feed (yes, Home Depot doesn’t corner the market on all projects) where I picked up the 3×10 sheets of galvanized roof, I called up my trustee labourers, the Queen of Sheba and Manuel. We unloaded the roofing sheets ($20 at BCFF versus $33 at Home Depot) and laid them out on the roof, anxiously double checking my measurements. Thankfully they were accurate.
The Queen, as Manuel so aptly named her, perched upon Bob’s spring-loaded seat, barking out commands like a sergeant major at parade. I spent most of my time perched upon a ladder, drilling roofing screws into panels of galvanized metal while Manuel arranged them from the ground. Josée was busy cleaning up around the backyard and brought us a cup of tea as well – thanks, love!
We wrapped things up by stacking what little firewood we have left for this year and then standing back to admire our work. The shed should hold 5-6 cords of wood once full and, judging by the rainfall we’re having tonight, is nice and dry. I just have to tidy up a few loose ends and then figure out my rain-water collection system but that’ll be another day!