We Have a Ramp!

My dad’s home from Ottawa for Thanksgiving, and we built a ramp for our shed today 🙂

It’s not perfect, but it’ll do the job of getting the lawn mower and snow blower into the shed.

I got to try out my new drill! It’s a little more difficult to go slowly with, so I made a couple of pretty deep screw holes, oops! But hey, that’s why I’m practicing on a shed. We used some of the leftover wood too, so all we had to buy was one more board.

It took us about two hours.

It took us about two hours.

Oh, and Dad finished up the roof the other day:

It looks great!

It looks great!

The shed could still use some finishing touches, but it’s a pretty good little building!


A Roof Overhead

More sheathing went up the other day.

And I’ll be honest, I haven’t been helping as much. Dad took to working after dark, which was just annoying and shadowy. Then we had issues with the drill and it’s just way too easy to get frustrated in the dark.

Sheathing surprised me by being complicated. I know I’ll have to plan my seams and cut out windows, but Dad carefully planned each piece. For example, the front is 8 feet, so two sheets of OSB, right? But then the door would be in the middle of a seam and you’d have two unusable pieces of wood. Dad and I cut one sheet in half and put it on the edges, and then kept a whole sheet for the middle, which left us with a perfect piece to use for the door. I wouldn’t have thought of that.

We kind of planned one step at a time, and when it came time for the roof we were running out of time, so somehow we didn’t plan it right for easy sheathing. Overhang and such things confused us and it wasn’t as simple as it could’ve been, but oh well. The roof is sheathed and the things from the old shed have been moved to their new home. There’s even a built-in shelf in there.

My dad’s been posted to Ottawa, so he’s going to be living separate from us because we’re not ready to move. That’s why we were low on time for this project – not because we were running out of summer, but because he had to leave.

He left this morning, but my parents finished a great door last night:

Look at that! Shingles! I’ll let you in on a secret: only one side of the roof is shingled. Oops. It’s sealed up with plastic for now and Dad will be back in October for some finishing touches. We just had better things to do before he left.

Oh, and about the fence – our property fits like a puzzle piece with our neighbour’s. Their garage juts into our property, and then we own this around-the-corner bit of land between two fences.

I’m lucky that I’ll be building at my parents’ house because there’s a lot of stuff I can use, like extension cords and the wheelbarrow, that as a young adult I won’t be owning anytime soon. Then again, I’ll be a homeowner soon enough, so who knows?

Rafters Are Up

I think it looks friggen good, don’t you? I didn’t help too much with the roof because I was working. Dad spent all the time measuring and figuring out awkward angles. He made a master and I cut a few from that, but the rest of the rafters were cut and put up by Dad. There is a gap where the rafters meet the walls, but we don’t know what happened there. Mum just said to not make the rafters for my house the same way Dad did 😛

Next up: sheathing, then shingles, and then the hardest part: the door. We’re not going to put siding up; stain will work well enough.


Shed: Day 4

So this is where we’re at right now:

Four walls and a partial roof.

Four walls and a partial roof.

Unfortunately, I work a split today, so I don’t have time to help. Dad’s leaving on Wednesday for Ontario, so he’s gonna continue without me today so we can get the shed done.

We’re Building a Building

So last night we got the third wall up:

We usually finish up a bit after the sun goes down, so I take a picture in the morning. Sunlit pictures are a hundred times better than ones taken in the dark.

I got up as early as I could drag myself away from my warm bed and sleepy cat and started measuring and cutting for the 4th wall.

This is as far as I got before I had to get ready for work:

Dad wants to get the shed done before Monday, so while I was at work he put a few things together, including the ridge beam:

When I got home from work we continued, and this is how far we got before it started to get dark:

I’ll post a picture tomorrow of where we got to after that. We’ve got the sheathing for the two side walls cut, we put up the other half of the back wall, and the rest of the rafters are traced and ready to be cut.

The little triangles where the rafter meets the wall are a pain. You have to make four cuts. You go in with the skill saw on both sides, but since it’s a round blade you can’t reach the edge. So then you take a jig saw (oh! I used a jig saw today! It’s small but scary but fun) and cut in on both sides as well.

We also put a piece of sheathing on the four rafters that are up, though it’s not cut to size yet, just to show that we’ve got (part of) a roof!

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