Monday, December 26, 2016
Getting shed of the shed!
Many of you probably awoke to a white Dec 25th, if you got it hope you enjoyed it... I got up and opened the windows! 66 degrees. I drove, with my son, over the river, and through the woods up to my sisters house where Mom is until New Yrs, for the day and a meal prepared by my German BIL. He did a great job!
Not often you can dress like this on Christmas Day, my son at rest area opening a vending machine cold drink.
One year we had snow on the 26th...bummer. So the Holiday is behind us whew...
I asked Santa for a new shed I drool over those catalogs that arrive in the mail with glistening new pole barns and sheds of every description size, and shape,,,,but then I check the price tag....the same ole' thing..."No Sondra, there is no Santa Claus". Just like anything else in life if you want it bad enough you will make it happen with wit and sweat. But first I have to destroy the old one!!
It comes down in the reverse of how it went up..the siding, then the roof, then the framing...
The girls watched from a safe distance and wiggled in the dirt!
...then up on the ladder, it was the hardest part taking off the tin roofing...I didn't want to damage it too bad as I plan to re-use it!! It has a nice patina don't you think? Or you might just call it rust...
...then I noticed in the bushy holly a tap tap tapping! A yellow bellied sapsucker busy making his own world a better place!
those little holes in the tree trunk is what he is busy doing, they drill a little hole, the sap seeps into the holes then bugs and such also get into the sap..so its like a juicy sappy bug snack. You can see he has a red throat patch and red forehead, the belly is a buffy yellow and the back is black with white/tan specks and white on his primaries! A very attractive bird!
So I had to get a few shots of him before continuing...soon all the tin was off.
then I just tied a rope to the remaining frame, gave 3 hard tugs and down it went!!
Now you can see the house!
It was easy to pull all this apart with it on the ground...and now Im salvaging what I can of the timbers, the tin is def usable, some of the rafters are good I pulled out the nails, and some of the 2 x 4 's have rot on the bottom end so I'll saw that end off I can make my walls 6 inches shorter. This is not rocket science...
So Im using my circular saw and cutting the old siding into 12 inch wide pieces and trimming off the rotted parts and Ill use it like lap siding on the back and on the inside wall...nothing will go to waste.
one load of debris went to the dump...and Ill probably have one more small load to haul away, SO a lot is being reused, recycled, and re-purposed!!
I have removed one of the trees as planned and soon the other one will be on my firewood pile...its not a healthy tree so it will help to heat the house!
I do plan to plant more trees in the wood lot, some evergreens....since my woods never get the benefit of fire...the under-story has disappeared and all the trees are tall and not reseeding very well! Planting some evergreens like Eastern Cedar and Holly will help give a green under story and replenish my wood lot.
Next step is to start getting the foundation of the NEW shed in place!! Hope to start that as soon as I get all the 2 x 4's ready to reuse. And I got a Lowe's Gift card for Christmas!! Yippie! Later back inside, I'm trying to perfect biscuit making what tips do you have for me? Don't forget I use only non animal products.
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.