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Lock down projects
« on: June 02, 2020, 06:35:34 AM »
Just thought I would share one of mine, that I am looking forward to, and is a little daunting, as I know there is some time pressure involved... This lockdown will not go on forever, and I will have to start earning.


I am building a garden shed out of old pallets. I bought the wood for 750, thats really cheap in the UK, as it is second hand, I offered a 20% over ride to get it now, and not in 3 months, as demand is high. The base is 4 pallets and the total floor area is 4350mm x 5680mm.
I then bought an old double door and window on ebay, for 30. The glass is blown, but the frame is mahogany.

so its now not a garden shed, but a summer house. I am not a joiner, and not a perfectionist,  or artistic, but I do know I can make things sold, and work well, as I am an engineer.

so far I have fixed gutter, rewired bits of the house, taken down trees, but this is my first project after 3 months.Photo of the pile of wood attached

Anyone else with a project they would like to share?  (I know Buckworks is building a house :))
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Re: Lock down projects
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2020, 01:28:36 PM »
>> Buckworks is building a house

Alas, not yet. We had hoped to have "shovels in the ground" already but with the pandemic situation we've pushed our plans back.

We continue to work on the property, though. Among other things we've planted five kinds of fruit trees in the last couple of weeks.
« Last Edit: June 02, 2020, 01:32:18 PM by buckworks »

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Re: Lock down projects
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2020, 08:40:37 PM »
>summer house

What are you planning to use for cladding/siding?

>Anyone else with a project

I have finished installing the stainless wire rope tethering system on the 40 pier deck sections.  They are now tied in groups of 8 to 5 galvanized helix anchors set in the river bottom.  The weather has been absolute crap here and I'm waiting for a nice hot day to finishing the tie-downs on the pallets to -hopefully- hold them from being dislodged in all but the most powerful storms.  Another day, maybe two, should finish it.

BUT, during the above-mentioned crappy weather I noticed that the windows facing the river were starting to get damp around the glazing.  I knew they were in need of attention, but had been putting it off.  They wouldn't hold up through the coming storm season, so I drug out 4 sections of box scaffolding, set it up, and began re-glazing & painting.  Ugh!! I'd much rather be building your summer house, Rupert.
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Re: Lock down projects
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2020, 09:43:48 PM »
I did a major soundproofing/construction/renovation project that I finished March 9.

As I had leftover material, I did another minor soundproofing project that I finished about a week ago.

Made a little progress on reviving a website I abandoned about 10 years ago that I think might be worth putting some effort into.

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Re: Lock down projects
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2020, 04:08:06 AM »
Painted the kitchen cabinets

Ripped out two chicken coops and sold them. Going to put some pavers in where they were to expand our patio. Eventually I will put in a concrete slab and put in a big, covered grilling/eating area.

Planted the garden - Tomatoes, peas, carrots, squash, raspberries, strawberries, and collards.

Looks like we need a new roof now. Will just pay someone for that. But as a result of a roof leak we will need to reinsulate a part of the attic and redo the drywall ceiling in one of the bedrooms and paint.


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Re: Lock down projects
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2020, 08:49:45 AM »
This is one I did a couple of years ago. The pallets are up to 5 meters long, and the frame (studs) in the walls are all 2x1 inch.  The cladding is 5 inch x 3/4 to 1".  So it makes a reasonable shed.  Better than the cr*p you buy on the high street here. Or the "garage" a professional built next to it.  :P  You can see where I ran out of shed paint. Cannot get it now. (Amz from 8 per can now 38 per can...  my terms for cannot get it.)

The internal lights and alarm are hubitat driven of course  :)

RC.. always great projects... what do the anchors look like in the river bottom?

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Planted the garden - Tomatoes, peas, carrots, squash, raspberries, strawberries, and collards.
  ditto.  The pigeons and rabbits seem to be doing well off them.

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planted five kinds of fruit trees in the last couple of weeks.
Always good. We have apple, greengage, and victoria plum. I have a mulberry and a walnut but neither have ever fruited. There are berries in the garden, but I am not sure what as I do not look after them well enough.   What are yours?

Unusual to hear of web work here these days Ergo :) For sales or fun/interest?
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Re: Lock down projects
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2020, 11:08:41 AM »
>> five kinds of fruit trees

Cherries, currants, haskap berries, saskatoon berries, chokecherries.

And lots of raspberries, which are a bush, not a tree.

No plums or apples yet, but they're on my wish list.

We need hardy varieties, as our winter temperatures can get as low as minus forty.

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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2020, 01:19:36 PM »
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minus forty.
Too cold to live.... 8)
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2020, 05:29:43 PM »
currants

The currants here are growing like mad this year. I can't wait to harvest them. All wild, but now growing in our yard. That will be nice to supplement the elderberries. We harvest quite a few elderberries each year and use them first and foremost in pancakes.

Around here, though, currants are very much a bush. We have three species. For many years, of course, the authorities organized military scale operations to wipe out currants (and most species of ribes in general, gooseberry being the other one that grows like mad here), because of their link to blister rust. The USDA eventually gave up and now they are everywhere again. But there was a blister rust camp just down the trail from here. For 30 years, a team of men spent every summer out there trying to kill currants.

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Re: Lock down projects
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2020, 07:05:50 PM »
>anchors

https://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Duty-Helix-Anchor-Galvanized/dp/B07CQ6Q19D

Except mine are 5 feet long.  Mine are second-hand from the utility companies, so heavier grade, but they look much the same as above.

I screwed them about 1m into the sandy river bottom. They'll hold about a ton each but I'm not expecting that much pulling force from 8 floating pallets even in a hurricane.

BTW, when I was hit by the 2nd storm this spring, I had just started installing the tether system on 5 pallets. One of those did wash overboard and it stayed floating next to the pier and was easy to retrieve. 

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Re: Lock down projects
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2020, 12:23:59 PM »
Thats a great anchors system, not seen those before.

elderberries.... a friend makes a witches brew from them, thats great for coughs. (Well I think it is, as it makes me feel better having the mix, with hot water and local honey. ) No idea what she puts into it apart from the berries we all have to harvest to be sure of getting a bottle :) 

Sues Mum used to make Elderflower champagne.  very weak from an alcohol POV, and very refreshing. 
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« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2020, 03:45:21 PM »
great for coughs

That seems to be all the rage. We were eating elderberries for years before anyone told us about supposed health benefits. We had heard for a long time that they are poisonous (the seeds, leaves, and woody parts are quite toxic, the berries mildly so, but not if cooked.

I am typing this in between flipping my world neighborhood-famous elderberry pancakes.

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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2020, 09:24:25 AM »
>currants

All my life i've thought it was currents, same as water and tricity!

< 750 worth of wood

still much cheaper than buying a kit.

I'm making a vertical hydroponic herb garden :



The brown bits are printed (lid and netpot holders), i never used to enjoy design but i'm getting into it now, Fusion 360 is free for hobbyists at the moment and has amazing features. The boxy netpot holder is the new, non-leak design but it's still too big for my liking.

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« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2020, 09:27:30 AM »
This is one I did a couple of years ago.

I'd be very pleased with myself to have built that.
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« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2020, 10:31:00 AM »
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love it!!!!
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