Saturday, 31 October 2009

A Cold, Wet and Muddy day……………..

The doors have been assembled and installed – They are quite flimsy and definitely not secure!  There will need to be some strengthening done here. IMG_1221
The side weatherboards.  These are longer than the shed for a very good reason – Bizibilder had clamped his over-length plank in position to check for clearances etc when he realised that, with the roof in the open position, the over-length boards helped block out a streetlight that can be a bit of a nuisance at times – So over-length side boards it is!  IMG_1222
Front and side boards in place – no fouls anywhere and only a gap of about 3mm all round the roof. IMG_1223
The front corner, to the right of the door, showing the structure.  There will be a metal brace put in at the top of the weather boards.  (It had been drizzling most of the day and was now getting quite cold - Bizibilders enthusiasm was waning by this time!) IMG_1226
The runners and rear corner. IMG_1227
The rear wall – the only weather board still to be fitted.  There will have to be some thought here to ensure that Bizibilder ends up with a good close fitting solution.  Whatever he does Bizibilder can do nothing about the rails sticking out through this wall! IMG_1228
Final view of the day. – Nearly finished now! IMG_1230

Friday, 30 October 2009

The clever sliding roof thingy…

Bizibilder had already assembled the metal roof and had cut out a kit of parts for the roof frame.  Assembly was comparatively straightforward – the only problem was that the roof was very flexible and not so easy to reach across – Bizibilder feels for those who make 10x10 sheds! IMG_1195
A corner joint showing the metal and wood bracing.  The longer screw is 120mm long.  They are taped here to show how the angled joint was made secure. IMG_1197
This picture is to show that you can buy “LONG SERIES” drills.  The lower drill bit is a normal or “jobbers” drill 3/32” by about 2.5” long.

The upper drill is the same diameter but a full 4” long “long series”.  Bizibilder includes this as, unless you are familiar with engineers tools you may not be aware of these drills.  They are most useful!
The roof frame and wheels in place – nothing is fixed here – its all a bit wobbly!! IMG_1200
“Look – NO screws!!”

You can also see the timber strip that guides the wheels.  There is one on each rail positioned outside the wheel.
Everything lines up perfectly – just as Bizibilder said it would – see yesterday’s post!!

(Bizibilder is feeling quite proud!)
Like an over indulgent beetle – flat on its back with its wheels in the air!

The assembled roof structure.
Details of the roof corner joints. IMG_1208
The roof in place for the first time.  Mrs Bizibilder helped lift it into position.  At a guess Bizibilder reckons the whole roof weighs about 70 - 80 pounds. IMG_1210
First opening – It actually works.  Bizibilder, of course, was not surprised at this success.  He always had complete confidence in himself.

(His head gets bigger by the minute………)
A weather board temporarily clamped in place.  It fits and the deliberate off setting of the runners (see yesterday) has worked a treat – no fouls anywhere.

The rails have also had a strip of timber added so that the roof slides in a perfectly controlled way (See pic above for detail of rail)
Bizibilder had to put the turnbuckles in today as heavy rain is forecast overnight, along with a good breeze.  The Observatory is not weather tight yet – at least the roof can’t blow away! IMG_1218
A final look at the days work. IMG_1219

Thursday, 29 October 2009

All walls and Roof rails!!

The start of Bizibilders day – putting on the third wall. IMG_1177
Nice and square – so far all the shed parts have lined up perfectly, everything is square and straight. IMG_1179
Until now…….

The door frames were PIGS!!!  There are two upright strengthening pieces, screwed front and back, at each side of the door.  The holes on these did not line up!!  Nor did they align with the predrilled holes on the green front wall pieces.  This job took Bizibilder (with help from Mrs Bizibilder) over two hours to sort out.  In the end he simply drilled holes where needed!!

Bizibilder’s first Boo Boo!  He had not realised that the doors and their slides are FULL WIDTH (on a 6 foot shed!).  So he had to chop away a small piece of frame at the top of the walls. 
Another view of the full width door runners.  The lower parts of the doors will, Bizibilder hopes, just miss the frame without having to cut more away.  The top piece (that runs from on top of the upright off to the right) originally extended all the way to the front wall (on the left of the pic) He had to cut about 30mm away to get the runner in place.
This is only a problem on the 6 foot shed – doors on wider sheds don’t go right into the corners!
The first roof runner in place. IMG_1186
The roof runners are 1,5cm OUTBOARD of the top frame – thus the outer edges of the rails are 3cm wider than the roof frame.  When the roof is in place, weatherboards will be screwed to the outside edged of the rails and will therefore not foul the sliding roof.

(Says Bizibilder, with great confidence!!!)
You can see the offset here, looking along the rail. IMG_1188
A better view of that pesky front corner,  by the way, Bizibilder NEVER swears when this sort of thing happens – he just mumbles “Tut tut” and “Oh! Dear me”. IMG_1189
The rails in place, along with their corresponding uprights.  Bizibilder used “post-fix” to fit these into the ground – amazing stuff!! it sets solid in about 10 minutes. IMG_1190
Everything nice and level – Bizibilder is felling proud of himself! IMG_1193
Going dark!  One final look at the days work. IMG_1194

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

A Grand Day of Progress:

The first parts of the “kit” that Bizibilder had made for himself laid out ready for the day’s work to start. Shed6
The corners and basic frame erected – all a bit wobbly at this stage.  Luckily Mrs Bizibilder had very little to do today (!) and was able to help hold things as and when needed.  The metal centre braces of the shed walls have been replaced with wood.  The uprights are 75x75mm and the braces 45mm square. Shed7
Lower braces in place just above the metal base plates. Shed8
Close up of the lower brace joints.  The wood is EXACTLY the same width as the metal base so that the walls will just touch the braces as well as the base.  The wall will be screwed to the base and the braces. Shed9
The “half way up the wall” brace, again exactly the right width. Shed10
The top rails in place.  These overhang the uprights so that the walls can be screwed directly to them. Shed11
Top rail brackets from below. Shed12
Top rail further strengthened by an additional corner brace. Shed13
The first bit of wall in place – this was the awkward one – not much room for Bizibilder between the wall and the fence.  There was some choice language at this stage of construction! Shed14
The back wall complete.  This took over an hour!

(The carrier bags are there because Bizibilder had to put a temporary brace across the top rails.  He then proceeded to bang his head several times!! Hence the carrier bags)
Second wall complete – A twenty minute job!!

(The “open end” with the temporary brace and carrier bags is where the door will go)
This shot shows how the braces fit between the uprights and the wall panels. Shed17
Similar view but this time the top rail.

All in all a good eight hours hard work.  Bizibilder is tired and is going for a short nap!

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Its raining!

Not much to report today - I have been cutting out parts and finishing off the preservative painting, everything is getting three coats! Outside it has been drizzling on and off all day. Dull

Monday, 26 October 2009

A Kit of Parts

Shed2 The base of the shed has been bolted to the concrete and the whole edge sealed with silicone – Bizibilder hopes it will be watertight!
The corner bolts in close up. Shed3
Shed4 “Stretching the saw”.  This is a 75mm square fence post and is too big for Bizibilders saw!  The saw doesn’t know this so Bizibilder has got away with cutting through this piece in two “goes”!

IF you are contemplating a job such as this then one of these saws is almost ESSENTIAL – Bizibilder prides himself in being proficient with a hand saw, but even he has to admit that the power version cuts rather more “straight and true” than he can.  Money very well spent.
These corner posts needed a “chunk” cutting out in order to fit over the corners of the base.

The rest of the day has been spent cutting out a “kit of parts” ready for assembly.  Bizibilder tends to make things like this “one bit at a time” but has realised that with his part of the structure having to match exactly to the purchased shed he has decided to cut all the parts needed “to size” and then assemble the whole thing in one go!  The metal shed is simply too flimsy to “part assemble” and leave for any length of time.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Progress is SLOW!!

Shed1 Progress has been slow today as Bizibilder has spent most of the time deciding how on earth he is actually going to assemble his Observatory!  The base rails are in place and this has allowed him to make some decisions as to how construction should proceed.  In the version that he is following posts are concreted into each corner of the structure – giving both strength and rigidity.  Bizibilder does not have that luxury – he will have to work on the surface of the concrete base.  The design of the shed  itself has also slightly changed from the example being followed which has resulted in today being used for thinking rather than building.  Bizibilder has also spent a fair amount of time painting the timber needed as much of it will be inaccessible once construction starts. 
saw1 To cheer himself up Bizibilder has been to the shops and bought himself a cheap and cheerful cut-off saw, this should result in some reasonably accurate cuts and corners – he hopes!

Its amazing how this could be made, shipped halfway round the planet from China, with everyone involved managing to make a profit – and be sold for just under 35 quid!!