Saturday, July 18, 2015

Out Door Shower Re-do


We had been enjoying our first outdoor shower on the north side of the house for a couple of years.  Then last fall we built the deck and the shower ended up under the deck.  So we decided to move it to a sunnier location.

Here's how it went down

We moved the shower control to one of the deck supports


and Dean got to work on the new plumbing.



These copper sections connect with the PEX piping that runs under the deck.




Back when we were doing a lot of rock moving, we had set aside a very large flattish rock that we thought would be good as our shower floor.

We excavated a nice size whole, filled it partially with crushed stone, added a layer of landscaping fabric and with the help of the backhoe and our supervisor, set the stone in place.



Here's what it looks like without a dog standing on it...


More crushed stone went in around the big rock and covers the fabric.


Next, I had this idea to use an old wood shutter that I had gotten from a free-cycler to build a small wall for the shower that would be a place to hold soap and shampoo, etc.



Taking the old hinges off.




We secured the shutter between 2 pressure treated 4x4's



Here we are digging the hole to place the wall.


 We dropped the lower part of the wall into the hole and back filled with crushed stone.





I painted the whole unit, and added some plants around the shower area.

I put up these cute bird hooks and bird soap dish  that I bought on Etsy from Riri Creations






The soap dish needed a hanging bracket as it was intended to sit on a horizontal surface, so dean fabricated one.


I found this small metal shelf at The Friday Barn, and spray painted it to go with my color scheme.  I liked that the bottom was perforated to let water run out.


These were all mounted onto the little shutter wall, along with some spray painted plastic clips that hold our razors.






So this replaces the system we had been using before.


Much better!

Some more plantings gives it an oasis feeling as long as you look past at all the junk still under the deck...




Ready for a pleasant outdoor shower experience!










Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The G Shed



Remember the lumber we had milled over the winter?  The plan for this wood was to use it to build a shed to house the generator.

For all the time we have lived here so far the generator has been sitting out on the edge of the septic hump.


For quite a few years now, this had been the view out my kitchen window.



As soon as the weather permitted, Dean was hot to start on this project.

For this structure we are using short piers placed on concrete pads as the base.  Here Dean is constructing the piers.




The frame of the floor uses 6 x 6's and sits on top of the piers.



Next the floor is completed.


The supervisor on site








The supervisor does a detailed inspection



Next, the walls are erected.



The supervisor gives her approval



















With the walls up, Dean got to work constructing the roof trusses.  He did this in the big ass garage with more help from the supervisor.








After the trusses were built, it was time to put them up.  Here was the plan:  Use the backhoe to move 2 trusses at a time to a staging area.  One of the lumber stacks turned out to be a great staging area.  From there the 2 trusses are attached and cross braced to each other with the correct spacing between.  Then use the hoe to carry and lift them into place onto the shed.

But first...




the supervisor inspects the backhoe shovel.

With everything in working order with got to the task at hand.




My primary job was to hold the trusses in place while Dean measured and attached the cross bracing.






But I did get in a little bit of hammer time!


Looks like a miss...





The first set of 2 trusses was the hardest.  There was a lot of trial and error - emphasis on the error - and we learned a lot that made putting up the next two sets a lot easier.  There was a lot of problem solving, and a got some nice props from Dean for a couple of good solutions that I came up with!

Finally we were down to the last set.


Missy takes a break


And at the end of the day, my FitBit credited me with this.

Good to get the credit!

With the trusses up, we were ready to move on.




Dean used a chainsaw to trim the 4x4 ends of the trusses.





And Missy chips in to help with the clean-up!



The drip edge goes up,



and the shingles go on.


With three walls sided and the door not yet on, it seemed to make sense to put the generator into the shed.




Generator in da shed!


It needs to be right in the middle so there is plenty of room to move around it so Dean can work on it when it breaks.


Now that the generator is in and the shed is mostly enclosed, it's on to the door.  




I wanted to do a sliding barn door style door.  

Missy inspects the progress.


Sliding barn door hardware is expensive.  Dean had this section of uni-strut that wasn't doing anything, so we're using that for the rail.  The wheels will sit in the channel.






Flashing goes up over the door slide channel,




and then the upper gable enclosure gets installed



This is the wheel part attached to the door.


 



Installing the door.



We'll add a handle to pull the door open and close.


Just because it's a utility shed does not mean it can't have some charm, right?  So I added this little weather-vane, 






and we will install these cute old windows I picked up at a consignment shop



There will be two windows on each side.



One more Missy cuteness before I close.



Oh yeah, so now that this project is nearing completion, Dean is proposing that we get a new generator!  One of the type that runs on propane and starts automatically when the power goes out...

Anyone want to buy a big ass Army surplus diesel generator?