Excited and somewhat nervous as i make the trip down to our property as 2 weeks prior i had finished the pouring of the slab for our cottage. The reason for the excitement is due to the fact that we had the concreter “Burnish” the slab (Burnishing the slab basically means that it is troweled to a point where it becomes a very smooth surface) the reasoning behind this i will cover in a later post but for now i am driving and keen to see how the slab has cured and if my efforts to cover the slab up where successful in stopping leaves landing on and staining the concrete…….
So i arrive and upon inspection realize the plastic (black polythene) i rolled out to cover the slab has been shredded by the sun and wind rendering it useless to the cause. To add insult to injury when i was covering the slab with plastic i kinda ran out……. and decided to use a roll of insulation (Sarking) which is blue on one side and reflective silver on the other “Rookie era #1”. The blue colour had become a Bluey green colour and had also etched itself into the concrete slab with slight hints of metallic flecks……. s.m.f.h.
After fruitless attempts at scrubbing the slab I conceded defeat and put my focus back onto the ridiculous load of shed components and countless ropes/tie downs draped over my ute (tray back utility vehicle). When taking this amount of equipment at one time i generally get on the road at 3.00am so i don’t get caught up with traffic incidents i.e. shed components littering the highway. Note i have been known to lose things off my vehicle in the past….
With all components intact it was time to get to work on standing the shed frame. The frame consisted of 8 posts, 20 purlins 4 arches and say 30 sheets of second-hand roofing iron. By the time i had finished unloading a close friend of mine had arrived who has experience in building this type of shed frame.
Step 1, Marking out.
To kick things off we swept the slab clean and began measuring and marking out the lines in which the external edge of the posts where to be located. Once this was completed we marked the bolt holes and using a hammer drill and 12mm masonry drill bit drilled and located the D.y.n.a bolts with this being completed the posts where all standing upright and somewhat plumb.
Step 2, Installing the arches.
The arches consist of 150mm c purlin maybe 3mm thick steel and being around about 6 meters long were a pain in the ass to stand as they would bend and twist and flop all over the dam place. After forcing the arches into submission and bolting them into place braces were screwed to each post and arch setup to keep them all upright untill the purlins where installed.
Step 3, Z purlins and beer.
Now we were screwing on the z purlins 4 along each side of the frame walls and 4 along each side of the roof pitch. This all did not happen quite so fluently as in between their was a lot of head scratching due to my memory of how the shed went together being quite faint and getting the frame to stand plumb is quite tricky. With the use of ratchet straps tied to surrounding vehicles and Speed bracing (steel strapping) my good friend Adam (Sheppo) had worked his magic and the shed was as upright and plumb (Good enough for the bush mate!) and with all of this behind us it was time for few frothys and a dip down the local rock pools.
Above image ☝ shed frame standing (posts and arches only)
Mistakes to learn from
- Dont use insulation wrap to cover precious surfaces from the surrounding environment and weather.
- Ensure you have the required amount of materials for each task.
- Ladders are super handy things when dealing with wobbly ass steel arches over head height.Above image ☝ The only surviving photo of the whole process as the phone i was using at the time had an operational issue and is no longer working…… however you can see the shed frame stood with posts, arches, z purlins and half the roofing iron in place. Note there are 2 posts and an arch missing from the build which i will explain and cover in my next post detailing the floor plan and layout of the cottage.Above image ☝ Aerial view of Crescent head N.S.W This is where the rock pools and beer was enjoyed about a 5 minute drive on dirt roads from our property ♡✌