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GraemeC

Graeme's ROR - a build with added features

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Hi James, yes at the moment the roof frame is just sitting on top of the walls with a few (temporary) screws in place to stop it blowing away in the wind...   That would have to be some wind...

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Next step, to demolish the old shed and build structure number 2.

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Great build, I really have enjoyed reading and looking at the pics so far. 

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I didn't realise the full extent of the state of the second shed in the earlier photos.  That one makes it look really quite bad.

James

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An artist friend of mine really liked it, he said it was a good study in decrepitude, rot and reversion to nature    hehehe    I think it would have fallen down a long time ago if it wasn't for a steel cupboard inside, currently holding the roof up!  The replacement will be smaller, I don't need to be as large.  The shed #1 (observatory) is about 2.1m x 3m and shed number 2 will be 2.5m x 3m.  3m gap between the two (that's the space for the sliding roof).

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3 hours ago, GraemeC said:

Next step, to demolish the old shed and build structure number 2.

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Looks like it will demolish itself if you wait a while longer - a reasonably strong breeze should do it 😉.

Observatory building is looking very smart.

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2 hours ago, GraemeC said:

An artist friend of mine really liked it, he said it was a good study in decrepitude, rot and reversion to nature   

As an amateur artist of old myself, I get that!

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So do I!!  That shed has style - or something.  I wouldn't mind painting that.

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After relocating loads of junk - some of which went straight to the tip - the area is cleared.  It gives me working space to start assembling more wall frames and panels.

The growth in the foreground is a rosemary bush, great for saute potatoes but doesn't it just grow quickly...

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WOW!  That was quick - well done 😀

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It didn't take long, the slowest part was emptying it of the old boxes, a kitchen unit and rusty paint tins that hadn't seen light of day in decades.  Its good that this sort of exercise makes you do a spring clean from time to time!  You might notice that the demolition isn't so much a clearance, more of a push to one side, out of the way...

The next step was to finish making the remaining walls and roof trusses for building number 2.  I'm using sheets of 8x4 plywood to give me a base for the jig and timbers are located square and aligned before nailing.  I used sheradised annular ring nails for the framing as these are very grippy (almost impossible to pull out) and will not rust.

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Next step: assemble the tongue and groove, tighten up and nail in place.  There is a liner in place just under the T&G.  The large opening in this section is for a large wired window (which just happened to be an old internal door in my house before the recent building work was completed).  I try to repurpose things if I can  :)

 

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Hi Graeme. Just trying to get my head around the timeline for your build (not that this really matters, I'm just curious). 

Was the demolition done recently? The luxuriant foliage on some of the plants, and the odd dandelion in flower, suggests this was taken during the growing season?

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Hi Kev, well spotted, the work took place  in stages over the summer up to now.  The lush undergrowth isn't because of any micro climate here!  I'm just getting around to sorting out the pictures and finalising the build at the moment.  I have time to sit down in front of the PC and catch up with all the astro-chat.  I seemed to have spent all the time over the summer in the garden hammering bloomin' nails...  

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Finally, roof trusses.  The 8x4 panels used for building wall panels will be used as the roof panelling (under a layer of roofing felt and shingles).

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A single layer of bricks was set in place so that the wooden walls are not sitting directly on the concrete slab.

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Then its just a matter of lifting the panels into place and securing.

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