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Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by Fat Controller, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. Sheal

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    Your shed's due tomorrow FC, are you excited? :)
     
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      More erring toward the relieved @Sheal, but acutely aware that it is going to be chucking it down tomorrow which won't make it easy/pleasant to check that all is present and correct.

      I suppose we won't really get a chance to do a bit of a stock-take until the weekend, and then the fun will continue! We still need to work out how many breeze blocks we need, where the hole will need to go for the manhole, and what to use as handles to allow that hole to be opened, and what to use to create the relevant supports for the part of the floor that is the 'lid', the surround of that lid and of course to make sure that the floor is not compromised as a result. Oh, and the patio still wants pointing yet too.

      Then, we can commence getting it erected. I reckon we have a couple of weekends at least ahead of us yet.
       
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        Hmm, a busy time ahead! It sounds like it would be easier to move the manhole than alter the shed. :)

        Could you not make a couple of hand slots in the lid for lifting, like the sides of a box? You won't want anything prominent in case you trip.
         
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          That is one idea we were thinking of, but I was reluctant as it would leave holes through to the outside, which would be like an open invite for the wee furries?

          I was wondering if flush fitting flip ring handles might be the way to go though.
           
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            Hi,

            Looking back at your photos it looks like your cover might be this type, but if you have not already lifted it up, I would suggest you do not tug on those lifting strips until you have cleared around the edges with a strong hose jet, then use some big screwdrivers/crowbar around the outside edges to ease it up and off and then again clean the exposed channel and cover so it becomes an easy fit that you can lift with those lifting strips.
            Tugging too much on those strips can break them as I once found out, partic if its the more modern lightweight steel type.

            Making a hatch in the floor should not compromise it at all, providing a little planning is done and cross members correctly positioned.

            a piece of rope across those two lifting points will make it easier to pull up from within the shed.

            As for moving the drain etc, think thats a no, no with it being rented.

            Do you have a web cam ? - if you placed it say in a first floor window overlooking the site ? - you could do a full film of the construction, Benny Hill fast forward style ...:biggrin:


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              Pretty much what I ordered last night, just before heading off to bed. :)

              @shiney - it is not the lid itself that is the problem, it is accessing it under the shed, hence the modification we are going to have to do to the floor. The good news is that the floor is in six sections (two large, four smaller) and the cover will live under one of the small ones, so we are not stuck having to work on a huge panel - better still, it will be toward the middle and will only affect one bearer which we can reinforce very easily from the back side.

              @ricky101 - we have the older style, cast iron lid so a lot more robust than the new ones, but we will clear round it and lift it before games commence. No chance of a webcam, for various reasons, but mostly as there is likely to be some very industrial language as we get things wrong........... :biggrin:

              The thickness of the wood falls between the 'Oh my god' and the 'Jesus it's heavy' categories :snork:, the hardware is probably better than we have in the house, and the roof trusses are almost as thick as the ones we have in the loft (and I am not kidding) - the latter is nestled in the greenhouse at the moment, as they are the only part that is not pressure treated as they are for the inside of the shed.

              40 breeze blocks are ordered on a sale or return basis, as well as a couple of bits of treated wood to use for the floor modification.
               
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                I'm looking forward to the next shed installment, this forum won't be quite the same once all the pics are shown of a lovely dry shed.
                 
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                  Well, looking at the thickness of the wood on this, I am getting a wee bit concerned that my daughter might try and move Mrs C and I into it as an early 'granny flat' :biggrin: - if this one leaks, then the next step would have to be a decommissioned submarine!
                   
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                    At least you know you'll be 'playing' with something that's solid and will stay upright FC. Good luck with the build. :dbgrtmb:
                     
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                      I say this tongue in cheek FC but there is another way around the hatch problem. Mount the shed on heavy duty castors. :)
                       
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                        It would need a V8 motor and alloys to move the weight of this shed :biggrin:
                         
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                          I'm just trying to imagine that. :biggrin:

                          Is the weather going to be kind and let you make some progress this weekend?
                           
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                            Not really - we might get a bit done tomorrow, but Sunday is not looking favourable due to high winds. We can but wait and see.
                             
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