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Post by Suz on Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:26 am

My new shed arrived yesterday, took me by surprise really as I didn't expect it to be here before Wednesday - so I spent the afternoon hacking down the brambles, weeds & long grass with my new fancy scythe - tried to hire an industrial strimmer but local garden centre no longer hires them, Anyway after an afternoon of really hard work, blisters & swear words, I've cleared the ground ready for the shed, but I've now discovered how uneven the ground is which is a real problem as I was hoping to get a hand from my hubby to put up the shed before he goes offshore again at the weekend.

I was planning to have the shed on pillars made of breeze blocks (not sure spelling Smile ) but don't think that will be possible now. I can't get hardcore & sand delivered before Monday to make a base to lay slabs - has anyone got any suggestions on a quick easy way to even the ground or making a base for the shed?




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Re: Shed's Arrived

Post by Harrie on Fri Sep 14, 2007 8:22 pm

Way hay!!!!!! How exciting. My shed is propped up in pieces on patio for now. I advertised in the freecycle for hardcore and slabs and a local builder is doing a job nearby and is actually going to deliver to my door!!!! Guess it saves him paying when he goes to the tip so we both win.

Don't know much about shed bases but will ask OH when he's home in the morning. But I think I'd wait for the hardcore to be delivered cos once it's up I wouldn't want to take it down again.

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Re: Shed's Arrived

Post by Suz on Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:40 pm

Smile Shed's up Smile well I've still to felt the roof and paint it - tomorrows job

I'm freezing, still trying to defrost my hands & feet - its been howling a gale all day - but its been worth it.

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Post by Harrie on Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:53 pm

Crumbs - well done. Can't wait for my shed to be put up.
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Post by Suz on Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:47 pm

Its finally stayed dry long enough for me to get the felt on the shed roof & my plywoods been delivered, so I'll hopefully get started on the cages tomorrow.










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Re: Shed's Arrived

Post by Harrie on Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:58 pm

That's huge! Looks fab.
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Re: Shed's Arrived

Post by Suz on Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:14 pm

I've been busy in the quail shed for the past 2 days and the cages are coming on fine. I've made a few modifications, instead of 9 cages there will be 6 - 4'x3' cages and the top tier will have a wire mesh top instead of plywood. I felt that the 3 planned smaller cages were to dark.

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And I've managed this with only one bleedy knuckle and a chapped finger Smile

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Post by phillipm1969 on Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:40 pm

its looking the part suz ! unfortnaly my 12ftx10ft shed is stuffed full of fishing gear my 1st passion but have plenty of room for another ????

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Re: Shed's Arrived

Post by Harrie on Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:37 pm

Flippin eck you don't hang around do you?? That looks fantastic!! I'm very tempted to go on a DIY course or something.

Harrie

PS how high are your cages? Still trying to decide how many I can have - think I'll go for as big as poss as you have done. Probably 5x2ish but what about height?? (Love your little helper)
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Re: Shed's Arrived

Post by Suz on Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:47 pm

Thanks Harrie Very Happy - I've been using an electric saw & jigsaw - was terrified of them to start with but I'm getting to be a dab hand it now lol - Ok so not all the wood is cut square but its still standing Smile sent these picture's to my Hubby who's offshore and he was even quite impressed (he told me to wait until he got back, but I've no patience). I must admit I've really been enjoying building it cant wait to pack the kids off to school and get cracking again

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Re: Shed's Arrived

Post by Suz on Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:57 pm

The block's 8'x4' because that's the size the sheets of plywood & MDF comes in - the top two tiers are 15" high the bottom cages are 18" high. I'll be raising the cage off the floor (i was going to fix it to the shed wall, but didn't take the weight of the thing into consideration - so I'm building a thick wooden frame to sit it on) hopefully the middle tier will get more light if its higher up scratch , but at the moment I'm not sure that 15" is enough.

PS - my little helper is my youngest Jessica, just inspecting my workmanship Laughing

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Post by Ironsun on Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:13 pm

Hi,

Looking very impressive there Suz, Your much better at diy than me.lol. Talking about Diy, I've a job in the bathroom that wants doing, fancy it?.lol. Derek.
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Post by Suz on Fri Sep 21, 2007 2:33 pm

hehe,Derek - I'll get back with a quote for you

I had to learn to be a bit handy with hubby going away so often and for so long at a time, if I didn't do the DIY, Decorating, minor repairs no one would - being Aberdonian there's no way I'd pay to get a professional in (waste money that could be spent on quailie stuff off eBay - no way Smile ) Laughing

Well lunch breaks over, I'm away back to the shed Very Happy

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Post by Harrie on Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:37 pm

Well c'mon then Suz where's the pic of the finished project?? Laughing

My shed's still in bits Sad but hopefully picking up my aviary tomorrow! So excited bounce
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Re: Shed's Arrived

Post by Suz on Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:20 pm

LOL @ Harrie, I didn't get as much done today in the shed, I had the ducks to muck out and the kids have moved my hinges for cages fronts, so quit early - but I'll crack on with it again tomorrow.

I bet your chomping at the bit to get started on your quail set up.

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Post by Harrie on Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:28 pm

God yeah - can't wait. Even going to help, well I'll try to anyway. My little jumbos are gonna have to go into the chick shed for now. They're really rotund little things! Laughing

Can't hatch til sheds up Sad so just as well I'm going to get my aviary and not to the salisbury poultry auction as planned (there's alway the october one tho Wink )
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Post by Suz on Sun Sep 23, 2007 1:50 pm

Well Harrie, have you collected your new Aviary and is it up yet? Smile Very Happy Smile

I didn't get anything done in the shed yesterday, I thought I'd get cracking not having to do the school runs - I forgot I'd be constantly feeding hungry kids and separating squabbles and fights - so I gave up!!!! I'll start again when I've peace on Monday Smile

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Post by Harrie on Sun Sep 23, 2007 2:55 pm

Yes picked up aviary. Taken apart into 9 6x3 panels so I can make my aviary 9x6 which is good. I always think the more space the better - just have to source a roof (thinking PVC). Base going in for the shed and aviary this wk. OH is very thorough so it wont be a quick job but it'll probably still be standing long after us Rolling Eyes . Off now to help!!

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Post by Suz on Sun Sep 23, 2007 10:35 pm

I got corrugated PVC roofing for my flight from screwfix direct, if its helps.

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Post by Harrie on Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:41 pm

Ta Suz. We have a wickes nearby and they are very reasonble as well.

Harrie

PS How's it looking??
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Post by Suz on Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:22 pm

I'm waiting for hinges to be delivered so i can finish the cage fronts - 'cos I can't find the ones the kids have pinched Mad .

And its rained here non stop for the last 2 days, so can't get my wood cut for the lids - don't fancy playing with the electric saw out in the rain affraid . Hopefully will be able to get something done tomorrow.

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Post by Suz on Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:39 pm





Well its rain the whole day again today, but at least I managed to get a couple more cage fronts on Smile Still can't decided whether or not to have 3 or 4 smaller cages at the bottom for selected breeders and a hospital cage - what do you think?

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Post by Ironsun on Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:11 pm

Hi Suz,

Why don't you build the smaller cages under the window, and finished that side with the large cages? If you build them under the window, the top cage will act as a work top, you'll need somewhere to put pots while you fill them up. Derek.
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Post by Suz on Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:29 pm

Thats a good idea Derek,

What the narrowest I should make the cages? Length wouldn't be a problem, but I've only 3' of floor space left.

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Post by Ironsun on Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:38 pm

Hi,

Being only used as breeding cages for pairs, or hospital/nursing cages, You'll only need to make the about 16 inches wide.

How wide is the shed, also, how wide are the big cages you've already built? Derek.
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