Pandemic & Hurricane Adjustments

As I turned the corner onto the north wall of our shed, we had to decide whether or not to move forward with the addition of an overhanging roof extension off that wall. The extension would protect the barn door (and its track) from the weather and would give us a place to store a few items during the winter.

Yeah, I need three of these.

Well, the supply shortages that began when people started building and expanding outdoor living spaces persist, and Hurricane Isaias added a few more items to the list of things that aren’t available at the lumber yard. We’ve decided to change the plans for that roof. It will be smaller, and it will be built from supplies that I already have. More to come on that.

The gallery has some in-progress pictures, with a few more details, if you’re interested.


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  1. Perfect way to drink my coffee by checking out this DIY. As time marches on, you’ll look out at those two buildings and be very thankful you did all this work when you were able to. 👏🏻👏🏻 In the second photo what is the off white vent type thing to the right of the downspout? We’ve tried to buy pressure treated wood but can’t find it either so we’ve been scrounging in the barn when we need something. Maddie looks like she was enjoying her time outside. Hope you got some significant rain. We got a few drops.

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    1. I hope you’re right, Judy. I’ve tried to get these into good condition to last a long while. I’m not sure if we’re looking at the sand thing, but there’s a floodlight fixture above and to the right side of the window. The downspout has not been reattached. PT is just not to be found, except for a few split, cracked and twisted pieces.

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    1. Thanks Ginger. I don’t want to wait 6 weeks to finish this project. I think what we build will be fine. The only real requirement is covering that door track. I don’t want to have to clean out ice and snow in order to get the snow blower out.

      Take care. Maddie and I are leaving for our walk.

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    1. I am hoping interior lumber is easier to find. I have a renovation project in my garage to start when this shed is finished. I hope you’re able to find what you need to get that kitchen back on line.

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  2. If there is one great creation that is arising from out of all this mess, it is people have to figure out how to do certain things in a new way. That’s called ingenuity. That’s called spontaneous combustion in order for originality to be known. It’s called being free to THINK and FIGURE how to create in an original way. As I see it, this is very good and so very needed!!

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    1. Ha! Once the shed is finished (that includes some inside work), I will start working on reconfiguring my garage and opening up the wall between it and my workshop. There are lots of projects left around here, Pam.

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    1. I like to think my dad would be proud of my ability to adapt. The important thing is protecting the door and finishing this project. I think I have enough shingles left over from the garage roof to do this roof as well. Those are also in short supply, especially the dark gray ones.

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  3. Your Norm-type workmanship always impresses, Dan. The shed will be good no matter what materials you have available. Speaking of which…I’ve been asking my bike shop guy about getting a new bike seat and he keeps telling me that they are in such demand due to the pandemic, he hasn’t been able to get in the variety of seats he usually offers. So, I’ll have to wait and try again in September. It’s been interesting – the high demand items that you would not have thought of when people stay close to home and need something to do. They build, they bake, and they buy bicycle seats.

    Have an awesome Monday, Dan. Two weeks, three days. :-)

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    1. That’s a great point in the countdown, Mary. You must be getting pretty wound up. I wouldn’t have thought of bicycle seats, but I can’t say it surprises me. Our daughter had been thinking about buying a kayak, but none to be found. I am really glad I did the step/decks last year. Trex is very hard to get and even more expensive than it normally is. Maddie would be sitting on plywood all summer.

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    1. We knew the supplies were in short supply. I could have ordered stuff earlier, but they aren’t even giving delivery dates until they are ready and then they aren’t giving you much choice. I didn’t want to deal with the uncertainty. 68 was wonderful.

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  4. I guess everyone is staying home and fixing up. The painter came by to finalize the quote for painting/repairs indoors and outdoors. We are on the list–for 6 to 7 weeks! That puts us towards the end of hurricane season, which is not usually great, but we will see. My husband does like you and always checks the store to see if an item is in stock. Most times the store and the Internet don’t agree or the bin/aisle is listed incorrectly. Frustrating. Poor Maddie and the storms. Our Daisy was like that–scared and shedding hair like crazy but she did not want us to touch her.

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    1. I looked in the aisles the last time I was at the store, and the few pieces of lumber that were left could not be used on anything you would care about. The lumberyard I usually use is back-ordered for 4-6 weeks, and I don’t like the uncertainty of that. Anything else I might want to do requires reservations and advance planning, and if I have to be ready to receive the delivery, it makes it hard to make any plans. Plus, I’m ready to wrap this up and be done.

      Maddie gets so confused by the weather. She works herself into an inconsolable state.

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  5. Good for you to use what you have on hand, Dan. I look forward to seeing what you do with the roof. This has been a banner year for the construction and landscaping businesses. Everyone is staying home and fixing up things.

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    1. I’m glad I’m down to the shed, Jennie. If this had been last year, I’d be waiting for pressure-treated lumber and Trex. Trex, which is normally way more expensive than PT deck boards is even worse this year. I have a friend who has waited 4-6 weeks, only to be told it might be another 4-6 weeks. By the time he finishes his deck, he might be shoveling snow off it. I feel bad for him, as he ordered the material in May.

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  6. My husband did not believe me when I told him a neighbor wanted to build a small deck but couldn’t find any lumber. After all, he says, Home Depot and Lowes have been open the whole time. I chose not to argue with him; I’ll just wait until we need lumber for something and then say I told you so.

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    1. Thanks Teagan. We’re already liking the alternative roof better. It will do the job it needs to do and it’s much less complicated. Sometimes you just have to go with the current. As for the details, I really hope this is the last time I have to work on this little building, so it’s worth doing it right.

      I hope you’re off to a great week.

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  7. That shed’s a beauty, Dan. It could be one of the those tiny (tiny, tiny, tiny) houses that I see promoted. I personally prefer a spacious although not enormous house, but to each his/her own. I’m continually impressed by your DIY skills. Hope the hurricane didn’t cause damage.

    janet

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    1. Thanks Janet. We didn’t have any damage, and we were fortunate not to have lost electricity. Our daughter hints periodically about building a tiny house. I’d have a hard time with that, unless I still had a large garage and a sizable shed 😏

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  8. Your shed looks great! Hopefully when (not saying “if”) things get more normal you can still add to the overhang like you originally planned. My husband ventured out to buy a short length of 6 x 9 pressure-treated wood for a simple project. Nothing at HD or Loews. He finally got a piece that was much longer (and more expensive) than he wanted at a local building supply store. We wondered what the issue was… is it just too many people working on projects? It’s a little hard to imagine that’s the whole reason.

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    1. As far as I know, the shortages are due to unexpected significantly higher than normal demand. Coupled with that it the fact that the manufacturers only have so much capacity. I needed 12′ 4x4s. I was willing to buy 16′ and cut 4′ off, but those aren’t available either. I know so many people who are building, rebuilding or extending something. I also know quite a few who are waiting on materials. Your husband was lucky, despite the fact that he paid more than he should have.

      At this point, I’m just happy to see the end of this project in sight.

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  9. Dan, on a side note I need your help with a train word. I have Googled my questions to death. The open area at the end of an old steam train – what do you call that? Observation platform? What other words or terms would you use? Much appreciated!

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    1. I think you could use observation platform or deck, but both are ambiguous. Platform being the word used to describe the structure where passengers board and “observation deck” often referring to an upper level.

      The term “Porch” is used to refer to an extended area at either end of a rail car. I’m not sure if that works for you.

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      1. This is good, Dan. Very helpful. Did you ever read the book “Mister Popper’s Penguins” and how they boarded the train at the open end? That open end is the idea. It also reminds me of presidential candidates who campaigned on the train and gave a speech at the platform at the end of the train. I guess that’s the word I’m looking for. Platform. It’s for a children’s picture book about a dog a boy and a train. It’s a good story. I just need to get these final terms correct.

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  10. Hi Dan – it’s great you’re always adjusting to the needs of ‘now’ – and I can understand how things are less available – lots of home building happening and you’ve had the hurricane … but it’s great you’re doing the repairs and restoration yourselves. I always enjoy the photos – take care – Hilary

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    1. Not many, not even one a year. Usually, we get the heavy rain and wind from the remains of a hurricane that came on land much farther south. Sometimes, we will get heavy rain from the ones that strike in the Gulf, 5-7 days later. For us to be hit by a hurricane, it has to come all the way up the east coast over the ocean, and survive crossing Long Island, NY. They’re rare, but unfortunately they are usually huge storms.

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