That worked. Good thinking.

Okay, I laid on all the roofing from the front of the shed to the rear, and when I got to the rearmost sheet the problem was plain as day; the SW pole was a couple of inches out of square. Everything else was okay. So I unfastened everything at that corner and cinched in the top of the pole with a rope until it was where I needed it, then I screwed everything down, cut off the excess, and fastened the roofing.

Good! Hopefully that was the hard part. Now tomorrow I’ll put up the wall panels and rodent-seal the whole shed except the front entrance with hardware cloth. Maybe I can finish that tomorrow. Then I need to scrounge about 40 square feet of relatively flat shale, haul in some sand, do the floor, and then I can finally get that big pile of firewood out of my yard.

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7 Responses to That worked. Good thinking.

  1. Ben says:

    Excellent! Sometimes when a job isn’t going well, the most productive option is to take a break.

  2. Kentucky says:

    Good work! A little adjustment is always an accepted correction.

    Just for the heck of it, here’s a little construction article that points out the use of “batter boards” and the related strings . . . a real good idea for any project. You’re past the point of using them, but just for future reference . . .

  3. Joel says:

    Yeah, I did all that most carefully on the Lair’s piers and it works great. Should have taken the time to do it with the woodshed as well, but … well, obviously, didn’t.

  4. MJR says:

    Looks good, glad to see it coming along well. I hope that everything comes together tomorrow in a good way. One thing, I thought there was an issue with termites living in the soil where you live? I don’t see any footings, the wood posts seem to be put into the holes nothing more. So what’s the game plan for dealing with the bugs? I’m just curious.

  5. Joel says:

    The posts are surrounded by concrete, and they’re in an area that’s all clay and ash which the termites don’t seem to like.

    That said, I would never have built my house the way I’m building this woodshed. Because yeah, you’re right. But no wood on the ground at this particular spot has ever been attacked by termites.

  6. MJR says:

    Hey Joel, that makes a lot of sense, thanks for the info. Its kinda funny you have to deal with termites and my mortal enemy are the carpenter ants.

  7. Goober says:

    What you did is called “racking” the building and it’s necessary in post frame construction because of the inherent dimensional instability of wood.

To the stake with the heretic!