Flashback Friday: Building the Shed, Week 2

It’s Friday! Gracias a Dios es Viernes (Thank God it’s Friday)! I had a Colombian coworker once and he was determined to teach me Spanish, that’s one of the few things I remember lol. 🙂 It is a glorious 60 degrees on this beautiful Spring morning (60 degrees at 8 in the morning! This is what I live for.) and there’s a chance of some thunderstorms this afternoon. I LOVE a good thunderstorm, as long as they aren’t damaging.

I thought I’d post another Flashback Friday on the shed construction. This week I’m going to share all the fun of framing! Yes, it’s as exciting as it sounds. 🙂

So I have to mention that I’m not a construction expert, my Dad is but I’m definitely not. I’m describing things the best that I can but I may get it a little wrong sometimes. 🙂

Here we go!

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Early on a Saturday morning we went to the store and bought the framing material. That’s a lot of lumber! We’re ready to do some building!

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Dad got the first wall laid out. There’s a sill plate, top plate, and wall studs.

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The first two walls are up! These are the side walls, each wall has a window to allow for airflow inside the shed on warm days.

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All four walls are up and we got the ridge pole in place, now Dad is marking off where the rafters will go.

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The rafters are all up! It’s starting to look like a little building now. 🙂

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Between each of the rafters we put in bird block (the 2×4’s you see between each rafter). This closes the shed up more and will keep critters out.

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Once I determined how much of an overhang I wanted, Dad was able to cut the rafter tails.

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On the inside of the shed we installed rafter brackets to secure the rafters to the top plate. It just holds everything together a little better. You can also see the inside of the bird block between the rafters.

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Putting up the roof purlins (the boards that you can see running horizontally across the rafters) and sub-fascia was a two man job (me and my Dad) so I didn’t get any pics of it being done but you get the idea. Purlins and sub-fascia are up! 🙂

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We put in collar braces (again, they just hold it all together a little more). You can also really see the purlins in this pic. The shed has a metal roof so we installed purlins instead of roof sheathing like you would if you were putting on a shingle roof.

So that’s pretty much all of the framing work. We did most of the framing over two weekends. We didn’t have plans that we were following, I just decided how big I wanted the shed to be and then decided how many windows I wanted and where, then we determined how wide the door would be. Dad took those measurements and did all the framing. Knowing someone with a construction background goes a long way when you’re building a homestead but with practice and a little patience anyone can do it, I promise!

I’ll share more on the shed construction next week, now I’m off to plant some trees (remember those 175 trees I got? I’m still working on that lol. 🙂 ). Happy Friday!

Cheers!

D

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