Friday, October 02, 2009

Want to Learn How to Side a Shed?

Well, so do I ... Today the steel (and all the other stuff to put it up) is set to show up at the farm finally. We placed our order just a few days before a price increase that was coming and it seems that everyone else did as well, so we have had to wait awhile. But, now that our steel is arriving on the farm we need to get it up on the shed so that we can move on to other shed related projects (winter lot fencing, hay manger construction, water in the shed, electricity in the shed, etc.). So, I guess we (with the help of family) are going to learn how to side the shed.

The project shouldn't be too complex, just a bit time consuming as we get everything figured out and put up. One big portion of the work that needs to be done is the sliding door on the west end of the lean-to. The east side of the lean-to will be open to allow the cows to come in to feed, but the west end will have a sliding door in order to block the cold winter winds yet still allow a tractor to drive through when the deep bedding needs to be cleaned out in the summer.

Other than that project it should be fairly straight forward as we do the sides and the back side (it will be open along the entire front). The easiest part will be the back side because those pieces of steel will already be cut to length, but I have faith that we can get the rest done. Now, we just need to pray for some light winds so we don't have to fight a breeze putting up thirteen foot pieces of steel!

If you are in the area and would like to learn (ha ha) how to put steel on a shed drop me an e-mail and I'll see if I can help you out ;)


Art Blomquist said...

I'd be there in a flash but the air fair would be a killer! I have a couple of sheds that need metal siding. Like the colour!

Rich said...

The best advice I can give is to make sure that the first piece of metal you put up on each wall is perfectly plumb, recheck the plumb once and awhile as you go down the wall, and make a 'story pole' out of a 1x2 so that you (or one of the kids) can mark each and every screw location in the same location without measuring over and over (just try to start the 'story' from a straight and consistent line like the underside of the roofing)

And, if you don't already have one, make sure you hunt down a couple of magnetized sheet-metal screw drivers for your drill. It can be a frustrating job to drive sheet-metal screws without one.

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