shedI have been remiss in my obligations to keep this blog somewhat current. The main reason is that there is nothing worthy to report.

The shed now has a roof, and a fresh coat of paint. Monsoon is officially upon us in the East Valley, and we had our first taste this past weekend. The downpour, while not up to “monsoon” standards, was nonetheless steady and heavy. I sat under the ramada and enjoyed a glass of Glenmorangie scotch and a cheap cigar, and the light show over the mountains. Continue reading »

Happy Independence Day

Desert DeerA few weeks ago we were visiting a friend in Gold Canyon, and were treated to this view from his living room. Two very good size deer came grazing. That was a nice way to end a good day.  We drove to Globe and Miami for lunch, went thrift shopping in Superior, and enjoyed a nice afternoon out.

lumberSince then, I have been working on constructing the new shed.

We bought a kit from Home Depot which included everything except the paint, shingles and decking. All of the pieces were pre-cut.

The nice thing about the kit is that all of the wood was dry – it can be extremely difficult finding wood that is not soaking wet at any of  the big box home improvement centers.

The bad thing about the kit is that a lot of the lumber was twisted – when hand-picking, you can sort through the bad stuff.  That said, I was able to use all of the lumber, and the finished product is quite stable.

building trussesThe instructions were clear-cut and very well written. They provided directions and materials for making templates, such as the one here to build four sets of roof trusses.

Liz’s nephew Mike came over for the July 4th weekend – I had a paid holiday – and we had the walls and trusses up before the heat made us stop on Friday.

ready for shingles and paintOn Saturday, We installed the roof and the doors, and caulked all of the seams. Unlike Friday, we had no cloud cover, and so no respite from the sun. We called it a day by noon, and relaxed with cold drinks under the veranda.

We decided to enjoy the fireworks Apache Junction style, Liz and Mike sat in ladders in the back yard and I sat on the roof of the house. Then this morning, bright and early, Mike and I installed the drip edge and the rood felt. All that is left is to shingle and paint – and of course build shelves for the inside so that I can begin moving clutter from the studio to its new home.