Wednesday, September 30, 2020

DIY lean-to storage shed

Built this lean-to addition on the side of the workshop for storing garden tools, etc. I still need to trim it out, but the overall structure is in place which will free up lots of room in my workshop. It was a fairly quick build, although mixing the cement for the concrete foundation was dreadful since we did it in the middle of Houston summer when the heat index and humidity were at annual highs. 

The foundation required us to mix 22, 40-pound bags of cement, so we broke it up into 3 sections and tackled one section each evening. We used broken pieces of concrete that came up from the sidewalk demo as the base of the foundation to lower our supply expenses. 

The backyard was cleaned up shortly after the video. We had a washing machine out back that we picked up from a neighbor's heavy trash pile. It was a comparable model to our washing machine, so we scavenged some parts from it to replace the knobs on our machine, and grabbed out some parts to store in case we need to replace a part (We obtained our washer/dryer set for $70 used, which works great but had a few parts that were starting to show signs of wear. Now it looks brand new and didn't cost a dime to upgrade using the parts machine we found). Then we stuck the parts machine out on the curb with a sign that said "Free-- for parts or scrap only" and it vanished in under 5 minutes.

Still need to finish painting the back of the house, which we'll do now that the temperatures have dropped to a bearable 80 degrees.

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