Boat Shed Construction - Part 4, 5 & 6

Yes this blog is still about boats and yes, with the exception of a few distractions, I have been busy on Bolero's winter home. Actually I have been working on the shed much more than on the computer so this post will incorporate three days work.

Saturday - 1 Nov 2008

Not surprisingly, everything was just the way I left it a couple of weeks ago.

I started the day by laying all the frames out in the grass to get them out of my way and to stage them for their pending assembly.

After that I installed the lower purlins on each side using some spacers I made out of scrap.

Next I install the end wall cross beams. These beams are used to support the end walls and need to be cut to length.

Having the end wall beams installed shows some of the challenges of my sloping site. I still haven't completely figured out how I am going to compensate for this. I am sure the answer will come shortly.

This was one of those days were the progress didn't seem to keep pace with my work effort. Hopefully that will change as I am getting anxious to get Bolero out of the weather.

Tuesday- 4 Nov 2008

As I have mentioned a number of times my method of construction has some variation from the Clearspan instruction manual. The biggest difference is the use of short lengths of rebar to align and support the frames during assembly. So far this has been a saving grace. But is has caused a few complexities. The current one is the installation of the end wall support beams. These beams are meant to go after the frames are up. But in my case, because of the rebar inside the frames, I needed to install them first. So, I also need to install the end wall onto the beam and cut the fabric to size.

With this complete it was time to get busy on frame installation. I installed the back frame first, checked for plum and installed the diagonal braces.

With this done it was time to go into mass production and install all of the frames. This is where Craig's rebar idea really shown. All of the frames were perfectly happy standing with just the rebar for support. It is hard to see, but I have also begun the top and two upper side purlins.

I also spent some time replacing my ladder setup with Craig's scaffolding. This is really going to speed things up.

Wednesday - 5 Nov 2008

With the scaffolding setup and parts laid out from yesterday's effort, I was excited and got started early. I pre-assembled the remaining purlins and clamped them to in place. This really sped up the remaining assembly of the frames. In a couple of hours I had finished all but the end frame.

I need to do a little extra work on the front frame, again because of my rebar choice, but I quickly wrapped up this phase of the project. I make a special effort not to spend any time looking at or tinkering with Bolero. That would be a schedule breaker for sure. But I did have a peek today. Your can see the completed frame assembly in the background.

The fun job, not so fun job pendulum swung to not so fun. So after lunch it was time to finish off the anchor assemblies. You may recall in an earlier post that I was unable to drive all of the anchor completely into our hard clay soil. Well it was time to try and remedy this. My hope was that having started the anchors our rainy fall weather would have loosen up the soil. So armed with a short length of rebar I took after the anchors again. And guess what? All but two went in easy.

With the anchors well anchored into the ground it was time to attach the turnbuckles to the frames. This required drilling into the frames for the attachments which turned out to be surprisingly hard. After getting through about a third of them, I decided to wimp out and call it a day.

All in all, quite a productive day.

I started out the day thinking that I might get to hang the rear end wall. But my optimism was a bit much. But I am getting close. I think that I have 1 more day of anchor assembly and miscellaneous stuff and then I am going to try and hang all the fabric in one day.