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July 17th, 2012
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I'm sure I left a shed somewhere around here....

The Search for Sheds

It's a while since I dealt with the ivy covering the back of the shed.

As the little narrow passageway behind the big shed is also perennially damp, mostly due to the perennials growing through the roof, then that needs dealing with too.

The first picture is after half an hour's chopping. It was even worse when I started!

As we hack, the chimney emerges. I've never seen this before. It's the old chimney from when the bakery was working, so was last functional around 1999. Not surprisingly, it's badly capped off with a bit of corrugated plastic sheet.

This might get the top sawn off neatly, and a sloping breezeblock top added, with a little bit of side ventilation to stop damp.

This might be the cuplrit for one of the leaks. Someone has walked on the plastic corrugated roof boards in the past.

So what's to do? Replace the plastic sheet with the spare asbestos cement boards I already have? (still fragile) Buy some new plastic? New plastic-coated steel? Make another green roof? It's a bit dark at the back of the shed (North wall), so the sedums might not be too impressed and I don't want to give the ivy and brambles an easy foothold.

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Date:July 17th, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
I suspect it's bound to get walked on intermittently, which would rule out plastic & asbestos.

Steel is presumably cheap, if a bit crappy. Is there anything else that's sturdy and easy ? Plywood & tarpaper ?
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Date:July 17th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
I'd rather spend money on it once than have to repair it again within decades. So OSB and roofing felt aren't favoured, even though it's out of the sun so wouldn't wear too badly.

I'm inclining to the plastic-coated steel, but I've no idea what that costs, or where it comes from locally.
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Date:July 17th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
Here's a price clue:

I guess you'd find it in a farmer's merchant nearby somewhere ? There's a roofing shop in Pontypool if nothing closer turns up.
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Date:July 18th, 2012 07:42 am (UTC)
Our shed is currently hidden too. The weather's been too awful for me to tackle the lawn, and now it's a strimmer job... Your shed looks rather sturdier than ours.
Date:July 18th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
Wriggly tin FTW - we have a tin shed which has been around for over 60 years. Hard wearing stuff, wriggly tin. If you're concerned about it being walked on, I've been told that backing it with squirty insulation foam helps in some way, but I would think that more beams and supports would be better. Best of luck. Moira
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Date:July 19th, 2012 08:03 am (UTC)
Ooh, i've done that job (more than once, pesky growing things.) it's both annoying and deeply satisfying to de-ivy things. Usually the urge to just cover it all in something flamable and strike a match becomes overwhelming somewhere around the 3/4 mark :-)

FWIW, if you're not concerned with keeping in warmth, clear (actually misty) corrugated plastic is nice for bringing in a difuse light to the shed?
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Date:July 19th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
I think security more than light. This bit is only ever going to be storage, not working. Nor is it likely to stop being damp, given that it's half underground already.

Plastic-coated steel sounds favourite so far. If I get the thick stuff, I don't need to add much support underneath.
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Date:July 20th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
Given it's going to get walked on at some point, I'd suggest making the support fairly beefy. Easier to do with the roof off than after.

A solid concrete roof would be nice, but possibly troublesome and expensive to install, and the walls might not like the weight.

You might want to consider a sheet of Instant-Carapace-Just-Add-Water from Welsh Woodlouse
Fix it down to the roof supports, make sure the internal door is good and solid, cut a vent into it and attach a hired bouncy-castle blower

Edited at 2012-07-21 10:47 am (UTC)
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