Archive for May 31st, 2009

31st May
2009
written by Dom

When I first had the idea I reckoned the internet was going to be my friend here – I love the idea of freecycle and donated Doogle’s puppy crate to  a grateful freecycler a couple of years ago. – I’ll admit I got a bit tired of the regular emails and spam-filtered them – which turns out to have been a bad idea – Yahoo Groups blocked my account which has made joining up again harder than I imagined.

I was banking on freecycle being one of my primary sources for materials for the project, so – fired up as one only can be at the start of a project – I tried to join Widnes freecycle – they’re only up the road I thought (certainly closer than a significant proportion of Liverpool) and I thought I should try and join as many as possible – the Freecycle sign up form says after all “Are you a member of another freecycle group? – we don’t mind

How surprised was I then to find out I’d been refused membership – I got a short email from Caz, Enid, Jake and Mel of Widnes freecycle stating “Thanks for that information, unfortunately we keep members local to the groups (Widnes Freecycle covers Halton) and only take the nearest outsiders if members have posted to their local group first and have not had much luck.”

Well, Caz, Enid, Jake and Mel, thanks for that information – Next time I’ve got a piece of junk item of undoubted value to somebody – possibly in the Widnes area – I’m trying to get rid of, I’ll take it to the tip.

31st May
2009
written by Dom
Here it is... and it's not all depth of field - it really is pretty wonky.

Here it is... and it's not all depth of field - it really is pretty wonky.

So, I thought I’d show you what I’m up against. This is the shed as it stands in all it’s Yozzer Hughes glory. Part of the problem I’m going to have is that I need to keep it standing for as long as possible – it’s full of junk and spiders which I really don’t want migrating into the back room.

I went round with a tape measure and was amused to find out that every single dimension is different 😉 It’s 82″ tall at the front, 76″ tall at the back and various widths along its length. I’m particularly intrigued that the roof seems to slope, yet the walls are the same height – which means the floor slopes I guess!

The one positive I thought I could draw from the whole process – that I was building my shed on a concrete floor, has kinda been knocked away as I realised that the floor itself slopes, so I’m going to have to cut a channel to build my brick base onto… A worry, coz I think i’m going to have to hire one of those scary concrete cutting saws you see them chopping roads up with…>>gulp<<