Skirted Coop and Built a Lean-to - Friday

in hive-174578 •  last month  (edited)

Busy day yesterday once again. I enjoy getting enveloped in a project so that I am able to just focus on the task at hand. The coop has been needing some skirting installed to keep the birds and animals from getting under it and making messes. With all the extra roofing I have left over from the car port I had enough for the lean-to and to skirt the coop.

It may not be the prettiest but it is super effective. I started on the right side under the window and worked my way left towards the doors. I tried to bet the metal somewhat level which meant adding some rocks at the base to cover the small gap.

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The thinner sections under the door and ramp were covered with the old crown caps from the carport. It was just the right width and allows me the ability to get behind them to get the wood still stored under the coop.

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All the skirting installed and blocked into place with the rocks. Check one thing off the huge to-do list.

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It was quite fortunate that I ordered extra materials for the deck build. I still had five 12 ft 2x6 and three 10ft 4x4 with a couple 8 ft 2x6 left over which was exactly what I needed to build the lean-to.

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Started the lean-to with the main support posts. I still have a bunch of posts meant for the pole beans that are extra and that work perfect for the build. I dug the first one in and set it so the top was at 6 ft 3in high. The next post I dug down until the level showed correct.

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Atop each post I installed the 4x4 end cap brackets that I opened the ends on to make them more pass through brackets. Once I got them both on I was able to get the 4x4 slotted into the brackets and centered. I have a slight outward lean to the posts of 2 inches at the top. Both brackets were screwed tight to the posts and the 4x4 and the posts back filled around and tamped tight.

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With the 4x4 and posts installed I hauled the 2x6s over and installed them. I started with the 2 outside to get the structure solid. Each one got set on the 4x4 and on the roof. Then on the ladder I held it against the joists of the coop with the vise and installed 5 decking screws per.

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On the ends of the 4x4s I added a couple strong-tie plates to attach the 2x6s to and to help get everything squared.

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Being that I only had five 12 ft 2x6 I had to make another one. Since I had the 2 shorter 2x6s I cut one in half and used 4 strong-tie plates, 2 on each side, to fix them together. The joists is not perfect but it IS only a lean-to.

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All the joists installed and you can see the one I had to make. I am still stoked that my fencing install managed to be perfect and that the posts set just outside of it.

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Each joist got fixed to the 4x4 with brackets on each side. At least 4 screws per plate holds the 2x6 to the 4x4.

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I attempted to slide a piece of the roofing into place but found it just wanted to drop between the joists so I had to make spacer boards. I started with the lower ones and then installed the upper. I only used one deck screw on each side of the spacer board but it is more than enough to hold it all together.
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On the coop roof I had to unscrew the lower row of screws holding the roofing down. Then I took a 1x2 and slid it under the roofing to make a gap large enough to slide the lean-to roofing under. I managed to get each piece at least a few inches under the roofing.

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I finished the build RIGHT as the rain drops started to fall. It was the most perfect timing and we got to hang out under it while it rained.

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The primary point in building the lean-to is to have a place to store all the lumber I have stashed in all the various outbuildings. It has caused a bit of a problem since it is spread out over multiple sheds and has blossomed into a mess. I am going to build racks under the lean-to on the side of the coop where the wood can be stored and then I can clean out the sheds. So many projects depend upon another project being completed first, so I have to try and figure out the correct order and then have the ambition to do them.

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Have you read the Pat McManus essay on Sequences? If not, you should. It applies to the project situation you describe!

No I haven't. Was that from "The Last Laugh…Sequences" (published in Outdoor Life, June 1987)? Only reference I can find but can't seem to find the article.

I skimmed the contents in my books. I can't see it here, so it might have been in his first book, A Fine and Pleasant Misery. once Washington libraries reopen, borrow it!

I believe we have A Fine and Pleasant Misery, in addition to 5 -6 other of his books. Very funny writer, originally saw his stuff in Florida Sportsman that my husband got for many years...

Pretty cool! But whenever we do roof jobs here, the first thought is, will it hold our snow load.....

That was my first thought as well. Granted we have been a bit slim in the past years on snow I still want it to handle a couple foot snow load.