Possibly nobody is interested in reading about me bleating on about sawing and drilling bits of wood. It’s a potential snorathon for the majority, while a minority will come to the conclusion that I possibly have minimal personality, if this is what I spend my free time doing. I guess that’s the beauty of blogging!
When I moved into my flat, I realised that I was sharing my living space with my two bicycles, whereas before, I had the luxury of a bicycle locker. Luckily, I had an out. The yard area at the back of my flat featured a shed. To convert the old shed into a bicycle shed, I would need to do quite a few things!
- Get a new lock for the shed door
- Replace the current and rotting floor
- Put some kind of bicycle rack inside the shed
- Mount a ‘fuck-off’ lock onto the wall
I set about tackling steps 1 and 2…
The Shed Door
The lock was an easy one to sort out. I literally took the old one off and screwed the new one on. Luckily, the designs were very similar so all the fittings were in the right place.
This was the first big hurdle. The chipboard floor was completely rotten. I needed to hack the existing floor to bits. Underneath the floor was an evolving hotbed of detritus including a snail graveyard, an arachnid incubatory farm, and lots of random mouldy padding supporting the previously rotten floor. I totally blitzed this, and was pleased to find solid paving stones beneath.
The job would have taken bloomin’ ages, had I not bought one of these:
And one of these…
The feet on the underneath of the frame were of varying size with the intentions of making the floor level.
With this in place, I could then cut the new particle board flooring to size and screw the pieces to the frame.
|4″ x 2″ beams||B&Q||4||£2.98||£11.92||http://www.diy.com/departments/cls-timber-t38mm-w63mm-l2400mm/27507_BQ.prd|
|Flooring (OSB 3 Sheet)||B&Q||1||£8.74||£8.74||http://www.diy.com/departments/osb-3-sheet-th9mm-w610mm-l1220mm-1/1696233_BQ.prd|
|Yale Rim Lock||B&Q||1||£15.43||£15.43||http://www.diy.com/departments/yale-43mm-2-lever-rim-lock/252725_BQ.prd|
Total cost of getting the shed to be functional: £38.58
That’s £133 on tools!
- The tools are the most expensive part of a job. (I suppose once you have them you’re good)
- Screws are way expensive compared to timber.
- A circular saw seemed like a crazy investment, but it made the job very easy. The number of times I had to recut stuff.
- The Workmate bench and the clamps were also must-haves. I could work safely and accurately.
- Get to B&Q as early as possible: you always need to go back for something that broke, or something you forgot!
Also: this is the way to make straight cuts with a circular saw. Really didn’t know and it’s handy to find out!
The next stage would be to get the bike hangers and the security sorted out…