I’m building a shed. It is taking a lot of time. Time that could otherwise be spent weeding or otherwise caring for our garden. But, we need a shed and the sooner we have a shed, the sooner we will have storage for stuff and we’ll have better organization to our property. So I’m building a shed, but I have a lot of other things competing for my time as well.
I’m not sure that I’ve mentioned this, but I’m not a builder. I am trained as an exercise physiologist. I just build sheds because I’m unwilling to pay someone else to do it. So not only am I building a shed, but it’s taking me twice as long as it really should. It’s taking me longer because it doesn’t come naturally so I really have to think through things before I build. Since my plan is only a couple steps ahead of my building, it sometimes causes problems.
My current problem is the roof. It just didn’t turn out how it was supposed to. I spent the time getting the first one square and sitting right on the roof, but as I added more roofing panels, I got further and further off. A big part of the problem was that I was putting the roof on while sprawled across roofing joists and it’s just not comfortable. I get nervous up there and sometimes balance is an issue. So when I have to decide between keeping my balance and putting the screw in the right place, I often decide that not falling is the priority.
In short, the workmanship on the roof is sub-par. (Wait, in golf isn’t it good to be below par? The outcome of the roof is not good, so maybe I’m above par…whatever). Because my workmanship was not what it should have been, I will need to redo the roof. Not only will I be taking all the screws out of the roof in order to start over, but I will now have a roof filled with holes that I will need to put caulking into. While I thought I was saving a few minutes by not crawling all over the roof, really I just wasted a couple of days because I’m going to have to redo the whole thing. Oh, but I have some good ideas that I am excited to implement so that it is done right when I’m done. I’m going to put a layer of silicone in every seam on the roof (since I’m going to have it up there to fill holes anyway).
When I’m not working on the sheds… or farming… or managing five kids… or doing my day job, I have been working on fencing to contain our sheep toward the front of our property. I currently have all of the vertical posts in the ground and back-filled. All I need to do is put in the diagonal braces, tighten the corner posts, install the fence and put up the gates… oh and I need to build the gates first.
I have spent loads of time digging the holes, yet I was unable to get the holes in the back deep enough. I’m two feet down, but there are so many rocks that I’ve been digging out by hand, that I just can’t go any deeper. When I was digging in clay, I was burying the posts to 3-4 feet, but with the rocky soil, I’m barely able to get over 2′. I fear that this is going to be the weak point in my fence that I will be redoing in the next year.
The moral of the story is that spending the time to do projects right the first time actually saves you time in the long run because you don’t have to go back and redo anything. Unfortunately, I’m a slow learner and tend to do things over and over again.