Getting Ready for Winter

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Over the last several days, Handy Man has been working on getting the outdoors ready for winter.  Here, he’s taking apart the table and chair set out on our deck.

He unscrewed all of the pieces for the tables and chairs, so he could put them into the shed more easily.

Here are some other suggestions for getting your home ready for winter, especially if you live in a climate with rough winter weather like we do.

  • Clean your gutters and downspouts.  We had new gutters installed with covers to keep leaves out a few years ago, so we don’t have to do this step anymore.  It was well worth it!
  • Drain and put away garden hoses.
  • Put away or cover air conditioners.
  • Replace any exterior light bulbs.
  • Check caulking around your doors and windows.
  • The last time you mow the lawn for the season, you’ll need to drain your mower of gas and oil.  Click here to read an article that Rob wrote about this last year.
  • Clean your dryer vent.  Lots of dryer lint can build up over time; this should actually be done more than once a year.
  • Have your heating system cleaned or maintained.  If you have a chimney that gets used, make sure it gets cleaned as well.

Have you done any work to get ready for winter yet?  Unfortunately, at least for us in the Northeast, winter is right around the corner.

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Shed Ramp

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I just realized that I forgot to show pictures of the ramp that Rob built for the shed.  Hey, he has to be able to wheel his lawnmower and snow blower in there!

Here’s the beginning; he laid out some boards vertically.  He had to dig into the ground a bit, to sink the boards into the ground.

Here’s the ramp.  Wheeee!

Handy Boy has been riding his bike over the edges of the ramp.  Fun, fun!

For photos of our shed construction, click here:

Platform for the shed

The beginnings of the shed

The shed walls go up

Framing out the roof

More roof work, and windows

Putting shingles on the shed roof

Hanging up trim on the shed

Organizing in the Shed

Shed Doors

Shed Vinyl Siding

Still to come: What’s IN the shed? (Aren’t you curious?) and: Running wiring to the shed.


Shed Vinyl Siding (and Giveaway Winner)


Congratulations to the winner of a $30 Home Depot Gift card, commenter #3, Mary J!  I used a “random number generator” that I found online.  Mary, see your email.  🙂 Congratulations!

Random numbers generated Oct 3 2010 at 12:5:18

Those things are so cool! I showed it to Handy Boy, and we played with it by entering in ginormous numbers to see what number it would choose.  For our little contest, I just entered in 1-8.

Also, thank you all for the ideas and suggestions for future posts on this site.  I am writing them down.  I did see mudrooms mentioned twice; unfortunately, we don’t have a mudroom in this house!  This house is just a “‘box” with very few details, except for the ones we’ve added.  We have doors that enter right into rooms, which makes cleaning up after the dirt, snow, sand and MUD here in New England a lot of work.  Oh, what I would give for a mud room! However, I can talk about how we work around all that.

Here are photos of the vinyl siding on the shed.  Handy Man has been bugging me to show these.

Remember when the shed was being framed:

Ta daaaaa!  Here it is with vinyl siding.  I helped Handy Man to hold up the ends while he nailed the pieces in with his pneumatic roofing nail gun.

…and here’s the back.  That silver piece is for exhaust for the generator.  Handy Man will be moving our generator into the shed.  More to come on that project.

To see more photos and posts about how Handy Man built this shed, click here.

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The Great Lego Project, Continued…

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Handy Boy and I recently decided that we were going to keep working on sorting his Legos.  This is a project that we started in the winter…but we all got SICK for ages and it fell by the wayside.  See this prior post about our start.

We’re sorting by “type” of Lego into different bins.  It’s really, really time consuming because he has about ten billion pieces.  There are also a ton of really tiny “specialty” pieces that I’m not sure what to do with yet.  More photos as the progress continues.  We are just trying to work on it 15 minutes at a time.  We’ll get through it, eventually!

Handy Boy said that it’s much easier to build his creations now that his Legos are at least somewhat sorted.

Handy Man has finished siding the shed!  Photos to come soon.  One project left to do is to run wiring from the garage into the shed: Rob needs a light in there, and the ability to run the generator in the shed. This is going to involve digging a trench through the backyard.

Anyone want to come over for some ditch digging? Ha!  🙂

I’ll have some simple fall crafty projects to show you soon as well.  Hope you are all having a great weekend.

Shed Doors


Here is Rob working on the door framing for the shed.  He is cutting out notches in the trim for the door hinges.

The doors are in, woo woo!!  Now, it’s time to put in the door knobs and locks…

Rob has to put an additional piece between the doors, but at least now the doors can lock.

Next projects: vinyl siding…and running electricity to the shed.

Organizing in the Shed

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Handy Man is still hard at work on his shed.  Even though the outside isn’t complete, he’s started to move things inside the shed.  He just can’t wait to use it!

Here’s a shelf that used to live in the garage.  It made the garage a bit crowded.  We took all of the junk stuff off it, and even wiped down the shelves.  They were NASTY dirty.

Handy Man tossed a few things, then organized his stuff onto the shelves more neatly.  Oil for his lawn mower and snow blower, some metal parts I can’t identify…and, you know, GUY stuff.  Anyway, it looks much neater now:

This is the area in the garage where the metal shelving unit used to live.  We have plans for putting up some more peg board for extra storage.  Our garage is large enough for two cars, but it will be easier to park both cars once more tools are off the floor.  Stay tuned for a post about adding additional peg board to the garage wall.

If you’d like to see more of the shed project, click on these links:

Platform for the shed

The beginnings of the shed

The shed walls go up

Framing out the roof

More roof work, and windows

Putting shingles on the shed roof

Hanging up trim on the shed

Whew, we’ve been busy this Labor Day weekend, and have more projects planned for the coming week.  I have so much to post this week!

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The Shed Project Continues…

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The shed project is slowly but surely coming along…as we get the money to work on it, and as we feel like working on it.  It’s a nice change from renovating a room in the house where you feel like you have to work on it all the time, because it causes a huge mess inside.  Not this time.  It’s in the backyard, and la-la-la, I can’t see it if I don’t want to!

Rob put some fine mesh between the side walls and the roof, to help keep out tiny critters and bugs.

Handy Man used his drill to pre-drill holes for screws, and the miter saw to cut the lengths down.  He was using composite material that is plastic, but looks like white painted wood.  Low maintenance is the way to go.

I got up on the ladder and held up one end while he screwed the trim boards into place.

The shingles are all up: Handy Man used Owens Corning architectural shingles.  The trim boards around the roof are up…next, Handy Man will put double doors on the shed.  Stay tuned!

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