I may be retired but I still do stuff – sometimes. In the last month I have re-roofed the shed on the allotment. Brother John and I built it some years ago from wall, window and door sections of a pre-cast concrete garage that was available in bits, but had to make a roof from plywood and roofing felt – which did not wear as well. For a year or so its been leaking a bit. Action was needed. B&Q provided the bitumen and fibre corrugated sheets, skips provided the extra timber needed (Jackie tells me that ‘dumpster diving’ is actually illegal – but I just don’t care who knows).
Here’s the result
One of the sheds at home also developed a leak, but the roof is more a complex shape, and finished in a very good quality torchable felt ( it is designed to have been heated by a roaring gas flame as it is unrolled onto a roof, so that it sticks, but I just nailed off-cuts from yet another skip raid). But cats had managed to tear a section off the roof, which I replaced with cheaper stuff (I had to buy it). Once again it was damaged, so I repaired some bits with sticky black bitumen gloop (thick and applied with small trowel), and one section with a thin sheet of aluminium (actually used off-set lithopress masters bought from the local scrap-metal merchant). having repaired the roof it seemed celebratory to clean down the walls and give them a coat of weatherproofing water-based waxy coloured stuff. And here is the result – notice that the hardboard sheeting is still good (if a little bowed) after over twenty years exposure to the weather).
The inspiration for this shed were the 4 corner posts given to me as firewood, but actually pine or spruce and so too sparky for use on an open fire. They became the basis of a shed. At that time (early 90s) I was travelling around Britain a lot promoting teaching materials I’d written, and had just spent a night a dormer bedroom in Cambridge. I liked the dormer window and decided to put one in the pyramidal roof of the part-built shed. It also gave me an excuse to whittle a finial – just visible, try clicking to enlarge it.