Shed Project: Install Skirting
Wauchula, FL - Events of Tuesday, January 17 to Monday, January 23, 2017
After finishing the shelving and flooring inside the shed, it was time to turn our attention to the outside where we wanted to install skirting around the bottom of the shed to give the shed a more finished look. On Tuesday around noon, we headed to Lowe's in Sebring to pick up the materials for the skirting. Afterward, we stopped at the Olympic Restaurant in Avon Park for lupper.
The Olympic is a Greek-themed restaurant that serves some Greek dishes, but they also have things like Reubens, burgers, steaks and pasta. Sandwiches and lunch specials range in price from around $6 to $10, and most dinners are about $10 to $15.
Margery had a fried cod sandwich with onion rings ($8), and Paul had a gyro with potato salad ($8). The Olympic gets generally good, but somewhat mixed reviews online, and we can see why. The flavor of the fish sandwich was good; but the sandwich wasn't very big, and it was made from several small pieces of fish that kept falling out of the bun instead of one nice big piece. The onion rings are house-made, not frozen, and they were quite good.
The gyro tasted okay, but it needed more meat. Not only that, but it was served with lettuce, which we had never seen before on a gyro. Although the lettuce added a little crunch to the sandwich, it seemed like they were using the lettuce mostly as a filler. The potato salad was pretty good, but we've had better.
When we got back to the co-op after our trip to Sebring, Paul started assembling a new toy he would be using for the installation of the skirting. Before heading to Pittsburgh for Christmas, Paul bought a Delta table saw. He has been using his 7-1/4" circular saw mounted upside down under a piece of plywood as a makeshift table saw. However, since we had the new, larger shed on order, he thought it might be nice to have a real table saw again.
We'll leave the saw here in the shed when we travel north in the spring because it is too big and too heavy to carry with us. Paul was hesitant about leaving a table saw in the shed over the hot, humid Florida summers for fear the table would rust; but since this saw is a portable saw, the table is aluminum instead of the cast iron typically used for table saws.
In addition to the aluminum table, another thing Paul likes about the saw is its folding stand with wheels. The downside to having a folding stand is it has lots of parts that have to be assembled.
The upside to the folding stand is it makes it easy to wheel the saw outside. When folded, the saw also takes less floor space.
Paul decided to use plastic lattice as skirting rather than the mobile home skirting he used for our shed in Blueberry Hill. One reason for that is the relatively large openings in the lattice will do a better job of providing good ventilation under the shed that will help prevent moisture buildup during summer rains.
Paul started by cutting the sheets of lattice in half lengthwise to make smaller pieces that were easier to handle. He then trimmed each strip to the proper width.
Although the large openings in the lattice will improve air circulation, they will also make it easier for critters to get under the shed and take up residence. Therefore, Paul decided to put aluminum screen behind the lattice to help keep critters out. He used a hot soldering iron to melt little dimples in the plastic to tack the screen to the back of the lattice. That way the screen won't sag over time.
The photo below was taken before the job was complete, but it shows what the skirting will look like when it's all done a couple of days from now.
In between working on the skirting, we took breaks to attend meetings at the clubhouse, to do chores, to run a number of errands, and to do a few other things. One of the breaks we took was to drive down to Captiva Island last Friday. Captiva Island is a little over two hours away and is located next to Sanibel Island off the coast of Fort Meyers. The reason we went there was to meet with friends, Barb and Kent. Margery was in a Bible study with Barb years ago in Pittsburgh. Barb and Kent subsequently moved to Oklahoma, to Arizona and to Illinois, but Margery and Barb stayed in touch over the years. Barb and Kent sometimes come to Florida for a week or two in the winter, and we try to meet up them whenever we can. This year, they staying on Captiva Island, so we went there to spend the day with them. We had a good time catching up.
Another break we took was to do some sightseeing. We'll tell you about it in our next post.