Gathering Supplies for Shed Improvement Projects
Wauchula, FL - Events of Tuesday, January 3 to Sunday, January 8, 2017
The first improvement Paul planned for the new shed was to install vinyl flooring. He put one-piece vinyl sheet flooring in the shed we had at Blueberry Hill, and it made it much easier to keep the floor of the shed clean so he wanted something similar in our new shed at the co-op.
Last Tuesday, we stopped at Lowe's in Sebring to look at their vinyl flooring. After noting the styles and prices of what they had available, we headed to downtown Sebring and stopped for a late lunch at Dee's Place.
We loved the half-pound burgers at Dee's Place when we had them a few weeks ago, and we were hungry for more. This time instead of each of us getting our own burger however, we decided to split a half-pound burger ($7.59 with cheese) and a Philly cheese steak ($6.09). There were two reasons for that. First, we both like Philly cheese steaks and really wanted to try the ones at Dee's, but we were both still hungry for one of their burgers. Second, the half pound burgers are very filling, and the Philly cheese steak isn't quite as big.
The burger was as good as we remembered, and the Philly cheese steak was delicious, too. We had it with the optional fried peppers and onions, and it was very flavorful.
We had previously checked out various types of vinyl flooring from a number of sources so after checking to see what Lowe's had, Paul finalized his choice and decided on peel-and-stick vinyl planks from Lumber Liquidators. We originally went to the Lumber Liquidators store in Brandon a couple of weeks prior to look at flooring; but on Friday, we decided to go to the store in Plant City to make the purchase. The reason for going to the store in Plant City to buy the flooring is Plant City also the location of Parksdale Market. Plant City is in the heart of Florida's strawberry growing region, and Parksdale Market has delicious strawberry shortcake and strawberry sundaes during strawberry season. Strawberry season runs from the beginning of January until early April.
Margery had strawberry shortcake, and Paul had a strawberry sundae. The shortcake is topped by soft-serve ice cream and a huge mound of whipped cream and the sundae is served in a long plastic boat.
Paul was originally planning on wood shelving for the shed. Since he planned for the shelving to have supports running all the way down to the floor, he wanted to install the flooring first. However, after buying the flooring on Friday afternoon, we happened to talk to another fellow here in the co-op who recently got a new shed and installed wire shelving. Paul had dismissed the idea of using wire shelving because it is more expensive than wood; but after talking to the fellow who had put in wire shelving, Paul decided the benefits of being quicker and easier to install and of being adjustable were worth the extra cost. Since the wire shelving has no floor supports, it made more sense to install the shelving first because the shelves will help get things off the floor to make installing the flooring easier.
Following the decision to switch to wire shelving, we stopped at Lowe's in Sebring after church on Sunday to pick up the components. Unfortunately, after an extensive search by store personnel, they found they were out of the proper length wall supports we needed in spite of the fact their computer said they had plenty in stock. Therefore, we went across the street to Home Depot because they carry the same brand of shelving. Wouldn't you know, Home depot had the uprights, but they didn't have enough shelf brackets. Not only that, but the shelves themselves were a little more expensive at Home Depot than they were at Lowe's so Paul only bought the uprights at Home Depot then headed back to Lowe's to buy the shelves and brackets. By this time, all the late church services had let out, and the store was very crowded. Paul waited to check out almost half an hour because they only had two lines open and all their self-checkouts were closed. Of course, they finally opened another checkout line when Paul was almost up to the register.
After a frustratingly long morning, we headed back to the 5th wheel to watch the Steeler/Dolphins playoff game. We missed some of the first half, but our frustrations of the morning were eased by the fact the Steelers won.
We'll tell you how the installation of the shelving and flooring went in our next post.