As you know, last year we tried purchasing a quonset shelter for Donna to park her car in during the winter months. It worked really well in the sense of making the morning start to her workday much easier – no more sweeping off loads of snow and scraping windows.
As you also know, I didn’t give any forethought to sizing it, so she could only pull in the front end of the car, and it was a bit of a gymnastics routine to slide into the driver’s seat each morning to back out.
This year, I had been watching carefully for the sales to occur on a larger sized shelter. When I saw a 12×20 on at half price, I decided to strike.
First off, we decided that last year’s shelter should be relocated to the other side of our first “parking” area – and the new one should go where the old one was. The new one, being twice as deep, would have stuck out uncomfortably into the actual driveway otherwise As such, it fits in neat as button where it is.
After moving the original shelter, I pegged it down with some railway spikes, although the front corners I only managed a short bolt into the gravel, as the bedrock is only a couple inches below the surface there.
The new shelter went in just great. I opted to leave off the front door altogether, as we’d never rolled down the original one, and the snow rarely blows in from the east. Leaving off the door panel and “trim” around it made the entrance feel much larger and easier to navigate as well.
I pegged it down with railway spikes as well. They aren’t ideal, as they aren’t threaded or anything, but they did work all last year.
So anyway, all was well with the homestead for a couple of weeks. Then, the end of this past week we received weather warnings about the 50mm of rain to come. And it did come. During the night I even heard our chairs blow over and off the deck!
Well, taking my after supper walk with Kenny on Friday evening, I noted that the old quonset looked a little odd. On further examination, I could see that there was a bicycle holding up the one side of it. That wasn’t in my original plans.
|Something isn’t quite right here.|
Kenny helped as I extracted everything from inside. At first I thought perhaps I had forgotten to peg it down, but no – there were nails dangling from the sides and corners; they had simply pulled out.
Fortunately it was the small one, and a bit of grunting and switching from side to side and corner to corner managed to reposition it satisfactorily.
I repegged the back corners and sides, but at the front, I found a serendipitous pair of half sized cinder blocks that worked just great! It will have to be a real gale to move it around this time!
|The blocks were an inspired choice!|
|I had to rethread the strap to tie it all together.|
|I also did the opposite side for symmetry.|
Of course, now I have a slight worry about the one we’re parking the car in… Once the snow falls on the sides though, I’m sure it won’t be going anywhere!
|Reloaded, all is well with the world.|