Fred Builds Shed – Part 3 – Floor Finished, Gazebo Gone, Shed Secured!

(Part 3 of Fred Builds Shed. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)

Last instalment, I had found a suitable place for the shed – on top of the floor under the gazebo!


I had a water-damaged floor to repair and slight extension of the space to organise.


After a trip to the hardware store, I moved Rosie onto the lawn and set about removing the water-damaged particle board.


A shovel made short work of it, so I put some support pieces under the weakest part.

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I added some extra supports, then fitted a large piece of MDF and some smaller pine boards.

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A bit of sanding with an improvised floor sander before sweeping off the sawdust and it was ready for painting.


The floor was painted with  black non-slip paint and left to dry overnight.

The next morning, I started assembling the shed panels. Having disassembled the shed made reassembly pretty easy, as I knew which parts helped hold the structure together.

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The front door section was first.


Next up was the back wall.

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With the front and rear assembled, the rest came together quite nicely.

I had to attack a wild gazebo due to strong winds, as it kept pushing the shed off the raised floor. Here’s the skinned carcass:


The larger “bones”


And finally a collection of smaller “bones”  – screws and brackets – on top of my trusty toolkit inside the nearly completed shed.


While I needed a break after three days of disassembly, floor repair, painting and construction, I figured it needed a bike in it to be called a bike shed, so Rosie was moved in and a photo taken.


A fresh new padlock on the doors and I finally had a reasonably secure bike shed!


All that remained at this point was to tidy up the yard, make sure I had room to store bike parts, access to power and finally to move bikes back out of the carport.

I was taking that break first, though…

(Continued in Part 4…)


Fetching Scarlet, Relocating The Gazebo And Charging Bruiser’s Battery

After Bruiser arrived on Friday night, I got up early and drove 2 hours down the highway to a place called Yanderra to collect my latest acquisition – a red 1980 CB250RS. The weather was great on the way there, so I didn’t bother taking a tarp to cover it with. Halfway back it started raining and I returned to Canberra with a rather wet bike, who I decided on the way back shall be named Scarlet.

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She seems to be missing a few parts but the seat is very good condition and she has the front half of both mufflers. She even turns over, although I haven’t tried to start her yet. Apparently the previous owner had her running a few years ago.

All the wind and rain here lately has meant the my temporary bike shelter in the form of a kit gazebo has been somewhat bent out of shape. Rather than taking pictures of a sad-looking gazebo, I decided to relocate it to a slightly less windy spot and build a floor. After crab-walking the gazebo sideways, much shovelling of dirt, shuffling of bikes, laying of pallets and parts of an old wardrobe, hammering of nails and re-shuffling bikes, I’m pretty pleased with the end result.

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From the left, we have Bruiser, Eric, Scarlet and Nix.

Despite starting Nix to make her easier to move I couldn’t let the weekend go by without tinkering with at least one of the bikes, so I decided to top up Bruiser’s battery and see if it will charge.

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My trickle charger showed the battery as already charged as soon as I turned it on – this is typical behaviour for this charger for a completely drained battery, however.

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I put the bolts and caps from Bruiser’s battery in a plastic bag to stop them getting lost.

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Looking at the  battery box, it seems he’s had a somewhat hard life.

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The side panel covering it hasn’t fared much better.

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This crack may not look too bad from the outside but it appears that no expense was spared repairing it!

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His seat and tank have definitely seen better days too!

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Bruiser’s engine doesn’t turn over with the kick-starter, so he is primarily going to be a parts bike – he was bought from a scrap metal dealer so I wasn’t expecting to get him running.

On the plus side, all the specialised mounting bolts and nuts that were missing from Eric are there, he has fully intact instruments, all lights, both mufflers and a full set of matching locks, all of which work apart from the steering lock. More on that later.

As it was cold and wet, I packed up for the day. Hopefully the gazebo will remain upright and this week will have better weather!