Chicken coop materials

As mentioned, I’ve been working on designing a second chicken coop. See an earlier post for some plans, though they’ve been tweaked a bit since then.

Once I got the plans fairly locked down, the next step was to work on a spreadsheet that lists all of the materials needed to build it:

This is broken up by a bunch of things to be delivered by Home Depot (including lumber, siding, roofing, etc); things to pick up in-store; and things that won’t be needed till later.  Within each of those, there are columns for the parts of the coop (floor, each wall, roof, run, etc), the location in-store to make finding them easier, and other details.

Yesterday I pulled the trigger on the project: I went to Home Depot to buy the in-store stuff, which was primarily a table saw, but also some minor tools like squares and such, and also to look over the items on my order list, to make sure I made the right choices.

Then the big step — placing the order for all the material to be delivered. (An excellent deal, by the way: hundreds of items for one very reasonable fixed delivery charge.)

All that will arrive on Wednesday, so I’ll be able to start building after then, weather permitting. I will use a large canopy to keep the construction dry, so I could do at least some of it under that, but it’ll be more pleasant to work when it isn’t raining.

I plan to document the process on this blog, so stay tuned! Here’s hoping I haven’t made a huge mistake. 😬


Powder, no power

About four inches of snow fell this morning. Which led to a power cut, no doubt due to snow on trees taking out a line.

Since we’re on a well, no power means no water, which can be a pain. We do have UPSes to keep the internet going, so at least the most important thing is covered. 😉

One day we’d like to get a whole-house generator that we can hook up to our big propane gas tank, but those suckers are expensive. It’s usually not off for too long, so we just stick it out, and often prepare by filling containers with water if we think a cut is likely (due to high winds or snow).

Oh hey, the power just came back on, after being off for almost exactly two hours. We’ll see if it stays on.