First Skydive

January 30, 2018

My cousin and I get together a few times a year to have some fun. Our latest idea was to jump out of a plane. We started by booking a spot with skydiveFargo. Upon arriving at their hangar at the airport we started by signing a lot of waivers. Next we watched a safety video. … Read More

Building a shed: Part 10

December 26, 2017

On the last post I talked about building and mounting the decorative brackets. This shed is almost done! Step 19: I built the shed on the flattest place in my yard, but it is still slightly sloping. This leaves the front of the shed too high up to comfortably get in and out. This means … Read More

Building a shed: Part 9

December 26, 2017

In my previous post I discussed building and installing the doors. Step 18: Decorative brackets need to be made that fit under the soffit on the front of the shed. 3 in total are required per the plans. They are basically three layers sandwiched together. I started by running an edge and face of a … Read More

Building a shed: Part 6

December 4, 2017

On the previous post the trim was placed on the roof, drip edge and tar paper were installed, and the roof was shingled. I also had to close up the shed for the winter due to a lot of snow. This project was continued in the spring of 2017. Step 13: Take off the OSB … Read More

Building a shed: Part 5

November 10, 2017

In the previous post (Part 4) the shed was sided, overhang ladders were built, and the roof was sheathed. Step 10: Prior to shingling the roof, the roof trim needs to be placed. The plans call for a wider 6″ trim as the base with another 3″ trim on top of that. It looks nice, … Read More

Building a shed: Part 4

November 10, 2017

On my previous post (Part 3) I erected the walls and trusses. Step 7: On a typical building the walls are sheathed in OSB and then sided. I chose to use LP Smartside panels which combine these two steps saving some time. The panels are 4’x8′ and grooved 8″ on center. I chose to get … Read More

Building a shed: Part 3

November 10, 2017

On my previous post ( the trusses were made and the walls were framed. Step 5: Some braces were nailed to the floor and 2x4s were placed so that the walls can be braced once they are stood up. I recruited my cousin for this portion and he helped me move the walls into place. … Read More

Building a shed: Part 2

November 10, 2017

In part 1 ( I built the foundation and floor. Step 3: The next step was to build the trusses. They are not complicated trusses, but a jig needs to be built on the floor of the shed before the walls are put up. The truss is made up of 2 top chords which create … Read More

Building a shed: Part 1

November 4, 2017

Ever since we moved into our home I have considering building a smaller detached garage, a shed, or a pole barn. Since I was undecided on exactly what I wanted to build I held off for a few years. During the fall of 2016 I stumbled upon some free shed plans on Family Handyman. They … Read More

Cabin Fever Fix: Snow Lightning and Double Black Diamonds

April 16, 2016

OUTDOORS: PROJECTS | BLOG A few weeks ago I had a little cabin fever meltdown… This has become an annual occurrence in February over the last few years. Usually I have ice fishing to keep me busy in the winter, but the ice quality was really poor this year. My wife had a great idea … Read More