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Well, my dad and brother came down on Wednesday of last week and started work on my shed.  Well, that’s what it started out as.  Dad being dad, decided that the van needed an awning and also a “proper” toilet.  They worked so hard but still another trip down will be needed to put on the finishing touches.

I got here after they had been working for 2 days.  They had already put up shed Frame and were in the middle of setting posts for awning. 

Next, the roofs went up and doors on the shed. 

My contribution to it all was making sure they were fed and cleaning up camp.  I also finally set up an ibc which I levelled and filled bricks with concrete so that I can run gravity fed hoses to my gardens instead of bucketing water.  My dad is a perfectionist so I spent ages making sure it was level. He was impressed :)

He built all of this out of recycled materials and even made the braces himself.  As a man of almost 70, he was still climbing up and down ladders and shovelling stuff around the place.  Can’t wait till it’s complete 

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Comment by Dave Riley on October 9, 2020 at 1:01

I'd be interested in the height if the IBC from the ground, its volume and the sort of gravity flow you are getting  thru that height.

Looks like a metre? And a 1500L IBC (filled how?)

We bought cute microlite pump for our IBC  and it works a treat, but we've run into noise in complaints.

Boy we love the pump though.

With a 120L/minute flow rate we can empty our 1000L IBC in under an hour.

We have a  workaround but I wonder what height above ground offers a viable flow rate for hosing? That is sans pump.

Physics majors or engineers could do the sums, I guess. Pressure: Volume: Height. Although flow rate falls as volume decreases.

Self watering garden tank systems err on the side of  gradual slow flow over days into drip irrigation, but hand held hosing is a very different ask.

I've had one of these 100 L tanks for years (see image)  and it suits a drip system well...but I gave up on drip, like so many other peeps, as it is a headache and alienates you from interacting with your plants.

I is a hand watering man with regular sprinkler supplementation.

Since we have a water tower in town I know how high  you need to lift water for a viable urban tap pressure.

We had planned to use an IBC on the back of a ute (maybe with a pump) but an extra tonne+ load on our aged vehicle isn't good cartage practice.

Who knew?

So I'm saying there are many options getting water from A to B -- aka 'irrigation' -- and it is easy to make mistakes.

But one lesson I learnt that is more broadly relevant: instead of buying your watering needs from a hardware store,  visit a bona fide irrigation specialist retail outlet. Around here, because of the horticulture industry up river, there are a few. Will give you so many more reliable options. Not necessarily cheap. But more relevant to task.

Comment by Susan on October 8, 2020 at 19:14

Thanks guys, I sure do have a great Dad :)  Christa, the goal is rain water - that is  one of the finishing touches.  He needs to come back down and put a gutter on the awning and on the shed.  I'll have an Ibc on the shed and am on the look out for a proper water tank for the awning.  That should give us plenty of drinking water and my other ibc (the one in the photo) is filled with water from the creek.   

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on September 30, 2020 at 17:22

WOW, you sure have a great dad, looks fantastic.  I can't get over the awning you now have, looks like you will have it forever, I am so jealous

Comment by Dianne Caswell on September 29, 2020 at 7:12

Looking Good Susan, you must be proud of your efforts as well as your Dad's & Friends. You will have a house built there in no time. Oh, to be young again.

Comment by Christa on September 25, 2020 at 9:32

Wow! that looks great Susan, You can set up your cooking table outside.  What a great dad you have.  Will you get water carted in or will you harvest rain from roof.  

We are presently removing the last 2 concrete stumps from under the house and replacing them with steel.  Our son has worked his butt off.  He had to dig them out.  

Comment by Susan on September 25, 2020 at 7:24

Thanks Doug, I might take you up on that offer if needed. Lol Andy, I was talking about that very same thing with dad.  I’m on the lookout for free pavers for the base of the shed.  Dad wanted to concrete it but I said I could do it for free with pavers.  

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 24, 2020 at 21:34

Jeez. That roof is an eyesore.  It'll ruin your neighbour's view of his shipping container.  LOL. (Couldn't help myself.)

Looks impressive, to be honest. 

Comment by Doug Hanning on September 24, 2020 at 20:48

Looks good Susan. I usually have a fair bit of left over and 2nd hand building materials laying around at my shed. Let us know if you are chasing anything in particular and if its here you can have it. I often just take roofing to metal recyclers just to be rid of it.

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