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 Post subject: Gazebo Rebuild
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:37 pm 
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When we bought our Finca/House, there was a gazebo alongside the swimming pool, but the workmanship left a lot to be desired, it was just a matter of when, not, if, it was going to fall down, therefore this was a project of some urgency, which got underway in the new year of 2015.

My Father-in-law was staying with us at the time, and gave me a hand in dismantling the old gazebo

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Even from this photo you can see how bad the joinery was!

I took it all down, leaving just the four corner posts, which were to be the basis for the new Gazebo, I had all the framework timber (mahogany), but as we finished, it was obvious that work had come to a halt, one of the corner posts was rotten in the top half. I didn't want to have to dig out the post, as that would have meant re-laying the base, and I did not have the money to do that. I cut the post down to solid timber, and once the Holiday period was over, I had a metal collar made, which I used to join new timber to the old. Unfortunately by this time I was now working on my own again.

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Humping the big supporting beams up was no joke, but with a bit of ingenuity, ropes and my platform ladder, I managed to get in place and bolted securely.
but before raising the cross beams, I mortice and tenoned the riser into the beam, and put a bolt through the joint to make sure it was going nowhere.

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Then came the ridge beam, which sat in a slot cut in the riser, and bolted, followed by the rafters.

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the first layer of roofing was T&G pine 1/4” thick planks, which I nailed with my air nail gun. That wasn’t so bad, as I could do most of the work from a ladder, after which I fitted the barge boards. Then I had to felt it, and this took some time, because I had to do it when the sun was in, as soon as the sun comes out the tar melts and seals the felt to whatever it is in contact with. I battened the roof as I felted it, to avoid having to crawl around and damage the felt. It was bad enough being up there in the first place…I hate heights, and was crawling around like a baby, I just hope none of the neighbours had their camera out!

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Then came the roofing sheets, however for these roof sheets, they want you to use wires to fix them, they come attached to a plastic top, which you feed through a drilled hole in the roof and you then tie them down to a nail, I think these are horrible, and visually displeasing, so I bought the Unduline screw fixers, the problem with that is that the stainless steel screws supplied were too long for these sheets, so I changed them all for drywall screws.

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Once that was done, it was just a case of installing the guttering, and electrics, job done, and unlike the olf Gazebo, I am happy that this one will give us many years good use.

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 Post subject: Re: Gazebo Rebuild
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Very smart :thumbright:

It looks like you live in an idyllic setting, there is some nice scenery in some of those shots!

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ultimatehandyman wrote:
Very smart :thumbright:

It looks like you live in an idyllic setting, there is some nice scenery in some of those shots!


And I bet the marching powder is dirt cheap ha ha ha :thumbright:



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ultimatehandyman wrote:
Very smart :thumbright:

It looks like you live in an idyllic setting, there is some nice scenery in some of those shots!


It is is a great location at the moment, unfortunately the Town Hall are short of funds, and have given the green light for a load of new buildings to go up as holiday lets, which will block some of our views, and increase the security problem... I was going to fight it, but with corruption as rampant as it is in Colombia, I would be wasting my time, hopefully we have another year or so, before we notice the change.



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PhilCop wrote:
ultimatehandyman wrote:
I was going to fight it, but with corruption as rampant as it is in Colombia, I would be wasting my time


It's just as rife here mate but they hide it better or rather spin it better.

The Virgin rail franchise fiasco
TTIP
MP's expenses scandal

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