Rain and DIY

Last week we received almost 7″ of rain which certainly made a dent in our moisture deficit. We’ve gotten 1.5″ of rain this morning, it’s still raining, and showers are forecasted a couple of days this week. With a plus there is sometimes a minus, and in this case, the vegetables and fruits are struggling.

Black mold has covered some perennial plants while aphids are decimating others, and it’s hard to address because it keeps raining.

While it rained, we put in some hours in the barn shop and the garage. We built a very helpful work table on wheels for the garage last year and this year we added a drop down extension by using heavy duty shelf brackets. It’s the third drop-down table we’ve built, and each one provides good work capabilities.

We were trying to find heavy duty pressure treated lattice to put at the bottom of the garden shed to discourage folks from setting up house underneath it. With the lumber shortage, it was a challenge, but we found some.

When we cut it up into 11″ and 9″ pieces, we had wiggly wobbly pieces that were literally falling apart. We did some research on a pneumatic crown stapler, and we found a cost effective one at Harbor Freight. Usually, you get what you pay for, but in this case it was a good deal. We used it to stabilize all the pieces and to attach screen to the back.

I treated the lattice work with the same product, ECO Wood Treatment, the shed builder used so it would weather.

The shed is made of rough sawn cedar, and we found there were some gaps on the door. Although they weren’t real noticeable, they certainly would allow blowing snow in this winter. We covered the gaps with two inch strips of wood and used the stapler to attach them. I also treated the outside of the wood with ECO before attaching.

My husband has all kinds of tools to make certain angles, but my mind thinks like a quilter which requires a pattern.

He cut the plywood in the barn in 2″ strips which I took out to the shed with me.

I put pieces of duct tape over the gaps on the inside and because of the light showing through I could get the tape perfectly centered. I cut both ends with a utility knife, pulled the tape off and placed it on the 2″ strip. He then only had to cut the ends, and we were ready to attach. I know, I know, some of you are laughing, but all I can say is that it worked, and it was quick. πŸ™‚

We’ve been picking about a pint of raspberries a day, the dahlias are starting to put forth a few blooms, and the daylilies and hydrangeas are going strong

While it’s raining this week, I think I need some fabric to reupholster a bench, and I have Linda Greenlaw’s, “Slipknot,” to pick up at the library. I just finished Paul Doiron’s, “Dead by Dawn” and James Patterson/David Ellis’, “The Red Book.”

What are you up to this week?

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80 Responses to Rain and DIY

  1. I am so jealous of your rain! Too bad we can’t just even out the temps and rainfall throughout the country. We’ve been doing projects the past few weeks too, mostly building a small deck off my office. The increase in lumber prices seems to have hit the composite wood market too.

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    • Yes, I’d be all for sharing and bringing things to more of a norm. πŸ™‚ Ooh, a small deck off your office sounds nice. You can write, grab some nature, and go back to writing. Sounds like a good thing. We went to small and large hardware stores and two lumber companies and finally found the lattice work at one place. First it was toilet paper, and now it is lumber. Who knew. πŸ™‚

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  2. swesely says:

    Also jealous – since the beginning of June, we’ve had a grand total of 1″, and it’s been on the 90’s most days. I also envy your workshop! The flowers are gorgeous, especially that very red daylily with the white edge to set it off. I hope you dry off a bit soon!

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    • We were under drought water restrictions before this all started. It will be interesting to see if they lighten up on that. That red daylily is a beauty isn’t it. I enjoy all of them, but some of them just make you stop and look, and that is one.

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  3. Joyce says:

    Our excess rain problem here has resulted in an onslaught of mosquitoes. They’d nearly disappeared here for years, due, I think, to yearly spraying in the neighborhood. We stopped spraying for the last few years as it wasn’t needed. If we picked it up again, it would just rain the next day anyway and lose its effectiveness.
    Fortunately we picked a great week at the rental cottage. Not a single rainy day and pleasant temps .
    You mentioned thinking like a quilter while you worked on your shed. I can so see a nicely assembled block on the finished panel!

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    • When you mentioned mosquitoes my mind went to the Almost Iowa blog where he refers to the ‘Minnesota Mosquito Refuge,’ and I laugh out loud every time. Seriously though, biting bugs of any kind are not funny with all the diseases they carry. Glad you had great weather for the family vacation. I can only imagine how much fun you all had. You have me thinking maybe I need to draw a few more lines and paint a block of some kind. Hmm, I’m liking that idea. Thank you!

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  4. Murphy's Law says:

    Great DIY projects and well done. You two are a good team. The lattice looks great on the garden shed and hopefully keeps the little buggers out. Piece of luck you noticed those open spaces in the door. Clever repair!

    As always, your flowers look amazing. A few of mine not doing well in this practically non-stop rain. Not hopeful they will survive.

    Hope you have a great week ahead of you.
    Ginger

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    • I showed the pretty flowers and decided to spare you the aphids and the black mold. πŸ™‚ The second bad thing about those are that I can’t just toss them somewhere or I’ll just spread it. Yes, we’ll see if the four legged folks are deterred or if they just chuckle and dig a way in.

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  5. The rain has been biblical your way – a friend who lives in Southern Ontario is building an ark! I hope the weather system moderates soon.

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  6. Sorry about the vegetables and fruit. It’s always something, isn’t it? But my oh my that door looks snappy. How excellent it is to have a quilter’s brain. As for my week…it is divided between writing and work, inside and out, around the home. Plan on going to van der Brew this weekend to meet friends and listen to music.

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  7. Oddment says:

    Your flowers are so beautiful! I hope the damage from all the rain can be undone, and soon. But despite that, it seems that much work is getting done. I applaud! Here we’ve had a lot of rain and heavy air and I have taken up the paint brush again — but NOT for small bathrooms! I am officially done with standing on my head behind flush boxes, and am sticking to plain walls, miles of blue tape, and slow, slow, slow ups and downs on ladders. Other than dumping a blob of paint down a floor vent, not doing too badly.

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    • I’m glad you’re now painting in wide open spaces. I love to paint so I wish I lived closer so we could paint a while, talk a while, laugh a lot. πŸ™‚ One thing about a blob down a floor vent is no one will see it until someone paints again.

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      • Oddment says:

        I love the image, but I suspect we’d do more laughing than painting! As to that blob, ha! I should be so neat! It splatted over the slats or whatever they’re called. I had a lot of fun trying to get my finger in between those things to clean off that paint. I didn’t get quite all of it off, but if you won’t tell I won’t tell either.

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      • When i repaint something I originally did and see runs, I always laugh out loud about the ‘previous’ painter.

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  8. Ally Bean says:

    We’re soaked with rain here, too. All outside projects are on hold, so I’m thinking my week is going to involve reading and cooking– and if I’m desperate, I might clean out a closet. So exciting, not.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    I admire your DIY projects, Judy. Good ol’ Yankee ingenuity!
    Hopefully, those skills won’t be needed to build an ark! πŸ˜‰

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  10. Nancy says:

    Nothing but rain here! But cooked a delicious corn chowder and got caught up with inside chores. Sweet man has started building an Arc.
    I really wish we could pipe some rain water out to the southwest.

    Your shed looks great and I agree with Joyce… you need a quilt block on it. I have two on my house… and they are fun to paint.
    The lattice looks wonderful.
    Have a great week!

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  11. Marilyn says:

    Your flowers are gorgeous in love the description of sealing the gaps in the lovely shed. You are too funny.

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  12. The garden looks so beautiful! Enjoy those raspberries!

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  13. ruthsoaper says:

    Your weather sounds much like ours and we have more rain in the forecast everyday this week. Our vegtable garden has suffered but we did pick three cucmbers yesterday. It’s getting hard to tell what else might be doing well because the weeds are taking over and it’s too muddy to get in there to pull them. Most suprisingly is how well our blueberries are doing this year. We are picking one or two quarts a day and they are stil coming on strog.

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    • We’ve picked a couple of cucumbers, peas, and a few cherry tomatoes so far, but the rest just seems to be stuck because of no sun. Oh, I do envy you your blueberry crop. I have five bushes and not one bloom this year. Nothing. 😦 I’d trade raspberries if we lived closer.

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      • ruthsoaper says:

        I’m sorry about your blueberries. It would be a good trade.

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      • Usually I get blooms, berries, and the birds and chipmunks eat them. This year nothing. The bushes look healthy as can be. I guess I have shrubs. πŸ™‚

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      • ruthsoaper says:

        We started covering ours with netting a few years ago so the birds didn’t steal them all. We didn’t expect to have a good crop this year since we had several nights around freezing while they were in bloom. Then drought and now the ground is super saturated. We also had an infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars that were eating all the leaves. I’m still afraid if it doesn’t dry up soon we might lose the bushes but at least we have gotten a good crop this year.

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      • Our blackberries are covered with green fruit, and I’m thinking I’m going to throw some netting over them to see if I can actually harvest some ripe berries this year. πŸ™‚

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  14. Donna says:

    We are at Maidstone Lake in Vermont. Been kayaking today. Blue sky and beautiful here. Thinking of you. We are getting raspberries also. Erin is picking for us!!

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  15. Dan Antion says:

    I will start with congratulations on your method of getting those angles right. I use techniques like that all the time. Anything you can do to minimize complicated measurements makes life so much easier. I think your approach was brilliant.

    I’m sorry about the problems for your plants due to the water.

    The other thing I will mention is your choice of pneumatic stapler. Harbor Freight has stepped up their game in the past 3-5 years. I buy more name brand tools for the tools I use all the time, but for tools that I use occasionally, I shop at Harbor Freight and I’ve been very happy.

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    • It is one thing when you’re making a cabinet or bookcase, but to just put those pieces on that door, it just didn’t seem worth spending hours to get those angles right. It worked so I was happy. πŸ™‚ You are right – tools that are used regularly need to be substantial and dependable. This stapler will get pulled out every once in a while, and it worked great for what we needed it for. I’ve got tomatoes set on, but they just sit there frozen in time because of no sun. The mold and the pests on the perennials is a real annoyance for sure especially since I can’t compost the materials and have to dispose of them.

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      • Dan Antion says:

        I bought my first stapler and brad nailer at Sears. I have since replaced them both with Porter-Cable tools, but they lasted almost 20 years. Those narrow crown staples have amazing holding power. I hope our gardens get some sun this week. Maddie and I walked in the rain today πŸ™

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      • I picked almost a quart of raspberries in the pouring rain this morning. My green tomatoes that have been sitting on the vine for too many days are liable to just rot right off. Oh well, ‘it is what it is.’ πŸ™‚

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  16. germac4 says:

    Rain has been unusually heavy here in Canberra, but nothing to beat yours! Sorry to read the vegetables are suffering as a result. Every year we have a bit of guess work as to what plants will survive with all this unpredictable weather. I’d love a work table with a drop down part, you and your husband are a good team.
    Your flowers are lovely, the first deep red dahlia looks as if you have made it out of rich red velvet material….. kind of ”Scarlett O’Hara” red!

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    • We built a drop down table on a wall in the garage and one on the wall in the shed. They are terrific work spaces a couple of times a year, and the rest of the time they are out of the way. When we were working on the lattice work, it just wouldn’t fit on the rolling work table in the garage, but by adding the extension, then we could lay it up there at a good height to staple. Again, once we were done, we just folded it down and out of the way. That first red dahlia is a real pretty one. I need to see if I can find a name because it was a gift.

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  17. 7″ would be almost our entire year’s average, so I’m thankful we didn’t get that much. But I’m excited because a few days ago we got a real rain that lasted for at least half an hour or more. I’m pretty sure I heard all the plants as well as the earth groan with joy! The plants certainly all look happy now.

    We’ve been watching every stage of the Tour de France, which consumes as much as 6 hours some days, although we don’t watch it continuously and often do something else during some of it. But it’s so much fun. Today’s a rest day and then through Sunday is the third and last week. Our older daughter arrives tomorrow morning for a short visit so trips to coffee shops are in my future. πŸ™‚ Naturally I’m reading more or less non-stop as always.

    janet

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    • Hooray for the rain at your house! I can only imagine how much you enjoy the Tour de France, and I know you will love the older daughter visit and the necessary shopping it requires. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful visit.

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      • The rain was such a blessing! The Tour has been so good this year, quite exciting and lots of unexpected winners. On the downside, some really bad crashes but that is part of the sport unfortunately. Not sure how much shopping we’ll do but I know coffee will figure in each day–but early so it’s not too hot. πŸ™‚

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  18. Ooh, it was almost like reading Dan’s posts with a project requiring tools! Your door and shed look great! You both did a great job on those projects. Send me some confidence please b/c I have a project I want to do, but am so afraid of making a mistake and wrecking the whole thing! So, I’m procrastinating.

    Your flowers look beautiful. I wish we’d get a good rain. We surely could use it.

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    • I’m thinking very positive thoughts about your project. πŸ™‚ I always look at how much the materials cost and what the bottom line will be if I mess up. If it makes sense, I give it a try. It’s not like we could find a handyman to hire here anyway. Plus with Google and YouTube a person can find out how to do a lot of things. Now, I’ll be waiting to hear what you tackled. πŸ™‚

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  19. Judy, I love how you used your quilting skills to fix the door of your barn shop. Your flowers made me smile!

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    • We draw on the skills we have, right? The idea of using gauges to intricately measure 24 cuts on the inside of a shed door seemed like a waste of time. The tape was kind of outside the box, but it worked just fine. πŸ™‚ Those flowers make me smile too!

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  20. Crazy weather for sure. Glad you are getting raspberries!

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  21. Michelle says:

    The shed looks nice and I love the lattice along the bottom. And your flowers are beautiful! We could definitely use some rain. It’s been so dry here that whenever it does rain it floods.

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  22. Oh wow that’s a lot of rain. We’ve had our fair share too here in Indiana, but not that much! I love your solution to the shed door, it’s so pretty! Your flowers are gorgeous as usual.

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  23. Annie says:

    You are a couple of amazing do-it-yourselfers! Loved reading your quilting solutions. Can you believe this rain? It’s either feast or famine lately. I guess I’d rather have feast but everything in the garden is languishing except for the Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes.

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  24. Karen says:

    I’m sorry that all the rain has affected your garden but I’m sure everyone with a well is happy after the long draught conditions. The wet season across Florida has kicked into full gear with numerous showers and thunderstorms most days but it sounds like you have had more rain than we have. One thing, you have certainly made the most of your time, the shed fixes are nice.

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  25. I’m smiling at your thinking like a quilter in the face of your husband’s fancy tools. A clash of ideas!

    I bought James Patterson and Bill Clinton’s book, “The President’s Daughter.” My experiences with Patterson have mostly been negative, but I saw them interviewed and thought the premise of the book sounded good. So I’m taking one more chance on his stories. πŸ™‚ – Marty

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    • We do have a clash on how we ‘look’ at things because I’m very visual. With the tape, I could see it, get it centered, and then attach. No big discussion on angles. πŸ™‚ Patterson has gotten very ‘light’ over the years to the point of almost ‘fluff.’ The “Red Book” must have been more Ellis than Patterson because it had some meat to it. It was a good read. I haven’t read the Clinton one but hope it’s a good read for you.

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  26. Lots of rain and lots of raspberries! Both very welcome I would imagine. What a treat to pick your own raspberries in the garden. Here we’re picking oranges, limes and lemons in abundance and sharing them with family and friends. We also have delicious lettuce, rainbow chard and spinach ready for harvesting. We’re supposed to be in Sydney this week spending time with our daughter before meeting up with friends for a week together at the beach, but with the current covid outbreak there and the ensuing lockdown we’re at home instead. Oh well, at least here there is no covid, no lockdown and we are all safe and well. Can’t complain.

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  27. pbmgarden says:

    The flowers are just beautiful! Hope that rain settles down a bit for you. 7″ is pretty amazing. Great DIY projects. Hope you have a happy week.

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  28. I like that single red Dahlia. I’m glad you got some rain. We had the same experience of a long drought and then rain for day after day.

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    • I could do a post on my dahlia experiences. I’m learning the hard way what they like. πŸ™‚ It seems like the weather is at extremes all across the country. We sure can’t take it for granted anymore based upon what month it is.

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  29. Tina Schell says:

    Nothing beats a good “do-it-yourself” fix for any annoying problem Judy – good for you! Loved that you were “thinking like a quilter” to repair the door, that cracked me up! I envy your raspberries but our peaches (local farmers, not me!) are really delicious at the moment so I’m doing just fine on the fruit front LOL.

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  30. Well, your flowers are obviously loving the rain. Your raspberry harvest sounds delicious. I love them and the fresher the better. Well done on the shed repairs. It’s always good to be one step ahead. It should be nice and watertight for winter.

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  31. Ogee says:

    So envious of your rain…and your dahlias. Mine are so stressed by the heat and lack of water, I’m not sure they will bloom this year. 😦

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    • That was me last year. What I’m learning is they are quite finicky up in my part of the country. I have quite a few spread around, and the only ones blooming are the ones in sun all day. Those that get a break for a couple of hours are just green leaves and no blooms. I wish I could say I’d just move them all into full/all day sun, but I don’t have the room. Dahlias are a challenge for me, but I keep trying.

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  32. Ever resourceful! Good work on the outbuilding. Glad to see you have flowers blooming, and have reaped raspberries too. It’s been a rainy summer here, so our complaint is slugs. They have made a meal of my hosta and some other plants. I think they have outdone the earwigs and other such pestilence.

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