Today we’re celebrating a H.U.G.E milestone at nooks & cranny with our 100th blog post! And let me tell you, it’s taken a lot of dedication, nagging (of both Luke and I) and early mornings (often before our day jobs) to each week deliver three valuable posts we hope you guys wanna read and (may) learn a thing or two. But we sure have had a blast doing so, and thank you immensely for your support (and polite notification of typos).
Let’s get back to work
So where are we at with this chicken coop you ask? We admit this project has been like pulling hens teeth (pun intended, ha) and I again apologise it’s taken several months (since April 27 in fact). However when one builds a ‘hobbs henhouse’ with all the bells and whistles, it means we have taken our small and inexpensive coop from a weekend DIY job to a full scale tiny house – fit to now house our 11 hand pony, both dogs and probably twenty chickens (no joke, ha).
You can review how we got to this point here, here, here and here; but if you’ve been eagerly following along, we’re now up to sheeting this baby. And you guessed it, that starts with measuring, framing and covering the walls.
We utilised the help of our trusty level, tape measure, drop saw and Paslode framing nailer to frame out the walls – creating something for the sheeting to nail too.
(Apologies again for the outfit disaster!)
We used galvanised fibre cement nails to individually fasten the fibre cement sheeting to the framing timber at approximately 200mm intervals. It’s important you take your time here as you will see the nail heads on the completed project.
We scored big time when we discovered these lengths of old timber in our two sheds. This entire project has been built (mostly) with recycled materials and we will share the final budget once it’s totally complete.
A few weeks ago we were approached by Bosch Power Tools (Australia) to test out their brand new PLR 40 C Laser Measure (how very cool), which has enabled us to quickly measure and document (via Bluetooth to our Go app) the area of our coop walls. Perfect prior to purchasing the piece de resistance – American barn red paint (like this colour here).
Firstly, you simply measure the horizontal span (*click) and vertical span (*click).
It then spits out a total area in m2 (e.g width multiplied by height); with no pens, paper or calculations.
Luke said he will definitely be adding this tool to his nail bag, and you can easily pick one of these guys up from Bunnings for $149 (AUD).
Please note this post has been crafted with our own ideas, feedback and thoughts, and nooks & cranny were not paid as a result of featuring the Bosch tool.