Some of you may recall my tale of woe about the storm here six weeks or
so ago, and how my already-wrinkled-from-a-previous-storm shed got
crushed, and me commenting from time to time that there are 3-4 times a
year when I could really use a pickup truck. Today was such a day.
Got home from work Friday, and got a robot phone call saying that my
replacement shed (for the one the tree squished) had arrived. A couple
guys at work with actual pickup trucks had offered to help, but I hate
owing people favors. And I didn't want to interrupt their weekends
anyway, or wait till Monday. So, just to see if I could, and so I could
say I got <something> accomplished this week, I decided to go fetch it
myself. Took seats out of the minivan, and laid down some shiny planks
salvaged from dumpstered water bed frames. At Lowes, 4 guys loaded shed
crate with a forklift, and I had to explain to them how to line it all
up and just SLIDE it off, and not wreck their backs. Too bad my van is
short wheelbase- it did stick out the back a little. It was only
300-some pounds, not the 600 they told me on phone.
It was a lotta fun getting it out (without bending it) at home- took
about an hour, Egyptian style, with more planks and levers. Wish I had a
big eyebolt in garage wall that I could have tied it off to, and pulled
van from around it. With the planks below it so it didn't get a tailgate
kink, that 18" drop would not have hurt it. Even managed to get it sort
of tucked under the bumpout in the back of garage, so I can still park
both cars inside. I do have to step over the corner of it walking in and
out of the house, though.
Always good to have half a dozen assorted planks in the corner of the
garage. Never know when they may come in handy.
Now I just have to wait for weather cool enough to tear down the remains
of old shed, which is still holding yard stuff, and assemble the new
one. Since my arms aren't 12 feet long, I really could use help with
parts of that process. Heat index will be in mid 90s or higher here for
next 5-7 days, so it won't be anytime soon. Thinking I should wait till
tree guys do their thing, whenever that is, in case they have an oopsie
with their heavy equipment. Several thousand trees got blown down in
storm, so back-of-backyard trees like mine are at the bottom of list.
Still a lot of blue tarp roofs around town, and a lot of debris piles
along the side of the roads. Many neighborhoods near me are WAY too
sunny now, and will be for many years.