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Weld chain hooks on either side of your tractor bucket, i.e. front end loader, get a suitable chain twelve foot long .. long enough to have three or four foot dangling from each side with one chain .. hooks on ends of the chain. When handling 6"x6" pressure treated posts as in this case .. to lift and place into holes in the ground .. get the wife and or kids, cats and dogs out of the way .. hook the chain tight at the 2/3's mark .. keep the pressure treated end down if you have cut them .. and carefully raise the bucket. If you are not familiar with the joy stick operation of a rented tractor .. practice until it becomes natural.

Digging and spacing your holes is hard. Stake the six locations and if the ground slopes, back your tractor in from the angle that keeps your tractor up hill or down hill .. but level. Drop your post hole digger into the stake hole and check your two bottom points of your three point hitch visually for level. Get them level. If your digger has a lean to it front and aft move the tractor forward or aft to get it sitting straight. If not .. your hole will be crooked. If you hit dry hard pan pull up and dump a bucket of water in and wait an hour. I set my two back outside posts and then line up the middle one. I use 4x8 sheets of OSB etc. to help me see square for the front.

Install 2x6 or 2x8 skirting to screw the metal into. I use ring shank 20d. Pick the highest ground and highest post corner. I measured up to 7 1/2 feet on my back post and ran my ten foot members on the level to the shed corner and established level. I didn't order my metal until I had all skirting in place and I use a bottom lip and filled in an inch or two on the lower side .. ditched to keep run off water from getting into the shed .. slanted the back wall off a North South line .. to protect from our SW winds 90% of the time. My roof over extended the six foot sides by two feet. This kept me at 120 sq. feet inside .. I am not charged with the overhang of porches etc. you could be .. ask your county building dept. and get it right. Shrink your post setting for 1 and 1/2 inches for each side with skirting .. a 2x6 is 1 and 1/2 inches thick .. don't shrink it and you will be over if the B. Dept. checks you later.

On installing the metal strips .. do the walls first, then the roof.

I use two tone trim .. light blue sides with dark blue trim. The little details count .. when you go to sell your property.

I will finish off the inside with kick boards every two feet and cover this with non climb 5' fencing with a second layer cut in half .. 2 1/2 feet taking it to the top of what a stupid horse on a cold winter night can reach.

They crib .. chew wood like pop corn if you let them. My two Sun Valley horses that will use this with my cutting horse and my grand daughter's Friesian .. the S.V. horses will pay for this shed in one year. I seem to get them every year. Running them all winter in four acres means I will not have four pens to clean out come spring and we will have healthier horses.

Ditches collapse, tractors kill, trimming posts with a chain saw could drop a cut end on some one .. be careful .. think it through .. and get after it. My construction jobs began when I figured out everything .. almost .. is a box. How hard could that be.
 
                        
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I was finishing putting the skirting .. 2x6 .. on the six foot ends and the twenty foot back .. every two feet. I bent over to get some ring shank nails and Whoomp .. Mr. Tommy jumped down on my back from somewhere. He was walking the top rail at 7 1/2 feet the last time I saw him. I knew I had left a few boards with just a holding screw and started looking for misses. Found about fifteen. Always check your work.

We opened up a truck stop and watched the crew put the canopy on over the front pumps for the autos. About midnight six months later, during a howling snow storm we called the contractor and told him the canopy was about to blow off. They had just "tack welded" it on and forgot to come back and finish the job and the building inspector didn't catch it either.

The USS Ranger .. aircraft carrier built perhaps during WWII .. in 1962 was holding Damage Control Drills and a unit found a space that had no doors .. so they cut into it and found a complete machine shop with no access and had never been used for about twenty years.

A cow boy checking cows about fifteen miles South of Midland Texas, 1958, saw a cow down in a sinkĀ  that had about a ten to fifteen foot rock drop to it and about two hundred yards in diameter. He didn't know anything could get down into it so he tried .. found the way the cow got in .. and trying to get her out found where Indians had captured a stage coach, it was shot full of arrows still .. and had been dumped down into the sink years ago.
 
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