How to Build an Indoor Parking Space in One Day

18 Aug 2016 / Lin-Finn

You cannot imagine how worse a day can be. You wake up at 5 am to rush to a business pitch which is supposed to be at 6:15 am. You have placed an on-the-go coffee flask in the cup holder, plugged in your iPod into the dock and looped DJ Khalid's, with the assumption of the convenience of reversing from your driveway. And then find a bird died mid-flight, hurled onto your windshield with beak first. Ordinarily, you would have hailed an Uber, but, the bird is a black rook and Saturday's visit to the carnival, which Margret insisted on, led you to a Foreteller's shed and left a bad taste in mouth, so you reschedule the pitch and call Frank. He affirms he will be there by 8 am. You step back into the house, take off the Italian and jump into overalls. Grab a beer from the fridge. Open your laptop and google "How to build an indoor parking in one day" and you find yourself reading the story of your life.

Indoor parking space

There are thousands of reasons why people opt for carports. The main one being car safety and security. Risks that face cars parked in the open are varied but in this article, I want to touch a little on weather extremities, more like the ones we have here. It is reasonable to build a carport that keeps the car away from blackbirds while at the same time be resistant to extreme weather conditions.

So, what is a carport? For me, it's a shed for my car. Frank, with his glorified degree in architecture, tells me, "it is a pillared structure, with a closed top and without walls or with only some of the walls covered, in which vehicles are kept to offer partial protection to the vehicle from weather conditions." Show off. Call it what you want, but it is now 8 am, and I want to build an indoor parking space before Margaret gets back and before another ill-intended fortune falls from the sky.

The first step is to determine my space needs. Let's make a plan, that will be my car, Margaret's car, a little spot for my guitars and golf clubs (Margaret has always wanted those out of the house where they now will be, jokes on her), and space for those six boxes of historical evidence of her hay days. With a simple tape measure, we calculate a total of 24'by 25'.

Next is to find space to build your parking space. It is important to determine a convenient spot for your parking space. Accessibility for your cars is essential. I choose to let my parking space adjacent to my house's western wall and make it accessible to the driveway and furthest away from the kitchen (you know? Just in case I do not need to hear Margaret shouting to me to feed the cat while she is doing dishes). Ensure you leave some space around the parking space area, a half foot margin around the parking space raised garden beds.

Great, we have the dimensions and the location, follow with the design. Frank comes in. (When making the design of any building structure, I would advise professional advice. It also helps to know people, like Frank, an Architect who I bumped into at a bar two years ago, in all honesty, has been completely and utterly useless until today). It is important to seek professional advice because different designs need different materials to stand, wooden beams become a worse option to steel beams, PVC enclosure being stronger than wooden railings. He proposes (professionally) three wooden beams each longitude side and a central column (ingenious). He draws the sketch for the beams and railings running on the side and the back walls two feet apart. He then illustrates a canopy. It will be supported by 4" by 1", flat wooden rails, running along and across, 2' from each other. The canopy material will be the galvanised PVC. The walls will be covered by 5' by 6' plywood. He then went ahead and listed the materials we needed from his drawing plans. These would be:

  1. 9, 15" by 15" by 10' wooden beams.
  2. A 2 dozen 4" by 1" by 12' wooden rails.
  3. 1 dozen 5' by 6' plywood boards.
  4. Two rolls galvanised PVC.
  5. One box of 4" nails.
  6. Two boxes of 3" nails.
  7. Four kilos quick dry cement.
  8. Three packs beer.

I leave him making calls to his buddies and get a beer. It is only 9 am. The materials arrive at 10 am. By which time, you would have finished your beer and made 16" by 16" by 2' holes using an auger bit for the support beams. Drop each beam in each hole. Mix the cement with water and pour the concrete mix into the holes. The cement should set in an hour or so. While it does, you can either take another beer or be as productive as I would be and arrange the materials in their respective places.

Building a frame for the roofing uses the railings. Nail the along and across railings. Move down to the walls and fix the railings for the walls as well. Let Frank, professionally, do the roofing. It takes two monkeys and a Frank to get this done. Nail the rolled out galvanised PVC to the frame and the support railing. Secure the PVC fast. Get one of the monkeys to pull it off. Next, fix the ply boards to the side support rails with nails.

Finally, get into your new carport and level the ground. Most people advise tiles or concrete slab for the flooring, and solar panel on the roof but, it is important to look at euro solar reviews before buying one. So, Frank's advice is, to level the floor and line it with leftover galvanised PVC. Line the PVC onto the floor and nail it to the bottom corners of the wall with the remaining wooden rails. And your indoor parking is complete.

Bury the dead rook. Take out foldable chairs from the house and the rest of the beers and wait for any weather. The carport having a galvanised PVC roof and plywood walls is resistant to rain, snow, extreme heat and blazing suns. The importance of having a parking space that is resistant to extreme weather conditions is prudent. Needless to say, your car will be safe in this one day built indoor parking space.

Do Not Let Moving House Affect Your Work or Personal Life

13 May 2016 / Lin-Finn

interstate removalists ' tips

Moving house is a big step for anyone. Whether you are buying a house and moving into it, or moving from one rental to another, there are tonnes of things to do and take care of. Ask someone who’s moved before about their experience, and you are likely to hear a long list of complaints about how difficult their move was. And it is true; moving can be highly stressful, especially among states, if you don’t plan well. In this article, it will suggest few moving tips by some professional interstate removalists.

The last thing you need is for your move to take its toll on your professional and personal life. This could come in the way of lower productivity at work, failure to meet deadlines, time off work to take care of the move and so on. Let delegate all tasks to some interstate removals service. On the personal front, moving is the time when tensions run high and you find that both your partner/spouse and you are stressed out, tired, and arguing about everything. Not really a pleasant home atmosphere. Read on to know how to avoid such nightmares and ensure that your move does not affect your work or personal life. There are suggestions that I found fairly useful from interstate removalists reviews

Hire Professionals to Do the Job for You

When people do not hire a moving company to haul and move their stuff, their reasoning is that they are trying to save some money. Okay, that is understandable. But what they don’t seem to factor in is the hidden costs involved when they do the moving themselves. Let us start with time. The phrase ‘time is money’ comes to mind when thinking about this scenario. If you take a day off work to do the moving, you are going to be losing a day’s worth of pay. Moreover, no matter how accommodating your company/boss is, they all have their limits. If you are constantly taking off from work to take care of your personal business, that will reflect poorly on you like you lack professionalism. Is it really worth it? A simple solution would be to hire a moving company to do the biggest, most difficult part of the moving process for you. Another factor to keep in mind is that hiring a moving company will ensure that while they take care of that job, you and your spouse/partner are free to figure out all the other logistics.

Delegate and Separate Chores

Make a list of to-do things and split the chores between your spouse/partner and you. One of you takes care of informing companies and organisations about your change of address while the other person can contact moving companies and ask for price quotes. Doing this ensures that you both have a clear picture of what needs to be done and who is taking care of what. This simple step will help avoid arguments and keep you focused on making the move efficiently.

Make Up for Any Lost Time at Work

If it looks like you’ll be needing a couple of days off to supervise and take care of the moving, talk to your boss or HR department and see if you can make up for the lost time. You can maybe work on a weekend or put in extra hours to make up for those two days. Doing this will garner you a good reputation as someone that is reliable and hard working.

Ask for Help

If things are getting too overwhelming, do not hesitate to reach out to people and ask for help. Your friends and family can be roped in to babysit the kids while you move, you can also enquire with your moving company as to whether they also have options for a ‘packing and moving’ package. If they do, you should consider opting for it. Then the only thing you need to worry about will be mostly stuff that you can get done over the phone. Another great idea is to try to find people on your local job sites. From a cleaner to a carpet steam-cleaning service, you can find everything that you need. So be prepared to ask people for assistance. It’s better than wearing yourself out and falling behind at work.

Use an App to Help You Organise Your Move

There are a lot of apps available that help you plan and organise your move. These apps help you take inventory of your things and keep track of them in a super-efficient, easy manner. With options such as built-in barcode scanners and label makers, apps can be your best friend when it’s time to move.

Try to Work Around Your Work Schedule

As much as possible, try to do all your moving-related things on non-office hours. Or at least during lunch breaks and coffee breaks. Call up your utility companies to get your phone, Internet, gas, and electricity sorted out during your lunch break. Call up moving companies and ask for quotes during your coffee break. A big chunk of your to-do items can be checked off by doing them during non-office hours. Not having the move affect your work productivity must be a top priority for you.

Discuss with Your Spouse/Partner Before Getting Rid of Something

Moving is the perfect time to get rid of any old furniture or any outdated clothes that you might own. But before you grab a garbage bag and start dumping everything that you think is clutter, check with your partner/spouse to make sure they are okay with getting rid of it. That old lamp that doesn’t work? Maybe your partner has sentimental attachments to it and was planning to get it fixed at some point. Seemingly little things like these could blow up into full blown arguments or fights. So avoid this by checking with your partner about anything that you think should be dumped.

Get All Important Documents Printed Out and Saved as A Hard Copy and Vice Versa

Finally, get everything printed out and saved as a hard copy and vice versa. From the lease agreement to any receipts, have everything saved as both a hard as well as a soft copy. This ensures that you have a backup and is one less thing to worry about.