Re: Horse shed to shelter to shop-like
Concrete is going in in strips as I can handle them. So far, 2 2' x 8' pads and 2 2' x 5' pads to form a U shape around the edge that's exposed to most of the drainage. Also set a curb along the 16' length and one of the 5' sides. Still need to do the other 5' side. Hauling, dumping, mixing and pouring 36 50 pound bags and a couple of 80 pounders have pretty much tapped out my energy for now though.
Dug in some 4" corrugated drain pipe on both of the short ends also. Will backfill the long side on the high side of the shed and cut a drain trench a foot or so away to lead in to the 4" pipes.
Once the muck inside dries more, I'll be able to till and rake it to fill in the center of the U level with the concrete. Who knows when (or IF) I'll get around to pouring that section. The point for now is to keep it dry and I'm hoping the perimeter pads will do that.
For now, it's a weird clay mass similar to PlayDough that sticks to everything; tiller, shovel, shoes, skin, itself, etc. When it's fully dry, it can be worked almost like sand, then compacted to form a halfways decent surface. When it's wet, it's something just short of quicksand and stuff sinks into it. With 6 or 8 inches of rain over a week or so, it got WET and it may be a few more days before it gets dry enough to till and rake.
Not sure when I'll get the fourth side knocked down and expanded. That may be Spring. Maybe over the Winter if it isn't a bad one.
The old barn wood isn't in good shape and there are gaps an inch wide or more between the boards that let all sorts of wind, bugs, birds and everything else between them. Thinking about covering them, but not sure about metal or vinyl since the cost doesn't seem to be too different.