EQUIPPING AND DECORATING THE COTTAGE - PORTABLE PERGOLA AND TRAINS, CRAFTSMADE PENDANT
Before starting construction, I marked the site using pegs and a rope. As planned, the complex consists of two swings and a sandbox. At the site of future posts, I dug holes about 70-90 cm deep, the diameter of the recesses should be 10 cm larger than the diameter of the posts. At the bottom, gravel was poured with a layer of 5-10 cm, and then installed a formwork from a rolled roofing material. He treated the posts with special impregnation, installed them in the holes, checked the position with a building level. Filled the free space with concrete.
In the place where the sandbox will be located, at an altitude of 1, 5 and 2, 5 m he made the binding of the posts with crossbars from the boards, which he bolted. From below between the posts he fixed the frame from the boards, covered the bottom with a spanbond and filled it with sand. A decorative fence nailed down on both sides for beauty (photo 1).
Then he installed two more columns on the same line at the required distance from each other. They should be located approximately in the middle between the two pillars of the sandbox. By the level of the upper binding of the sandbox, I connected the entire complex with a beam, which I fixed to the posts with metal corner mounts and self-tapping screws. The next post from the sandbox strengthened with two more, installing and fixing them at an angle to each other of about 40 degrees. (A-shaped construction of the racks is considered the most reliable support for attaching the swing). I fastened them together on a stud with reinforced washers, fastened them to the beam with long bolts and nuts. Additionally reinforced the design with a crossbar (photo 2, 3)
From a metal pipe with a section of 40x20 mm, the frame of a swing-bench was welded. I sewed it with a bar with a section of 40x40 mm. On the back of the top I mounted a curly board (photo 4). I used the armrests from the old chair as handles. He additionally decorated the sidewalls with wooden parts from old furniture and curls from a metal strip (photo 5)
The finished bench was hung from a beam on a chain. To fix the latter in the swing frame, I fixed a screw-ring (photo 6). The same, only reinforced fasteners used to hang chains to the support beam.
I made small children's swings from old chairs (I took the back from one, and round cuttings from the rest). I assembled a rectangular base for screws (photo 7), screwed the cuttings to it, fixed the back. For durability and convenience, I complemented the design with wooden armrests, also assembled from parts of old furniture (photo 8). Secured to the beam between the first and second pillars, as well as the bench - on the chain and screw rings.
PORTABLE TENTALS AND PENHOLAS OWN HANDS IN THE COTTAGE
Since the wife loves flowers very much, in the summer the whole plot is simply fragrant, and so that the climbing roses and clematis had a place to grow, he built simple structures for them.
During the construction of a small pergola for supporting pillars, I used a beam with a section of 50x50 mm, and for cross beams, boards of 50x100 mm came up. Fastened the elements using self-tapping screws 150 mm and 75 mm long. The roof support beams should be 50 cm wider than the pergola, since on each side the beams protrude by about 25 cm. He gave the ends of the elements a curved shape using a jigsaw. I fixed it with self-tapping screws and bolts, checking the evenness with the building level. He decorated the sidewalls with a grid of slats, which he secured with ordinary nails (photo 9)
A trellis with a drawer is the most convenient option for supports for clematis, which is a lattice with a mesh size of about 5-6 cm. For them, I separately assembled rectangular frames, fastened a rectangular lattice in the lower ones, fixing the joints with glue and self-tapping screws.
For the central sections inside the frame from the wrong side, he assembled a diamond-shaped lattice. Diagonal rails fixed parallel to each other at the same distance. I sawed the ends of the slats at an angle of 45 degrees. In the places of their connection with the bars of the frame, they fastened flush butt with screws. Then he turned the frame face up, secured the second part of the diagonal rails on top of the wrong lattice.
Tapestries are attached to the support posts by such metal corners. From below I assembled wooden boxes for the ground, reinforced corners with a metal profile. I screwed the support poles to the boxes on the screws and corners. Reinforced the construction with grilles on the sides. He decorated several trellises with a more frequent decorative lattice (photo 10, 11). In early spring, seedlings are planted in boxes and covered with glass, which is later removed (photo 12)
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My wife and my wife also planted seedlings directly in the ground with his wife, and so that the delicate sprouts would not freeze, he made mini-greenhouses from window frames (photo 13).
Overgrown grapes over time turned the supporting structure into a real gazebo. Separately designed the entrance to it with an “arch”: welded frames from metal rods, installed them at the entrance and intertwined with nut rods. The original hut turned out (photo 14)
Depot over the fence
In front of the house on the street he made a small bench for those who want to relax. He put together a seat from the boards, covered it with a synthetic winterizer, and on top with a piece of linoleum. Installed the seat in a frame made of metal profile. He welded metal supports to the size of the pipe, dug them into the ground and welded a seat to them. The back was welded from pieces of a metal fence. I dug a table in front of the bench (photo 15)
Sitting on the resulting bench, you can enjoy watching the grandchildren who play in a steam locomotive and a wooden carriage (built according to the real model) (photo 16, 17).
It was recorded by Natalia Aristova. Photo by the author and Irina Savosina
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