Building a Chicken Coop – Part 8

Originally I planned on using some pieces of broken concrete slabs I had laying around as a foundation for the chicken coop:

But then I began worrying if the coop might fall over during a storm, so I went out and bought these nice concrete piers instead:

A piece of metal is embedded in the concrete so that you can mount a wooden pole on top of the piers. The piers have a pyramid shape making them hard to pull up out off the ground again once they have been buried.

Placing the concrete piers in the correct position turned out to be quite hard for a novice like me. Several things needs to fall into place, like alignment with the existing buildings, correct spacing between each pier and leveling of the coop floor. Furthermore my backyard has a heavy slope which you can tell from the picture below, since the pier on the left is standing directly on the ground but the other one had to be dug halfway into the ground:

Oh well, that’ll only take me a couple more hours (sigh).

As a side note, this chicken coop project might look rather innocent but I’m surprised about just how many different tools I’ve been using so far, and I would think I would need even more as I progress:

  • Calculator
  • Pencil
  • Handsaw
  • Screwdriver
  • Power drill
  • Drills
  • Jigsaw
  • Car
  • Trailer
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Spade
  • Hoe
  • Bubble level

Only time will tell what else I’ll need.

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