Don't Try This at Home

Don't Try This at Home

Don't Try This at Home

shed.jpgOver the years, my father has developed into the quintessential pack rat. To the horror of my mother and us kids, he has been able to build two large sheds and fill them both to the brim with all sorts of stuff. My mother and I are the exact opposite of my father.  We are all about maintaining a nice, uncluttered home. That being said, we would love to break my father of his habit, and bring in a large dumpster to clear everything out. However, we haven’t been able to bring ourselves to accomplish this goal due to the fact that he seems to have developed a deep connection to everything he has collected.

Ever since my father has been unable to set foot into his large shed, he has dreamed of building a lean-to to the shed that would enable him to move stuff out of it and create a path into the shed. With my father’s birthday quickly approaching, I told my mom that I had found the best birthday present for him. A friend of mine was selling his Lifetime 8ft x 2.5ft Garden & Tool Storage Shed because he was unable to take it with him when he moved out of state.

My mother thought it was a great idea, and so I began making arrangements to transport the already assembled shed the 14 miles from my friend’s backyard to the side of my dad’s shed. I didn’t know of anyone who would be able to lend me their trailer, so I asked my father-in-law if I could barrow his long bed truck in the hope that the shed would be able to lay down in the bed of the truck. Unfortunately the width of the shed was larger than the width of the truck’s bed, and we decided that the only way to get the shed to my parent’s home would be to stand it up vertically and strap it down tight.

As I followed behind my father-in-law’s truck, I was not sure if the shed was going to make it. With my white knuckles clenching the steering wheel, and my eyes straining to see whether or not the shed was going to fly back at me, we made it, and in record time too. Normally the 14 mile drive would have taken approximately 20 minutes. But we were able to make it in just under an hour.      

My dad did not waste much time filling up his Lifetime shed with a lawnmower, snow plow, rakes, shovels, etc. And at least for the moment he has been able to make a path into his large shed.

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