The slab size is 3.1m
across the back wall
and 3.4m long.
The outside dimensions of each
kennel enclosure is 1.6m x 1.5m.
The inside dimensions of each
kennel enclosure is 1.4m x 1.3m.
The walk out area is
1.8m x 1.5m.
LAYING THE SLAB
The slab has been laid in the
shadiest part of the yard.
The approximate cost of the
slab was $400.
It has been painted with paving paint.
It took about 3 litres of paint to give it
JUST GIVING IT A TOUCH
Just couldn't help ourselves.
The image of the greyhound
was printed from the computer
on several pieces of paper -
joined and cut out to make
a stencil to paint the
Greyhound on the slab.
THE CONCRETE BLOCKS
We were lucky enough to find a block layer who was prepared to charge only for his labour.
He calculated how many and what sort of blocks I needed and all I had to do was shop around for a good price.
This is what I ordered:
These blocks are 150mm series
171 x Full Blocks
14 x Half Blocks
18 x Three-quarter Blocks
36 x Corner Blocks
Total cost of the blocks = $586.20 delivered.
A steel support rod was
installed in each corner
of the blockwork.
These rods extend above the
blockwork for the purpose
of attaching the roof.
The cost of the rods and rod footings
The blockwork began.
Thanks to a very obliging tradesman,
Graeme Davies, from
the blockwork was well on its way.
The blockwork had taken about
3 hours to get to this stage.
Total approximate time to construct
the blockwork was 7 hours.
Total cost of labour
for the finished blockwork
It is really starting to look good now.
The return walls offer protection from
the elements and the common hammock
bed fits perfectly on the return side and
still gives plenty of room where
the opening is.
As at 14th January, 2003
The kennels have now been
painted, using an outdoor water based paint.
This will also stop water from soaking into the blocks, making the kennels water resistant.
These blocks are really thirsty
and it took 8 litres of paint to
cover them inside and outside.
I have had the urge to paint a couple of
Turbo Spuds on the front return wall -
but so far, I have resisted.
POSTS GO UP !
To be pipe and chain wire.
Rail top and bottom.
Getting a tradesman to do this part seems to be very expensive. So we have opted to buy a kit and erect it ourselves.
This idea changed when, we bent the first 4 dynabolts.
A good friend of ours, Warren,
came and helped us out.
Thanks Warren !!
Not real hard when you know how.
WALKOUT FINISHED !!
This is a heavy duty kit.
The cost of the kit was
Total time to complete -
SHADECLOTH OVER WALK-OUT
3 meters of detachable
shadecloth will be used over the
walk-out area for hot Queensland summers.
The sun will be at its hottest on the west side of the kennels. So a small overhang was used to protect from the
2-3 o'clock sun. I may have to extend this a wee bit.
At each of the long ends, a hem has been sewn, wide enough to feed a 1.5 inch poly pipe through the loops.
Position over the kennels, stretch until shadecloth is reasonably taut and zip-tie the ends of the poly pipe to the walk-out frame.
With the shadecloth attached to the poly-pipe, it makes it easy just to roll up and store in a tidy manner, when not required.
This seemed to be the simplest, and best solution.
Cost of 3m of shadecloth was $12.00
Cost of 4m of poly pipe was $12.00
Cost of 4 zip-ties $1.00
With the kind help from Warren,
the roof has been constructed of
Colourbond with a sheet of clear Laserlite in the centre to let in light.
Timber is necessary for attaching the roof to the blockwork and by using the following will give ventilation together with an overhang and slope for extra protection against the elements.
1 x 5x2 Hardwood
1 x 4x2 Hardwood
1 x 3x2 Hardwood
in 12ft lengths.
The materials needed are:
4 x sheets cream colourbond 2.4m long
1 x sheet Laserlite roofing 2.4m long
50 x roofing nails
50 x roofing nails for Laserlite
1x Hardwood 5"x 2" length 12ft
1 x Hardwood 4" x 2" length 12ft
1 x Hardwood 3" x 2" length 12ft
Total cost $220
These will be the next steps - so keep your eyes on this page as the kennel develops.
GARDEN AROUND THE KENNELS
Just a cosmetic touch.
Off to the nursery next weekend to see what plants I should get.
I would like a small hedgy looking garden. Plants that will take the water run off from cleaning the kennels, that are non toxic (in case the dogs decided to eat them).
Summary of Costs so far:
1. Slab 3.1m x 3.4m
2. Paving Paint for slab
3. Concrete Blocks
4. Rods for Blockwork
5. Labour to erect Blockwork
5. Outdoor Gloss Paint
6. Timber to attach roof
7. Colourbond roofing
8. Laserlite Roofing
9. Roofing Nails
10. Walk-out Fencing
11. Shade Cloth
Total - So far