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Perhaps you need some input on maintaining your shed, fixing the roof or selecting a paint system. Well you've come to the right place.

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The idea is that you can ask questions, add comments or if you are quick, answer a question before I get in there.

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Remember this advice is only my way of doing it. There are often many ways of tackling the same problem, so if you have an alternative or better way answering any of the uestions please contribute your own individual solution.

Another couple of good areas for looking to find and answer are here in the Glossary of shed terms and here at the shed FAQ page.

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Concrete mix for shed base 
Morning All, I'm looking to find out what mix of concrete and ballast I need for the base foundation of my 4m x 4m log cabin. The concrete will be …

Which is the best type of foundation for my shed? 
Hi John, I am soon to purchase a 4mx4m shed and would like to know the most cost effective foundation that you would recommend for it. Its to be …

Workshop design 
Hi there, The area I have available is 4.6m x 4.0 m and I would want to make use of the whole area if possible. My question is due to building regs …

Two storey shed 
Hi John I’m building a two storey 8x10 shed. Walls are 7'6" with a hip roof. Would like to put a second level loft type floor across entire area. Not …

3x2 solid shed construction 
Hi John I'm looking to build a garden shed, roughly 10x6 feet in size. As with all of my building projects I like to over engineer things lol. I plan …

Replacing my metal shed 
I am replacing my 10' x 12' metal yardmaster shed (look at the pic to see why. (just the green one, the felted shed behind is ok) it will possibly be …

Should I Fix my shed to the Ground? 
Hi there. Just bought a shed which requires self construction. All appears ok and i have prepared a slab base for it, with sufficient extra surface …

Do I need shed tie downs? 
Hi John I'm going to buy a 12x14 shed from our lumber yard here in town. My question is, I dont need a concrete pad, because it already has a floor. …

10' sidewalls for storage shed 
Hello- I live in San Diego and the limitations on a non permitted shed are 120 sqft of roof area. So I am basically limited to a 10'x10' shed. To make …

Building a shed without instructions 
I have a 6m x 4m shed with no instructions and some diagrams. The company I bought it from are no longer in business. I have put up 2 thirds of the …

Panelized wooden shed or Plastic/ Resin shed? How about foundation? 
Hello, This is my first time to ask a question here. Thank you for your advice in advance! So I've been thinking to put a small shed (about 50 sq …

Easiest, but mainly cheapest cost wood framing technique for a shed. 
I looked through this site fairly thoroughly. I did not find any framing advice and/or picture of a wall-roof framing technique where the wall 2x4 stud …

Garden room built from pallets  
I am thinking about building a garden room using pallets then wrapped in polythene and over clad horizontally with more pallet wood, the inside will be …

Help with building a shed 
So, I've gotten to the point of having the base of the shed built and the walls prefabricated (I built them and have them ready for installation). …

Making Shed water proof. 
Hello there. I am quite confident about how to make a strong and stable shed but not about making it water tight. I'm just not sure about how …

Hurricane ratings for sheds 
I need to know the hurricane rating for my 10x14 ft. metal Arrow shed. I can not get a building permit without it.

How to build a firewood shed? 
I want to build a firewood shed from small diameter logs on my property...easier for a woman to handle...enough to hold 6 cords of wood to burn over the …

shed vs garden office 
Hi John, I need an office/den/storage area built at the end of my garden but do not seem to find a company who can do it within my budget. I am thinking …

Extending a shed 
Hi John, I want to extend my 15 by 12 foot shed. I would take the 12' and make the shed 22'long. What are some good ideas on doing this 'small' project. …

Shed Video 
I was looking for a video that shows the construction of a basic shed, or maybe a 10X10 or maybe a 10X8 that was maybe on dvd or streaming video that wasn't …

Old barn wood for a shed ? 
My wife and I are going to build a shed from old barn wood. I have two local barns to choose from. The siding is 16' tall (vertical) which I plan on cutting …

Shed Conversion ? 
I have a 6'x8' Apex Shed which I have now outgrown. The main reason is that I don't have any garage space and everything ends up in the shed. I have already …

Wood or Metal Shed 
I am just gathering info right now. Deciding whether to build a shed of wood or buy a metal shed. I've just read that a shed should have waterproof …

Shed with internal dividing wall 
I am thinking of buying a new shed but would like it to have the dual purpose of storage and workshop. I once saw a shed with an interior dividing wall. …

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Storage Shed Addition 
I have a gambrel roof storage shed, 12' x 18'. I want to add a sloping sidekick additional storage area to one side of the shed, about 18' x 21' (flat …

Shed security 
What do you suggest as a good way to make a shed secure? There are plenty of solutions out there but many are, lets face it - ugly, and therefore only …

Shed Heating 
Firstly, congratulations on a great site. A truly valuable resource with some interesting ideas! I have recently been given, a very small wood-burning …

Where to Build Our Shed? 
We are trying to decide whether our new shed should be close to the house or back in a quiet area at the rear of the garden. Much of our potting is …

Two Storey Shed 
Hi, I am attempting to build an 8'x10' two storey shed which attaches to the side of my house for maximum storage. Does anyone have any advice for …

Kids shed Not rated yet
I am planning on building a small shed/playhouse for the kids but I'm at a rented property so I wanted to make it easy to dismantle and take with us if …

Building a second shed Not rated yet
John, My husband wants to keep our 12x8 shed and place a 12x16 shed beside it in our back yard. The bigger shed would of course set out 4 feet …

Concrete panel shed Not rated yet
Hi John, I hope that you can help me with my current project. I have acquired a dismantled used 8 x 12 ft concrete panel shed, 3" x 2 ft wide panels. …

Wood burning stoves in sheds Not rated yet
Hello everyone. I have stumbled across your web site quite by accident searching for some images on google, and one of the images from Dave's project to …

Wooden Shed Repairs Not rated yet
Hi John, Re: Wooden Shed Repairs We have inherited an old wooden shed. The roof and one of the sides (with the door) are in pretty good shape …

Renovation of wooden shed Not rated yet
We have recently moved into a house which has a shed which I want to renovate as a studio for my wife. The shed is 7.125m long by 2.255m wide. From …

Shed Building Monthly January 2010 Not rated yet
Happy New Year and welcome to the first issue of Shed Building Monthly for 2010. In this issue we are going to depart from sheds for a little while …

Supershed Designer Not rated yet
Was reading about shed design. Recently I published a shed design tool on our web www.aarco.co.uk It is a bit clunky and requires excel on your computer …

How to seal around the base of a shed Not rated yet
I'm erecting a small used shed on a concrete slab 2m x 2m which requires water proofing around the bottom edges before I use dynabolts to secure it to …

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