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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 …

Insulating a 16'x10' Shiplap Shed 
Hi there I'm just in the process of buying a 16x10 ship lap shed with steel roof. Just a couple of questions 1.What insulation for walls -thickness …

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 …

Wood burning stoves in sheds 
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 …

Shed foundation on sloping yard 
Hi, I am trying to build a 10' x 10' Gable shed on my rear yard which has a slope If ABCD is my shed with A as highest point on the yard then B is …

Moving a big shed a few feet 
We have a 13 x 28 ft wood frame shed on a flat slab that we need to move three to four feet to comply with code setback rules. The direction of move is …

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 …

Relocating a shed 
I live at a rent house with no storage. I have at least 160 sq ft of stuff in a portable container at my house (costing me over $80 a month). I want …

12 x 12 shed 
I want to build a 12x12 shed with the front wall 8 ft tall. I have the floor and wall framing figured but I live in South Georgia so I think a 4/12 or …

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 …

Collapsed metal shed roof 
I have an 8'x10' metal shed which caved in from too much snow & not enough pitch! I want to build a wooden roof on top of the remaining metal walls. Do …

sheathing and vinyl siding starting location 
I understand that the vinyl siding will cover the sheathing and come down as far as the sheathing on the sill plate. Can you tell me how far down the …

Taking down a metal shed 
I want to take down a built metal shed at one property and rebuild it at new house. Any certain steps to follow? Answer By John-Admin: Hi Angela, …

Shed attached to house 
I am considering building a garden office on the land to the side of my house it is the old driveway before it was fenced off and a driveway put out the …

Lifting a shed 
Our shed was located by the previous owner in the drainage of our acre yard. It stands in water every spring or during rainy periods. Therefore, it is …

Len 
I am using rough cut, full thickness lumber for either horizontal lap siding or vertical board and batten siding on a shed. Cracks are likely to develop …

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 …

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Shed for storing magazines! 
Hi, I need to buy a shed for storing my large colection of magazines. Obviously I am worried about keeping them in good condition. I have seen advertised …

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 …

Moving a Big Max shed 
Could anyone tell me if it is possible to transport an assembled (empty) Big Max Rubbermaid 7x7 shed from one property to another without taking it apart? …

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 …

Mr I. Keightley 
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. …

10x4 shed off of stucco house 
Hello John, I want to build a shed off of our house that is roughly 10'wide by 4'deep and will give us easy access to our 4 bicycles. I was thinking …

Poppy 
I am wishing help with building a Lean-to off my existing shed the existing shed (Photo Attached) is 10'x10' and 10'7" high. Need help in designing and …

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 …

Lean to Shed 
I want to build a lean to shed along the side of my house- which is the side passage to the back garden. It is narrow, 2.5 ft. I don't know whether …

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 …

Lean To Shed 
I have a predicament and hope that your vast shed knowledge can help. For years now my shed has been leaking like a collander all the wood is rotten …

Vinyl siding 
When building a vinyl sided lean-to shed against a vinyl sided garage wall, how do you attach the shed roof to the wall so no water goes between the garage …

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 …

Shed siding 
I'm building a simple 8'x10' storage shed. What are your thoughts on using Hardiboard(4'x8' sheets) that have the stucco appearance as opposed to standard …

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 …

Shed Wall Security 
I am currently planning a big build after years of messing with small sheds. I am building a shed for storage of a very expensive quad bike with several …

How to seal around the base of a shed Not rated yet
John, I have an older aluminum shed with one side of the shed sitting on a concrete slab. Water seems to be leaking under the shed when it rains. …

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. …

Ventilating a shed Not rated yet
Hi John I have a gambrel style 12’x16’ shed. The old siding has seen better days, so I’ve decided to replace the worn-out siding with a new board and …

RICK'S SHED Not rated yet
I want to build a 12' x 12' pent-roof shed with a 10' front wall and an 8' back wall the idea here is to use dimensional lumber for the stud-walls. …

Soundproof/noise reducing wall vents for sheds? Not rated yet
Hi John I'm building a 10x14 shed with a small wood stove in it and insulating the walls and ceiling with Green Fiber (greenfiber.com) which is a spray …

storage sheh foundation Not rated yet
I dug out 6' inches of dirt and filled in with crushed concrete but did not used the 2X4's do I need to take out the pickup load of concrete and set in …

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Shed light on us - (We need a shed) :)  Not rated yet
Hi, My husband and I are looking for a shed that would be approximately 8' X 10' in order to store lawn and garden equiptment. We would like …

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 …

Lifetime shed foundation - Do I need to Build or can I just Dig? Not rated yet
I am purchasing a Lifetime Shed it measures 12x8 and comes with a floor which I believe is an 12x8 piece of plastic about one inch thick. Do I need …

Lean to onto existing vinyl covered building Not rated yet
How would I go about constructing a lean to side and front onto my existing 24'x24' vinyl covered building? The building has a concrete floor and one …

Closing in the shed under the stairs Not rated yet
My two-storey house is built on a cement slab and the shed is built at the back of the enclosed carport. It is attached to the house and is under the …

Plastic shed base availability in the U.S.? Not rated yet
I enjoyed your articles on shed foundations, & got excited about the EcoBase--only to discover no information about its availability in the U.S. Shucks! …

Lean to shed Not rated yet
Hi John, I wanted to put up a lean-to shed against the side wall of the house up to the boundary fence with our neighbour. The shed will not be going …

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 …

Question regarding submission requirement for the 2010 competition Not rated yet
For the 2010 Porch Shed Design Competition, are we allowed to upload multiple images per design? For instance, if I have a floor plan, two sections, two …

The Dog Shed - Oscars Kennel Not rated yet
Hi, My Golden Retriever 'Oscar' lives outdoors in the daytime and to keep him warm and dry I bought an 8x6 pent shed which he loves. The shed was fitted …

Dismantling a shed before moving it? Not rated yet
We have a medium sized shed that has been standing in the same place for 5 years. We are moving house and would like to take it with us. It is not possible …

Building Shed Walls - Question Not rated yet
Hi John I'm building a shed this summer (cant wait!). I want to have a high performance wall i.e. plywood sheathing, breathable membrane, cladding. …

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 …

Making a shed wider Not rated yet
Hi John, great site keep it up! Right, down to the question, can anyone give their ideas on the best way to widen my shed? It is 10 foot wide x 12 …

Rubbermaid storage shed instructions Not rated yet
My neighbour gave me a Rubbermaid vertical shed and I would like to assemble it. Do you have a copy of the directions or a rubbermaid outdoor shed, the …

Shed Insulation Not rated yet
I have a 10x16 shed I recently built. Its 2x4 wall and roof construction and its built raised up off the ground sitting on solid concrete blocks. As an …

Chemical fumes emanating from building materials? Not rated yet
Can I spend an occasional week end in a "Rainier" shed? Are there any dangerous fumes? I have installed a window.

siding overlap distance Not rated yet
How much overlap is there with an 8 1/4 inch siding? How many inches? Do you use metal corner material for the trim on building edges? What do you …

Screened Shed Not rated yet
Hi John, I have a walk out door from my basement,regular single sized door.I have a retaining wall on either side,they are concrete five feet high and …

Insulating a shed Not rated yet
I have today (10/09/09) had a basic wooden shed delivered - this one in fact: (copy & paste into browser) http://www.tigersheds.com/product_detail.asp?prod=8 …

garden side shed Not rated yet
In order to save browsing time, do you have plans for a garden side shed with approximate dimensions of 10' X 3'(or 3' 6'')? Reply: Hi Don, I …

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