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Workshop design 
Hi there, My question is due to planning regs the limit on the overall height to the ridge is 2.5m. So if I go for a gable-shaped roof the rise from eaves …

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 the entire area. …

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 …

Do I need shed tie downs? 
Hi John, I'm going to buy a 12x14 shed from our lumber yard here in town. I don't need a concrete pad foundation because it already has a floor. So would …

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 frame. …

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 …

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

How to seal around the base of a shed 
I'm erecting a small used shed on a concrete slab 2m x 2m which requires waterproofing around the bottom edges before I use dynabolts to secure it to the …

Replacing a broken shed skylight Not rated yet
Dear John I would appreciate any help you can give me to find a replacement skylight for my 96 x72x78 Thinking Outside shed. The skylight that I had was …

Walls for a Pole Shed Not rated yet
Hi John, I am building a 10 x 12 pole barn structure. This is going to be a little workshop for me about 50 yards from the house. I have some woodworking …

Bespoke Metal Shed Not rated yet
Good morning, re: Metal sheds - A few years ago I built a metal shed. I had a frame in metal made it cost me about $1500.00. Just like a house frame but …

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 backyard. The bigger shed would, of course, set out 4 feet further …

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 but the …

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 …

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