Smallish freestanding building, used primarily for storage.

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What can I do to keep my shed (or house) free of spiders?

I've got an old shed at the end of my garden, this summer I gave it a complete cleanout, but within a few weeks it was back to its cobweb infested state. Being quite an arachnaphobe, it makes getting ...
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Where can I find legitimate wood shed designs?

Where is a good place to find good shed designs? Googling around just gives me a bunch of poorly designed websites that scam people into their site by advertising free designs and charging for them. ...
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How should I organize a workspace to take my handedness into account?

I'm in the process of building myself a workbench and shed space and with only a very limited amount of space, some things have to be very carefully positioned. Having grown up with a left-handed ...
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How can I prevent an outside lock from freezing?

I store a bunch of the "outside stuff" in the shed for the winter. Mainly things that I only use when the weather is warmer. It pretty much remains locked up for the winter. Occasionally though, I ...
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How do I build an on grade foundation for a shed?

After asking a couple of questions about what type of foundation to place an 8x10 vinyl shed, I am now ready to build an on grade foundation. Can someone point me to detailed instructions for how to ...
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How can I join 2x6 pressure treated wood for a shed base?

I am creating a wood frame for my Suncast Sierra shed. I already weighed the pros and cons of each option for a base and came out with a wood frame as the most economical with all factors considered. ...
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Do plastic sheds require a foundation?

Do I need a foundation for this type of shed, or can I just put it on level ground?
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Am I using the correct concrete blocks for the base of my shed and how many do I need?

I'm building a Suncast Sutton storage shed, see here: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Suncast-Sutton-7-ft-3-in-x-7-ft-4-5-in-Resin-Storage-Shed-BMS7791/203702042. I followed the instructions ...
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How can I repair rust damage on a steel shed?

I have a shed in my backyard that came with the house. It's made out of what I presume is steel sheet metal. Overall it's in good shape, but there is some rust damage on one side that is getting ...
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How can I add a piece of timber to my metal shed wall without creating a leak?

I have a garden shed with steel (powder coated) walls. I'd like to attach a piece of timber to the inside of the wall. I'll use the timber to attach hooks for hanging tools. I don't want the holes I ...
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What are some tips for installing a small shed?

I want to put in a small shed to store my push lawn mower and perhaps a few other things. Our village's website states we need a permit: SHEDS – Must be either anchored to a concrete slab or have ...
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Framing a 10x12 wood floor, using 2x6 PT lumber

I am building a foundation for a 10x12 metal/vinyl coated shed. The foundation is ready with four 12" diameter concrete pillars and another three pillars down the center. I used concrete strong tie ...
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How can I insulate a shed floor?

I am currently planning on insulating my shed this summer to allow year round usage. My first step is to insulate the whole shed. - The walls and Ceiling are straight forward, I will be ...
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How can I know if a self-designed structure I build will be structurally sound?

I've recently begun designing and building structural updates to my house. For example, I've built some shelving units and a cabinet space. Everything has gone well so far, but I'm about to tackle ...
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How can I “seal up” cracks in my wooden shed between wooden slats/floorboards?

I've got a new shed being put up this weekend, I want to try to seal it up to keep some of the bugs from taking over. After looking around Focus DIY (large DIY chain in the UK) I found some "wood ...
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What do I need to do to prepare for a storage shed?

I'm thinking of putting a small shed (something like this) and wondering what I need to do to prepare. I was thinking of getting a load of gravel, and having a bed of 4-6" of gravel, with deck blocks ...
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Should I use pressure-treated wood for a firewood shed?

Should I use treated wood or not? Is it preferred to use treated lumber for the studs and plywood for a firewood shed? Is there a reason not to use treated wood?
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How should I build a skid foundation for my shed?

I am planning a 14 x 20 shed, going to build on a 4x4 skid foundation, I can only get 16ft 4x4, what is the best method for the 4 feet left? Should I make all the joints at one end or use 2, 10 ft ...
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Do I have to do anything special when laying a shed? Ie foundations/bases etc?

I know there is already a similar question but focused on plastic sheds My question is, I'm thinking of investing in a shed for my garden, but do I need to do any preparation or can I literally just ...
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Why am I getting a lot of condensation in new shed?

I just got a new shed built with concrete blocks and a metal roof last month and thing is dripping with condensation from the roof. There is absolutely no insulation in the shed. How would I get rid ...
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How many concrete piers do I need to support a 10 x 10 wooden floor supporting a 1600 lb shed?

Aptos, CA, United States. As you've probably noticed from my prior post, I'm in the process of building a foundation for a garden shed. My specific county/region does not have strict ...
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What do I need to consider when enlarging a basement apartment by opening up an attached garden shed?

I would like to open up a wall made of cinder bricks between a finished basement (back split) and the garden shed that is an original part of the house. I would then have the garden shed space ...
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Attaching sill plate to concrete, how do I attach framed wall to sill plate?

I am building a 12x12 shed on a concrete slab. I am going to bury j-bolts in the wet concrete so that I can attach the treated sill plate to it. The problem I'm running into is that the nut will be ...
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Is it OK to use solid oak flooring on top of a plywood subfloor in my shed?

I have leftover solid oak wood flooring that I'd like to use in my new shed, applied to a plywood base. We live where our winters are mainly rain.
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How can I fix a tilted concrete shed footing?

We just bought our first home, and it came with a shed (hooray! Workspace!). The shed has a footing that's about 8" wide and runs the perimeter of shed, and at some point erosion has caused the part ...
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How can I repair a crumbling shed base?

I think I know the answer to this already but its worth a punt. I laid a 4mx3m shed floor (clearly badly), with about 10 cm of hardcore and 7.5cm of cement, that whilst in the middle appears fine, on ...
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How do I weatherize an MDF shed?

I had some spare MDF lying around, and didn't have much to do with it. We needed somewhere to shove our grill and gardening tools, so a couple of screws later I now have a reasonably unattractive MDF ...
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How to get rid of this shed?

I have a shed in my garden, and I'd like to remove it to plant trees instead. But I am not exactly sure how I can go about it, and would appreciate advice. I've included 2 pictures of the shed below. ...
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Where do I measure a building's height on uneven ground (for UK Planning restrictions)?

UK Planning states that an outbuilding must remain below 2.5m in height, otherwise planning permission is required. My problem is that the ground is uneven, but the roof would be flat, so where do I ...
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Free standing shed with single plane roof

My shed/summerhouse build will be around 3m by 4m give or take. if I build it with a single plane roof, or shed roof. Will this put considerable load on the lower wall holding up the roof. The shed ...
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What can you do to secure a shed door?

Any advice on the best ways to secure a shed door from intruders? I'm considering interlocking hinges, and a bolt-cutter "proof" hasp lock. Anything else I should consider?
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Installing water softener outside or inside? Already have“Easy Water” device. Does that change water hardness grains entered into new water softener?

We live in Florida and have had white crusty buildup for years in our dishwasher and on our shower heads and faucets and in washing machine. 3 years ago we bought an "Easy Water" thing for $300 and it ...
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What is a durable and affordable flooring covering for a shed?

The shed is a lifted a few inches and over gravel. It currently has plywood flooring. It is a very nice shed so I thought it would be a good idea to invest in a durable flooring to protect against ...
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Would this solution work with my dehumidifier?

I have a shed built with concrete blocks and a metal roof, terrible condensation in it and every time I go in, I see water on the walls and floor as well as drips on the metal roof. The shed is not ...
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What type of wood siding should I use for a shed?

What kinds of inexpensive wood siding, suitable for a shed, are commonly available in the U.S.? I checked Lowe's and Home Depot, but all they had was a single type of barn-style shiplap. I had ...
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Are buried footings required for a shed or other structure to withstand 90mph winds?

I want to build a small 10x10 shed in my backyard. My city code doesn't require building permits for structures under 120 sq. ft. and doesn't require footings that run down below the frost line for ...
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What screws to use to attached tie-downs from shed roof rafters to top sill?

What screws should I use to attached tie-downs from shed roof rafters to top sill?
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Modular Cubby House (like large lego blocks) [closed]

Are there any popular modular kits around to build kid's cubby houses? I'm more interested in something kids can get involved with building and that can also be taken down and re-arranged easily. ...
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How can I confirm the building code limitations for adding a small cabin/cottage/office in my county? [closed]

Aptos, CA (Santa Cruz County - California - US). Hi all, I'm considering building an outdoor shed primarily for a multi-purpose home office. I'd like to know to what codes I'll come up against but ...
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In the UK, what is the classification scheme for outbuildings such as sheds and garages?

As per title, I am building a large wooden shed with large enough doors to be ABLE to get a car in IF required, but not for permanent use a garage. Under UK planning laws there are slightly ...
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6x6 Cedar posts for yard barn, should I glue them?

I am building a yard barn/shed, that uses cedar posts as the outside framing of the gable ends. I was planning on just drilling and lag-bolting the posts together (plugging the holes) but do you ...
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Painting pressure treated wood and particleboard inside a shed

I just had a shed installed that will be used for storing bicycles and scuba diving gear (so sometimes it will be a little damp inside). The walls of the shed are made of smooth planed pressure ...
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Ventilating a shed

I've just bought a house and inherited a shed with power, insulation and opening windows. I intend to use it as a home office. I'd like to store computer equipment in there, but I'm concerned about ...
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How can I secure a shed with a skid foundation in a windy location?

I'm planning to install an 8'x8' composite storage shed in my backyard on a 4x4 skid foundation. However, my house is located in a very windy location. In the past 4 years, I've had my wooden privacy ...
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How do I stop water from leaking through the bottom of my shed walls when it rains?

I have a shed that was built on a low foundation so that when it rains water builds up against it and water tends to flow in between the concrete and the bottom of the wall and now there's mold ...
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On a slight incline, How do I construct a wooden garage floor that is level, floating and not-anchored?

Here is the situation_ I am about to start building a shed/garage in my back yard, the whole yard slopes away at about 2-3 degrees from the house. The yard is currently block-paved (bricks) in the ...
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How should I build a base floor for a large summerhouse?

Hi my question has 2 parts about piles and creating a subfloor. I want to install a 4.8x4.8m (~16'x16') summerhouse; its existing floor is 24mm (~1") floor boards on 75x50mm (~"2x3") floor posts. I ...