Questions tagged [shed]

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 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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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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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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Ground-level electrical wiring to shed outdoors possible?

I was telling an uncle about the concern of digging a conduit trench in my heavily planted garden (trying not to disturb the plants) to run electricity from the house to the shed about 35 feet away. ...
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Can I install a row of bricks on a slab to support a shed?

I am designing a shed for my garden and I would like to build the shed inset from the concrete base by about 20cm on each side. The concrete base already exists (built before I brought my house). It ...
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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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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 (http://www....
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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 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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Is a ridge beam necessary for a small shed roof?

I am planning a 12x8 shed and looking at frame designs on the web. I see a mix of ideas out there that are all presumably just as good as the next. One inconsistency I see is that some roofs have a ...
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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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Trenching and running power to outside shed

I'll require power for the use of a window unit heat pump (8,000 to 12,000 BTU 120 volt), a treadmill, 5 or 6 outlets, and lighting. It's an 80 foot run and will be burying the supply underground. I'...
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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 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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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 restrictions/...
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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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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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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 put a plastic sky-light in a shed roof?

I have a large shed with a shallow angled roof made from 9mm OSB board and supported by wooden beams every 3ft approx, and covered with standard shed roofing felt. I want to put a few sky-lights made ...
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What is the best way to board interior of a large shed?

I have a large shed/workshop which I want to board with OSB/Ply to make the interior more usable for hanging things from the walls and to just generally make it "nicer" inside. I'm not fussed about ...
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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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Help cutting/squaring floor joist for shed

I am a novice, and i am trying to build a shed myself. I don't have any framing experience. I purchased a miter saw, and a circular saw. The plans call for 2x8 floor joists with 3 inches shorter on ...
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Shed floor framing out of square 3/4 inch

My first time building a shed by myself and it's been a lot of work, since it is on a slope. I got the piers and columns in, had it squared, and put cut plywood in the corners. I cut all the joists, ...
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Power to loafing shed

I need to run power to my loafing shed for lights, fans and blowers for show livestock. The blowers pull almost 20 amps each so here is my plan. Underground service using 4 awg thwn in conduit. 130 ...
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Shed with gaps at the top, wasp nest come back every year

I have a nice shed in the backyard but every year wasp nests reappear in there. the shed has these 2x4 sized gaps between the roof and the side walls on the sides of the shed. I saw a recommendation ...
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Have Shed/Man Cave & Need Unground Power Advice

I have a shed which is a little less than 100 feet from my home breaker box. I currently am poor-manning it running a 100 foot extension cord out there. I have already purchased a branch electrical ...
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What size breaker and wire do I need for a subpanel in my shed?

I am wanting to run power to my shed/workshop. I will have 8 outlets running table saw and such not everything at same time also will have shop lights and a separate 20 amp circuit for pool pump. ...
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Ramp for a tool shed

I need to build a ramp into a shed to roll carts in and out. It has to be removable. Door opening is 50", rise is 10" and I have 48" of space in front of the shed. Max weight on the ramp at one time ...
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Will it damage my washing machine and tumble dryer to be left in a shed for storage

I have a Miele washing machine and tumble dryer, each worth around £600, that I bought last year. I just moved houses and my new already has a washing machine and dryer. Would it be safe to wrap ...
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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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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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What do I need to do to prepare for a storage shed?

I'm thinking of putting a small shed (something like this -- a Montana 8' x 10' mini-barn) and wondering what I need to do to prepare. I was thinking of getting a load of gravel, and having a bed of ...
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Joist design for shed/workshop

I am in the process of building a roughly 12' x 16' shed/workshop. It is going to be a pier-and-beam design. There are 8 concrete piers, 4 on each side, that will support 2 4x12 beams. The span from ...
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Adding subpanel to a shed

Thanks in advance for anyone providing insight for me. I apologize if answers for my situation can be found in another post that I've missed. I have a shed outside my home that currently has no power....
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Tuff Shed and adding climate control

I live in north TX near Fort Worth. Not a humid place but a very hot place, averaging 104 degrees in the summer outside in afternoon. I was planning to buy a Tuff Shed 16 X 20 shed with asphalt ...
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How do I make a good base for a shed?

I would like to make a 10' x 16' shed using concrete blocks for the base. Should I put sand or cement under the blocks?
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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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Estimating frost heave displacement?

I'm planning a storage shed underneath a deck. I'll assume that the deck is anchored below the frost line and won't move when the ground freezes. I'd like to build the shed on just a floating gravel ...
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How can I run power to my shed from my pool electrical panel

I have a single 15 amp breaker available in my pool electrical panel. I would like to run power from there to my shed for a handful of outlets and a pair of light fixtures. I plan to bury metal ...
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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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Must all firewood sheds have airflow?

I am about to make a 2400mm x 700mm x 1800mm firewood shed for storing dry wood and keeping it that way. The location is the least affected by elements on our property, it's very protected from wind, ...
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Backyard shed with keyed hasp same as house key [closed]

Anyone know if there's a solution for locking a backyard shed, that would let me rekey it to be the same as a normal house key. The shed is a Tuff Shed with double wood doors like this: Currently ...
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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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How can I attach things to the inside of a shipping container without compromising the water tightness?

I just got a shipping container for use as storage/workshop and need to figure out how to attach things to the container walls and ceiling, without causing it to leak. I'd like to hang a garden tool ...
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Should there be a gap when adding insulation in a wooden outbuilding?

I'm currently in the middle of a home office project. It's a simple wooden outbuilding and I'm insulating it with polystyrene sheets. Once they are in, I'll go over them with with some tongue and ...
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Is a floating perimeter slab a good approach for a dirt-floor shed?

I'm building a 16' x 7' shed and chicken coop in Seattle. I want it to have a dirt floor and be safe from predators crawling underneath. I've been struggling with how best to do the "foundation". I ...