Building a Shed
Building a shed
Recently, I needed to build a quick shed for one of my rental units. I prefer to build them because it is less than half the cost and I like to build things.
I recently built a good shed for a tennant that needed a place to store his lawn mower, bicycle and a few outdoor chairs during the winter. Mike also wanted a space to store some tools so he can have some sort of hobby outside the house.
I have built a few sheds in the past. I'd say about ten or eleven. The first few I built were from my own 'hen scratchings' drawings and took me over a week to complete. I learned very fast that even though I enjoyed building them, and I gained a sense of pride when I was finished, I needed to get some real plans for the next time I was going to build one.
The one that I built for Mike was one that I had built 2 other times. In fact, the great part about it, is that I can now build it in pieces and simply transport the floor, walls, and roofing sections to the place I am going to install it and assemble it there. I always have a helper with me to move the assembled pieces. I bought a few adjustable straps (hold down straps) and I also picked up two 12 foot long solid medal bars. What we do is tip the assembled pieces, one by one, on top of the straps which are then looped through the bars. We lean the pieces against the trailor that I haul them in and lift up on the bars. The bars can actually be placed upon each shoulder and we lift with our legs. This will allow the assembled side or floor to be off the ground by about 3 to 4 inches and carried easily to any location.
As you can see from my image above, the shed I built is a very easy and simple design. I pre built this particular one in seven pieces. First, I build the floor then the back. I screw the back to the floor with two screws. I then build the two ends and mount them. I build the front wall including the doors and window and mount it to the other walls. I then build the roof in two sections. This way it is easier to handle and put into place when I get the shed where I am going. I shingle the roof and only leave the last rows on each side and the cap. I make sure that I have enough shingles with me when I am going to re assemble it.
Simple straps that can be used to help carry or simply strap down your load.
After I have built the shed in sections and set them together to be sure they fit, I finish the outsides then take it apart. First the roof. There are two sections and two people can remove them rather easy if you take your time. Placing the roof pieces on the bottom of the trailer, I can then take apart the front piece. Now, when I do this side, I always screw a piece of plywood to the back (inside) of the doors so they don't come open while we move them. I usually tack a piece of cardboard over the window to save it from damage. Once we place that section in the trailer, we take the other 3 walls apart. Placing the two ends on the trailer next and the back on top of them. Lastly, we place the floor on top of all the other pieces and then strap it all down.
I always make sure that my cordless drill is fully charged and I have more than enough screws to put it together. I usually buy 6 to 8 small patio stones to set the shed upon so it is balanced. Along with the carry straps and the bars, I make sure I have a six foot ladder and the extra shingles to finish the roof once we get to the location we are putting the shed. I take along an 8 foot 2x4 and my level.
Mike is a very happy tenant and I know that there good solid shed there for him and any other tenant that may live there in the future.
To reassemble the shed only takes about 3 hours. First, I like to pick a good location and set the patio stones out. Using the 8 foot 2x4 that I brought and my level, I figure out which stones need to have a bit of turf removed to level it out. I find using the stones on the ground and lifting the shed up from the ground allows the wood to remain off the ground. This helps the shed from becoming damp even if it is in a low area and water runs under the shed.
Setting the floor of the shed on the patio stones is next. Adding the back wall and two ends is next. Screwing them together and then adding the front wall is next. Be sure to get your tools inside the shed for the front wall assembly. As you put it in place, you will need one person inside and one out. This will allow the person inside to set the main screws and remove the plywood holding the doors.
Lifting the larger of the two roof pieces up first and attaching it to the walls using 2x2 blocks and finally adding the last roof piece. Once each piece is in place, get out the ladder and do the final strips of shingles and cap it. After that, remove the carboard covering the window step back and admire your handywork. I do.