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Learning How to Build a Shed Yourself

Aug 13, 2008
Have you ever considered just learning how to build a shed instead of paying someone else to build it for you? A shed is a fairly small structure that you can easily construct yourself. It's also quite easy to build one just as long as you have the right materials and a good plan.

It is pretty common to see a shed in anyone's backyard. These confined storage area are so useful that people would naturally have them constructed in their backyard. What is ironic, however, is that despite the commonness of this structure, only few people know how to build a shed. In fact, if you're going to be asked if you know how to build a shed, would you answer positively? If you are like everyone else, you'll probably shake your head ruefully.

You may not know this if you don't know how to build a shed, but you can really construct a whole shed in just one day. Sheds are usually made out of wood, but they can also be constructed using other materials.

The choice of materials will depend on the purpose the structure will serve. Traditionally, sheds serve as storage areas for all sorts of things. This is where you stuck your lawn mower or snow blower. This contains pretty much everything you need to keep your lawn, yards or backyard in good condition. So, depending on the purpose and the shed size, you should look for a design or carefully plan your design before you start hammering on nails. You cannot do the project in a haphazard manner; otherwise, you will never truly learn how to build a shed properly.

When constructing your shed, you may need the following materials: waterproof plywood or lumber, depending on your choice; metal frames and sheets, molded plastics and adhesives. For tools, you might need the following: sledge hammer, tape measure, nails, protective glasses, pencil, shovel, drill and wheelbarrow.

Before you start building your shed, you need to have a plan and your plan must indicate the size of the shed. This is very important when you are learning how to build a shed correctly. Again, it is the purpose that your shed will serve that will determine its size. You also need to consider the amount of storage that you are going to need. Aside from the size, you also have to determine where to correctly place your shed. You cannot place your shed in an inconvenient area.

Now, once you have your plan, you can then start creating the foundations. Ideally, the best foundations for sheds are concrete or wooden skids. However, you would have to take into consideration their affordability. If you can't afford the concrete skids, then opt for the wooden ones. At least wooden skids allow for easier sled transfer.

Once you have the foundation in place, you can then start placing together raw frames for walls. You need waterproof plywood if you don't want to walls rotting too early. You can also use aluminum or PVC grade materials if you want. After creating the frames for the walls, you can then place the frames for the shed's roof. Once you have created the frames, you can then place the door, the walls and finally the roof.

It's as easy as that. It wouldn't even take a genius to learn how to build a shed. Obviously, you can finish the whole structure in one day. You will certainly save a lot of money by learning how to construct a shed yourself.
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John Grant is a the author for a how to site where he is writing articles about how to build a shed.
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