How To Build A Shed


A structure as simple as a shed can serve many purposes. Ever since human civilization took root, sheds have been used in ways beyond the obvious. From being an animal shelter to a storehouse, a shed is perhaps among the most essential unit of a common household. Consequently, the knowledge of How to Build a Shed has its own benefits. Little specialized skills are required when constructing a shed. Along with rudimentary tools, manual labor can be more than enough in building a shed.

Of course, ready to install sheds are available. However the flexibility and the joy one can derive out of constructing one’s shed outweighs the convenience of installing a prefabricated structure in many cases.

Depending on the type of structure you want to erect, the materials used may vary. A large amount of lumber, of various dimensions is essential. Concrete may be used for foundations. For the roofing, waterproof roofing sheets or asphalt may be used. Basic carpentry skills come in handy during the building of a shed. Tools such as saw, hammer, measuring tape as well nails are important. Hinges for doors and windows will also be needed. 

Before you start to build a shed, a prerequisite planning is of utmost importance. The dimensions of the shed and its position should be carefully thought out. Size will determine the construction procedure as well. It should have an easy access. A shed should normally be free standing.

Having gone through the preliminary details, let us now focus on the shed you have been wanting to build.

Ground leveling is a good way to start building your shed. Leveling out the location of your shed is the first physical labor that has to be done. Simple tools like shovel and spade should suffice. Surface irregularities should be minimized over the area on which the shed is to stand.

The foundation of the structure can be built of wood. Piers are installed in parallel, terminating at either sides of the shed. Over this, boards are placed equal to the length of the piers. Little gap should be left between the boards. Later they should be nailed firmly to form a coherent pallet. 

Once the floor has been made, walls have to be built to enclose the space. To support the walls, columns of sturdy wood can be used. These are firmed to the ground and should be able to support the weight of the walls. Concrete can often be used to reinforce the foundation. The walls are covered with boards, which are nailed to the wooden columns. They should be tied to the floor as well.

The roofing should be supported by piers which, in turn, are supported by the walls of the shed. Ideally the piers should run across the ends of the roof over the wall. Over this place the roof, be it wooden board or roofing sheets; such that there is no gaps left in between the individual units. If the water resistant properties of the material are doubtful, the roof should be properly nailed to the rafter below.

The shed should have at least one access door, and if possible a window or two. These can be installed in the gaps left in the wall for the same purpose. The doors can be ready made or can be self made. They have to be fixed to the margin of the wall by means of a hinge. Ensure that your walls can take the weight of the door. If the walls are too weak, support the door or window with a pole.

This is a basic idea on how to build a shed if you decide to do it yourself.


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