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Gazebo Ideas: Building a Backyard Gazebo

Ready with your shed? Bored because you have no projects to do, your tools stay sad and clean, your workbench is screaming for work? Hold on, there is always something new to build. What about a gazebo? Building a gazebo is excellent project to fine-tune your woodworking skills further. Yes, gazebos...
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Choosing Saws for Shed Building: Circular Saw, Jig Saw, or Hand Saw?

Ideally you need all of them, and probably not just one hand saw. In this article we'll which ones can be skipped in a non-ideal situation (to be read "low budget") and which one is for what. Circular Saw The circular saw is much necessary if you are going to build a...
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Pros and Cons of Metal Shed Roofs

There is big difference between a house roof and a shed roof. So before talking about pros and cons of metal roofing, you have to consider the differences. Most articles online talk about house roofs. Things are different there. A leak on a house roof can cause lots of damages....
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5 Ideas For Handling Uneven Ground

Most guides about building sheds assume that you have fairly even ground. Even we make no exception with our how to build a shed base guide. This is understandable because usually yards are flat. Usually. Come to see ours on our hilly terrain in the mountain. So how do you deal...
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Building a Metal Shed - Is It a Good DYI Project?

One of the reasons we talk so much about wooden sheds here is simply that I like wood. Easier to work with, nice material, affordable. But metal sheds have their advantages. They can be easier and cheaper to build and can last longer. Not always, but a well built one...
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Building Over Utility Lines

If a landline - phone, electricity, gas, or water, crosses your property you will most probably not be able to build a house over the line. Homes require stable and deep foundations and the authorities will not allow you to build. But what about a shed? Can you build a shed...
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Attaching Wooden Boards to a Steel Guardrail

A couple of years ago we had builders made steel railings for our second floor terrace. At that time we didn't have exact idea how the finished guardrail should look so we left it that way. It was looking like this: Not too safe I think. It was so-so OK for...
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Pole Shed: What Is It and How Can You Build One?

Pole sheds are simpler and cheaper than your typical sheds. This is the main reason why people often prefer them. Most pole sheds have no foundation other than the concrete deck piers that support the vertical beams. The floor itself is typically just the compacted ground. Of course, if you...
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Robust Shed Shelves from Aspenite / Sterling Boards (or Plywood)

Last year we built an attached shed on the north-west side of the house. The supply of materials in our town is limited so we had to make some choices about the materials for building the walls. We used tongue and groove paneling for most walls, but there is one...
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What is a Gambrel Shed Roof and How To Build One

The gambrel roof is also known as the good old barn roof (see some excellent pictures of barns here). Unlike the typical gable roof it has two slopes on each side. The top slope is usually gentle while the bottom slope is steeper, sometimes almost vertical. The Purpose of the Gambrel...
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Materials for Building a Shed

When you are building a shed yourself most of your money will be spent on buying materials. And not just money - the quality of your outdoor construction depends just as much on the materials used for building it as on your skills. So, let's see what kind of stuff you...
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Building Double Shed Door

Choosing what doors to build for our lean-to shed was quite an adventure by itself. As it's long and narrow (5m X 1.60m) it was clear that a basic single shed door like this one wouldn't do the work. We have bicycles to store inside which makes the need of...
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Shed Builder's Decision Tables

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How to Lay the Perfect Shed Foundation

A solidly built and properly maintained storage shed can last for decades, provided that the underlying foundations are constructed soundly. A good, level, solid foundation with plenty of drainage is vital to getting the best value and longer life from your shed. Putting in this extra effort at the foundation...
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How To Build Storage Shelves: Minimalist Guide + Selected Resources

Considering the huge number of specific guides about building storage shed shelves I decided not to add another one (at least until I make the shelves for my own shed). Instead of this, here is a really quick and easy guide showing you how to build three different types of...
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Seven Simple Tips For Building Outdoor Sheds

Photo by thoth92 at FlickrOften the little things are the ones that make one project successful or not. You may invest a lot of time and some money in your shed building, plan the big details well and then let the small issues eat your head. So consider paying special...
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