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Building a Metal Storage Shed in 6 Steps

Metal sheds can be tough to install…

Arrow Hamlet Shed

The Arrow Hamlet is a standard metal shed. See more info here.

They don't forgive mistakes well. A slip with the drill can leave a hole in your shed. The panels are also thin and flimsy, and are hard to hold when assembling.

It can really help to see an example of one being built. It helps answer simple questions like how did they hold that panel there. What part goes first, etc.

So without any more babble, here is our guide to….

(This guide does not involve building a shed foundation)

 

Building a Metal Storage Shed in 6 Easy Steps

1/ Install the floor frame

The floor frame is where all of the wall panels slot in. So after you have built your foundation, , this is your first job.

Make sure that it is square by measuring diagonally from corner to corner. The measurements should be the same for the frame to be square. You can then fix the floor frame into your foundation.

 

2/ Put the walls up

Put the walls up and secure them together.

This can be fiddly because the panels are flimsy until they are all held together. It does help to have another person help you with this.

 

3/ Secure the walls

There will be braces that secure the walls so they stay together. This includes the door trim which will make the area around the door much stronger.

 

4/ Put the roof on

Install the gables (which are at the front and back of the shed), then install the roof beams. The roof beams will give you a strong foundation to install the roof panels on. They are also where you will screw your roof panels into.

5/ Make the roof watertight

The roof on metal storage sheds have center and side coverings. These need to be on to keep the water out successfully, and secure the roof.

 

6/ Install the doors and windows

The last thing you do is install the doors and any windows.

An homeowner time lapse video that shows all the running around that you do building a shed!

 

Tips for building a metal shed

  1. Use a drill. If you have a helper, get them a drill to. Because there are a lot of screws.
  2.  You will at a minimum need a drill, measuring tape, and ladder to complete this instillation.
  3. Make sure the surface/foundation is flat and level. The holes wont line up during assembly if you don't and it can lead to water entering the shed
  4. If you are finding water in your shed, its because something has not been put up properly. For a quick fix you can use silicone to plug the hole.

 

Thanks for reading. If you have any comments or constructive criticism, please leave a comment.

 

Assembling a Plastic Shed Kit

PLASTIC SHEDS CAN BE TOUGH to assemble with bad instructions. So to make it easier we have found videos about assembling plastic sheds about the 4 large manufacturers.

If you are having trouble building a plastic shed, then look below for your manufacturer, and watch the video.

 

By the way if you haven't got a plastic shed to put in your backyard yet, take a look at the best picks of cheap plastic sheds and the most popular 6×4 plastic sheds and 8×6 plastic sheds

Lifetime

 

Rubbermaid

 

Keter

 

Suncast

 

Plastic sheds are a great easy solution. They are easy to own and easy to assemble.

Building a plastic shed should take you and a helper less than one day to construct. It also doesn't require many tools, and is non-DIY friendly.

 

Tips for building your plastic shed kit

  • Use your own, or borrow an electric drill. Many manufacturers say to use a screwdriver only, but electric drills with clutches are safe, and save a lot of time.
  • Count your pieces as soon as you get them. It's not uncommon for some kits to go without enough screws or bolts.
  • Use dish soap or WD40 to help stubborn joins go together
  • Sometimes using a block of wood under the wall joins can help them go in easier
  • Don't leave your plastic panels around in the sun. The heat can make them expand so they wont fit when you try to assemble them. On hot days leave the shed parts in the shade.
  • Plastic can also contract in the cold. So do not install the shed in very cold weather.
  • You will need to fasten plastic sheds to their foundation if you expect windy conditions. If they are tall, they can blow over. The best way to anchor them is drill them into the concrete or timber base. If your shed is sitting on gravel or sand, then a few large stakes pushed through holes in the floor will hold the shed.

 

Thanks for reading.

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How To Build A Fabric Shed

The 6 step process…

Fabric Shed

Just like building anything, building a fabric shed can be fun or a pain depending on how you do it.

Fabric sheds can be built in approximately 1-2 hours, and the smaller ones can be built by just one person.

And there is enough information here to make building your fabric shed is simple.

We've included videos and a simple guide because seeing others do it and knowing what to expect can save your shed building experience from turning into a frustration!

 

Building a Fabric Shed in 6 Steps

 

1/ Count your pieces

Make sure you have everything. Many homeowners end up running off to home depot to get a few bolts that are missing, save yourself the trouble first!

The ShelterLogic company video that shows the complete assembly process

 

2/ Make the frame

Building the frame is quite easy if you lay out all the parts first. This way you make sure they are all there, but it also helps you see how they go together.

 

3/ Then anchor the frame

Once you have the frame together, measure it to make sure its square, then fix it to the ground with the provided anchors. You can also purchase heavy duty anchors, which although annoying, is a good idea if you plan on leaving the shed up permanently.

To make sure its square, diagonally measure from one corner to the other. Both measurements should equal the same.

 

4/ Add the cover

Once your shed frame isn’t moving its time to add the cover. You add the front and back first (in the ShelterLogic models) then put the top cover over the top.

An unhappy customer who didn't get his cover exactly right

 

5/ Then anchor the cover

Do up all the latches, ratchets and tie downs. It's best just to do them up lightly for now, just in case you need to make adjustments later.

A company video with many close ups of the anchoring process

 

6/ Double check everything is tight

Make sure that everything is tight including your ratchets, tie downs and any bolts used to hold the frame together.

Because the shed is fabric is it important to check your cover is held tightly onto the frame. To give you an indication with the ShelterLogic sheds, you shouldn't be able to slide your hand between the frame and the cover. If you can, your cover is too loose.

 

Done!

Thanks for reading. If you know of any other tips for building a fabric shed, the please leave a comment and let us know!

Building A Wood Shed In 6 Easy Steps

Want to see what your in for?

Building a wood shedThere's nothing worse than a project that turns into a frustration. Something that doesn't work, isn't included or wasn't thought of.

That's why we have simplified the steps of building a wood shed. And there are plenty of videos explaining how to build the shed.

 

**Note – We covered the foundation in previous page. If you have not put a foundation down yet please revert to that page. (See that page here)

 

Building A Wood Shed

We have found that building a wood shed takes 6 steps.

 

1/ Build the panels

The first step is to put the frame together. If you have a kit, then find the pieces and put them together, you can use your foundation for somewhere level and flat to help you build it.

If your building from scratch then measure and cut the pieces for the frame and put them together.

It can save time having a nailgun to do this step, but you can get away with just a hammer and nails.

It also helps to build your trusses here too. Use the flat foundation to make sure that they are together and hold strong.

The builder builds the wall panels before putting them up

 

2/ Put up the walls

Next is to put the walls up. You want to erect them on your foundation. It can help to have two people do this, although you can use props and spare pieces of wood to brace the walls individually.

If you erect two walls that go next to each other, then screw or nail them together they will hold.

A great example of putting up and lining a roof

 

3/ Put up the roof

The roof is the third part of the shed to be assembled. Put your trusses on top of the walls and fix them in. You need to measure the distance to make sure that they are evenly spread.

For this part, you can cut pieces of wood to the size of the gap and then attach those pieces to the trusses. This will give the roof some rigidness.

Trusses are usually fixed to the top of the walls with nails or screws

 

4/ Cladding

If you haven’t yet clad your walls or roof, now is the time. But before you get started, you can insulate your shed with sarking if you need. It can help keep out water, if it were to sneak past your panel.

Clad the walls and the roof. This will help strengthen your shed. The easiest way, depending on what your cladding yoru shed with, is to use a nailgun, or a hammer and nails.

When cladding the roof, it is best to put some board down for lining, before you attach your outside material (shingles, corrugated iron, etc.) You will also want to add some drip edge to your roof to stop and water running down the roof and inside the shed.

 

5/ Doors and windows

It’s time for the fiddly stuff. The doors, trim, windows, shutters, vents and other accessories tend to go on last. This way they don’t get in the way while your building the structural stuff. This step can take as long as all of the previous steps combined, so be patient!

From 6.20. The video shows the attachment of accessories and trim

 

6/ Paint

Paint the thing! Wood sheds look nice with a two tone color scheme, but as long as its all covered then its all protected! It can be a good idea to paint the inside a light color, to help keep it bright in there and make it easy to see.

 

Done!

A quick video that shows the overall process

 

That’s your shed assembled. If you have any questions or want to share your experience building a wood shed, then please leave a comment!