how to build an outdoor shed?

From the ground up

Asked by 9 years ago


Can a front loader be used to pick up and move an 8 X 12 shed??

Can a front loader pick up a storage shed and move it across the yard?

Asked by DonnaD120 4 months ago


Polycarbonate panel thickness for secure windows? Answered

I need to glaze 16 small panes (430 x 275 mm) in very strong, cast aluminium window frames (8 per frame, either side of the door). Is 3 mm frosted polycarbonate going to be impact resistant enough to keep people out? The building these windows are part of is in a fairly remote place, so security is a concern but for cost and aesthetic reasons we don't want to glaze with glass and install a metal security screen. The current ugly solution is boarding them up and securing with screws but this doesn't allow us light inside. Cost is a consideration since I've been given permission by the company that owns the land to reglaze them and if I provide the labour they will supply the materials. 16 off 3 mm sheets, £3.85 each = £61.60 16 off 4 mm sheets, £5.14 each = £82.24 16 off 6 mm sheets, £7.70 each = £123.20 I've found lots of sites shouting "yeah polycarb is badass! It's unbreakable!" but not one that gives an idea for thinner sheets. Am I wasting money by going for thicker sheets? Or if someone's trying to get in might a 3 mm sheet be breakable?

Asked by Jayefuu 3 years ago


What is the best way to add a shed roof to the back of a small outbuilding?

I have a 13' x 16' outbuilding & would like to add a shed roof onto the back to store my mower, 4 wheeler etc.

Asked by ebradk 8 years ago


It's the Shed of the Year!

To celebrate National Shed Week in the UK, a custom shed has been determined to be the Shed of the Year. It's a pub in a shed that was built by a man who had never built anything before. Pretty sweet to see that anyone can truly make something cool and worthy of some "of the Year" award.The article also showcases another cool shed that was made up primarily of shipping pallets for 40 pounds. The only drawback is the lack of windows. OK, it's a huge drawback. Link

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


New shed, new toy, new skills

I've got a new shed!  I am now the proud possessor of two sheds. The new one is just storage - garden chairs, tents (we have six tents, but there are only four people in the household - how did that happen?), lawnmower etc, which means I now have something novel in my original shed - space to work! At the same time, I've bought myself a new toy - a scroll saw (or fret saw, if you prefer), a Ferm FFZ-400N, if you're bothered by that kind of thing.  It's second hand, and only has one speed and no manual, but it was also only £20. So, I'm now practising - I bought some cheap ply, and I'm working on a new project, which I hope to post by Wednesday.  Unfortunately, there's a bit of a hiatus, since I've managed to snap the only blade I had.  What the heck, that's why they come in packs of ten, but I can't get a pack until Monday. Oh, and the shed: 6x4 foot "lap" shed from B&Q, bought as a kit because I couldn't buy the raw materials anywhere near as cheaply. Basically, I got what I paid for - I spent as much time fixing the manufacturing faults as I did building it.  There are three fixes visible in the shot below, plus three fixes inside, not to mention the six or seven places where you can see daylight through the timber, and the very flexible window that will probably get sucked out by the first storm of winter... If you need a shed, and can only afford £135, then save up for something better.

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago


Water shed-I have a 30 degree driveway about 1\3 mile long.When it rains I get a torrent of water to the hiway below.

I have installed 4" cross drain pipe with stocking and ducting, but the clay slit covers the large gravel and the water goes over them. I'm considering a swale with large rocks down the water paths. any helpful suggestions of construction before i spend more money.

Asked by matotunka 8 years ago


How can I build a shed with a cyclone fence dog run?

We are in WA with all its moisture and rust issues. Want a floor. To store BBQ, lawn items, bikes and etc. Just thought with such a great vertical start (there is no bottom) w/ the dog run, there has to be a way. It has a 4' x 6' door. Not quite sure of the vertical.....the total size must be at least 8' x 15'. Run's cost is best offer- to get it out of owners' way. Flat surface to drive truck on and pick up . Less than 2 min. from our house. Appreciate any ideas. Or maybe it's just not a good idea?

Asked by quilter2 8 years ago


How to arrange my bike shed?

We're moving house and I'm going to be getting a 8' x 6' shed with a double door on one of the 6' sides. In the shed I'll be storing my motorbike (6' x 2') and 3 push bikes. I won't be using it for anything else as there's another shed for that. Obviously the motorbike will take up the full size of the bike, but what's the best way to store the bicycles in the remaining space? Any thoughts or links to projects would be great. Thanks, Jack

Asked by sladek 7 years ago


Sale at the Maker Shed

The Maker Shed, the store part of Make Magazine, is having a big sale on over 100 items. In gearing up for the upcoming Maker Faire (May 30 & 31!) they need to clear out some of the old stock. Items are up to 75% off.As for myself, I'll probably be getting a LED Clock Kit. I've had an idea for a modification for one of those for ages. Also looking good are the telekinetic pen and the poinewood derby kit for $1. Make Blowout Sale

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


How can I make lights that turn on when I open my shed door?

I've just put together a shed for my motorbike that will soon have electricity wired to it. I want to make a lighting system that turns on the lights when I open the door and turns them off when I close them. I don't want to spend a load of money so was thinking relays and microswitches. Any thoughts or opinions would be great! Thanks Jack

Asked by sladek 7 years ago



biodiesel fuel shed concept

This is a Biodiesel Fuel Shed concept i thought of. It would be partly underground, have an exhaust hood, and a wet chemical sprinkler system. I thought of it for safety of the user/s in the shed, and also safety for the residents in the houses in the blast radius itf there were to be a catastrophic failure.

Posted by theboygenius 4 years ago


How can I move a 12 foot by 24 foot shed?

I have a 12 foot by 24 foot shed that I need to move away from my house, its just too close. I just want to move it about 7 feet and forward. The floor joist are 2"x 6". I want to move the shed North (literately) and the joist are running East/West, thats good so far, as I intend to use 3 pieces of 2" x 10" running the full 24 feet North and South. Now here's the problem... Its heavy and I dont know what I could use to roll it on. I was thinking about using 4" PVC pipe schedule 40 (or 80). I just want some feed back before I do this. Cost is an issue here... dont forget Im doing a " for the poor man " series BloFish

Asked by BluTiger 5 years ago


lights, blue lighting? help?

Hey, i need help with lighting for a shed, but its a place to hang out so not just regular lighting, like some blue lights or something, no usb or anything around, so should i use a computer power supply? i want LED's or something similar

Posted by Yerboogieman 9 years ago


Framing longer walls for garage/shed.

Most DIY sites give instructions using 8ft or common lengths available from any local supplier illustrating walls using standard lengths. I want to make a garage 16ft x 22ft and do not know how to span across the 22ft section to make a full length wall using more than one board. One to two windows per wall and one exterior door with a gambrel roof, I thought this would be relatively easy but apparently not for a novice carpenter. I just finished pouring my own concrete slab thinking the internet provided free plans would be enough but I am stalled without better knowledge.

Asked by netlink 6 years ago


Work Sheds

Hi Everyone, Does anyone have plans or blueprints for making a work shed? My wife and I are thinking about building one. Cheers, Devon

Posted by Devon 11 years ago


How could I pimp out my shed to hang out in?

I have a shed that my friends and I hang out in. So far it has 2 tables, 2 couches, christmas lights, and a radio, and temporary lighting (I have to run an extension cable to it). Any more ideas?

Asked by chaidrocks 9 years ago


How can I stop spiders and bees from nesting in my shed?

I have a shed outside and it is full of spider eggs and bee nests, any ideas on how to deter them? 

Asked by zchampine 7 years ago


how can i use my CRT monitor as a tv screen please help??? Answered

I plan to move out into my shed soon and there is an old CRT monitor which im hoping i can use as a tv just need to know if it's possible

Asked by chibiwind 8 years ago


Help! I need cheap work space!

Please help! I need room to work in. I live in a very crowded double wide with 4 kids and a spouse. I need space to myself and my artwork before I go mad or am forced to quit my beloved arts. I paint, make jewelry - both metal and pottery- this means fire and small kilns. I have a back porch and it is very small with an roof over half of it. I have almost 0 money. How can I have a workspace? With the kilns I can work thru winter (in the south- sorry to be a stereotype). I was thinking hoop house with one side being the roof of my house. Perhaps extending the porch, with donated or used lumber- to give me more space- but the enclosure is an issue. I need light and I need to be closed off from bugs. I can lay in a window cooling unit and a space heater. Please- Ya'll are geniuses! Please tell me how I can do this. I will go mad if I cannot have my art and my space! S

Posted by sscape 7 years ago


Retrofitting an Old, Rundown Barn Into an Awesome Work/Storage Space

Hey guys. My family just began work on a farm we bought two years ago, and soon I'll move into a new house there. The property has a huge barn (not an animal barn) that served as the central building for an old cowboy camp and a vacation home. It's cool to me because it was built by one man over sixty years ago using power line posts, some lumber, and good, old-fashioned DIY ingenuity. It's survived several floods from the river that flows only a hundred yards from it and building code since. Now, though, it doesn't serve much purpose other than sheltering a tractor built 63 years ago and providing a home for mice and birds. The place is also full of the previous owner's junk that's strewn about. As the work continues, I hope to bring the building back into glory as a very useful workshop to build many great projects that I never could inside my family's one-car garage. Storage is also an extreme necessity in the barn, and I'll need lots of it in a minimal amount of space. I plan on using my workshop for metalwork, electronics, woodworking, and mechanics. What is yours used for? What kind of solutions have you made in your work spaces and storage areas? What is interesting about them? Please comment; I'm sure we'd all like to hear your stories. -Update: The barn now has a new roof and concrete floor.

Posted by DIY Emilio 6 years ago


Could I have a rabbit's nest under my shed??

I've seen a wild rabbit near my shed. I can't see all the way under the shed, even though it's up off the ground, because there's a mound of dirt under there. I put lettuce just under the shed, and it disappears. Could the mound be a rabbit's nest??

Asked by 9 years ago


I am looking for information on building a shed with wooden pallets?

Wooden pallet construction.I am looking for information on building sheds, storerooms, etc. made from wooden pallets.

Asked by Flatcar 8 years ago


LED Artist kits now available at The Maker Shed!

Two of my kits: USB Blinky and Colour Night Joule Thief kits are now available at The Maker Shed (http://www.makershed.com/) USB Blinky @ Maker Shed: http://www.makershed.com/USB_Blinky_Green_p/mkla2.htm Colour Night Joule Thief @ Maker Shed: http://www.makershed.com/Color_Night_Joule_Thief_p/mkla1.htm Please check them out!

Posted by ledartist 5 years ago


What is the best way to bury a wire from the house to the shed? Answered

I am planning to wire my shed for lighting and working with tools. My question is which is the best way to protect the wire that is going to be buried in the yard. What type of conduit should I use? Is there an underground conduit for cases like this?

Asked by blkhawk 8 years ago


What's the best, inexpensive way to build a storage shed? Answered

I would like it to be as Green as possible, with natural lighting via windows and maybe a skylight. The space is 8'x10'x8' and the floor already exists.

Asked by thickneckarts 9 years ago


would this heater in my sheds future false ceiling be a good idea?

I've come up with an idea for a heater in my sheds future false ceiling. Its basically a wooden box with an unmodified hairdryer attached and four PC fans blowing the warm air down each of the 4 clothes dryer hoses to vents roughly at floor level. I've seen one ibble where the heating element and motor were removed and used but don't fancy that idea too much. The shed is brick with a reinforced concrete roof and gets extremly cold in winter. The false ceiling will be around 10 inches from the concrete to allow for the stone 9inch mantle above the window and door and gas pipe. The gas pipe is capped and don't want a boiller in a confined work space . Here is a plan of the heater (excuse the odd looking hairdryer) Forgot to mention the widhth and length are f 7ft x 6ft and the height is 7ft.

Asked by cyberraxx 1 year ago


How to soundproof a rehersal space on a budget?

Basically thinking of getting a shed to use as rehearsal space for my 2 bands but without breaking the bank. I've read about using egg boxes etc but how would I go about soundproofing the doors etc so it's airtight? I have houses either side of me and behind me and I have a pretty small garden so need to keep sound levels to an absolute minimum.  Any help would be appreciated as I don't have the first clue where to start.  Cheers

Asked by kb43 1 year ago


how do i make a modular dwelling fast, without a ton of money?

I need to get away from my parents sometimes to make my music and art and to do homework, but sometimes my room just isn't enough. i've read tons about modular dwellings- small shed-like houses you can build in you backyard. can anyone help me? i'd like to do be small (under 10 x 10) and make with a sleeping loft and a sliding door in the front. any help would be greatly appreciated!

Asked by 8 years ago


How can I build a small, cheap, water-proof, strong wooden outpost-style shed for my backyard? Answered

I'm looking for one person in particular for his great advice.  His name is Lemony.  I plan to build this thing this summer with my friend.  I want it to have windows and a door.  I also need a way to fold this up when empty (needs to be sturdy, yet have no side supports (needs hinges)) and a way to attach tarp with hooks. EDIT:I need other people than just Lemony!!!

Asked by bendog38 7 years ago


run car radio direct from battery

Hi ppl, I'm new here,been looking and d.i.y.ing since i found it. I have a question for any1 that has done this b4. I have a car radio, I have a battery, I have speakers, I have a shed to put em in, but how do I connect a car radio direct to a 12v battery? I have wired old ghetto blasters up to it, blown em all up like, so this 1 HAS to work lol. Any help appreciated, but would love diagram lol. Thnx ppl.... P.S. I might also need to know how to wire up the speakers.....

Posted by metalmark 10 years ago


Need to learn how to wire and install a basic wall-mounted light bulb socket in a dog house, absolute beginner. WILL PAY

I have poured over article after article, and a few "wiring for dummies" type books, but I cannot figure out how to do a simple light socket job. I am not stupid, I can figure out most DIY stuff on my own, but EVERY single tutorial I look at does a poor job at explaining things for someone who doesn't already know how to do it. It feels like I would have to take a college course or read an entire wiring manual just to get the project-specific answers I need, but I am pretty sure its not that complicated. Wiring isn't brain surgery. My project is this: I am trying to install a light bulb socket onto the wall of a dog house, using a wall-mounted socket like this... http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-9875-Porcelain-Incandescent-Lampholder/dp/B00002N7IM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1395899759&sr=8-2&keywords=wall+mount+light+socket  (called a "porcelain incandescent lampholder"?) ...and the power source will somehow be pluggable into an extension cord so I can just plug it into the nearby outside wall outlet. I have no problem understanding how to attach it to the wall or make a hole for the wires, but I just don't know what materials to use to install the socket, wire it for power, etc. So far the only thing I have been able to glean is that I need to strip and then attach a certain wire to the "hot spot" and the neutral wire to the "neutral spot", and maybe use armored wires? But how do I strip the metal casing, and how far do I strip it, and how do I attach the other end to a plug, etc, etc... I need to know every tool involved, every step, anytime you are moving something in the wiring, you need to be describing it, use adjectives and plenty of pictures. I understand that this is not a quick question, so I will seriously PAY anyone who can really explain it to me (without me having to ask a billion questions because you made too many assumptions, absolute beginner people). Bad example would be :  "...and then take your base and "word I don't understand" and attach it to your power source, and voila!". I would be willing to pay $10-15 to the person who is the most helpful (I could send it via paypal, or snail mail). Thank you to whoever takes the time to answer.

Asked by CurtisAllred 4 years ago


how to prevent shedding from my cat?

My cat tiger sheds like crazy every time i brush her about 10 minutes later. i am tired of finding cat hair every wear. please help me

Asked by mchase1 5 years ago


My cat is shedding, could I rub him on a Van De Graaff generator to remove the loose hair? Answered

I thought this might work because the hair keeps sticking to stuff because of static electricity. If you put a charge in the generator, then rubbed the cat on it, would the hair stick to it? Then when you turned it off would the hair fall off?

Asked by bowmaster 8 years ago


how can you make your dog fragrant?

I have a pug whose very smelly and sheds too much so how can i prevent the smell and the shedding

Asked by kaina13_musiclover 9 years ago


Does your partner / spouse get annoyed by your constant making and tinkering?

I find that whenever I start working on a new project I can get rather passionate and excited about it. This usually results in me getting a little carried away with the making process (typically spending every spare minute I have working on the "next big thing"). It sometimes gets on my girlfriends nerves and you could say she becomes a bit of a "workshop widow". I'm just wondering how everyone else manages with their work / making / life balance. Looking for your stories and experiences (any tips would also be appreciated!). I've tried getting her involved in some of my projects, but that's easier said than done!

Posted by ThirdEarthDesign 1 year ago



How do you wire a breaker box in the shed to the box on the house? Answered

I have a 200 amp breaker box for a mobile home and I want to use it in my shed so I can run my 240 stick welder and some smaller power tools. I already have 3 wires ran from box to box, I just need the wire configuration.  

Asked by worticus 7 years ago


Help designing large shed for living! Answered

Hello, I am currently designing a large shed. I Have got the main look and all the lengths planned out, but I would be greatful l if someone was able to give my guidance of the constructiont, ei. Wood needed, The structuring of this wood and techniques etc. Electrics have already been planned out. I will be using insulation in the walls and floors. The walls will be plaster board, The building will need to be pretty structuraly sound so this is why I thought i would ask! This is all I have planned on construction so far. All feedback and/or critism is welcome! I have attached a sketchup file for better viewing aswell as a few photos! The sketchup file has the exact measurements. For the whole building it is 620cm x 350cm Edit: Sketchup upload has not worked so will give a link to it, I will also give out patches to anyone with very good advice! Sketchup link: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=df6f6cc57f109a415cde8f73f76c923&prevstart=0 Many Thanks Oscar

Asked by oscarthompson 5 years ago


Carbon Monoixide Danger, Camping Heater?

Hello, I have recently bought a camping heater however i'm now unsure if i can use it. i bought it for my garden shed, i work in there building and fixing things. it gets cold in there some nights and i just use the heater for 30 mins or so. I installed a carbon monoxide alarm thought it was safe but im not so sure now.

Asked by Daniel Deacon 5 years ago


Motorcycle Shed Turntable

Im making a log cabin in my back garden, im short for space so its 16ft wide and 10ft deep.  I dont want to reverse the bike out of the shed each time so im going to make a turntable, id like it to be electric but I dont know how. Here are the engineering plans for the turntable, dont worry about how im getting the 50mm circle in the concrete, im doing that with a polythene plug. Im going to use the largest "Lazy Susan 24" to hold and turn the middle of the table, then im going to use min i fixed casters to keep the edges stable. Im an engineer so I can maipulate any metal on my lathe/mill etc.  Ive thought of 2 ways to use the winch to turn the table: 1- Bellow the table: exchanging the wire for a pulley system which will turn the lazy susan, im not eqactly sure how this will work. 2- Above the table, Very easy, exchange the wire for a rubber wheel that will turn the edge of the table. Question: If anyone can think of any better, easier ideas id love to hear from you? Regards ant... anthonyhague@gmail.com

Posted by ant... 5 years ago


building cinderblock wall... questions questions questions

I'm considering building a small cinderblock wall off of an existing concrete slab.  I have very little clue what I'm doing, but I'm a fast learner. Question #1: Do I need rebar to hold the blocks, or is mortar mix enough?  They won't be "weight bearing" as it will only be a partial wall around 3' tall.  If I do need rebar... hammer drill? all the way through slab? pound rebar in?  Note that the blocks will be just about flush with the edge of the slab. Question #2: The area I want to create a wall for is covered with a roof (four- 4"x4" posts, about 10' x 12'... roof is around 12' high) so the blocks will butt up right next to wooden posts... is this kosher? I guess in my mind, this precludes a cornerstone, and makes the courses hard to offset (I don't know what to call that... the center of the second course blocks sit on the edges of the bottom course blocks), and what is a good way join block to wood? Question #3: Can I use the small blocks (4x8x16) or will they just topple over (see question #1 again), and if I should use the normal cinder blocks, how do I make a corner with 4x4 posts already there? ...likely more questions to come :)

Asked by OtisDrftwood 7 years ago


What's the best thing at the maker shed?

What's the best thing at the maker store? currently I'm thinking about getting the mintyboost kit. I'm also thinking about getting another "bomb defuser," as my current one is getting kinda dull...Why am I asking this? Make is having a sale where there's 10% off your entire purchase and you get a free makers notebook with a 25 dollar puchase.The code is CRZYDAN

Posted by guyfrom7up 9 years ago


How to put wood exterior on a round-top ShelterLogic shed?

The tarp on my 5-year-old round-top ShelterLogic shed ripped off. I would like to know how I could put wood on the exterior rather than buying a replacement tarp. I do not want to actually "build" a shed due to zoning laws and such. My thought was to attach C-clamps but unsure if this would work. Any ideas out there??? Thanks.  

Asked by doityourselfer6 4 years ago


Real Estate Question:? Answered

I have looked all over the internet... but cannot find the answer to this question. my step father rented a house to some people and they built a shed. they surrendered the keys and everything, and the court ordered eviction was completed. now he is sueing for the amount they owe, and they want their shed. my step father (landlord) apparently wants the shed now. i am going to ask on yahoo answers, but that isnt allowed at the school, and that is where i am now... sooo, any realtors out there? i live in suffolk virginia, if that is of any help. thanks

Asked by macmccune 8 years ago


in house/property phone to phone direct line

Anyone know of the easiest way to make a permanent phone to phone direct line. As in a phone from the back shed to the house. I want to be able to pick up the phone in the house or shed and have it ring on the opposite phone. any idea's?

Posted by chaoscampbell 10 years ago



I cant run power to my shed so I want to know can I use the solar cells from the outdoor lights to make a solar panel? Answered

I want to make a solar panel out of those outdoor LED solar yard lights to make a Light for my shed, Can I use the Solar panels on them to make this? I have seen the DIY solar panel and I am going to try to do this but I want to know if I can use the outdoor lights to try this. Chris

Asked by chrisandamanda 8 years ago