Monthly Archives: January 2017

  1. How to fix a shed

    Some sheds have seen brighter days, damaged from harsh winters over the years. Unfortunately, accidents can happen and your shed becomes damaged, timber can break, flooring can rot through etc.Sometimes, it is much more cost effective to repair your wooden sheds rather than purchase a new one.

    In most case scenarios, the first part of a shed to break is the floor. This is because over time the shed floor rots and with heavy storage pressures and sometimes the floor buckles. The first thing to do is to empty out your stored items to gain an insight into the floor, check for broken boards and rotten planks. If any planks need replacing, find yourself a claw hammer and lift up the nails to remove the boards. What is great about removing the plank is that you can measure the plank exactly to find out what size board you need to replace the rotten one. Find yourself a pressure treated plank as a replacement as they will last much longer and can withstand much heavier pressures.

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  2. How to build a shed base

    A shed base is necessary for sheds to maintain a dry interior, prevent rotting, and keep the shed anchored down during high winds. For this, the shed needs a dry, level foundation. This can be a patio, laying a concrete foundation or paving slaps. We advise that a 100-150mm size increase is provided, bigger than your shed and that you try to lower the edges for easy rain runoff.

    Take a look at our video for a visual guide to building a wooden shed base:

    Choosing a shed base

    Planning the shed base

    • When your shed is delivered, check that all parts are there including nails, screws, hinges and any other ironmongery.
    • Your shed will need to sit on a hard, level base, otherwise the frame will distort and the door and windows won’t open properly.

    There are multiple ways of creating a shed base; firstly

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  3. How to felt a shed roof

    How to felt a shed roof

    A shed for your gardening supplies and various tools is great. The items are easy to find and out of the way. However, opening the shed and finding that all of the items are wet is not only irritating, it can prove costly as water can damage or ruin many items very quickly.

    Here we provide instructions on how to felt your roof; a link to a YouTube video demonstration; and an innovative alternative to shed felt.

    Instructions: Felting Your Shed Roof

    Fortunately protecting the items in you shed is easy. You don’t need any specialised tools or a lot of time. The entire project can be completed quickly; a small shed will most likely be completed in about an hour. 

    The project can be easily done by yourself, but obviously will be easier and faster if you have a helper.

    Tools and materials

    • A hammer
    • Step ladder
    • A level, which can double as a straight edge
    • Craft k
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  4. Shed Design: is apex better than pent?

    Shed Design: is apex better than pent?

    Apex Sheds vs Pent Sheds

    When selecting a shed, one of the factors you will need to consider is whether you would like an apex roof or a pent roof? Or have you conisdered a reverse apex roof? We take you through what you need to think about when it comes to shed roof design.

    (Click on images for further product details)

    What are you storing?

    8x6 Shire Apex Durham Single Door Shed

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  5. How to store your bike through the winter

    Looking after your bike pays off over time. If you keep it clean, store it well and repair any damage that may occur, you will be the owner of a long lasting, quality bike. You may require cleaning products to ensure your bike is spotless before storing away, it’s recommended that you use a standard cleaning soap with warm water for the exterior and then look into chain degreaser and engine cleaners, perhaps a dose of WD-40 too. You may like to go all out and use a wax to complete the cleaning stage.

    Once it’s had a good clean, get yourself a cover to keep it protected from rain and wind. This could be a specific bike cover or another breathable, fabric sheet just acting as a protector to your bike from dust and minor scratches in the shed or garage.

    Different types of bike stores

    There are many ways you can store bikes, especially in garden bike storage places, keeping them safe from damage and staying in good condition. How about a wall mount inside of th

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  6. How to Choose the Right Garden Shed

    The most important decision when it comes to choosing the right shed is what you are going to use it for, and how often it will be used.

    A garden shed is a great addition to any home as they add that additional, useful storage space; perhaps you may have been looking for to store all of your tools, furniture or gardening equipment. Not only that, you can transform a standard shed into a summer house, a gym, an office, or even go all the way and create a guest house. Take a look at our range of sheds below to see the variety on offer:

    Things to consider

    Size

    The size of the shed is a very important feature to consider as you need to be sure you have the room to install in your garden, as well as what you will need your shed for. You may decide that you need a double door on your shed, for a more flexible, practical working area.

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  7. Top shed security tips

    Shed Security

    Do I really need to think about how I secure my shed?

    The short answer is yes. Thefts from gardens are more common than you may realise. Plus, most of us underestimate the value of the contents stored in our humble garden shed. Your garden furniture, the lawn mower, bicycles and, of course, garden tools quickly add up in value.

    On average, us Brits store over £2000 worth of items in our sheds. So, it's well worth investing in some shed security. Luckily, we've got some great products and helpful pieces of advice to help keep your possessions safe and secure.

    What security steps can I take?

    The type of shed you buy

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  8. Working from your shed: the options

    Working from your shed: the options

    What are the benefits of working from home, especially in the shed?

    The benefits of working from home are numerous: no more early rising to factor in the commute; no traveling costs; perhaps the choice to work in casual clothes; access to homemade food rather than expensive shop bought lunches; less disturbance from unnecessary chatter in the office...

    However, if you work from home in the main area of your house you will replace these benefits with a few cons: distractions from family members; temptation to get on with household chores; sacrificing a guest room; taking over a dining table that then has to be cleared away at mealtimes. None of these makes for an optimal working environment.

    This is where the advantages of shed-working take effect. Creating a physical separation between your home and work life, be that only a matter of metres, makes a big difference. You're able to escape the distractions of home life,

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  9. Should I Buy a Wooden, Metal or Plastic Shed?

    Should I Buy a Wooden, Metal or Plastic Shed?

    Which Shed Material is Right for You?

    Choosing the right shed material is a big decision. It is one that you'll have to live with for many years to come.

    There are a number of factors that might influence your choice. Perhaps you want a shed that complements your style of house or garden? Do you need a shed with particular specifications? Or are you looking for your shed to be as secure as possible?

    Whatever the reason, let’s take a look at the advantages of wooden, metal and plastic sheds, to see if we can help you decide which type of garden shed is best for you.

    Advantages of Wooden Sheds

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  10. What is pressure treatment?

    Vacuum pressure impregnation, often simply referred to as pressure treatment, should be considered as the preferred factory treatment process for the long-term protection of softwood-based garden products; such as garden buildings, fencing, arbours and furniture.

    Once in use, the impregnated preservative will enable the timber to resist rot and insect attack, ensuring the product purchased will last longer and so enhance your enjoyment of it.

    Commonly having a green-tinge finish when new, pressure treated products are aesthetically pleasing and blend easily into a typical garden environment. The surface ageing process sees the finish pass from green to a honey-brown appearance, culminating with a silvery grey finish; all without loss of protection.

    Find out more about the different treatments for sheds by watching our video below:

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