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Old Sunday 31st August 2008, 16:48
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Plastic shed thread

Well, we constructed a nice 10' x 12' shed last fall at the LNP project. We finished the interior like a tiny cabin. We spent so much time and money to make it liveable that I don't want to junk it up with garden type stuff. Actually, I hope that we might be able to use as a place for sleeping and escaping the elements when we visit....to be determined.
So....now I need a shed for my shed.
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Knowing the labor and cash that we put into the first shed, I didn't want to go through all that again. So, against my better judgement, I did what I said I would never do. I started looking at plastic sheds.
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In the States, you can go from $100 to $2000 in these plastic sheds. I found a good compromise at our local home center for a product that is about 8 ft. square; 7-1/2 ft tall at the peak. We inspected it well and I found it to be very suitable for storage. It cost about $600 total with taxes.
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The first construction step is to locate the area for installation. Then, I wanted to prepare a proper foundation. I know that you can just place them on the dirt, but I want proper drainage (we also have electricity piped into it, but that's another story/thread).
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Here we go....
PIC #1; arrive with the 2 boxes that contain the entire shed (the trencher is for the underground electrical conduit)
PIC #2; the installation area is sloped, so I dug it out to level it a bit. We installed a 10' square treated lumber frame, slightly larger than the shed itself. Notice how the grade within the frame is pitched to the center.
PIC #3; we lined the entire foundation area with landscape fabric (the logs are temporarily holding it in place) We screwed in 4 earth anchors and bolted 2 treated 4 x 4's. The 4 x 4's will provide a secure foundation for anchoring the shed
PIC #4; a close-up of the earth anchor and the foundation 4 x 4
PIC #5; a 4" drain tile runs down the center and exits to the right, channeling any drainage away from the foundation and the shed. We then filled the entire 10' x 10' square with small river rock.
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Old Sunday 31st August 2008, 16:51
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OK, time to build a shed...
It took about 3 1/2 hours, but I took my time and actually followed the instructions!
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Old Sunday 31st August 2008, 17:32
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Thats a nice neat shed you've got there brett, I like that a lot
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Old Sunday 31st August 2008, 18:36
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Hi Brett,
That is a very posh shed you have built there! Now what will you put in it??

I do like seeing your pics, everywhere looks so green and lovely.
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Old Sunday 31st August 2008, 18:39
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Nice shed Brett. You have done a very nice job.
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Old Sunday 31st August 2008, 18:42
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Thanks Urly, Bfly, and John; it really is a no-brainer to assemble. The floor is 4 pc that interlock and hold together with 16 screws, total. After that....every other pc snaps together...including the roof. Not one more single piece of hardware. Impressive engineering.
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Old Sunday 31st August 2008, 19:30
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Hi Brett

Love your shed, great DIY pictures of how it was put together - very practical, and it looks good. Serves the purpose too.

Love it - what next on the market.

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Old Sunday 31st August 2008, 21:33
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I bet the preparation of the ground took much longer than the building of the shed, Brettski. It looks fabulous.
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Old Monday 1st September 2008, 08:22
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Brettski - you make it sound so easy! Alot of prep work there but well worth it I'm sure with the end product - it looks great, and as for being 'plastic' does not look obtrusive in it's surroundings at all! I'm sure that it will be great at withstanding the elements as well and give you many years of use. I do like the appearance of the finishing off - the rock around the edges etc....very nice!
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Old Monday 1st September 2008, 14:37
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Super shed, Brett. I haven't seen one like that before.
I like the progress photo's, showing how you constructed it & good for you, reading the instructions, not many men do, I know, I've got one of those
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