Monday, December 17, 2012

14 Tools Needed To Build A Shed

Shed Plans
Building a garden shed by yourself can provide you a feeling of great pride and satisfaction. All the steps can take a long time depending on how much you accomplish each day. If you plan on building it during your vacation give yourself about a week or two. If you have a busy schedule it might take a month or two.

Building Permits

Before using your tools there is a matter of paperwork with the local building department. They will determine if you can build the shed where you have selected and whether the shed specifications are adequate.

Most all states have the same requirements for building a structure like a shed. The local office will first determine whether the selected location is aligned with a septic tank. If it is you will have to select another location. The building inspector will also go over the shed plans or blueprints to determine if it will be safe and structurally sound.

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Through a review of the plans or blueprints you provide them they will determine whether the proposed foundation will support the specified weight. The roof structure will also be reviewed to determine whether if it strong enough to prevent future cave-ins.

The shed will also be reviewed to ensure it meets climatic condition requirements so heavy snow, high winds, and heavy rains will not destroy it.

Property lines will be checked to ensure there is not encroachment onto your neighbor’s property and utility easements.

Obtaining a permit is usually required for most types of shed structures that are built. It is vital that your get one because without it you may be asked to relocate the shed to a different spot or remove it totally.

Check with your local building department for a complete set of requirements and instruction for obtaining a permit.

Now For The Tools Needed To Build A Garden Shed

All these tools are usually available at your local building supply stores. Some of them maybe lying around your home or you may consider borrowing them from a friend. The list of tools is not too long and is consider simple to use in woodworking circles. So here is the list of tools you may need.

- A good saw with sharp blades can make your work a whole lot easier so, either buy a new saw or get your current one cleaned and sharpened.

- A measuring tape will be used frequently. Precise cutting and exact dimensions are a priority in building a shed.

- Carpenter's pencil, chalks and other marking equipment.

- A hammer and nail apron are very important. To make it easier you may consider acquiring a nail gun.

- Speed and Framing Squares will be used for marking straight lines and cutting the wood surface into required sections.

- A small pocket knife may come in handy while work on the shed.

- Screw-drivers are sometimes required for joining pieces of lumber.

- Pliers maybe required for holding pieces of lumber.

- Plant removing tools will be used in clearing the ground for the shed foundation.

- A wheelbarrow for carrying heavy pieces of materials around.

- Boxes can be used to store extra pieces of wood or other materials that maybe latter in the construction.

- Nails of 6d, 8d and 16d will be used widely throughout the building process.

- Paint brushes and gallon cans of paint for painting will be needed.

- Circular saw is not necessary, but can make cutting angular pieces of timber very easy.

Caring for Your Shed Regularly Is Important

All sheds must be attended to from time-to-time with regular maintenance and loving care. This is very important if you want the shed to last a long time. Two of the most important maintenance items are ensuring that the shed's foundation remains level and that moisture does not find it way into the structure of the shed.

Any time you see that a repair is needed it is best to deal with it immediately so the problem does not get out of hand and turn into some bigger repair job.

Here are some ideas to help keep your shed sound for a long time.

Annual Wood Treatment: Water-resisting treatment of the wood should be done after the shed building is complete and then annually thereafter. This will help keep the shed healthy throughout the years to come.

Oiling Metal Parts: Metallic parts like the door hinges, window slides, and locks should be oiled regularly. Rusted or hardened hinges and slides can affect the opening and closing of the doors or windows.

Window Sealing: Windows need to be sealed very tightly. Any space between the windows and the frame or the wall can allow moisture and insects to enter and could eventually lead to structural damage.

Weeds and Overgrowth: You should regularly remove any overgrowth or trees limbs that might be overhanging or touching the roof of the shed. Check for and remove weeds and undesired growths around the foundation of the shed.

Organizing and Cleaning: At least once a year you may want to reorganize the contents and discard unneeded items. You should keep the inside clean and safe from bug problems. You may want to regularly spray for bugs to prevent infestations.

Replacing Damaged Shingles and Felt: Any damaged shingle or felt should be replaced without fail. Tears or breaks in the roof shingles and felt should be immediately attended to and replaced to prevent water from entering through the roof.

Painting: Whenever the old paint starts to fade or peel, you should get the painting tools out for a new paint job. It is very importance to re-paint when the situation demands to maintain sound wood and to keep the shed looking good.

Foundation Checking: The foundation of the shed should be regularly checked for cracks and shifting. all unevenness noted in the level of the foundation should be repaired as soon as possible. If it is not dealt with the doors may shift or the wood might bend due to added stress.

Seasonal Changes: The summer heat will cause wood to expand and the winter cold will cause wood to contract. This can result in the wooden surfaces cracking or even splitting. Loosening the screws during summer, and tightening the same during winter is a possible solution for this problem.

The shed should be checked for these problems once a year to ensure that it remains standing for a long time. Sheds usually take around a year or two to completely settle down due to the surroundings. Caring for your shed is ultimately your responsibility, and should not be forgotten about.

You might consider placing a calendar inside the shed with regularly scheduled maintenance item listed on the calendar. Check the maintenance off during the year as they are completed. Get into the habit of taking care of the shed on a regular basis and it will look good for a long time.

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