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Installing a Closet-Organizer System

Installing a Closet-Organizer System

If you're looking for a quick-fix solution to your closet clutter - and the option to easily reconfigure your organizer as storage needs change - then a manufactured off-the-shelf system may be perfect for you. You just buy it and install it. But a word of caution: All vinyl-coated...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 hours

Installing a Skid Foundation

Installing a Skid Foundation

The fastest way to lay a skid foundation for your shed is to set 4x6 or larger timbers on patio pavers that are set in a gravel bed. To keep the timbers from rotting, use pressure-treated wood that's rated for ground contact. If you like, bevel the ends of the timber to dress...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Installing Stationary Brackets

Installing Stationary Brackets

It's true – simple one-piece, 90-degree-bend shelf brackets are visually unobtrusive. For greatest strength, however, choose brackets with an additional diagonal support. In either case, it's best to attach the bracket's longer arm to the wall and use the shorter...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Installing Concrete Footings with Fibre Forms

Installing Concrete Footings with Fibre Forms

Concrete footings provide a more stable foundation than skids. The footings support 4x6 pressure-treated timbers which are fastened to them with a metal bracket. The beams, in turn, support the shed. Lay out the shed, dig the site to a depth of 3 to 4 inches, and dig holes 10...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Installing Adjustable Brackets

Installing Adjustable Brackets

Adjustable shelf standards are every bit as easy to install as their stationary cousins. But the notches in the standards give you the added flexibility of changing the height, spacing, and even the lengths of individual shelves as your storage needs change.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Replacing Cabinet Hardware

Replacing Cabinet Hardware

Look for replacement hardware sized to match the existing holes in your cabinets. If the holes don't match, you'll need to fill the old holes and conceal them. With painted cabinets, you can hide the patch with touch-up paint. With wood cabinets, select a wood filler ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Building a Wood Shed - Part 2

Building a Wood Shed - Part 2

A shed is basically a small house with stud walls, windows, doors, and a roof. Shed kits are for do-it-yourselfers who want a shed without the hassle of building a house. The parts come pre-cut and ready to nail. Wood sheds include neither the floor, roofing, nor paint –...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 8 hours

Roofing a Wood Shed

Roofing a Wood Shed

When it comes to keeping out water, roofing is an art. Most of this is done in layers: Roofing felt overlaps the sheathing, and shingles overlap the paper. Each row of shingles overlaps the one below, and a full shingle overlaps the joint between the sides of the shingles below...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Building Utility Shelves

Building Utility Shelves

Why take the time to build your own utility shelves when there are so many good off-the-shelf solutions to choose from? Well, for one thing, you can build this custom unit to fit the exact space you have available. And because you'll anchor it to the ceiling joists and the...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Constructing a Concrete Slab Foundation

Constructing a Concrete Slab Foundation

Though it isn't strictly necessary, a concrete slab makes the best foundation for your shed. Exactly how you build it varies. If your soil is firm, remove the grass and pour the slab on grade. If your soil is unstable, excavate and pour a gravel bed, compact it, and build...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 

Building a Closet Organizer

Building a Closet Organizer

You've cleared out the space, written down all your measurements, and now you're ready to go out and buy that long-overdue closet-organizing system. Okay, but prepare yourself for some sticker shock. Depending on the off-the-shelf system you choose, a single closet's...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 hours

Laying out a Shed

Laying out a Shed

Laying out a shed is the first part of building a shed, but before that, you need to plan. Does your municipality require you to set the shed back from the property line? Does it require a building permit? Is your site easy to access? Does it use space wisely? Think it through....

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

 
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