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Install an Over-the-door Décor Shelf

Install an Over-the-door Décor Shelf

For function fanatics and small-home dwellers alike, storage is a luxury. So look up. Installing a shelf above a door in the bath to hold towels and toiletries – or in the kitchen for cookbooks or collectibles – is smart and stylish. It's a simple project that can...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Building a Metal Shed

Building a Metal Shed

Metal sheds are an economical, relatively simply way of storing things in your yard. One of the handier things about metal sheds is that you don't necessarily need to pour or build a platform for it. Cut up a few sheets of plywood and screw them to a metal grid (sold as a...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 7 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

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

Make a Wall Niche

Make a Wall Niche

If you don't have the room, or don't want to make room, for a bathroom vanity, how will you find space for all the things that don't fit in a medicine cabinet? You steal it, from right inside the walls. With a little cutting and simple construction skills, you can...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 7 hours

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

Installing a Window In a Wood Shed

Installing a Window In a Wood Shed

In addition to cutting a hole in the siding and putting in a window, you'll need framing to support the window; and if the window is more than about 14 inches wide, you'll need headers and framing to replace the studs you'll have to cut out of the way. The key to ...

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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

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

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

Build an Open Shelving Unit

Build an Open Shelving Unit

A well-designed bookcase has lots of uses besides book storage. You can use it to display special three-dimensional pieces, collections and even framed artwork. With their open backs, two or three units together can also be used as a room divider. You can make one unit or more...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 8 hours

Building a Vinyl Shed

Building a Vinyl Shed

Vinyl sheds are the low-maintenance solution to your outdoor storage problems. The thick vinyl panels that make up the shed are durable and will neither rust nor rot. The colour you buy is the colour you get- no painting required.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 7 hours

 
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