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Building a Wood Shed - Part 1

Building a Wood Shed - Part 1

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 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

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

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

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 Subfloor

Building a Subfloor

Most shed kits don't come with a floor, so you have to decide what you want and build it yourself. If you're building on a concrete slab, a subfloor is optional: The concrete is its own subfloor. If you choose to build a subfloor over a concrete pad, anchor it to the ...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 8 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

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 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 Cabinet Doors

Installing Cabinet Doors

Installing new cabinet doors isn't difficult, but it does require plenty of time to ensure that the doors hang straight, are evenly spaced and operate smoothly. Attach the hardware to the door first, then hang the door on the cabinet face frame. You can work on the doors ...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

Build a Recycling Organizer

Build a Recycling Organizer

Tired of recycling boxes and bags cluttering up your garage or porch? Build an organizer that is not only functional but also elegant - and environmentally friendly, too. The one pictured here was constructed from FSC-certified lumber and plywood and painted with low-VOC paint....

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Installing Cabinet Drawer Fronts

Installing Cabinet Drawer Fronts

Drawer fronts come in two types – solid and applied. Solid drawer fronts are an integral part of the drawer. Applied fronts are screwed to the front of a pre-made drawer box. To replace solid fronts, you'll saw off overlapping edges and screw the new front to the face...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours