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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

Constructing a Built-In Shelving Unit

Constructing a Built-In Shelving Unit

Want a more finished look for your new shelves? Then consider taking the time to plan and construct a built-in shelf system. Tucked between two windows or between a wall and a window or door, it will take on the look of custom furniture, because you can plan it to fit exactly...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 5 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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

Build Bookcases with a Window Seat

Build Bookcases with a Window Seat

Create architectural interest in a basic builder room with DIY bookcases and a window seat. The unit is built in three sections fitted to look like a custom built-in unit. The window seat is simply a version of the bookcase laid on its side. Our units are constructed from oak,...

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Skill: Expert

Time: 5 hours

 
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