Garden Shed Assembly

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It’s fun and easy to assemble our products. If you are building it first time and have the foundation ready it takes about 5 hours to assemble all shed and about another 3 hours to finish the roof. Clear and advanced manuals are included in every kit. You can watch the video or read step by step instructions and FAQ below. We know that your shed will look beautiful and you will love it like thousands of our previous customers.   We also are always here to help and assist you in any way possible, if a problem should arise.

Example of how to build Whales garden shed shed

The steps which you will be reading about here have been created to be as easy as possible to follow.  Hopefully you will find these extremely beneficial toward getting a beautiful shed constructed on your property.

Step: 1

Firstly, you want to organize all of your materials, and you want to ensure that you prepare the proper and most sound foundation to work with.  Now, you might use concrete, slab, solid block styles, treated wood joint or even piers; it is totally up to you.  Bear in mind here, with technical jargon and all in mind, the foundation is the heart of this structure so it must be perfectly level and balanced.  With regards to most kits that utilize treated joints, these are excellent for solid surfaces only.  If you are going to do your assembly on top of grass then you must go with the bigger joints to bring stability.  Consider something like:  4×4’s or 2×6’s to secure your shed on.

 

Step: 2

Your second step to this process should be in attaching the joints to the proper slab, or to a ground surface.  In this respect your shed will have a strong anchoring, allowing for it to maintain itself against huge wind gusts.  Now, you might want to utilize ground anchors, or even a concrete anchor style.  All of this will vary depending on the foundation you’ve gone with.

Step: 3

Once your foundation is secure you are going to finally begin building your structure.  The first two parts are known as starters.  These represent regular boards which are simply split in half.  You would screw them into the joints.  As mentioned in the beginning of this, it is good thinking to organize all your materials beforehand so that the assembly process will go fast and smooth.  This phase can be particularly amusing in some respects because the shape develops so rapidly, with only a small fraction of materials being utilized.

Step: 4

At this step you want to count your layers and make sure you have the appropriate number.  Because of the ease of assembly it is fairly easy to miss items with the doors and windows, so it is always best to double check the layers.

Step: 5

Installing the doors and windows is one of the most easy of steps too many.  The reason is that you’ll simply slide these into the proper openings and then voila!  That is it!  There is no nailing or screwing to the frame, and they will sit firmly in the frame just fine.  Of course, you have to construct a door frame for the door!  With regard to the frame, you need to take 4 of the long screws and place these in predrilled holes.  The doors come in after 4 layers have been attributed onto the structure.  These allows for ease of sliding the main door into place, simply because you won’t have to reach very high to do so.

Step: 6
Now, once the windows and doors are securely slid into proper place and fitting well, you want to focus on the layers again.  These determine how far you need to go up in the construction of the shed.  You will have excess parts remaining, but don’t worry about these.  Just focus on the layers, as mentioned.

Step: 7

When examining the construction, if you see that it appears to be a little loose in places then you can use the gables to start tightening it up.  These can just be slid into their correct spots.

Step:8
The beams that you’ll be putting to use in this step are the heaviest parts because they happen to be the thickest and the longest.  These also just slide into their coordinating positions, so pay careful attention to the right left and center ones to get them positioned correctly.

Step:9
Now you want to turn your attention to the roof boards.  These have to be put together in a very precise way.  You need to start from the front and ensure that the very first and the very last boards are securely nailed down.  If you are going to be screwing them in instead, using a power screwdriver can ensure they go in good and tight.  You might need to trim excess wood from the edges too, just to make the beams even.

Step: 10
With regard to shingles, you are going to want to invest in felt paper as it is the best.  For the fascia board you can put this on directly after the shingles, making it much simpler.  The nails you use for shingles should be no larger than 1inch.  If you go with anything bigger then the ends of the nails would be visible from inside the shed, so that is not a beneficial thing.

Step:11

In finality, you’ve completed what is hopefully a beautiful, well balanced structured shed in your garden.  Your friends and family probably won’t believe that you assembled it yourself, but feel proud!  You’ve achieved a great creative stand in shed design now. The only thing you might want to do now is stain or paint it, that is totally up to you.  If you do want a designer look then you can go with a three scheme matching color option, with one being for the door and window trim, the second for the roof beams and floors, and the final one for the rest of the structure.  Enjoy your final product!

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Is it difficult to assemble a garden shed by myself?

Building your log cabin is easier than you think. Detailed instructions accompany each kit. Piece by piece the components fit together to create a cabin that is at once appealing and durable. The result is a DIY job to be proud of.


2.  Do I need a permit to build my  shed?

Permit requirements may vary from county to county. Please make sure to contact your local building department for more information.

3. How long will it take to assemble a shed kit?

It depends on the size of the shed, but usually it takes one day to build a 10’ x 10’ kit.

4.  What is included in the kit?

The kit includes wall and roof components, glass doors and windows, all hardware plus extras, floor panels and trim parts. Everything except foundation materials and roof shingles are provided.

5. What kind of foundation do we recommend?

A firm, level base is essential. Concrete slabs or compressed gravel to support the cabin’s foundation timbers work best. However, the shed can also be assembled on patio stones, super spikes, or cinder blocks that are placed under floor joists.

6.  What do the shed kits made of?

These sheds are made out of solid 2″ tongue and groove northern pine milled logs, not panels. Thick logs and reinforced roof structures allow these sheds to withstand the harshest weather conditions.

7. Can the cabins be moved after assembly?

Yes. Some of the smaller cabins can be moved however, we do not recommend moving cabins larger than the 13′x13′ model.

8. How do I treat and care for my wooden garden shed?

Sheds are made out of wood and therefore, need to be treated just like any other wooden product. It is very important to apply wood sealant of your choice as soon as you erect your shed. By doing so, you will prevent discoloration caused by sun and possible water damage. Please maintain your cabin properly and it will surely keep its original appeal for many years to come.

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