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Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:37 pm
by Glowy69
Best place to by a shed gents?

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:29 pm
by bigcheez2k3
Build one.

I'm not suggesting anything along the lines of what we did but a simple a 8'x4' one would be much sturdier than the flimsy shite they sell in Wickes.

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:36 pm
by Rex Kramer
Glowy69 wrote:Best place to by a shed gents?

Waltons Garden Buildings online, decent quality and price isn't too high. Set aside a couple of days for prepping the area and putting it together.

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:15 am
by Glowy69
bigcheez2k3 wrote:Build one.

I'm not suggesting anything along the lines of what we did but a simple a 8'x4' one would be much sturdier than the flimsy shite they sell in Wickes.


From scratch? strawberry float no. I can put one together but id need instructions

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:17 am
by Errkal
Glowy69 wrote:
bigcheez2k3 wrote:Build one.

I'm not suggesting anything along the lines of what we did but a simple a 8'x4' one would be much sturdier than the flimsy shite they sell in Wickes.


From scratch? strawberry float no. I can put one together but id need instructions


Find some online, I'm sure there is a site that has instructions and a material list somewhere.

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:27 am
by Death's Head
Glowy - get a plastic one. Comes with instructions and unlike a wooden one is maintenance free. Check Argos as your starting point.

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:34 am
by Dowbocop
There are sites online. I mean at the end of the day it's a wooden box with a door. You can build it yourself, especially seeing as they sell big panels of shiplap and overlap. The hardest part is if you want a slanted roof, which you probably do. It's not significantly cheaper than a kit though.

I say this as I was planning to do it myself and was talking to my father in law, who promptly spoke to my wife and told her to buy me a shed for my birthday :lol:

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 4:41 pm
by Poser
Got myself a big Ryobi corded drill. It's got two handles and everything. Drilled some holes into the side of the house to celebrate :lol:

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 8:37 pm
by Squinty
Painted my ma's bathroom, pretty strawberry floating happy about the result. Probably the best paint job I've done.

Kinda depressing that my house wasn't painted to that standard. I did a horrible job on that.

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 10:51 pm
by Green Gecko
Only recently found out Screwfix opened up a unit in my town 4 years ago. :lol: So good. I've been there 3 days in a row for current project, that's a box-in for my CNC mill.

Windy today - talk about pissing spray paint into the wind. 5m2 coverage my ass. More like 1.5 for barely a coat. Should have gone with a pot of satin and a mini foam roller instead.

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 7:17 am
by Squinty
I think foam rollers might be my favourite bit of painting equipment. So good.

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 11:59 pm
by Green Gecko
It's disappointing considering I already had one, but to fair now it's sanded it's more like how a stained white wood would look (satin/gloss white on beach laminate) it looks OK. It would have taken loads of coats to get it totally white. Now my counter that's perfectly sized for the CNC is finished, only took 3 and a half days :dread: most of that making good, finishing and sawing.

I ended up using my sign vinyl to wrap the shelf flats which looks mint, as I couldn't afford to spend £21 total on spray paint. Would have gone for that option for the whole thing but vinyl wraps aren't easy and probably would have used a fair bit of my stock doing it. Probably less hassle than spraying though.

A 160% extra deep IKEA Expedit unit is awesome storage, my shop looks less precarious now and weirdly seems to look like there's more space, as it's just less cluttered looking. I can store bits of stock and offcuts under the machine itself. Next up is the sound proofing box, at least 9mm MDF and needs a fair bit of it, going to Build Base for that as their MDF is cheap and still decent. No idea how I'm going to cut it down though as I don't even have a bench (yesterday I used a piece of plywood I found in a skip clamped to breakfast bar stools :lol:).

Is anywhere good for cut to size MDF? It might work out cheaper and less waste. I hate MDF so I wouldn't be using it if it wasn't for sound isolation purposes. No good having it lying around.

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 7:32 am
by Dowbocop
Green Gecko wrote:No idea how I'm going to cut it down though as I don't even have a bench (yesterday I used a piece of plywood I found in a skip clamped to breakfast bar stools :lol:).

I bought one of the dirt cheap benches from Maplins and it does the job. I sometimes wish I had two for longer bits of wood.

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 2:20 pm
by Green Gecko
I was thinking of picking up a decent brand second hand and doing it up. Are there any well regarded, stable metal ones that aren't around anymore or obscenely expensive new?

Sadly mum had a butch one I was going to de rust and replace the top with bamboo, but it was thrown away. :(

I don't really do cheap unless I can put the work in to repair something unloved but solid.

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 2:24 pm
by Poser
Guys. Advice please.

I am buying a small 6x4 shed. I need to put it in the corner of my garden. This is currently a mixture of grass and stones, and it's not completely level, but not far off. What is the single easiest/cheapest way to put down something that will keep the shed level?

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 2:30 pm
by Death's Head
Poser wrote:What is the single easiest/cheapest way to put down something that will keep the shed level?

Cement base.

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 2:32 pm
by Poser
Tell me more (tell me more...)

I had ruled cement out in my head because I have a fear of mess/hassle/mistakes, but I assume it's potentially an easy thing to do.

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 2:59 pm
by bear
Have you considered getting a shed by the likes of Steeltech? I think their smallest steel sheds a 6x6 but they are high quality sheds.




If you're talking about a concrete base then I think you'll be able to do most of the prep work by yourself but pouring and floating the base would be a two person job.

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 3:46 pm
by Ste
My shed is just on a load of planks of wood.

That sounds really gooseberry fool but I don't know how to explain it better!

EDIT: Sturdy beams! That sounds better.

Re: DIY thread...

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 3:49 pm
by Dual
Poser wrote:Guys. Advice please.

I am buying a small 6x4 shed. I need to put it in the corner of my garden. This is currently a mixture of grass and stones, and it's not completely level, but not far off. What is the single easiest/cheapest way to put down something that will keep the shed level?


Concrete slabs.

Dig out - lay membrane (optional) - bed down with building sand - lay slabs.

Less mess and faff than concrete. Probably cheaper as well.

Fine tuning with levels can be done by packing out the base of the shed.