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How to Build a Shed

Shed

Build a wooden shed over the weekend with these simple steps.

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Date: May 4, 2011

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1. Lay out the dimensions of the shed (10 x 12).



2. Build the 2 side walls at 12' long, using a pressure-treated 2x4 for the bottom plate. Wall should be 8' high (wall studs are "pre-cuts" at 92 5/8"). Space studs every 16".


3. Build the back wall (again pressure-treated 2x4 for bottom plate). These top and and bottom plates will be 9' 5" and will sit between the side walls to give it a true dimension of 10' wide. Studs are still spaced on 16" centers.



4. Build the front wall. First, center a door off the top and bottom plates for a 36" opening. Use studs to frame the opening (king studs) and continue on 16" centers to sides of wall. (top and bottom plates should be 9' 5" long with a pressure-treated plate for the bottom).


5. Build a header by cutting a piece of 1/2" plywood and putting it in between 2x4's, creating a width of 3-1/2". Nail this under the top plate of the front wall in between the king studs.



6. Nail 2 studs to the king studs which run from the floor to the bottom of the header (cripples, or cripple studs).



7. Screw sheathing to exterior of all walls, breaking any seams on a stud.


8. Prop up walls and attach another top plate on the existing one, covering the seams.



9. Run ceiling joists in between the top plates, width wide. Keeps joists just off the side of the wall studs.


10. Cut a ridge board at 12' long.



11. Figure out the pitch of the roof and cut rafters accordingly (the 6-12 pitch uses rafters cut at 5' 7-7/8" long to the flush tail cut).



12. Cut rafters and attach to ridge every 16", lining up rafters with the wall studs for a more stable load bearing structure.



13. Cover the tail cut and the siding of the walls by running the 1x6 fascia board along and nailing it in.



14. Use 1/2" CDX to cover roof. Screw into rafters.



15. Start shingles at the bottom of the roof with a very slight overhang. (use a row of upside down shingles as a starter strip). Come back and shingle towards top, covering the seams of the start strip.



16. For the ridge cap - cut shingles into thirds and lay them across the ridge, from the front to the back (cut back the thirds slightly, creating an "A" shape).



17. Install the door. Square up the door in between the cripples, using shims and nails or screw in to the sides.



18. PRIME, PAINT AND ENJOY!





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