Monday Working – Shed

We’ve got a major project with a tight timeline going here in the garden. We’ve decided to replace the garden shed with a new one. The shed is likely twenty years old and is starting to have serious problems – the roof is rotting at the edges, the siding has water damage and is pulling away from the frame, the concrete slab slopes wrong and water floods inside when it rains … The list goes on and on. I had thought about repairing it, but that would take a lot of time and money. The other option is to replace it. Turns out we can buy a prefabbed garden shed that is better and cheeper that one I could build myself.

So Heather and I did the on-line design thing for the shed company and after a lot of thought we came up with a configuration we liked. I was thinking it would take the company a few months to build and deliver it, but no – it arrives a week from Thursday. That’s part good and part bad. Good because it will give me all summer to add shelves, potting benches and cool stuff. Bad because I have to demolish the old shed and clear the site before it arrives. I’ve decided to take the old shed apart carefully so I can save and reuse as much of the wood and other materials as I can. That takes time – a lot of time.

In fact, so much time that I’ll be skipping writing my Sunday posts for a couple of weeks. I’ll post a few pictures of project progress starting with these:

The old shed with some of the trim removed

Most of the stuff around the shed used to be in the shed – we had a lot of stuff in there.

Took a couple of days to get the inside cleaned out and the electrical wiring removed.

I’ve focused on clearing out the inside and removing shelving, hooks, the bench and wiring for the lighting.

Just a picture so I know how to reconnect this thing later.

One of the drip irrigation controllers is in this shed so that had to be temporarily relocated. I took this picture to document how it was wired up – could be a bad day if I reconnect it wrong.

That’s it for this week and until I finish this fun project.

If you need me, I’ll be in the shed.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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28 Responses to Monday Working – Shed

  1. Dave says:

    I’m game for just about any home improvement project as long as I have ample time to prepare mind and body. Finding out a shed is arriving way ahead of schedule would not make me happy with the short-term demolition timeframe. But you’ll look back before you know it and be glad something prompted you to get ‘er done so quickly.

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  2. You’re so talented, Andrew. Well done. Did you saw any wood with your eyes?

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  3. Another big project! I guess it’s true that retirement just makes you even busier. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. It’s looking good!! Now, you just need Dave’s – Lego grand piano! LOL

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  5. Good luck with the shed.

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  6. That is beyond cool, Andrew. I’m impressed.

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  7. Anticipation!

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  8. Good luck on your project! My husband has been wanting a shed for years (and I wanted him to get one to free up space in our garage and basement). After a lot of debate on whether to build one himself or purchase a preassembled one, we finally bit the bullet last fall. We ordered one from a company that builds them on their site then brings them to you. We had to have some landscaping done to accommodate it (our backyard is sloping) but it all came together well. And we’re both happy with it. He already has it pretty full and I like the looks of it — from the outside! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • This will be the third prefab I’ve bought. I had one for my old house and my workshop shed is another one. It’s value for the price and labor I’d have to put in making one.


  9. Franknbean says:

    Note the handiness of using phone cameras to take pictures of something important BEFORE it is taken apart. My dad had to draw diagramsโ€ฆ. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. Glad to hear you are reusing as much as you can. Wood here is super-expensive. My Keith just built a greenhouse about the size of your shed – a little smaller though – and used wood from trees he cut or fell in the woods his mom owns. It sure beats having to get the wood from the lumber yard and looks fine. I am sure you will enjoy your new one. Can’t wait to see it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Part of my cost calculation is how many 2x4s I’ll be able to salvage. I am a bit surprised that the shed company offered a comparatively low price on a new one.


  11. jfwknifton says:

    It sounds like you will be very busy, but even if you are working with deadlines, make sure that you are careful with all those drills and saws.

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  12. It is amazing how much stuff we collect in sheds and garages. Good luck with your project.

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  13. lifelessons says:

    An, I miss my handy man! He would love your projects….

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