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How To Build Your Own Shed

How To Build Your Own Shed

What you need to know before building your own shed

From choosing the best materials to getting the right tools, we look at your must-have essential info for building the shed of your dreams without a professional. For many people, the garden is the heart of their home.

Whether it’s summer barbecues, late-night parties or relaxing on lazy weekends, a beautiful garden is always a welcome addition to any property. And with a beautiful garden comes the need for plenty of tools – and a secure place to store them.

A well-built garden shed is an essential for any true gardener, but you needn’t shell out a fortune to get the wooden shed of your dreams. Here, we look at how you can build your own garden shed, focusing on the materials and tools you will need to do the job right.

Happy shed building!

Get the right materials for shed building

When you decide to build your own shed, getting the best materials is essential ­– after all, poor quality timber, fixings and foundations will lead to a poor finished product.

To build your own wooden shed you will need the following basic items:

High quality, long lasting timber products are the best choice for erecting a wooden shed. Not only will timber weather well, it will also help to keep your lawnmower, tools and other garden essentials safe from the elements and would-be thieves. And the good news is, we offer a wide range of affordable shed building materials that will make your garden complete in no time.

You can choose to buy your garden shed materials in a kit or individually, but always ensure you measure the area you want to use and order the correct size – measure twice, cut once as the pros say!

Make sure you have the right tools for shed building

Any professional finish will only be achieved by using professional quality tools. And that’s why it is so important to ensure you have the right tools for building a garden shed.

First, it’s important to make sure you have the correct safety equipment before starting to build a shed. This includes heavy duty gloves, eye goggles, and protective clothing. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Next, you will also need a ladder, spirit level (an essential for a sturdy structure), tape measure, power drill and a claw hammer. Depending on whether you decide to insulate your shed or leave it as a wooden shell, you might also need shed felt and a sealant gun. As you work, keep your tools clean and organised to make your shed building go off without a hitch.

Get organised and make a plan for your shed project

Building a wooden shed structure for the garden should be fairly straightforward for anyone
well practiced in DIY. But it can still be a challenge. As any tradesman will tell you, the best way to get on top of a job is to get organised right from the start of the project – and stay organised through to the end.

If you’ve decided to build a garden shed, the first step is to lay out all the materials and tools, taking an inventory to ensure you have everything ready to go.

Building a shed is split up into the following basic steps:

  • Laying the base and foundation – you’ll need treated wooden shed beams and a concrete base
  • Assembling the shed floor
  • Raising the walls into place
  • Fitting the roof
  • Fixing the windows (if you decide to add any)
  • And finally fixing the walls to the floor.

If you’re in any doubt about building your own shed, there are lots of free plans and designs available online to help you make a plan. Make sure to set aside plenty of time to complete building the shed and get a friend to help with the tricky bits – it really is a job for two or more.

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Know Your DIY: Timber Treatment

To get the best out of your wood-based project, a great timber treatment is the key to longevity. Whilst wood will not rot if it is kept dry, protecting against the elements is best practice to ensure that your timber has a long life.

Not sure if you need a timber treatment? Read on to find out more!

What is a Timber Treatment?

Timber treatment is commonly mistaken for decorative coatings, however, a timber treatment is far more hardy and durable. A timber treatment is a mixture of preservatives applied to wood to protect against timber decay, including dry rot and woodworm.

In the often very damp climate of the UK, timber is typically at a high risk of attack from certain insects and beasties, as well as fungi, which can dramatically affect the lifespan of timber, and lead to dangerous, or in some cases potentially fatal accidents where structural timber has been used.

Why Would You Use Untreated Timber?

With such justifiable reasons for using treated timber, it may seem strange to opt to use untreated wood for your project. However, many DIY enthusiasts and professionals still prefer to use untreated timber for a number of reasons.

To begin with, untreated timber is typically cheaper and allows maximum control over the project from start to finish. Another reason that untreated timber may be preferred is due to the nature of harsh chemicals used to create treated timber, it may simply not be appropriate.

For instance, a project involving the creation of an indoor dining table, the purpose of the table would be to serve food – and in this instance, toxic chemicals would carry some risk to health, whilst the risk of structural collapse due to rot is very low to non-existent.

Choosing Between Untreated and Treated Timber

Applying a timber treatment typically requires heavy duty apparatus to apply the chemicals, so for the casual DIY-er, opting for a treated timber can prove to be much more cost efficient, compared to sourcing timber treatment professionals to process your untreated wood for an outdoor project.

The biggest advantage to choosing wood that has undergone a timber treatment is the far superior lifespan. That combined with the cheap price point can make treated timber a very attractive proposition.

If you’re still not sure whether to go for treated or untreated timber, we’d be delighted to help! Just give us a call on 0844 474 4444 to speak to our timber treatment experts now! Ready to get cracking? Check out our treated and untreated timber now!

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Top Tips for Protecting Your Timber Wood Fence

If you’re the proud owner of a timber wood fence, you’ll want it to be in the best condition this summer. It’s important to know the best way to maintain it. The UK weather can be unpredictable at best so it’s important to take a few steps to protect your timber.

Keep on Top of Any Damage

It can be tempting to overlook a tiny bit of rot or splitting fence panels but you’re always better to face the problem head on. If your panel is past the point of no return, it’s easy to replace them. With just one part damaged, there’s no need to replace the fence in its entirety, saving a penny or two in the long run. Take a look at eDecks’ wide range of fence panels with something to suit every taste.

Seal and Reseal Your Timber Wood

To protect your timber panels from the elements, it’s worthwhile investing in a good sealant. Why not try Ronseal One Coat Fence Life? It protects and colours your fence, saving it from the challenging British weather. You may also want to consider re-sealing the timber once a year to keep your fence in tiptop condition. If you’re short on time, invest in a Ronseal Fence Sprayer which can paint a panel in just 4 minutes!

Spring Cleaning

If your fence is looking a tad worse for wear, it may just need a quick clean. A pressure washer can work wonders for your outdoor timber. It’s a great investment, getting the job done in half the time.  A quick clean every 6 months or so will have your fence looking good as new.

Good Quality Posts Keep You Upright!

Your fence posts are the foundations that hold your fence together so it’s important to make sure they’re well fitted, sturdy and high quality. With eDecks’ discounted prices, it’s easier than ever to get your hands on good quality, affordable timber fencing. Treated timber fence posts are available from just £10.79.

So don’t sit on the fence when it comes to protecting your timber. Invest in some prevention and repair this summer. Over at eDecks, you’ll find all the timber wood supplies you need to help.

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Garden Deck This Summer

With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of your outdoor oasis. Step away from the TV box sets and embrace the surprisingly glorious British summertime. There’s nothing better in summer than enjoying some quality time on your garden deck. Read on to discover five tips for getting the most out of your garden deck over the next few months.

Host a Summer Drinks Party

Admittedly, there’s a lack of opportunity to socialise outside in the UK. So when opportunity does come knocking, you have to take full advantage. Invite your family and friends to admire your garden and soak up the sunshine whilst cracking open a bottle of wine. Decking lights are a great way to ensure you can party until dusk, whilst showcasing your garden in the best light!

Unleash Your Green Fingers

You may not be the next Alan Titchmarsh but gardening can be a great activity for all the family. Summer is a great time to dig out those gardening gloves and have a go. Why not plant some blooms on and around your deck to add a splash of colour? The Rosa Planter would add a lovely touch to your decking this summer.

Get the Family Together for a BBQ

Summer is the perfect excuse to get the family together for a good old fashioned BBQ. After all, nothing beats the taste of burgers and sausages cooked outside! Some garden furniture is a great investment for your decking, lasting for years of family fun! The Ledbury 9 Piece Rattan Cube set looks great on a garden deck and is perfect for all the family.

Catch Some Rays on Your Garden Deck

Your garden deck is the perfect place to relax and work on your summer tan. Grab your sunglasses, a good book and an ice cream and enjoy the tranquillity of your own back garden. If the heat gets too much a parasol is a great option for enjoying the fresh air whilst keeping cool. The Genoa Cantilever Parasol looks great and is produced using weather resistant materials so you can leave it out all year.

Some Evening Stargazing

We’ve all seen these romantic scenarios on TV where people spend the evening cuddling under the stars. Who’s to say you can’t do it too? Your decking makes the perfect setting for a spot of evening stargazing from the comfort of your own garden. Switch on the decking lights, bring out your favourite cosy blankets, light some candles and play your favourite tunes -the perfect evening spent with friends or that special someone!

Are you itching to get planning your summer of outdoor fun? Pop over to eDecks now for all your DIY essentials to take your garden deck to the next level.

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Artificial Grass and Dogs – What You Need to Know

Do you struggle to keep your lawn looking prim and proper thanks to your furry friend? More and more pet owners are turning to synthetic grass to combat the inevitable mud bath that the combination of pooch meets grass brings. Here’s what you need to know about artificial grass and dogs!

Messy Days Are Over

An investment into artificial grass means you can say farewell to patchy grass and muddy patches! A fake lawn creates a safe and clean environment for your dog to play in, without the restrictions of keeping your garden pet-free on weed killer and fertiliser days.

Artificial grass cuts out the damage caused by burrowing by dogs – as it’s usually the fresh soil and dirt that triggers a dig. Of course, for the majority of dogs, digging is practically a past time, so why not try some bark chips – and create a fuss-free digging zone that can be easily swept back into place when play time is over – a much less destructive alternative to your carefully tended lawn!

It’s as Good as the Real Deal

Many owners are worried that their dogs will not like to play on new synthetic grass, but do not worry – gone are the days of cheap-feel lawns! Thanks to modern advancements, artificial grass is virtually indistinguishable from the real deal, and much like us humans, pets struggle to tell the difference.

Not forgetting with artificial lawns comes the added benefit of softer grass, your backyard will be much more friendly to soft paws and comfortable for pets to sprawl out on a hot summer’s day.

It’s a Clean Win

Of course, with every pup there comes the issue of dog urine and faeces – but because artificial grass is permeable, waste will either fall through or be easily cleaned off. If you’re starting to see a build-up of waste on your synthetic lawn, then simply hosing down the lawn after your dog has been to the toilet will do the trick.

For messiest of tasks, there are a range of cleaning solutions – from good old white vinegar to artificial grass friendly disinfectant.

Artificial Grass and Dogs – The Best Grass for Your Garden

Here at eDecks, we’re committed to helping our customers find the best suited product for the whole family – pets included. If you’re not sure where to begin with your backyard, our friendly sales team would be more than delighted to help – simply give them a call on 0844 474 4444!

Know everything you need to and made your mind up about artificial grass and dogs? Head on over to our artificial grass best-sellers to pick out your materials!