I’m quite a keen gardener, with quite a large lawn. I’ve just bought
myself a new ride on lawnmower and am wondering about whther I should
also get myself a dedicated outdoor metal storage shed as theres no
space in my garage! Had a look online, and seen the metal garden shed at
an online store called Asgard 'Metal Sheds, Metal Bike Sheds, School
Storage' (http://www.asgardsss.co.uk ) which looks great, but wanted to
know how easy it would be to install? Has anyone got one of these?
Not much to set up but it looks almost too small for a ride-on
mower... first big gust of wind will blow it away... hardly worth the
trouble and expense to anchor it down. If all you want is something
small, inexpensive, and simple, to protect just a mower... I'd
recommend a tarp type cover... I don't see the point to a permanent
installation for something so tiny... one of those covers for a small
sports car makes much more sense. If I'm going to erect a permanent
garden shed it has to be large enough to storage all my gardening
equipment with plenty of room to spare. That doll house sized thing
doesn't appear tall enough for an adult to stand upright.
First thing I think you'd need is a place to park your contraption.
Continual water vapor condensing on machinery, is not a good deal. You
could spend a lot of time greasing and painting but why? A nice concrete
slab would be where I'd start. Then you could put a cover over your
contraption, or do a post and lentil frame around it with a corrugated
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the
I hate those little metal sheds. Every time I bang my head on the
low door my neck suffers too. And the tiny ones really do blow away
in the wind ... and always seem to land on top of something else
you didn't want damaged.
I live in the States, and the ones commonly available here are of a kind
of corrugated metal construction. Mine is 10 X 12. There's only a few
"musts" to assembling one and being happy with it in the long run:
"Must" #1: Take the time to carefully grade the site so it is
"Must" #2: Buy the "floor kit". It's not included with most of them
(some might include it) and if it isn't, the extra expense (about $75)
is very well worth it - in fact, I'd say essential. The floor kit is a
galvanized metal perimeter.
"Must" #3: Do NOT try to assemble it on a breezy day. You'll wind up
saying words you didn't know you knew. Choose a CALM day (little to no
breeze) to do it. Trust me.
"Must" #4: When it's finished, add a 3/4" exterior grade plywood floor.
The floor is "toenailed" (with drywall screws) into the perimeter.
The drywall screws will pierce the galvanized metal of the perimeter
easily, when propelled by a screw gun.
"Must" #5: Regardless of what the manufacturer says about the quality
and longevity of the factory paint, repaint it every 3 to 4 years
(Rust-Oleum is by far the best paint for this job).
Mine just passed it's sixteenth birthday, and looks and performs fine.
I live in an area that not uncommonly has 40 MPH winds all day (or
night) long, and the shed has never batted an eyelash. Like most
things, you'll ultimately get out of it what you put into it. Extra
care up front, and painting it every few years will make it turn out to
be a very worthwhile investment. We've all seen these things that look
like rust held together with paint chips, and they're only seven or
eight years old. That's sad - I think they should last 20 years easily.
Take the time up front, paint it when it needs it, and it'll be fine.
You forgot the most important "Must"; install heavy duty anchors.
And you don't want to grade the site "absolutely level" or every time
it rains the shed will be sitting in a puddle. A shed shouldn't be
erected directly on the ground anyway.
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