The 2 Week Diet
Mar 122013
Storage Shed

Spring and summer is just around the corner


Now that the winter is coming to an end, it’s time to get your backyard storage shed ready for the busy spring and summer just around the corner.

First thing you should check is the roof. A shed is built very similar to a house. The same thing that would happen to your house if it’s missing shingles will happen to your shed if they’re not replaced.Storage Shed

Check for any missing shingles and replace ASAP. You want to place the top edge of the replacement shingle under the shingle directly above it and make sure the bottom edge of it is over the shingle directly below it.

This will let the water run down on top of all the shingles until it gets to the gutter or falls off the roof the way it should.

It would be best if you can cover each new roofing nail with some type of roofing cement to insure against leaks from the new nails as they may be exposed.

Once your roof is in order, check all the trim and siding for rot and loose nails/fasteners because as wood constricts and contracts, it can start to spit out nails. Just pound them back in making sure they are doing their job. If you think they are still loose, add a few nails so everything is secure.

Check all of the caulked seams on the siding and trim including around vents, windows and the doors. If you see caulk dried up or pulled away, peal it off and apply new caulk. It doesn’t make sense to go cheap on caulk so get a good 20 or 30 year caulk that expands and is paintable. If you going to add some caulk, only caulk the tops of horizontal seams or trim leaving the bottom open to allow any water that does get in a place to run out or else it will be stuck and will rot whatever is there.

If you’re going to caulk vertical seams, be sure you have a continuous bead to the bottom so the water can’t sneak in between pieces and runs all the way down to the bottom of the shed.

Next are the doors. A little oil will go a long way on the hinges and latches and make it a lot easier closing and opening the doors.

Just like the siding and trim on your shed, check the same on your doors. Instead of using nails to tighten them, try short wood screws for better holding power. Most of the wood on the doors is pretty thin so being careful when screwing using your cordless screwdriver is a must as it’s very easy to spin the screw.

You can also add corner blocks to the doors to increase the strength. Your shed doors are used the most throughout the year and adding screws and corner blocks will keep them in better shape. Read more about beefing up your doors here.

There is a very good chance you had trouble opening your doors due to the barn settling. Place a level across the front threshold, rear and each side of the inside of your shed to check for level.

If your shed has settled out of level, you can use shims and your car jack or a fulcrum set up to lift the barn so you can place shims under it.  Be sure to place a board or something similar under the jack so it doesn’t sink into the ground when you’re raising the shed.  Great shims to use are shingles. Cut them into approximately 6 inch squares and use as many as needed. If you don’t have any shingles lying around, you can also cut strips of pressure treated wood or you can buy precut shims from your local home improvement big box store.

The precut shims work fine except usually they are not treated and will rot over time. Think about painting them before you use them. You may also find cedar shims and you won’t have to worry about rot with them.

You shed is valuable and it makes sense to take care of it.

Thanks for reading.

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