Purchasing a new workshop building
As readers will be aware if they have read Editors Bench that I am moved to Scotland. One of the problems faced was moving my workshop at the same time as the house but there was no outbuilding to store the tools and machinery in. So, a major priority was to get a suitable size shed erected as a workshop prior to moving so storage was immediately available.
I had looked at my local garden centres first but although the manufacturers covered most of the country, the KW postcode was absent from their delivery area. Then I looked on Ebay. Great, there where several shed manufacturers who made high quality sheds at reasonable prices. Two days, lots of phone calls and emails later one of the Ebay sellers said they would deliver to Scotland. They gave me a quote and I was pleased that they did not charge me for the first 200 miles, which was free.
I asked what the width of the door was and then checked this against my Tom Senior mill and found there was plenty of clearance so the extra expense of double doors was not necessary.
Placing the order
I placed the order, paid a 25% deposit and waited for confirmation of the delivery date, which they agreed to do over a weekend. I dont think that they normally deliver on a weekend but as it was so far, the boss said he would bring it up himself if I could help him erect it. You could always ask if you need it done at a weekend. They may be happy to do this. Delivery was quoted at 4 weeks maximum but they said they would try and do it within 3 weeks, which they did.
The Sunday of delivery arrived. We had driven up to Scotland overnight and waited for the shed to turn up. It arrived at about 10.45 and the boss had bought someone to help him put it up as they had erected another shed in Cumbria the previous day. The shed was erected and within an hour, they were gone.
The ground where the shed was to go was covered in gravel and this was not quite level, but the shed was erected anyway. I will have to level the shed when we finally move in. This will be fairly easy as we are taking another smaller shed with the furniture van and after we have settled in, we can erect the other shed, transfer most of the tools and stuff to into it, which will leave the large shed empty.
I would have levelled the ground in advance but did not have time, as we had not yet moved in, (also living 725 miles away did not help matters. Make sure your ground is level before the shed people arrive. They will not want to hang around. They will want to erect and be on their way.
I purchased 9 off 3in. x 3in. tanalised bearers to go under the shed. This I feel, is better than putting the shed directly onto the ground. On my previous shed I have used wooden fence posts to do the same job, but because we did not have time to buy any, I bought from the building manufacturer and they delivered them with the shed.
Access to the garden is essential, as they will not lift the shed over fences or walls. If they cannot get access to the shed area, they will leave the shed as close to it as they can for you to erect. Erecting a shed yourself is not a major problem if you have someone to help you. It may be a bit heavy in the larger sizes. The worse bit is lifting on the roof, as the roofing felt is very heavy.
The roof came ready felted except for the join at the top. This was fitted after the roof was put on. The roof must be pretty strong as the erector walked all over the top while he was tacking the felt down. It did bend a bit but there were no ominous cracks. This was an apex roof but if you order a pent shed, I would expect the felt to be fitted all over prior to lifting the roof on.
The shed appeared to be substantially made and should last longer than I will. Because I am putting a heavy mill in, I will put MDF on the floor. I have not decided to just put it under the mill or cover the whole floor to spread the load. In my previous shed, I covered the whole floor. This one though, would be a lot more expensive, being twice the size of the previous shed. I expect I will cover it all as I need to reassemble the mill with an engine hoist and the load on the wheels would probable send it through the floor.
The door fittings
The door is mounted on three substantial hinges and there is a strong bolt fitted that doubles as a padlock holder. There are also two toggle latches fitted. From a security point of view, at least some of the holes in the bolt and the hinges should be replaced with 6mm coach bolts so that they cant be unscrewed and access gained. I cant remember if I specified which side the door was to open but it opens the right way on my shed. It would be safest to specify which way it opens if you have a preference.
There arent any! When the shed arrived and they started erection, I saw there were no windows. I mentioned this and was told that I had not ordered windows. There was no way of checking this, as I had no Internet connection or computer available. I knew I had not ordered windows but had thought they were included. I could not risk them taking the shed away so I just let them get on with erecting.
When I got home, the nest day, I checked the Ebay auction to see why I had not ordered windows. The Ebay auction said the 12 x 8 shed had 3 windows as standard. Mystery solved, I had not ordered the windows, as they should have been included.
The problem is, I placed the order direct, not through Ebay, as the size I wanted was not listed. At the time of writing, I am waiting for this to be resolved. It is not the end of the world though. I can cut holes and fit some windows if necessary. At least if you are buying a shed, you now know to make sure windows are included. Despite the problem with the windows, I still consider the shed to be good value for money and would not hesitate to order from them again.
The shed was supplied by Himleys Garden Buildings
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Himley buildings are manufactured using highest quality kiln dried 25 x 125mm Tanalised Log Lap Cladding on 50 x 50mm planed framing and are also available clad with 12mm Shiplap T&G cladding.
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The 12mm Shiplap T&G cladding has a 5 year guarantee against rot. The 12mm shiplap is only available with a golden brown treatment.
The floors are tongue & groove with framing spaced every foot (300mm) and the tongued and grooved roof is finished with 40kg green mineral felt.
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