Do NOT Copy

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Shed Building 101... part 3

Installing the front wall, the siding, and adding a window were the objectives for today's lesson. Cheesehead was trying to tell me that classes were cancelled. He likes to tease though, so I don't think I annoyed him too terribly much with my incessant picture taking.

We decided to wait to install the front wall until after the front flooring was installed. We felt this would make the building more secure and also created less cutting when putting in the flooring. That would make 6 pieces of flooring fit onto the floor perfectly.

Cheesehead secured the 2x4's to the flooring. He left an opening on the floor for where we would install the door. He framed in the top of the wall 8 feet above the bottom to give us something to secure the siding to.

When making holes in any stud wall, it is wise to reinforce the wood you're using. We put a double header beam over the door opening. We also used cross braces above and below the window.

It is a wise move to make sure the windows and doors you purchase fit before attempting to install them. This will save many headaches if it doesn't fit when you bring it back to exchange it for the proper size. We were glad to see that the window fit like a glove!

I know you are probably thinking we are a bit cazy for putting a window in our shed, but it will het in a nice amount of light. We also wanted a window that could stand up to the abuse of children and one that could also open if we wanted to spend some time working in the shed.

Once we had finished framing the wall, it was time to install the siding. While this may sound like an easy task, you need to be careful to properly align the edges and make sure it is level. If you don't do this any subsequent boards will also be out of line and there will be gaps in your shed's siding.

We just added a couple of temporary screws so we could trace out the openings. We breifly debated trying to cut the opening while the siding was installed, but our saw blades weren't long enough. We were also a bit nervous about accidentally cutting into the support structure.

Once we drilled out the four corners of the window, we took the siding down and cut the opening. It is very important not to have any siding hanging into the opening, especially not the door.

We nailed the siding securely into place. Then it was time to put in the window. We decided to use screws to install the window just in case we ever need to replace the window, they're easier to take out than nails. You know how kids can be when they play ball!

Once we finished the bottom of the shed's siding, it was time to tackle the peak. Finishing the bottom gave us a guideline of where to put the tops. We just made sure the grooves in the T 1-11 siding were in line with the grooves on the bottom. One sheet was enough to cover the high portions of the shed without leaving large amounts of wasted scraps.

Since the sheets are fairly heavy and we had to lift them pretty high up, we measured where the tallest potion of the siding would come to and cut the siding into square pieces.

We then could use the wood frame as a template for angling the siding appropriately. We used the same temporary system as we used for cutting the openings down below.

Since we couldn't reach where we were supposed to cut to wood pieces, we measured the frame and added that measurement onto the traced template. Then each piece was cut and installed.

Oops, I didn't take a picture of the finished product. You'll have to wait until next time as it is raining out and I don't want to take two soggy pictures in the same week.

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