Do It Yourself – Erecting Your Shed

Erecting Your Shed

First downloaded all manuals, BOM, marking plans from Cyclad.

Take time to check all your Shed components off against the bill of materials as soon as possible after your Shed arrives. You don’t want to be partway through erection when you discover something is missing and the sooner you spot a problem, the easier it is to fix.

Begin with the framework, attaching them to your footings or concrete slab. Then proceed to erect one wall at a time, bracing as required and following the assembly instructions, especially where bolt tensions, stiffeners and bracing are concerned.

Leave doors and windows until the end, and make sure that you have your frame inspected before cladding internally if necessary. Finish up with the guttering and other trades, such as electrical and plumbing.

For a small Sheds, this is a reasonably easy job for two people if you’re experienced at DIY or come from a trade background. A small Shed can even be managed by one person but help is always handy. If you’re tackling a bigger job or are not an experienced builder, it’s not too late to hire someone who is. A construction tip you need to be aware of is that unless you’re employing a an accredited builder, you will usually need to be an approved owner-builder.

Building tips

• Read all the way through the assembly instructions before you begin, then refer to them regularly throughout the build. Getting things wrong can be expensive.

• Wear heavy work boots, gloves, eye protection and other safety gear as required, and apply sunblock regularly. Although this seems obvious, most DIY building injuries come about through people forgetting basic precautions.

• Don’t try to build on a windy or wet day. Ideally, wait for a cool, still weekend for maximum safety and comfort.

• Assemble the first frame following the detailed steel marking plan corresponding to the panel layout.

• Tailors have an adage: ‘measure twice, cut once’. The same idea is important in building. Every bit of extra time you spend measuring or checking your alignment before fixing any frame work, screws, bolts or fittings is time well spent: you can’t undo holes made in steel or concrete and mistakes will show as a poor finish.

Please contact our office on 6339 4489 if you have any questions.
Remember to can visit our Display Centre open 24/7 or online to see how the sheds go together.