The Shed – Day 14

Day 14

It has been a long time since I wrote an update on the shed. Mostly because, not too much has changed. The shed is pretty much all wrapped up. We finished the white trim and cedar shingle siding on the upper sides of the walls. We went through a lot of these shingles attempting to find decent ones. I attempted to save myself a lot of money buy buying grade D shingles which are primarily used for starter rows and under courses. But I was able to hunt through the 4 or 6 pallets we bought to find enough that were of quality.

shingles everywhere

From here on out its just small things like shelves and little accents to the workshop. I might update my blog with some of the bigger projects but for the most part the shed is coming to an end.

cedar shingles

The shed/workshop has taken about 14–15 full days of work to build. I learned a lot along the way and feel pretty confident about tackling other construction or renovation projects around the house now.

finished shed

The Shed – Day 13

The Hardie Wood is here! Over the last few weeks while I was waiting on my Hardie Wood siding spent a few days here and there getting the trim up and painted in preparation for the siding. The trim is 5/4 by 4 inches which gives a good offset to the 8 inch wide with 5 inch reveal siding I am going with. I just brad nailed them to the side of the shed every few feet. Someday I may come back and throw a few finishing nails into them but between all the caulk and brad nails in them I think they wont be going anywhere.

The siding is pretty straight forward and goes fairly quickly when you get going with some momentum. It also speeds up greatly if you have a partner that can work on cutting them to size while you nail them up. I also highly recommend getting a Turboshear Fiber Cement Siding Shear and a set of Gecko Gauges. The turbo shear is great because it reduces the dust created by cutting the fiber cement boards which will destroy your lungs if you breathe it in. We still used masks when cutting or drilling the boards. The Gecko Gauges hold each plank/board at the correct reveal from the previous board allowing you to nail it to the surface. It also keeps every board level as long as the first board you set was level.

Hardie Wood is a fiber cement board that is commonly used on higher end new home construction vs vinyl these days. It can come pre painted from the factory and is more durable and requires less maintenance than wood or vinyl. Its a bit more expensive than real wood or vinyl and probably way overkill for a shed. However, on such a small surface area the cost difference is probably less noticeable between the different materials, so I say go for it!

siding going up

Did I mention that its early February and we are getting warm sunny days with highs in the 70s here. This extremely warm winter we are having has worked out perfectly for us getting this work in on the shed. Last year around this time the ground would be cover in a foot of snow. I don’t even want to imagine how unbearably hot this summer is going to be. Climate change…

Siding half done

The Shed – Day 12

These last few weeks have been real slow in terms of any progress on the shed. It has been about 4 weeks now and I am still waiting on my siding delivery. While I wait for that I decided to get the doors on this week. I figured doors can’t be too hard to build from scratch. I was so wrong. Never building doors ever again.

I figured that if I just build a box of 2x4s and lay plywood over that with trim on top I should have some nice thick doors. Well let me tell you that ticker does not equal better when it comes to doors. First of all, incase you haven’t noticed yet, doors swing and rotate out. Which means the thicker they are; the more they will bind up when closing since the backside will swing wider than the front. Kind of like a bus turning onto a street.

The binding of the doors’ arc was only the first headache. The next thing that gave me a hard time is getting the gaps around the doors to a reasonable tolerance. It takes super precise measurements to get doors evenly spaced in their opening/jam. Then hanging them on the hinges in high tolerance is super tricky too. If you have warped wood on the door it gets even more frustrating.

hung doors

Overall I think the doors turned out okay. The moment they break I will be replacing them with some pre-hung store bought doors though. I should note that I did enjoy building each door and putting extra craftsmanship into them. It was really just getting them hung and aligned properly that was super exhausting. I have a small clip of me working on them with a hand plane here.

The Shed – Day 11

It’s been a few weeks since I have worked on the shed. The weather has been pretty wet and we are still waiting on the Hardie Wood Siding to come in. Today we decided to wrap the shed with the same felt paper we used on the roof. Similar to house wrap, we figured it couldn’t hurt to add one more barrier between the siding and the plywood.


Before we can begin on the siding we will need to attach all of the trim. We purchased several 5/4 inch x 4 inch x 8 foot trim boards. They will need to be hung on the sides of the shed and then primed and painted white. We only got as far as getting the front top trim board up and tacked today. We will finish the rest next weekend.

The Shed – Day 10

I ordered all the James Hardie Plank siding for the shed so now we play the waiting game. Should be about 2 or 3 weeks from the manufacture to the Home Depot then to my house. In the mean time I have been working on some smaller things around the shed. 

Housewrap door

I ran power from my laundry room out to the shed so that I wont have to rely on long extension cords from the outlet on my deck. The power solution is a pretty simple and reversible one. I bought 14/3 cable, a 3 prong plug, a GFCI outlet and box, and a 1/2 inch PVC pipe.

The plug allows me to cut power to the shed from the laundry room when I want. I did this same thing for the outlet I installed on the deck when we first moved into the house. I try to make sure all of my updates to the house are as close to code and safe as possible and this feels like a pretty safe and reversible solution to me.

The wire runs outside and along the house to where we dug a trench between the house and the shed at which point we would bury the wire. I cut the PVC into pieces and along with some 90º pieces I created a large “U” shape for it to run through in the trench section. I used some duct seal compound around the holes that I drilled into the house and shed for the wire. The compound is water and air tight and we call the stuff monkey shit, and that may even be the brand name of the compound that we used but you can find it at hardware stores or amazon. Its great for sealing up holes around the house.

powered shed

We wired up the outlet in the shed 18 inches from the floor right above the hole it comes in from. I plan to run a power strip from that outlet that will allow me to run lights and a few other devices at the same time. The GFCI outlet is another must have in terms of safety, especially since Ill be using some power tools and heaters from it.

After the power was finished we tackled filling the gaps between the rafters. We used left over plywood to cut a bunch of 14 by 6 inch panels. I tacked these panels into the top plate of the walls with just my brad nailer and 1 inch nails. After all the panels were installed I came back around all of them and sprayed some foam insulation around them to make it completely air tight.

foam insulation