Shire Shiplap Single Door Apex Shed 8' x 6' x 7' (Nominal)
Odd shed design
This was one of the oddest sheds I've ever had to put together. Read my reveiw of the 'adjustable' shed base.
Sheds generally come in 8 sections; 4 walls, 2 roof panels and a floor. Put the base down, screw the wall sections in place and hoist the roof to hold it all rogether. I can generally erect an 8'x6' shed, and felt it, on my own in around 2 hours.
This one comes in 10 sections for the walls alone! it even has seperate gables which you have to screw onto the top of the wall sections. The manufacturers advise putting the panels together with a silicon based sealant as its not waterproof - it could be if the panels were made in one piece and probably cost them less to make as well.
The shiplap doesn't match up on adjoining sections which makes the shed look odd; the shiplap on the end sections end flush with the top of the framing so there is no chance of the shiplap on the gable ends slotting onto it.
The floor is in two parts, two 6x4 sections that you have to nail together, its unfortunate that the manufacturers have chosen to use 12mm sterling board for the floor and the roof sections to save on costs. The floor sections are slightly longer than the walls sections so a bit of carpentry is required to trim the edges to make it fit.
The roof is even more bizarre in that it has 6 sections which you have to nail together with 12 half rafter sections. Why not just make it in two 8ft panels??
The only saving grace is the opening window sash which is well made, much better standard than the rest of the shed.
The door is shiplap panels fixed to three horizontal battens; oddly it has no bracing for strength or added security, so will be prone to warping and/or twisting
This shed took over 5 hours to put up and was still quite unstable in my opinion; I had to call on an extra pair of hands in the end as it is too flimsy to attempt on your own.
I have no idea why Shire can't produce 8ft panels for walls, roofs or floors; it seems very odd. It can't be for transport considerations as it turns up on a big curtainsider. If it wasn't for the fact that the customer was desperate to get the shed in, and had chosen this shed out of the catalogue, we would have advised returning it to the manufacturer as unsuitable.
21 Aug 2011