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The Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to Building a Shed With a Steel Building Kit

If you are looking for an extra space to house your tools or perhaps a small room where you can  spend more time tinkering your vehicle, then it is likely that you would like to have a new shed built within the confines of your property. However, as with any other type of construction, building a new shed from the ground up is not only time-consuming; it can also be costly especially if you are thinking of using premium quality materials. The good news is that you can still have a new shed built without necessarily spending a lot of cash and time. With a steel building kit, you can actually get an inexpensive, yet durable shed.

As its name suggests, a steel building kit or prefab steel frame building differs from other kinds of construction materials as its components are built completely off site. This means that there is very minimal construction needed to have the structure built in place. In fact, the only construction involved on the building site is the laying of foundation – usually a concrete slab – where the structure will stand.

Because a steel building kit is completely designed with ease of assembly in mind, you can actually build most of the part of the shed without employing the service of a professional contractor, except for the foundation. Here’s a simple guide how you can erect your shed using a steel building kit.

Foundation

A leveled and properly laid foundation is one of the most crucial aspect to having a durable steel shed. Hence, start by looking for a spot within your property that has a level surface that is large enough for the shed you would like to build. While all steel building kits come with the necessary information and drawings as to where and how you should set the anchor bolts of the structure, the process of laying the foundation is best left to the hands of a professional. Hence, seek the expertise of an experienced contractor for this part of the project to ensure that the concrete slab will lay flat on the ground and the anchor bolts project properly above the concrete surface. When all these are done correctly, erecting the entire steel shed will be a breeze.

Main frame

Once the concrete foundation is laid, the next step is to assemble the main frame, which is made up of the I-beam, rafters and columns. These components are already welded, cut and punched from the manufacturing site, allowing for ease of installation. Because some of the parts are heavy, you may need to ask assistance from another person when lifting. Then, you can bolt the parts together and integrate them into the foundation following the instructions from the kit. You may also need to use proper sealants to close parts where rainwater may seep through.

Secondary frame

Now that the main frame is standing, the next step is to integrate the secondary frame which is made up of girts, frame openings and purlins. Similar to the main frame components, the parts for the secondary framing are already pre-cut and pre-punched so that you can easily match the parts together. The secondary frame will also support the loads of the wall panels and roof sheeting of your shed.

Wall Panels, and Roof Sheeting

With both the main and secondary frames in place, you can proceed working on the wall panels, roof sheeting, and insulation. You will have to install the insulation first on the sidewalls (between the girt and wall panels) before you apply the wall panels. Once the insulation and wall panels are in place, you can start integrating the roof sheet to your shed. To prevent leaks, you may have to apply weather stripping.

Final Touches

To complete your steel shed, you need to install the trims and other accessories such as windows, door, vents. The addition of trim will provide a layer of protection to your shed against rain and snow and can also improve its aesthetics. When your steel structure is complete, which you can actually accomplish within a day or two, you can start using and enjoy its service for the years to come without worrying about maintenance.

Steel Buildings Design www.steelbuildingsdesign.co.uk is a UK-based company that designs, supplies and erects bespoke steel buildings for a wide variety of purposes. The article above was written by one of their regular contributors.

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5 Must Have Small Home Appliances

If you have just moved into your home, you have probably already thought about making sure that your kitchen has a stove, refrigerator and dishwasher. These aren’t the only appliances that you need in order to make your new house a home, however. There are tons of useful small appliances out there for you to take a look at, but there are five essentials that no kitchen is complete without.

Toaster Oven

Sure, you can try to get by with a regular toaster just because it is smaller, but you should certainly think about investing in a toaster oven. Not only can you use a toaster oven to make your morning toast or to warm up a bagel, but you can also use it to prepare tons of other things. You can toast more than one sandwich at a time, or you can even make miniature pizzas or a few cookies. Not only are these small appliances useful, but they are also smart; by using your toaster oven instead of your oven when preparing small meals, you can save a lot of money on electricity, and you don’t have to worry about heating up your whole house by turning on your oven.

Blender

A blender is an essential small appliance for any well-stocked kitchen. You can use your blender to make smoothies, shakes and frosty alcoholic beverages, and you can also use it for making soups and other things in the kitchen.

Indoor Countertop Grill

Preparing grilled foods outdoors on an outdoor grill can be delightful, but you probably don’t always have the time to head outdoors to prepare your food, and the weather doesn’t almost permit for it. With an indoor countertop grill, you can prepare healthy and tasty meals, like leaner burgers, grilled chicken breasts and more. You can even prepare grilled cheese sandwiches and other tasty lunch and dinner options with ease with an indoor grill, and you don’t have to worry about messing around with gas or charcoal or standing outside during poor weather conditions in order to get the healthy and delicious grilled taste.

Slow Cooker

Many home cooks never use slow cookers, but they are really missing out. You can use your slow cooker to prepare delicious, home-cooked meals with ease, and you can even leave it to do all of the work for you while you are at work or running errands around town. Along with being useful for preparing quick and easy meals, slow cookers can help you make even the toughest cuts of meat into tender and delicious entrees, and they make it easy to keep food warm during a party or gathering.

Stand Mixer

A lot of people never purchase a stand mixer for themselves, but these useful small kitchen appliances can make the work of baking much easier, and they can also be used for other kitchen tasks, such as kneading bread dough.

Kenneth is a Chef from Melbourne, Australia. He says that these five small home appliances are essential to any good kitchen and recommends visiting the Lasoo website to check out the latest Big W catalogue for the best prices on these appliances.

Personalized Door Mats

The landlord seems enjoy the benefits of the metal door mat in the main door because he bring home  a second metal door mat which is longer than the first one.

Door mats add personality to a home that’s why most homeowners personalized their doormats. They are use so dirt will not come inside the house through shoes. They are considered one of the very important item that can be placed inside or outside our home entrance. Doormats are very functional that’s why it is essential that mats should be made in durable materials and cannot be easily worn out. They are usually made of coir, rubber, Palmyra, aluminum and other metals  which are long lasting and can better hold scrubbing of soles.

Organized Your Home Closet

If there’s one thing I want to be organize at home it is our closet. Most of the old clothes are still there, especially those clothes that my sister don’t wear anymore I have told her already just to giveaway those clothes, when some of the clothes are already handed to our distant cousins the closet we shared is still full of her clothes you cannot even keep a cortech Micro Tank bag because there’s really no space. I think it is also my fault because I gave her my old clothes which she don’t want to giveaway,  in this case the new closet that my mother just bought is just perfect to organize our clothes.

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Some of the example of closet organizers are hangers, garment racks, drawer organizers, storage drawers and dividers but using hanger is the most economical way to organize your closet they are also easy to use.

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