THE TRUTH ABOUT... Putting up a shed
Sunday 17 May 1998
Essential shed features are as follows: (1) floor (bare earth is a no- no, so this means laying paving stones or concrete); (2) door (make sure this is wide enough for mower/wheelbarrow etc or prepare to feel very foolish and endure endless maddening repetitions of "Why don't you keep the mower/wheelbarrow etc in the shed, then?"); (3) windows (or you won't be able to see whilst pottering in the shed without a torch, which is silly. And if it is actually a potting shed, the plants won't grow unless it's light enough); (4) roof (tongue-and-groove boards are more weatherproof than plywood but leaks are likely at some point).
Even The Garden DIY Expert (Transworld pounds 5.99), normally sanguine about all kinds of scary tasks, baulks slightly at erecting one's own shed and recommends forking out to let the supplier do it for you. "Instructions can be a little puzzling and the men they send have done it before," it observes. "If you do it yourself then you will certainly need an able- bodied helper," it further adds, ominously. To able-bodied add even-tempered, steel-muscled and with GSOH, probably.
For greenhouses, take all the above and multiply. The nicest and most attractive greenhouses are in any case those that have been in situ for many years and have blended into the garden happily; these are likely to be made of brick and wood or cast iron rather than plastic and acrylic and are, says The Garden DIY Expert sternly, "Quite impractical these days," which is a shame.
And remember to check up about planning permission. Sometimes surprisingly minor buildings can require it. If putting up a shed or greenhouse (or indeed gazebo or playhouse or treehouse) is a touchy, tricky business, taking it down again, particularly involuntarily, is even worse.
Life & Style blogs
Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
Is Apple's iCloud safe after leak of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities' nude photos?
Porn film production 'must stop in Los Angeles' after actor tests positive for HIV
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
- 1 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 2 Perez Hilton apologises for Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
- 5 Jennifer Lawrence 'naked sex video' will be leaked threatens 4Chan celebrity photo hacker
£40000 - £50000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: SQL Impl...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: SQL Technical ...
£85000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Head of IT (Windows, Server, VMware, SAN, ...
£55000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Lead C# Develo...