What I Learned While Remodeling My HomeWhat I Learned While Remodeling My Home


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What I Learned While Remodeling My Home

Me and my wife bought a fixer-upper a few years ago with every intention on converting it into our dream home. The problem was, we were not nearly as skilled in home construction and remodeling as we thought we were. After a few failed projects, we needed to really take a step back and reevaluate our plan. We knew there was no money in the budget to hire a contractor to do everything, so there were some skills we were going to have to learn on our own. After several months of actively seeking out the information we needed to get the job done, we were finally able to successfully remodel the kitchen in our new house. While the house is still a work in progress, we are successfully accomplishing new tasks every day. In this blog, I hope to bring together all of the information we learned along the way.

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How To Organize Building Materials From A Kit So You Can Work Quickly

If you buy a kit to assemble a storage shed on your property, you want to be sure you do not lose any of the building materials inside the box. There is a really good approach that can help you organize your building materials as you pull them from the boxes. If you use the following approach, you should not lose any parts before your shed is complete.

Pull out the Instructions First

First, find the instructions for assembly of your new shed. The step by step instructions are exactly what you need to help you organize your materials. Read the instructions through at least once. It helps to know what is coming with each new step.

Pull out the Pieces for Each Step and Lay Them Down on the Ground

Next, pull all of the pieces out of the boxes, one box at a time. Set the pieces you need for each step on the ground. For example, all of the pieces you need to assemble the walls of the shed should be laid out on the ground, along with the fasteners needed to complete the steps and put the walls together.

This means you need as many piles of supplies on the ground as you have steps in the manual. If you do not want to separate the fasteners, that is fine. Just place the fasteners in a row in front of the line of material piles on the ground. You essentially have an assembly line of parts ready to go.

Do Not Get Distracted by the Next Pile

Adults sometimes try to jump ahead and do the next step before finishing the first step. Do not do that! You may find that you have to keep some parts loose until all parts are properly aligned. Then you have to tighten everything almost simultaneously so that the tension in the roof and the walls provides equilibrium to the structure. Jumping ahead alters the shed's tensile strength and may not fit together properly.

If You Need a Spare Hand, Ask for One

A storage shed is a big structure, even when you assemble a very small one. If you need an extra hand for assembly, by all means ask for it. The last thing you want is for this structure to fall on you, or fall over and come out of whack with the rest of the structure. Then you have to start all over.

You can contact businesses like Hatboro Lumber & Fuel Co. for more information.