How to dismantle a shed
Whether your shed has come to its end and needs to be dismantled and disposed of or you need to move your shed to a different location in your garden, today we will be running through how to dismantle a shed safely. Each shed will be different to dismantle but following a general rule you will have it down in no time, reverse the build process.
When dismantling your shed you will face 4 major problems.
- Fixtures and screws/nails have rusted.
- Parts to heavy to remove yourself.
- Broken glass/rotting timber.
- Disposing of the debris.
When your shed is delivered, unless you have paid for assembly you will have to undertake self-assembly to build your shed. Instructions are always supplied and are heavily detailed using pictorial diagrams to make it as easy as possible. In the case that your shed is still in great condition but you need to move it for some reason, the best way is to grab out the instruction manual and follow it backwards. This is a really easy way to dismantle a shed as you follow the assembly guide which is designed to help build your shed the safest and easiest way.
In most cases, the reason you need to dismantle your shed is to remove it from your garden. When sheds start to fall apart from rot and other damage it may become tricky to remove the shed safely.
The first thing to do is to assess the shed overall if there is an obvious hazard then try to remove that first.
Windows and doors are the best place to start, you do not want a heavy door falling on you or a window smashing which will increase the clean up time. Use a crowbar to levy the windows frame of the shed which should be easy, if your window is cracked grab a big painters sheet and wrap it up to prevent cutting yourself. The door will be easy to remove too using a crowbar, start by applying pressure to the frame and it should slip straight off.
Next will be the roof. The roof is the largest component to the shed and most likely to have rotted. Start by ripping off any felt to see where you are going to start. Using either a screwdriver or crowbar again, remove any attaching screws and then pull the roof off. This can take more than a few sets of hands and it can be a heavy item to remove so its always helpful to have some help. The roof is responsible for the stability of the walls so be careful that walls do not immediately fall down.
The sheds walls will be the final break down. If you need to add temporary supports then use timbers that can be dug into the ground to support the walls whilst you break the others down. Either prize the walls apart and then remove them with a crowbar or if it's a newer shed unscrews the fixtures.
Once your shed is dismantled and parts are dotted around the garden you can either dispose of the shed or if some parts can be re-used then that’s up to you.
If you are dismantling a shed that needs to be re-built remember to be very careful and use a claw hammer to remove nails and then gently force off the parts rather than breaking them apart.
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Remember your safety is first. Be conscious and careful at all times and use a good range of tools to dismantle the shed.
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If you want to know how to rebuild your shed after you have moved it, take a look at our video below.