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How to Repair a Wooden Shed

Over the course of a number of years, your wooden shed is subjected to the unkind conditions of wind, rain and ice, unwanted attention from rats, mice and pigeons, as well as occasional knocks and bumps from gardening equipment and stray footballs. Before the weather turns, the last few weeks of the summer is a good time to make any necessary repairs to your wooden shed in order to keep in standing strong over the winter.

Clear Out Your Wooden Shed

The first step in repairing your wooden shed is to clear it out. Remove all of your gardening equipment and storage boxes and sweep it clear of debris and cobwebs.

Sort through your items, and throw out anything that you don't need any longer. Try to avoid taking items to the tip to simply fill up a landfill site where possible, and recycle them, sell them on, or even give them away on sites such as Free-cycle.

Check Your Wooden Shed for Damage

You can check your wooden sheds floor for any signs of movement simply by placing a spirit level on each board and ensuring that it is flat.

Using a sturdy stepladder, check your wooden sheds roof for any signs of damage. Things to look out for are tears and rips in your felt, or any signs of rotten or broken wood underneath the felt. If your shed was treated with a spirit-based wood treatment when you built it, then annually afterwards. With this you are unlikely to suffer from decaying wood, but birds, cats and other visitors to your garden may well damage the felt, and sheds roofs can get damaged by things such as larger animals or falling tree branches.

Making Repairs to Your Wooden Shed

If you determine that one or more of your wooden sheds floorboards are not level, or if they are cracked or split due to holding too much weight, then you can replace any of the tongue and groove boards by removing the nails using a claw hammer, taking out the damaged board(s), and simply slotting new boards into place.

If the whole of your wooden shed is not level, then the chances are that the sheds base is not firm and level, and has subsided. To correct this effectively you'll need to move your wooden shed on a firm and level base. For more information on shed bases, see our "Building a Base" page.

If your roofing felt is damaged and requires replacing, then it is fairly straightforward to pull out the existing nails, lay a new roll of felt, and nail it into place.

Protect Your Shed

Prevention is obviously the best cure, especially when it comes to keeping your wooden shed is good condition. You should already have treated your wooden shed with a high quality wood treatment product at the time of construction, but you should also treat your wooden shed once a year to keep the timber free from rot and decay.

If you are re-felting your roof, you can take the opportunity to treat the roof with wood treatment, which will help to keep the shed roof in good condition.

If your wooden shed is regularly visited by rats and mice, you can help prevent this by setting traps. We would recommend against the use of poison in areas where other animals such as cats are frequent.

Organise Your Wooden Shed

By organising your wooden shed you can help to keep it clear of debris and dirt. Shelving is a great way to store more items and to be able to find them when you need them. A visit to a local D.I.Y store should sort you out for shelves, but remember to measure your shed first! As well as shelving, a tool rack or some form of hanging storage will also help keep your wooden shed tidy and your smaller items easy to find.

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