Building a Lean to Shed – Tips For Making A Wooden Slant Roof Shed

Making a lean-to shed has been proven to solve most, if not all, the storage problems present in any household. If you have an existing building that is structurally sound then you can simply add a lean-to. It’s a real simple project and today we are going to show how you can get this built.

Decide whether or not the structure will be attached to an existing building or built as a standalone style structure. Determine the building’s proposed size that will be built and ensure there is enough space to build it. Make a sketch of the model you intend to build and decide on the measurements that will be used. Take into consideration the amount of supplies needed as well as any specific details needed for styling.

Outline the identified area that the structure will be with 12″ wooden stakes. Block off the area by wrapping string tightly around the stakes. Cut 2 x 4 inch pieces of lumber to the preferred length to be build the floor of the shed. Secure the floor boards in place with 16d galvanized nails. Next use ¾” thick plywood to cover the 2 x 4 floor boards.

Using your sketch as a guide, proceed to frame the walls that are going to be used for your shed. Reinforce the wall framing by using metal braces to hold each corner in the shed. Determine the position in which your door will be and proceed to door the frame. Use the 2 x 4 inch lumber cut pieces to build the frame for the door.

Purchasing a ready-made door may prove to be an easier route than building a door.

Use 2 x 4 inch planks of lumber to cover the area of the building. The nailing pattern used to do this is not important, however, galvanized construction grade nails must be used.

By hanging a plumb line on the nails one can ensure that all the corners are perfectly square.

To build your roof rafters you will need to cut and use 2 x 4 inch pieces of lumber. The style roof chosen to use will determine the amount of lumber used. If you intend on making a lean-to with a flat style roof then you will need to mount 2″ by 4″ lumber pieces horizontally on top of the wall frames using ¾ inch thick plywood so that it covers the entire shed.

If your choice is to build a more pitched style roof you will need to construct this by creating L-shaped rafters by joining the boards together. Before proceeding to install the plywood bolt the rafters to the wall frames. Once complete, use shingles to cover the roof being sure to nail them in place from the inside of the shed.

When making a lean-to shed you can opt to use a variety finishes on the structure. You can sand its entire surface using sanding paper with medium grit to smooth all the rough edges. Then prime and paint the wooden exterior surfaces using any preferred designs.

Designing a Slant Roof Shed – Simple Ways To Make A Shed Quickly

Designing a slant roof shed is extremely easy for woodworking enthusiasts. Slant roof sheds are known for their lop-sided roof and adding one to your yard can be a great utilization of open space. The shed can serve as your gardening shed or just a normal storage space to put your junk items. Here’s a simple method to build a slant roof shed.

Start with flooring: To form the flooring for your shed you can use a simple mixture of concrete. Choose the area for your shed and clean it and then plaster the concrete. After the concrete dries you can add spare wooden flooring to it for a personal touch.

Adding the posts: You’ll need four 4×4 posts, to form the basic structure of the shed. Fix these in the four corners of your cleaned area and secure them with concrete and limestone. Bury the two back posts in 3 feet deep holes, while the front posts should be buried in 4 feet deep holes. Secure the outside 6 inches of your base with concrete, to form a border of your base. This layer should be at least three inches wide.

Base of roof and bottom: To form the base of your roof you need to procure wooden beams of 2″ width and length according to length of your shed. Now nail the beams to the top sides of the posts, forming the basic shape for the roof. Similarly using 2″ beams, create the base of the shed by nailing the beams to the bottom of the posts, from the inside of the shed.

Roof: The roof can be made with a corrugated tin sheet. These tin sheets are available in various sizes and widths. Cut a fairly large piece of tin sheet, larger than your roof base. Now you need to drill 2×4″ screws in the tin sheet and secure it to your roof base.

Siding: Siding can be made with tin sheets too, but using wooden planks would be a better option. To form the siding of the shed you can use 3″ wide wooden planks and nail them to the roof base and your bottom base with 2×4″ nails or screws. Secure them tightly to avoid gaps. To provide extra support, fix plywood on these sidings from the inside.

Add the door: Choose the side where you want the door of your shed to be. Cut away an opening into the side of the wall, slightly larger than the door. Fix a frame of 2×4″ into the hole and then with fairly sturdy hinges attach the door. The door can be fairly basic or costly according to your need and use of the shed. Preferably use a wooden door.

Place the window: You can create a simple window for your shed on the opposite side of your door. Make a fairly large hole in the side of the wall where you want the window to be at about half the height of your door. Fix a similar frame as your door for the window. Attach a simple pull up shutter for it.

Sewer Odor Experts for Roof Top Sewer Vent Stack Filters

Every state, city, and village either has odor ordinances or treats obnoxious odors perceptible beyond property lines as public disturbances/nuisance. All plumbing vent stacks produce odors unless they fitted with a filter. OSHA warns that levels of 300-ppm (H2S) cause the olfactory nerve to lose sensitivity. At first a “rotten egg” odor is detected but on the second or third breath the odor is no longer noticed. All major odor problems have associated fines or other penalties.

When you are experiencing sewer or septic smells inside a home or business not near a plumbing fixture these odors are most likely coming from your sewer vent stacks on your roof. All plumbing vent stacks produce odors including that “rotten egg” smell caused by hydrogen sulfide gas unless they are fitted with a filter. One of the most common problems is the sewer gas (H2S) is drawn into the fresh air intakes on the roof from the air conditioning systems. On roofs industrial buildings code also require fresh air intake for building air balance against all the stale air exhausted through roof vents. The potential problem can be identified through basic smell of odor when on the roof or around the perimeter of the building as hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas is heavier than air and thus falls to “nose level” quickly when the wind blows just right. A professional can use a H2S measuring device to detect and measure sewer gas concentration being omitted from specific roof vent stacks. The vents omitting gas is a natural occurrence on most homes and buildings because that’s the way they are designed.

Raising roof vent stacks does not solve the problem it only displaces it on a windy day to blow over the exterior wall to open windows, the patio, the fireplace, the garden, pool area, sidewalk, front door, driveway, or parking lot. On a non-wind day sewer gas is heavier than air and will settle on roof and cause intermittent sewer odors in the home or building.

Installing a One way valve on the sewer stacks will reduce the sewer gas that vents to the roof through the opening and closing of the valve. The Mechanical Engineers design the sewer venting system for it to be a sealed system in the home or business but unrestricted venting to the atmosphere. This type of system defeats the original design intent for all building designs. The system operates on demand of actions in the home or business such as the flush of a toilet or turning on a sink. Since this type of system is capping the vent stacks, it is pressurizing the sewer system in the home or business. It is creating more of a potential for sewer gas odor problems. Any type of bad plumbing seals or gaskets that that may have a small leak will cause the problem to intensify. The vent is now mechanically opened and closed by a valve. It can fail in open position too. This introduces sewer gas to the roof, when it fails.

Charcoal vent stack filters on the sewer stacks is one odor filters on the market but is less effective when introduced to moisture which causes it to solidify or cake up. Sewer gas from the vent stacks is extremely high with moisture since the systems primary function is to drain water in a sealed system underground away from the building. In my opinion this product is not the right product for this application.

I recommend for homes odor eliminator vent stack filters that use Zeocarbon. Zeocarbon is a mixture of carbon and zeolite rock, which has been independently demonstrated to work up to 7 times longer than regular carbon alone. Vent stack filters using this technology are unique in that they actually regenerate themselves for up to 5 years. These systems use sunlight. The exterior, interior, and zeocarbon replaceable bags themselves are impregnated with titanium dioxide (approximately the same quantity and type in most popular toothpastes on the market). When exposed to direct sunlight the titanium dioxide produces ozone, which directly destroys odors and regenerates the zeocarbon. When combined with “no flow periods” common to most households, this design allow us to operate up to 5 years without refilling the units. Many units completely block any regenerative UV sunlight though the use of opaque rain caps and guards that promote the development of odor producing bacteria. However because the zeocarbon can only absorb so much gas, this type filter is designed with a low cost, easily replaceable insert bags. Another good thing on this type filter is the restriction on the airflow is so slight (it has a pressure differential measured at only 1.5″ w.g./ft@50 fpm) that it does not interfere with normal venting of the plumbing system. This type filter is made with animal resistant self-cleaning screens coupled with the frost proof insulating solar heat absorption design characteristics, protects the vent stack from plugging in all seasons.

The zeocarbon filter not only traps sewer gases at the roof vent, so they cannot escape into the air at all, but it also means less air pollution from GREENHOUSE GASES. It particularly traps ammonia, carbon dioxide (global warming) and hydrogen sulfide (the rotten-egg smelling gas), which the filter traps on an 18-24% wt/wt basis, and used zeocarbon acts as an excellent source of nitrogen when mixed with soil. Even though the filter is installed directly on the vent pipe, it’s frost proof design is such that it not only does not impede air being drawn into the vent, it prevent hoar frost plugging and keeps out insects and critters. This filter is also for vents that are directly connected to aerated or non aerated septic tanks, septic mounds, drain fields, landfill vents, compost vents, etc. In many instances, city-sewer connections bring gas into the home’s plumbing vents which vent the gases out the roof vent and often down into the back yard where they can be drawn into the home. This type filter has proven beneficial in those cases too!

I recommend for mobile homes, restaurants, daycare centers, nursing homes, and schools, odor eliminator vent stack filters that filter the harmful sewer odors by oxidation. Oxidation is accomplished with chlorine dioxide technology. Because chlorine dioxide reacts selectively and primarily with only the most offensive odor producing compounds (hydrogen sulfide, organic sulfurs, organic amines) the Odor Eliminators will normally provide a much longer service life than products such as activated carbon. With a properly designed filter that allows the original design of the system plumbing system to function does not pressurize the lines like some of the other products on the market. Moisture does not have a negative effect on the Eliminator therefore unwanted reactions do not occur and power is not needlessly spent allowing chlorine dioxide to be available and ready on demand. The result is safe, extremely effective, broad-spectrum malodor control. Chlorine dioxide remains available and ready on demand.

Polishing is accomplished with technology that protects against the escape of malodors can not be oxidized. It incorporates polymeric adsorption and electrostatic bonding technologies. Polishing and oxidizing are accomplished simultaneously. The result is safe (utilizing the same material approved for food storage by the USDA), extremely effective, broad-spectrum malodor control. (Request Form No. 502 from USDA for more detailed information.)

After you have installed roof stack vent filters, inside odors are most likely coming from leaking wax seals or gaskets on your plumbing fixtures. In this case the odor is concentrated typically in an isolated area, the bathrooms. It can be intermittent due to several building mechanical system designs. Bathroom fixtures have a p-trap built-in the fixture so if the fixture becomes loose from the floor or the wall the wax seal or gasket can leak. This type of leak will allow sewer gas to leak directly into the room. Most bathrooms have an exhaust fan which intensifies the introduction of the gas into the room by pulling the gas from the source, the leaking seal at the floor moving it to the ceiling exhaust vent prior to exhausting the gas from the space. This condition is detected through smell or a professional can use a H2S measuring device to detect and measure sewer gas concentration. The remedy for this problem is to replace the bad fixture seals. Contact your preventive maintenance group or to arrange for a local technician help with this problem.

Bathroom odors can also be traced to urine absorption into the tile or tile grout.
Many businesses try to mask the odor by installing a deodorizer mister in the bathroom to spray a scented to product to mask the odors in bathrooms. With proper maintenance of fixtures in the bathrooms and the correct initial designed systems operating correctly this problem should be eliminated. If this condition is corrected overtime it can worsen and affect other parts of the business.

Odor and constant smell can be due to the build up of urine saturating tile grout around urinals and tile grout. There are spray products that eliminates this problem by using it in a regular maintenance program.

When you have floor sinks, drains and floor / wall clean outs dry of water especially in basements of homes and businesses in the production or mechanical areas you will often detect an offensive odor. A dried out p-trap allows the sewer system to vent freely into the space. In the case of a restaurant or any building with an exhaust system that may be in a negative air balance the problem is intensified. The exhaust system can draw the sewer gas into the facility. The affect on an isolated area is not uncommon or if it is near a return on the HVAC system circulate it through out the building. The most efficient way to identify if you have this problem is to do a smoke test on the sewer system. Prior to doing the smoke test we would first recommend verifying all floor sinks and drains have water in the p-traps. This would include the units in isolated rooms such as the mechanical areas and the units installed behind or under equipment. The wall clean outs can be visually inspected but are difficult to detect leakage without a H2S meter or a smoke test. The dried out p-trap when identified can be fixed by adding water to fill the p-trap. Contact your preventive maintenance group to help with this problem.

Installing Slate Flooring in Your Home – Benefits and Disadvantages

If you’re not sure what slate is, it is a grayish rock that sometimes is found with a hue of green or blue on it. It’s commonly used on roofs, walls and ceiling. People have started also using it for their floors as well. Installing slate flooring in your home is a very feasible flooring option that you should not dismiss lightly.

You can practically add slate flooring in each room as it lends the room ambient a level of elegance and sophistication that many other floors just can’t offer. It is easy to care for and it is really a durable, long lasting material. Some people have slate floors for many years and they have never thought of changing it to anything else.

It is not difficult to install and once properly installed, all you need to do is keep it clean. There is not much maintenance involved with this material, unlike some other ones like hardwood flooring, for example.

One of the main disadvantages of it though is cost. It is not cheap to get and the upfront costs might be a bit high for some people. It is definitely more costly than vinyl, tile and laminate. However given the longevity of the slate, which can easily outlast many of the other options, in the long run the cost is easily offset, particularly when you think that some other materials like hardwood need heavy regular maintenance like sanding and refinishing, which are not cheap.

Another light disadvantage of it is that it chips rather easily if something heavy falls on it. It also scratches, so when you move your furniture on this floor, you need to add some adequate padding to avoid scratching it.

Installing Hardwood Flooring is an Investment For Your Home

When building your home, of course, you want all materials used to be first class and of high quality. It is considered to be one of the biggest investments of your life so you want it to last as long as possible. Aside from the roofing system and the sturdy walls, your house’s flooring must be made of the best material possible. It is an important component of your home and it is mostly susceptible to wear and tear due to its constant use.

Using Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood is probably the best flooring material there is. Its aesthetic characteristics, which makes your home look more cozy and welcoming, hardwood flooring adds a touch of elegance and natural beauty. There are also several varieties that you can choose from the kind of wood to the stains and the finishing, to fit the design of your home. Also, this material is strong that it can last long up to 20 years or more with proper care.

Caring for Hardwood Floors

Caring for your hardwood flooring is easy too. You do not have to use special chemicals or products just to keep its pristine condition. Dirt, grit and dust are its worst enemies and they are easy to get rid of. All you need is to wipe it with every now and then with a dry rug to get rid of the dust. Sweeping the floor, which is also a good exercise routine, is another way of keeping your floor clean and maintained. You can also vacuum it if you prefer a faster way of gathering all the dust.

Scratches can also diminish the look of your flooring. To avoid this, carry the furniture when you are moving it around to prevent it from leaving scratch marks on the floor. Also placing felt contact under the legs or having a carpet will also help in minimizing scratch marks when moving it around.

It is also important to know that water and sun will damage your hardwood flooring. Wipe up spills as soon as possible to prevent it from being soaked up by the wood. The sun’s rays can cause it to warp and curl as well as discolor so close the blinds and shades in the areas that are being hit by direct sunlight.

Consider it to be an Investment

Installing hardwood flooring can cost more than the other flooring materials. However, when you think about long term investment, it is the best bang for your buck. You do not have to replace it as often nor worry about it getting cracked up. Its sturdy build will assure you that it will last long. Also, you do not have to spend a lot in caring for it. There is no need to buy those expensive cleaning materials because more often than not, it can ruin and damage your beautiful hardwood flooring.

Hardwood flooring is a solid investment that you can consider for your home because it not only adds value but it also adds a nice elegant touch to your home.

The Best Way to Build Flat Floors for Your Storage House

Floor flatness in any building plays an important role to achieve the speed of the operation you want. Majority of the time, it allows safer and competent kind of movement inside a building. It also permits equal distribution of different machines that are operated manually and all other shelves needed in the operation. Flat floors also have a great impact on the safety and smoother function of trucks such as the fork lift trucks. In the early times, the importance of flat floors has never been this considered. They are mostly concentrating on the ceilings, roofs and walls.

Proper floor flatness ensures a very much faster operation because they are not worried on any imperfections on the floor that causes delays. The presence of holes, chips and loosening edges are the common cause of delay of operation inside the building. The cracks will eventually lead to a more serious damage if it is added by the vibration from the lift truck. A newly build business does not need any additional expenses coming from the repairs and fixes to be done on the floor.

To make things worse, there will be also damage on the part of the truck and it could be harmful to the operator too. The idea of crossdocking has created a shorter time for inventory and that is why there is a need for the flat floor to withstand a twenty four hour operation for storage of supplies. Flat floors decrease the tendency of the operator to experience over fatigue due to bumpy running of truck. It could minimize damage to the merchandise and maintain the high quality of service to the clients.

If you cannot good floor profile, it will be a hindrance to achieve your goals and the vehicles and equipments to achieve their maximum performance on the floor. To have the best flat floor that you wish, you can utilize the way of measurement which is the F-number measurement. The sensitivity of this tool is really needed to ensure the levelness of the floor. It can detect even the slightest change in the readings acquired when creating floors.

It could even recognize minute changes such as the thickness of paper or a business card. Regular monitoring of the readings could create a possibility of gaining flat floors for your warehouse. Neglecting to do that will actually suffer the result of the project. You will find it hard to find a truck that will do the job for you if you have uneven floors. It is mainly because many manufacturers or makers of truck do not release warranties for newly purchased vehicle unless proven that it is intended to use on buildings with flat floors.

They do not want also to spend higher amount on repairs of the truck. Majority of the trucks do not have pneumatic tires or tires that absorb different degree of bumps. When you insist on doing this thing to the truck, it will result to serious damage and later on must be fixed in order to resume with the operation. A delay like this could mean delay in the flow of money towards the business. Repeating clients and new clients will no longer ask for your service if you cannot deliver their goods on time.