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Feeble carpentry skills = carport?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by ChrisNJ, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. ChrisNJ

    ChrisNJ Feeling the Heat

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    So do to a lack of skills and time without the kids helping I have a almost half finished woodshed about 16x7 feet in size. I was gonna hire my carpenter friend to put a roof on it for me and finish the rest but I figure that would cost at least 300 bucks plus materials.
    Now I occasionally drive past a shed seller who also happens to have a metal carport with a sign saying " $695.00 installed". Thing looks great and I can just imagine it should be fine on the side of the house. I imagine I would just move my racks under it.
    Could there be any drawbacks to this? I can only see an upside when compared to a not so great looking shed.

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  2. chazcarr

    chazcarr Feeling the Heat

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    Only thing I can think of is have your friend finish it for $300 and save nearly $400. It can't look so bad that for under $700 a carpenter could make it look really nice. Without seeing pics of either, it is hard to tell. I have a neighbor who uses a metal carport for wood storage and it looked fine until a section of the roof rusted under the snow.
  3. Lumber-Jack

    Lumber-Jack Minister of Fire

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    $695 installed sounds pretty cheap, I'd be a little leery about the quality of the shed and sort of install. However if you like the look of the metal shed, and are satisfied with the way he plans to install it, the only down side might be is that you still have to do something with the other half finished woodshed.
  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    $695 does sound a bit low but we don't know the size. We see $795 around here but I don't remember the size right now.

    As for those carports working for a woodshed, they work very nice. I like that the sides and ends are open so that you can store wood in there and it will still dry. A neighbor put one up and loves it.
  5. Mr A

    Mr A Minister of Fire

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    Your half done, might as well finish it. Post some pics, ask some questions. I'm sure a lot of people here are ready to help with their carpentry knowledge. Who cares if turns out looking like a crooked cartoon shed, you will gain some experience and ideas to fix it, or build a better one. Trick your buddy into helping with beer and barbecued meats

  6. Stegman

    Stegman Feeling the Heat

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    What would you do with the half-finshed shed if you bought the carport? As someone who also has [had] limited carpentry skills, I can tell you that roofing is one of the easiest things to do. It can be hard work, but it's pretty straightforward: Toss some plywood decking on there, cover it with roofing felt and a drip edge, and then shingle.

    In the past 18 months, I've built my own shed and woodshed. I had very limited skills/knowledge, but I did a lot of research and had a lot of fun doing both. There's something to be said for building your own building. [It doesn't hurt that my brother-in-law is a carpenter who provided a lot of advice and guidance].
  7. Stegman

    Stegman Feeling the Heat

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    Also, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but to my eyes a good old handmade woodshed will always be more pleasing to the eye than a metal carport.
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  8. ScotO

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    I'd finish what you got, even if you gotta pay your buddy a couple hundred bucks to do the roof. It'll look much better than a metal carport......
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  9. Mr A

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    Dude! Roofs are easy! Every $5 dollar. Every Stanley speed square comes with a roof cutting lesson book. The simplest roof is to make one wall shorter than than the other side. Multiply 1/4 inch by the width of the shed, thats how much shorter.
    Well, easy for me, I'm almost a retired carpenter
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