OT - Sheds....Good and Bad Stories

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 22:03
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Just bought a house (first) and need to put up a big shed. I'm looking at 7x15x3.1 or 8x12x3.1.

Now the internet is full of different manufacturers/resellers and the options are mind blowing.

I've spoken to a few mates that have had d sheds built and the construction techniques vary widely and I'm assuming this is why the prices do too (for the same size shed).

One mate had to bolt foot plates to the concrete and then "use 3 tech screws" to hold the uprights to them. That sounded bleep weak to me. I would be expecting the uprights to be all one piece with floor mounting plate already attached/bolted.

Anyone had any good or bad experiences with different types of sheds?? If you can remember the brand that would help immensly.

One great site I did stumble over is from www.shedsales.om.au and they have a virtual shed quoting system. Its great and allows you to get a quote on any size shed you want and you get a 3D diagram showing what your shed looks like as you build it...right down to the colour. Just a pity their prices "seem" a bit dear compared with some of the other websites.

Any feedback would be appreciated. This shed will cost more than any vehicle I have ever bought so it needs to be a good one.
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 22:25

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 22:25
When comparing sheds you need to check the type/size of posts & purlins & the thickness of the cladding. Cheaper sheds often don't even flash the walls instead just rolling a sheet of iron around the corner.
I spent a bit extra on a Telfords shed which came with C section steel posts/purlins & we assembled it perfectly as per their detailed plans with little previous knowledge.
To get a reasonable price though you're probably going to be limited to shed company's in your local area.
Ask to see a shed they have errected rather than just buying off the plan.
Cheers Craig..........
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Reply By: Rock Ape - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 08:21

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 08:21
Hughesy,
I have a Ranbuild shed and extended it, everything fitted with not problems. They are based in Newcastle and the only problem I had was the local franchise dealer thought he could take me for a ride because I had to have that manufactures extension and other dealers could not supply in my area. Quick call to Newcastle and the sales manager fixed the problem on the spot and allowed the Townsville dealer to supply at half the price.

You could specify a W50 rated shed for cyclone areas so any big blows don't destroy the shed.

Have a safe one.
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Follow Up By: Member - Hughesy (NSW) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 21:40

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 21:40
Thanks for that Rock Ape. Ranbuild are a well know brand and I'll definaitely get a quote from them.

I don't think I'll have to worry about Cyclones in Nyngan though LOL
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Reply By: Brian - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 08:27

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 08:27
I bought a Totalspan....... now known around here as totalscam!

Terrible product backed by terrible service from the local agent.
I learnt from this that money is what you pay and value is what you get.... pay peanuts and you'll get monkeys!


Cheers

Brian (Gold Coast)
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Follow Up By: Member - Hughesy (NSW) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 21:42

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 21:42
Thanks Brian. Thats interesting because I would have thought that they were a good quality brand. I'll have to look closer at them
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Follow Up By: Rocky_QLD - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 07:58

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 07:58
Brian

I have just paid a deposit on a Totalspan shed, can you send me more details please. gcindatbigponddotcom
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Follow Up By: Brian - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 09:21

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 09:21
Rocky_QLD

Check your email mate.... any questions will be answered.

Cheers

Brian (Gold Coast)
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Follow Up By: Member - Howard T (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 10:53

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 10:53
Hi Rocky
Bit late with a reply. Do not buy a Total Span. I have one and got what I paid for. Its is cheap and nasty. I tried to put it up but the plan was extremely hard to follow so I gave up. I had put up a shed with a mate in 2 days about 5 years earlier but cannot remember the brand.
I asked a couple of builders if they would do it for me and I got quotes of 3000 and 3300 to do it.
Finally rang Total Span and gave them a serve and they arranged for a couple of blokes to come up from Bris to do it. Cost $1500 cash and it took them 8 full on days to finish it.
Learnt a real lesson over this. Can only put vehicles in it. Cant hang anything of any weight from ceiling or walls as the frame buckles.

Cheers
Howard.
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Follow Up By: Brian - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 19:47

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 19:47
Howard,
I truly sympathise with you..... went through the same dramas with a TotalScam 3 years ago.....


cheers

Brian (Gold Coast)
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Reply By: mattie - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 19:19

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 19:19
Hi Hughesy
if you want to call(0417723010) i would be happy to help there is a lot to do with pricing that the following affect, wind ratings, importance level, class rating, whether you want z perlins or tophats etc. etc.


Mattie
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 19:25

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 19:25
Trust me - whatever you do, don’t put up a second shed… the last thing you want is “Two Sheds”….
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Follow Up By: Member - Hughesy (NSW) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 21:43

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 21:43
I'm sure I could fill both though LOL No I'll do it once and make it big enough....well untill the day I retire and really get into my hobbies.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 19:46

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 19:46
Aaaaaargh...i thought i was going crazy before when i couldnt find my and others posting to this topic!

Now i see there are two cloned topics going at once just to confuse me :-)

Topic here ==> http://www.exploroz.com/Forum/Topic/58831/OT_-_BuyingBuilding_a_Shedwhats_your_experience.aspx

mm
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Follow Up By: Member - Hughesy (NSW) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 21:52

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 21:52
Sorry Andrew. When I typed up the first thread and pushed submit nothing was happening. So I copied what I had typed and waited and waited..... Eventually I pushed refresh and my text box was came back blank so I repasted the text and pushed submit again...only to find out that it had posted the first time.

I alerted the moderator but because it was late at night people had already replied to both so he couldn't really delete one thread.

Sorry for the confusion mate.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 07:49

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 07:49
lol, i just thought that it was me that was crazy.......welcome to the club :-)

Andrew
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