All Australian boy's need a shed.

Submitted: Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 12:18
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Having 5 4wds for work a bloke needed a proper workshop.

Well 2 weeks I bought a second hand 20' shipping container and turned it into a great workshop.

It isn't the prettiest to look at at the minute, but with a bit of paint it will come up a treat, It fits neatly between the outside entertainment area ( the twin car port) and the fence, the neighbours vision is protected by some trees, and ours by the shade cloth surrounding the car port.

The best part is no concrete slab, no putting it together, we just slid it into place with the tilt tray, I had some sheets of timber cut into 400mm width, I went to the tip and found some 6 mtr lengths of C channel some lengths of angle and made just under 15 metres of shelving, I had 2 work benches in the little shed and now every thing has a place and I still have heaps of room.

The other shed now houses Philips outdoor toys the 3 push bikes and the 3 motor bikes, it will also double as Philips cubby house.

We even have another 20' container in the back yard set up as a spare room.

I love my new workshop, what do others have.

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 12:36

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 12:36
Sounds good Steve.

How will you go for ventilation and lighting?

At chez Sigmund there's a two car garage (end-on) that I split with a stud wall. One part is a workshop for my wood lathe, bandsaw etc. This is insulated and lined. I put a couple of lengths of clear polycarb in among the corrugated iron in the roof but that lets way to much heat in during the summer so I've put some f/glass sheets over them.

To make it usable year-round I installed a reverse cycle air con.

The other half stores the inevitable gardening and camping gear and household overflow (which seems to migrate there without any effort on my part, darnit) as well as the pushbikes, my motorbike and piles of turning timber.

There appear to be some laws with sheds ...

1. Stuff expands to fill the space available
2. and then exceeds it.
3. Once you're all set up and using it, you immediately discover how the space could have been arranged better.
4. The time needed to find an item increases exponentially as the number of items increase.
5. Power points for electric tools are also subject to laws 1 and 2
6. The only countervailing force in the universe to these laws is a well-stocked fridge.

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Follow Up By: Top End Explorer Tours - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:10

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:10
Hi Sigmund.

I will have an electrician fit it out for me, with a set up like a C/van.

As for ventilation well it isn't to bad with both doors open, the trees shade the roof as well, so add to that a fan and all will be good.

I also agree 100% with your 6 points. LOL

I forgot to mention it only cost $1980 for the container and delivery from Darwin was free, due to Mobil having their tilt tray in Darwin and coming back empty, a small perk we get when working for them.

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:37

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:37
Wow, that's a good deal.
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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:46

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:46
I miss my big shed. Since we moved to a bigger lot, I got a smaller shed, and it is crap
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Reply By: Member - Porl - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:58

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:58
Can I ask how much?

Trying to get one for my football club at the moment if Council approves the placement, about a month ago were offered a "good condition" 20ft one for $1900. I think the way things are going might be able to pick up a better deal in brisbane ports.

Mind you I will be careful of ones with traces of ammonia nitrate in them ... (ie our local oil spill disaster(
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Follow Up By: Member - Porl - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:59

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:59
oops, just read the price, sorry.
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 14:23

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 14:23
Hi Steve

Hope it doesn't sink in the wet of 2009 :-)

We have a 2 car garage with electric doors(real flash), with bench space on one side, racks of steel piping, iron and pvc pipes and offcuts, a far wall for sheets of timber and a 3 tiered toolboxes stand. I have spanners, sockets and screwdrivers and everything else in and on the workbenches and another set in the 4by. There's enough to keep me busy in the shed. Unfortunately it isn't always tidy lol


Cheers
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Follow Up By: Top End Explorer Tours - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 14:36

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 14:36
Hi Willem

Firstly I think the wet is over bar the shouting ( knockem downs) next week I recon, there has even been some burn off already, as we haven't had rain for a week and a half, the humidity has dropped down to 30% on some days, we have also had early morning fog and dew.

I have a 2.8 X 3 metre shed for the last 3 years and tidy is certainly not a word I could use to describe it LOL, as I said I now have plenty of room to work in.

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: Member - Matt & Caz H (QLD) - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 15:18

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 15:18
Hey Steve,

As you probably know we sold the house and are travelling Aust, we too purchased a 20 foot shipping container to store our furniture in (cost about $2300 - storage was going to cost heaps more than that) we have it up at Matt's parents house till we get back.

Matt is looking forward to doing it up when we finally (if we) settle as a "boys shed".

Cheers
Caroline
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Follow Up By: robertbruce - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 20:54

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 20:54
Matt & Caz, I have a big wide deep drawer in the instep of my side entrance. I can still open it partway with the door close.. what do you use as a work area..
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt & Caz H (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 08:31

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 08:31
Hi Robertbruce,

Our container is still full of furniture ect as we are currently travelling Oz with the kids, when (if) we settle we will have it sent to where ever it is we end up!!!!! Your drawer sounds like a good idea will keep that idea in mind.

Cheers
Caroline
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Reply By: Member - Scrubcat (VIC) - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 20:21

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 20:21
G`day Steve,
A mate I go fishing with has a 5 acre getaway block on the river, he stores his boat & trailer and Grey Fergie tractor in a container on the block. He had a problem with condensation (rust) until he cut air vents in the sides at the top . These have a "cowl or cover" to prevent rain entering.

Cheers,

Scrubby.

I don`t know where i`m going but i`m enjoying the journey.

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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 20:45

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 20:45
Gday Steve,
Yeah..Im a shed pig! LOL
They are never big enough!
Mine is divided into three rooms, this is my favourite bit...18mx8m all up.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Top End Explorer Tours - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 20:59

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 20:59
Yeah you win. LOL

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 23:42

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 23:42
"I went to the tip and found some 6 mtr lengths of C channel some lengths of angle "

Wha! Tha?

We haven't been able to scavenge at a local tip around here for about 16 years!

IF... there happens to be anything of any interest, you have to pay for it.... IF you can find the tip open.... where you pay to deposit stuff.

Ah.... the days when I could go with a half-full trailer to the tip and return home with a full one.




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