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Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds: Complete plans for 12 Sheds, Including Garden Outbuilding, Storage Lean-to, Playhouse, ... Tractor Barn (Black & Decker Complete Guide) Paperback – January 15, 2008
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Philip Schmidt is an avid environmentalist and a home improvement expert who has written many successful DIY books, including Build Your Kids a Treehouse, The Complete Guide to Patios and The Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds.
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Top Customer Reviews
The best part of this book, is that the first half of the book was written by someone who knows how to build sheds very well. And describes in detail how to execute each step of the shed building process.
The worst part, is the last half with all the plans. Black and Decker did not make these shed plans. So they do not match up with first half of the book. Example, I am building the Basic Shed with plywood siding. Thats all the plans call for. But if you read the first half of the book it says to leave 1/8 spacing between plywood sheets for weather culking and 1x2 batting strip to cover the seam or you could just by tongue and groove plywood siding. So the first half of the book and the plans do not match up. They contradict each other multi times in the Basic Shed plan.
One more problem. If you follow the shed plans, they are written for the intermediate wood worker, or someone who has already built a shed. As this was my first shed, i was very frustrated and doing a lot of extra problem solving trying to figure out what the directions were trying to get at.
About shed building, roofing is very difficult. It was much easier by building a solid stand to hold the 1 x 8 Rafter Board in place and having three people to help. 2 people on each side of the rafter board to place the rafters, and a 3rd person to help get nails and pick up anything that falls down.
It took 1 day to buy all the supplies at the store and multi trips back.Read more ›
B&D Sheds includes plans for several shed designs that includes, Blue-prints, cut-list, and supporting photos to get you through your project.
Pros: lots of info about construction, tons of color photos to support the written information, fabulous ideas presented through out the book, heavy paper that can withstand a construction zone.
Cons: The blue-prints need to be double checked. On the shed I built, the B&D blue-prints had many inconsistencies, which could had led to some serious head scratching during the build. Luckily, the errors were found before construction began. So, please vet the plans carefully, check all dimensions, before you cut the first board.
Summary: Get this book, back up your info with some web-research, and build your own shed. You'll save a ton of money VS buying a prefabricated shed from a big-box home center.
Skip this one!
Overall, I give the book the grade of "C" as an overview of garden sheds, but I think much more in-depth information is needed for the book to be useful to anyone planning to build a shed. Note, I am comfortable with tools and building things, so I will take the ideas from this book and create a different shed than what is in the book. With that, I'd suggest folks look at this book in person at the local home/hardware center to see if it has enough information for them before they order it online.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book for the beginner ... to get a idea as to what it takes, not so much as to how to begin or pitfalls one might encounter. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tool Man
A great book for your needs to build your own shed. B&D did a great editorial job in writing this book, explaining very well and concise on the materials needs, the preparation... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Z. Meadows
I was hoping for a pattern for a basic 6 X 6 shed - one door, one window that I could customize. Lots of interesting sheds - but not what I needed. Read morePublished 21 months ago by jjr
Okay. They were pretty basic sheds. I guess I was hoping for something with a little more pizzaz.Published 22 months ago by Kindle Customer