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Metal or plastic shed? And how to line the walls?

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  1. iaingray741

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking to get myself a new garden shed, i'm aiming for 8ft x 10ft. I'm not too sure if I should go for a mental one or a plastic one? Has anybody got advice on one over the other?

    I'm planning on putting a workbench in it, run power out to it, etc. I'll be keeping power tools in there, so i'll want it to keep dry inside, not wet and running with condensation.

    What are my options for lining/insulating? I know you can do that with the metal sheds, but can you still line the walls with a plastic one? (like a Ketter shed).

    Regarding a base, i've got a load of 2ft x 3ft slabs that i'm planning to lay, i think those should be stable enough.

    Thanks!
     
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    I would go timber every time for a workshop, solid you can screw stuff to it, insulate it, board it and does not suffer the condensation problems of metal sheds. Plastic for that size will be pretty flimsy and look awful after a couple of years in the sun. ;)
     
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    i recently moved house and bought a yardmaster 10x8 metal shed with extra headroom to tide me over until i build a tidy one.
    it was about £360 and was a complete nightmare to assemble. they reckon 2 people 6hours.....
    it’s more like 3 people 2 days.
    flimsy noisy , wouldn’t buy another one.
    worra load of old sh!t.
     
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    Wood shed every time for a workshop, (in the absence of a proper built brick garage of course), and definitely not a metal one if you intend using power tools inside. The metal 'box' will act like a biscuit tin and amplify any noises you create. You will also need to insulate correctly to reduce condensation and possibly/probably earth the framework if you supply power to it.
    3' x 2' paving slabs are ideal as a base but you need to make sure they are laid on a good, firm, level surface.
     
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    Perfect, thanks for the tips everyone. A wooden one sounds like the way to go then!

    Cheers
     
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    I'm sure I saw another thread like this not too long ago.
    I remember adding my four penn'orth and stating that I bought a self-assembly plastic shed, but only 6' x 6'.
    That was years ago now, and it is still very firm and stable despite some strong winds we've had.
    Yes, I'd go for a good plastic brand - Keter, for example.
     
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    Yes I remember that thread. I have a couple of ketler sheds/storage boxes and they are indeed good units. In one we have 2 large upright freezers and that has stood the test of time and weather for about 5 years now. Still sturdy and dry inside so no complaints, however, OP is talking about a 10 x 8 shed. Do Ketler do one this large?
     
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    Good to know!

    Yes, pretty sure they have some large one too...but I think they're generally something that's on the "hard to get during covid" list. I've also been waiting about a month for a smaller Keter box to come back into stock anywhere.
     
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    Well, there's 8' x 11' or 8' x 8'
    https://www.keter.com/uk_en/sheds-and-outdoor-storage/walk-in-sheds.html

    I can't see 8' x 10' unfortunately.
     
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    I'd go for the 8' x 11' anyway. The bigger the better in my opinion but then it depends on available space. (and finances of course. LOL)
     
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    So would I.
    There seem to have been advantages since I bought mine, in that there are steel reinforcements to the roof (and possible elsewhere). That might just be the fact that this is a lot bigger than mine, of course.
    Still, they are very solidly built and not difficult to put up.

    BTW, hope you're keeping well, Conny.
     
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    Yes keeping fine mate. You Too I hope?
     
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    I'm fine thanks. Just getting older!
     
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    Aren't we all. LOL
     
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    I've had my Yardmaster 4mx3m shed 14 years, still in good condition. Took a day to put up (built the roof on the floor first).

    You can't mount anything off the walls but shelving units are dirt cheap. I made a 3m long workbench down one side.

    Would have another (bought a smaller on for storage last year).
     
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