Getting Rid Of An Old Garden Shed
Replacing a garden shed with a nice new selection from an online garden shed supplier causes you just one problem – what to do with the old garden shed?
You can consider selling your old garden shed or perhaps giving it away for free for anyone to take it off your hands. Obviously it’s better to get a few pounds for your garden shed because that reduces the cost of your new gleaming model, but getting rid of your old garden shed isn’t an easy process.
Moving the shed to a new location
If you are going to sell your garden shed or give it away, you are going to have to dismantle it very carefully so that it can be used by its new owner. You are going to need to think backwards from the installation process, when it comes to taking your garden shed apart.
You can place advertisements in free newspapers and many local online versions, offering to sell your garden shed. Some people take the opportunity to place an advert in their front garden to ask callers to examine the shed needed to be removed.
Recycling a shed will take you back to its bare panels, door, roof and floor. These will all have to be taken apart with the greatest of caution.
It might be difficult to remove the roof with the roof felt perfectly in place. This might be an easier task if you have a flat sloping roof, but it will be more difficult if you have an apex roof and the roof felt covers the wooden panels which effectively form the roof.
As you take the shed apart, removing nails very carefully so that you don’t damage any of the wooden panels of garden shed, you will have to make sure that your count every nail that you remove because you will be looking at an accident waiting to happen if you leave nails lying around an area where you are hoping to install a new garden shed.
Other ways to dispose of your garden shed
You might decide that you can simply smash down your shed and use all of the wood for firewood. This might prove to be a dangerous occupation because your wood will probably be treated on the surface with a wood treatment or paint or it will be pressure treated placing chemicals into the heart of the wood. If you’re going to burn your shed, you should carefully check, by trial, by burning a very small section of the shed to see whether the chemicals that are in and around the wood are going to cause you problems if you decide to burn them in your fireplace, in your house. You need to be more than very careful if you don’t want to visit the hospital quite soon.
If you have one of those clever machines that can turn planks of wood into woodchips, you may be able to find the best way for recycling a shed can be to give it a new life around trees or plants, which will prevent the sun from helping weeds to grow in those areas.
Another way, that is recommended, depends upon the neighbourhood where you live. If you dismantle your garden shed and place it outside of your house with a carefully placed sign that says either ‘do not touch’ or ‘do not take away’ you might find that it has completely disappeared when you wake up the following morning.
To replace a garden shed, you will need to check that the base foundation is the right size for your new garden shed, otherwise there’s a little work to do there first. Recycling a shed can only be good for the environment, but do check that wood with paint or chemicals is recyclable in your local area.