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RobertM

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Shed advice needed...
« on: Feb 24, 2008, 22:04:41 »
I'm looking at buying a shed to convert and use as an obs.  Having looked at a few at Ruxley and Pollhill it looks like a Pent is the best style, something about 8' x 6' - anyone have any advice ?  Also where to get them cheap.

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Re: Shed advice needed...
« Reply #1 on: Feb 25, 2008, 09:26:38 »
Hi Robert,

Other than picking the 2 most expensive places to purchase a shed, if you travel a little further on from Ruxley along the A20 to Flamigo Park, there is a company called 'The Shed Company' (I think, I'll try and find the website and post it on here) which has a load of sheds already constructed, and know doubt you may be able to haggle with these, more so than Ruxley or Polhill.
Here a map showing the location, where you can look at the sheds erected.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=10043823620093446507,51.430567,0.080401&saddr=51.430655,0.080466&daddr=&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=17&sll=51.430387,0.079908&sspn=0.003311,0.009892&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=17

(If you zoom in enough you could pick a shed without leaving the house :D)

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Re: Shed advice needed...
« Reply #2 on: Feb 25, 2008, 09:49:14 »
.....Other than picking the 2 most expensive places to purchase a shed

Crikey yeah!! Don't look in garden centres for sheds, they will rip you off.
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Re: Shed advice needed...
« Reply #3 on: Feb 25, 2008, 12:04:20 »
Thanks, I'll try them next weekend and if you could manage to dig up that url Tony then that would be bonus.


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« Reply #4 on: Feb 25, 2008, 13:51:14 »
Robert,

They have all the prices on the site as well, but if you see what you want and then go and see them, and haggle.

http://www.theshedfactory.co.uk/index.htm ;)

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« Reply #5 on: Feb 25, 2008, 14:22:24 »
Thanks Tony,  they have a much better range of sizes and more importantly better prices - if I can haggle then all the better :-)  They also do bases so if at a reasonable price then maybe I could get them to fill a largish hole with concrete ready for a pier at the same time.

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Re: Shed advice needed...
« Reply #6 on: Feb 25, 2008, 14:44:52 »
I believe that was the outlet I got my previous shed from. Did a fine job, and the shed was well constructed. Let me know how much they charge to lay a base...

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Re: Shed advice needed...
« Reply #7 on: Feb 25, 2008, 19:26:22 »
Hi All,

Just drove past Flamingo Park and the Shed compound is open Monday and Fridays 9.00am to 4.00pm, Saturday 9.00am to 4.oopm and Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm.

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« Reply #8 on: Feb 26, 2008, 08:10:50 »
Many thanks for the information Tony, I'll probably pay them a visit this Saturday.

Robert

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Re: Shed advice needed...
« Reply #10 on: Feb 26, 2008, 16:41:34 »
It has to be wood as it's in a prominent position and the wife want's it to look nice.

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« Reply #11 on: Mar 25, 2008, 12:02:15 »
Robert, how's your shed getting along?

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« Reply #12 on: Mar 25, 2008, 13:03:40 »
Hi Ian,

I've been waiting for the tree people to get the stump out - seems it's the time of year when all the stump grinders break down !   That finally happened last Thursday so now I can get a move on...

Shed design is going to be based on this http://www.dosborne-astroimages.co.uk/equip.htm#observatorythough a bit bigger (8 x 7) with a fold down flap on the south side as per the link.  Have found a source for the tanilised wood at a good price so I just need to finish drawing up plans then wait for some decent weather so I can get digging and lay the concrete.  I would really like a permanent pier but have to do everything on a tight budget due to earlier excesses - let me know if you see an 8" pier going cheap cheap.

I was following Fays thread and size wise after all things considered I reckon 8x7 is the smallest practical size also with wood there shouldn't be the same problem with condensation that you may get on metal (if that is a worry).

Will post pics as and when things start to happen.

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Robert

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« Reply #13 on: Mar 25, 2008, 14:41:08 »
Robert,

If you need a 8" tube of some kind, like the piece of ducting on Fay's thread, let me know what size you want and length and I'll see what I can do.

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Re: Shed advice needed...
« Reply #14 on: Mar 25, 2008, 15:26:10 »
Hi Tony,

Thanks for the offer, I'm looking for some 8" tube 1/8" - 1/4" thick with some plates welded to it - at least that's are my initial thought.