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    Arrow Where do I buy the timber?

    First off, I'm a total noob at building but I'm looking to build my own small garden/bike shed (4m x 3m) in my yard. I'm not totally inept though, I'm competent at home DIY and mechanics so I've got confidence I can pull this off. My little shed is going to be a quaint weatherboard shed like grandpa would have had at the back of the garden. I've got a slab down already and I've drawn up my plans in Sketchup so I know all my measurements and structure. Dumb question now, where do I buy the timber to frame the shed without being ripped off because I don't know my H7 from my elbow? Bunnings seems like an uninformed choice for me, they tend to have competitive prices and I can just toddle around picking out structural pine lengths I need. However, I need a couple of roof beams 4m long at 200x50 which I calculated would be fine for a roof mass of 40kg/sqm (I want to hang some bikes from pulleys from the roof) but Bunnings don't seem to do roof beams. How should I order my timber at a respectable price without being a tradie or treated like a peasant? Oh, I'm in inner north of Melbourne... and I don't have a trailer.

    Second question. Is it considered OK to dynabolt stirrups like this (Pryda 130 x 90mm Heavy Duty Galvanised Full Stirrup Post Anchor I/N 1070070 | Bunnings Warehouse) to my sheds concrete slab for the posts or do I really need to cement them into the slab?


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    Try Bowens.

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    I'll tell you how I built my shed/workshop which sounds really similar to yours. It's a 4m X 3m on a DIY concrete slab. This is a photo from halfway into the construction. Timber frame with a slight angle on the roof for the water to roll off.



    First of all I didn't bother with the 200mm beams for the roof, I just used the leftovers from the studs on the walls (75mm X 45mm). I know now I should have uses thicker, I didn't know it then, but one year in and it's holding just fine and solid as a rock. My roof is not exactly light either, its corrugated steel, a dense layer of sound insulation, plasterboard and lights. It's fine, it's a small roof. I think you'll be fine with 90mm even with bicycles hanging, if it makes you feel better just space them a little tighter and add more noggins.

    Stirrups, no idea why you'd use that. These are for outdoor applications to keep posts above the ground so they don't get wet and start rotting, eg when you're building a carport. For your shed, the weatherboard will protect your posts from getting wet. Just build your wall frames and when you erect them dynabolt them into your concrete. One or two dynabolts per wall should be enough for such a small building. Then make sure your weatherboards extend a little bit past the wall frame and overlap your concrete slab a little.

    For timber I'd just keep it simple, Bunnings or Bowens and get them to deliver it.

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    This thread is 4 years old and essentially contains a single post.
    It's resurrection looks to be the work of a person seeking click through revenue.



    BUT, Spyro thanks for posting about your shed
    regards from Canada

    ian

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    LOL I didn't see it, I'm an idiot

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    don't be embarrassed -- it happens to the best of people
    regards from Canada

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