How to Dismantle a Shed – A Handy Guide

It would only take you four steps to dismantle a shed. This handy guide will help you get started. Call a friend, prepare a few basic hand tools, and let’s get into it!

Step 1: Remove the windows and doors

BillyOh Keeper Overlap Apex Shed
BillyOh Keeper Overlap Apex Shed

To begin dismantling your garden shed, remove the windows and doors. Remove the glass first to ensure nothing will shatter or break, then the frames. Repeat the same steps for the doors.

You may slip the glass from the window and/or door frames. Use a drill or screwdriver to deal with the hinges and screws attaching them to the frame or structure. Once removed, take them away from the area you’re working in to prevent them from any damage.

Step 2: Clear the roof boards

This task might be the hardest and heaviest part, so make sure to get a helping hand. Start by removing the roof covering using a hammer, as it has most likely been nailed down. Take the back of the tool and prise the nails from the roof, lifting them one by one.

Once the roof covering has been removed, take off the roof. The roof will be in sections, and the boards will more than likely be screwed in; your drill will come in handy here.

Remove each of the roof panels, placing them to the side so they don’t get broken while the rest of the shed is dismantled. Then, using your claw hammer again, lift each nail one by one.

Note: For those with apex garden sheds, you’ll also need to remove the gables. Do so carefully using a drill, then take out the screws.

Step 3: Dismantle the walls

Depending on the style, you may be able to pry the wood panels off. If it’s an overlap shed, prepare a hammer to remove the nails, then remove each piece of wood. For a tongue and groove shed, use the same tool or opt for a crowbar to lift the panels.

You may need temporary timber support to hold upstanding walls while you take down the rest. Remember to start from the shed’s outside and remove the nails one by one.

Tips: For older structures, use a crowbar to tear down the walls. However, if you’re simply moving it, undoing the fixtures and fittings one by one is the best option. This will allow for careful disassembly so the shed can be moved intact to a new location.

Step 4: Take down the floorboards

Decking floorboards

Once the walls have been taken down, you can then move onto the floorboards using a drill. Your floor will have been fixed into place using screws more often than not, so a drill is ideal. Take your drill and place it onto the screw you’re looking to remove. Once this is done, place the screw in a safe space and repeat the process until all of the screws have been removed.

The floor will likely also be in sections. After removing the panel, place it to one side to prevent it from getting damaged. Uninstall the shed base, if needed, after completely removing the floorboards.

To dismantle a shed should only take less than a day, especially if you have an extra pair of hands. Depending on the size of the shed or the number of people taking it apart, it might take a bit longer. Overall, it can be done with these general steps!

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