"Understanding Your Home" by Building Inspector Mark Visser
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Ventilation is required if the shed is used for storing pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer.

Hot equipment
should not be stored in a vinyl or plastic shed till it has cooled down.

The chimney
for a pool heater should be installed to code to prevent fire.

Building permit
. Some municipalities require a building permit so before you purchase or start building, check with your local building department. There also may be square footage, height or setback restrictions.



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Sheds - Overview
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Sheds - Overview. Storage shed, bike shed, garden shed, work shed, hobby shed, pool shed, cabana.

A shed is typically a simple, single-story structure in a back yard that is used for storage, hobbies, or as a workshop. Garages never seem to be big enough to store our bikes, garden tools, winter storage of patio furniture and still have room to spare for parking the car. Therefore, it is almost a must to have a functional shed. Depending on its use they can be called a workshop, storage, bike or garden shed. Sheds near swimming pools which are used for changing are called Cabanas while sheds designed for gardening are sometimes called potting sheds. I would say that the most common use for a shed is to store garden tools, lawn mowers, and, WITH PROPER VENTILATION, gardening supplies such as pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer. If the shed is to be used to house the swimming pool filter and heater it needs electricity and has to be well ventilated. The chimney for the heater has to be installed to code to prevent fire.
Sheds may be purchased pre-assembled or as a kit.




Work shed
Sheds come in all types of sizes and shapes. The main types of shed construction are: Metal sheathing over a metal frame, molded plastic sheathing and frame (PVC and polyethylene), all vinyl construction, all-wood construction, and vinyl-sided sheds built over a wooden frame. Each type has various advantages and disadvantages that a homeowner has to consider. For example, while metal sheds are fire and termite-resistant, they can rust over time, or be severely damaged by high winds while only wooden sheds can be made just about any size to fit the space available.
Building permit. Some municipalities require a building permit so before you purchase or start building, check with your local building department. There also may be square footage, height or setback restrictions.

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