Reinforcing a tin shed?

Discussion in 'Random Thoughts' started by Vonderbach, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. Vonderbach

    Vonderbach Your AD here! Donating Member

    Ok, I admit it, I made a mistake. I bought one of those pre-fab metal buildings...the really thin tin metal variety. I spent a good $2000 on it since it's 12' x 20', but the building itself it like a heavy duty tent...if a tent were made of tin. ;) So I'm trying to come up with a way to reinforce it so that I don't get the feeling I'm going to blow away every time a wind comes along. The shed is anchored in concrete, so the frame won't's the 8 feet between the trusses that worries me. And to top it all off, I have a series of leaks coming from a poorly designed roof cap.

    So I'm wondering if any of you have any history with this type of project?
    I'm in a bad way guys...... :banghead:
  2. racerV

    racerV Did you say something? Donating Member

    I need photos but you may want to take the sheathing off and put some metal strapping at 4' on center then put your sheathing back on and screw through the strapping as well as the joists / studs. I would also put strapping corner to corner and screw through it to give it more sheer strength.
  3. chrisjp

    chrisjp GM of Haya's in the Hills Donating Member

    i got mine from carolina carports... no issues...heavy snow on top...condensation drips only and its steel sheets for them..paid 2500 for 12x30 and 10'
  4. Vonderbach

    Vonderbach Your AD here! Donating Member

    Would that give the tin itself more rigidity? While I like your idea about increasing sheer strength, I'm thinking that's a sure fire idea. Thanks.

    Stop bragging. :laugh:
  5. Blanca BusaLess

    Blanca BusaLess Suffers from PBSD Donating Member

    VB what kind of shed costs 2k and isnt fairly strong to begin with ?
    Not being smart.

    Reason I ask is our shed got smashed a few yrs ago from Hurricane.
    Ins gave us enough to get a new one.

    Got it from Teds Sheds.
    Hurricane proof, reinforced and anchored for around same.

    Is it too late to take it back and get another better one ?
    If so maybe the pics and descrips here in link will give you some ideas ?

    Ted's Sheds, West Palm Beach, FL, Best Value...

    Thing is solid and already been thru one TS at about 80mph.
  6. Vonderbach

    Vonderbach Your AD here! Donating Member


    Don't get me wrong, the frame is rigid and quite durable, but the tin that is attached is still just crappy tin and in heavy winds it buckles and makes me feel like it's going to cave in....I'm sure it won't but it's still a horrible feeling.

    i just want to sure it up so that the shell is a bit more durable. I'm considering putting foam sheets along the inside to give the tin more rigidity and insulation, but I wanted to see if anyone here had any better suggestions.
  7. shadetree57

    shadetree57 Registered

    Is there anyway you could put studs inside to screw the siding to? If it's on concrete, maybe you could put a base plate down and build interior walls. Just a thought.
  8. Vonderbach

    Vonderbach Your AD here! Donating Member

    That's actually a good idea...not sure why I didn't think of it. I'm not the most mechanically inclined person in the world.


  9. teddypenn

    teddypenn Registered

    you can pick up some metal studs at any home depot, lowes, etc. they should give more "structure" to the building.
  10. Rauzer

    Rauzer Donating Member

    Maybe a dumb question, can you build a wood frame under it? Or maybe in the areas where there are gaps?
  11. nickespi

    nickespi Registered

    I'm assuming there is no sheathing between the tin and frame??? I've built a few tin faced structures, but I always put the tin over sheathing. You can get it for under $15 a sheet(32 sq ft). Would definitely add rigidity to facade if that's what you're worried about.
  12. Kahunas

    Kahunas Registered

    I would have to agree with everyone else and say take off metel tin and put some cheap plywood underneath then reinstall tin if nothing else put plywood inside after insulation if you dont want to go to all the trouble then youll have an insulated buld and solid ..
    good luck::4
  13. Vonderbach

    Vonderbach Your AD here! Donating Member

    Great ideas guys, I knew I could count on you!

    I really like the stud bracing idea....and teddy went further with the metal studs...a great way to keep it uniform.

    So I have to fix the leaks (don't ask) and get the side reinforced...then I can hook up the power and maybe a sink......oh boy. ::4
  14. djsin

    djsin Lily's Daddy Registered

    i know in tornado land they toss aircraft cable over the roof and anchor it down to the ground with some really really long rods pounded in the ground..but u could drill into the concrete and anchor to that i would suppose
  15. BIG GUY

    BIG GUY Registered

    I was gonna suggest the same thing as Shadetree did. I would get the metal studs that they sometimes use in new buildings and use them to build walls. You could also use them to somehow build trusses for the roof. Good luck with the fix. :thumbsup:
  16. Vonderbach

    Vonderbach Your AD here! Donating Member

    I'll take pix when I'm done. Going to attempt to do it this weekend.

    Thanks again everyone! ::4
  17. red1100cc

    red1100cc Registered

    i have a 20x60 im sturdying up by screwing 2x4s to the tin, 1" Styrofoam board on the tin, and particle board screwed to the 2x4s over the foam, and "great stuff" expanding foam everywhere, every crack leak or draft. made the building much stiffer and warmer. i'll go take a pic for ya and post it in a few.
  18. red1100cc

    red1100cc Registered

    hope these help. sorry the last one is kinda fuzzy, but as i tell my kid "ya get what ya get, and ya don't throw a fit.":laugh:

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  19. Vonderbach

    Vonderbach Your AD here! Donating Member

    Awesome Red, that gives me some more ideas!

  20. red1100cc

    red1100cc Registered

    no worries, a good shop is 1/2 the key to a healthy biker.::4
    let us know how it turns out.

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