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Last fall I bought a Cover It 12' x 24' pipe frame garage. The canvas was ripped in several places. It was 17 years old but the guy said that he had bought the extra heavy duty cover. A roll of 3" Gorilla Tape and I was able to repair the cover. A new 20' by 30' tarp over the cover kept it dry inside all winter. Total cost for the 12' x 24' dry storage area was $120 and 8 hours of my time. That included taking down the frame last fall and erecting it here.

Last Saturday, I ran into a guy up the road from me(at the transfer station which is our social center). He gave me a 10' x 20' Cover It garage that had a bent frame and disintergated top. It took 4 hours to disassemble it(many rusted bolts and distorted tubes. I figure to spend 2 hours to straighten the tubes(on my welding table) and three to set it up. For the summer, I will cover it with a 16' x 20' tarp. I figure 10 hours and $12 for this shelter.

I am pointing these experiences out to encourage others here, who like me, are on very limited budgets. There are all kinds of deals around, just talk to people. Good Luck, Rick
 

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I have a nice green house frame I was considering building a shop with...Tarps dont last long down this way with the sun in the summer..The small greenhouse frame I have is 25x60 and the large ones I have are 35x100.course I could use half of either one and make it smaller.But like you said..when your on a budget you get creative...LOL
 

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I have a nice green house frame I was considering building a shop with...Tarps dont last long down this way with the sun in the summer..The small greenhouse frame I have is 25x60 and the large ones I have are 35x100.course I could use half of either one and make it smaller.But like you said..when your on a budget you get creative...LOL
20 years ago there was a tarp company out of Texas that sold all kinds of covers. Some of them claimed to last 10 years in the Texas sun. You might want to look around. Some of the guys up here use the black plastic covers used on horizontal silos. You can get large piecesof black poly for free in the spring because the farms only use them one winter. Good Luck, Rick
 

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How do they hold up to the winds, or do you get high winds. Just wondering. I have thought about those, some by laws here won't allow them in your yard.
Great idea thou.

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How do they hold up to the winds, or do you get high winds. Just wondering. I have thought about those, some by laws here won't allow them in your yard.
Great idea thou.

Noel
They hold up great in high winds..Frames are the old Acme frames made of spring steel...as old as they are(about 30+)they are rust free..the tarps on the other hand dont hold up well at all.Thick plastic last about a year here in the sun and heat.
 

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I have a 10x20 I bought many moons ago at Costco. The tarp disintegrated after about 3 yrs. I bought another big tarp and played that game for another 3 yrs or so. I managed to get my hands on a ton of free metal siding/roofing. It has a round top so I just screwed sheet to it, worked great. I just moved it last fall to my new house, that a major pain, but I store most of my implements, LT's and scrap in there. never had any issues with wind, but it was always up next to a building too.
 

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I have a 10x20 I bought many moons ago at Costco. The tarp disintegrated after about 3 yrs. I bought another big tarp and played that game for another 3 yrs or so. I managed to get my hands on a ton of free metal siding/roofing. It has a round top so I just screwed sheet to it, worked great. I just moved it last fall to my new house, that a major pain, but I store most of my implements, LT's and scrap in there. never had any issues with wind, but it was always up next to a building too.
Mine all have the gable style roof like..I did have one that had the round roof but I traded it off for something years ago.I hope after we get settled into the hew house I can have a pad poured and build myself a shop..been collecting metal roofing to use on it as you did.
 

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I haven't gotten to building it yet,, But I have been collecting the 4-5 ft. pool sides.. they are usually made of aluminum or powder coated steel .. They are usually free for the take down.. The pool liners and covers aren't bad for a cheap temp. tarp either.. They must be made of some sort of UV, plastic.. Just an idea...
When the kids were little, we had one of the Intek pools with the blow up blue ring around the top. The ring ended up getting torn, I cut it up and used it as a tarp, still using it after 10 yrs.
 

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Raising three teenage boys alone, I fully understand budgets and being creative. Save your nickels and watch Craigslist. Often times you can find T1-11 seconds or leftovers for a fourth the price of new. Same goes for metal roofing or even shingles if you're not picky about the color. And windows. A trip to the Restore store or flea market will set you up with hinges.
 

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Raising three teenage boys alone, I fully understand budgets and being creative. Save your nickels and watch Craigslist. Often times you can find T1-11 seconds or leftovers for a fourth the price of new. Same goes for metal roofing or even shingles if you're not picky about the color. And windows. A trip to the Restore store or flea market will set you up with hinges.
I buy tons of stuff from our local Restore..donate all I can as well..great bunch of folks!
 

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Got my wood 10x10 shed for free took me 4 hours to knock the walls and roof off and stack them on the floor and drag it up the road behind my old Gilson Hydro 16.It's very heavy with 4 4x4 pressure treated skids under the floor.

Wasn't much left of the roof and back wall and a 2" hole in the floor which wasn't hard to fix.I was working construction at the time and every time we had leftover materials I would drag home a couple 2x4s or 1/2 sheets of plywood.

I just got around to putting in the double doors on it Monday.It has a good solid 3/4' pardeck roof on it now but I found a Mobile home Factory 30 minutes up the road and bought a couple 12"x12 chunks of rubber roofing dirt cheap.I have 2 more hunks left after putting one on the shed roof.She's water tight.

Total investment $10 for the rubber roofing $5 gas to go get it and $10 in gas in the old tractor.And $15 for another driveshaft coupler.It split right at the keyway when I was moving the shed around in the yard.

Nails were even free.Boss dropped a box of rolled nails and said i could have them because they will jam the nailer up once the rolls get bent.Just have to break off a nail every time you need one which is a pain in the butt.lol

Here's my cool little shop.Still have to buid a tool organizer.(plywood with nails sticking out lol) above the work bench and attach my little vice but it's a good little work shop.

Ya I ran short on 2x4s by 4 1/2 inches so just patched up the one on the left door.

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Man those old lawn mower tires stack up Quick don't they? lol Haven't got around to clean that crap up yet.That's tomorrows project if it doesn't rain.
 

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I still have to patch the bottom of the walls so the darn Chipmunks don't get in the shed again and chew up any more belts.Caught one last year sitting on top of a bundle of belts just a chewing away.Little munsters get really mean when you swat at them with an old broom .Churp churp churp OH CRAP RUN!!! :rolling: The darn thing charged at me,I jumped and it ran out and up the neighbors maple tree.
 

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I still have to patch the bottom of the walls so the darn Chipmunks don't get in the shed again and chew up any more belts.Caught one last year sitting on top of a bundle of belts just a chewing away.Little munsters get really mean when you swat at them with an old broom .Churp churp churp OH CRAP RUN!!! :rolling: The darn thing charged at me,I jumped and it ran out and up the neighbors maple tree.
Good looking shed, nicely saved :thumbs: and yes try to keep those feisty little buggers out, they can cause a lot of damage.
 
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I have a 8x22 +/- box off an old Penske rental truck..It has the roll up door in the back and a swing open door in each side.I want to make a tool shed out of it for my tractors but who ever built it welded the trailer its on to the frame really ...really well..gonna take lots of grinding and cussing to get the two separated.I actually bought this from a guy that was going to take it for scrap..I traded him an old car for it that was left on my land when we bought it.
 

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I built this shed in the background last summer. $45 - I wanted a Tin Roof . Otherwise all of the wood is salvage , I got the 4x4 frame wood from pallets I broke down .

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A friend works at a metal engineering place and they get their sheet steel on these 4x10 - 5x12 heavy duty pallets they pile it up outside and I pick up as much as I want when I want . It takes a lot of work to get the 4x4s out of them but hey , you can't beat the price .

I also get sheets of paneling they use to ship with , it is defects with bad prints or something . I tore the fence down in the back of my yard to reclaim 8' of my property and used it for the siding.

I built this to get the extra stuff out of my garage shop and to store my push mower and power washer and spreader . I also store attachments, ladders , chicken wire etc.

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I built the addition on my shop this way also , but used salvage doors with windows for light from a local 'restore' place .

This is the only image I have of the Garage before I did my thing to it.

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It was such an eyesore to look at while enjoying the back deck , I couldn't stand it so I decided to make it something nice to look at and give it a rustic barn type of appeal , Now I hang old tools on it for interesting things to study while enjoying the deck :D

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I put a new shingle roof on it and sided it with 'rough sawn' pine from a mill nearby . The garage refurbish was not done cheap . I put $800 into it total with all the windows and the roof and doors.
 

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You guys beat me on the expense side of shed building. I used a pair of cab shipping pallets from work that were built with treated 4x4s and 2x8s. After bolting them together, rearranging 2 by's and covering with salvage 3/8 plywood from shipping containers, I ended up with a floor 12 feet by 17 feet 10 inches that is solid 2 by material underneath. So no money in the floor but that 1' 10" haunted me the rest of the way. I wheeled and dealed for studs and have little to no money in the framing. I got the doors from work during a remodel job. I bought some T1-11 and the steel roofing. But I ended up with extra free roofing. The manufacturer made my first sheets a foot too short. After pitching a bit of a fit, they brought new roofing to me at work and said nothing about the short pieces. Long story short I have a nearly 12x18 shed with a four foot porch on the front. I did a 12/12 pitch with a loft inside. After over ten years all that's left is to trim out my doors.......
 

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Last fall I bought a Cover It 12' x 24' pipe frame garage. The canvas was ripped in several places. It was 17 years old but the guy said that he had bought the extra heavy duty cover. A roll of 3" Gorilla Tape and I was able to repair the cover. A new 20' by 30' tarp over the cover kept it dry inside all winter. Total cost for the 12' x 24' dry storage area was $120 and 8 hours of my time. That included taking down the frame last fall and erecting it here.

Last Saturday, I ran into a guy up the road from me(at the transfer station which is our social center). He gave me a 10' x 20' Cover It garage that had a bent frame and disintergated top. It took 4 hours to disassemble it(many rusted bolts and distorted tubes. I figure to spend 2 hours to straighten the tubes(on my welding table) and three to set it up. For the summer, I will cover it with a 16' x 20' tarp. I figure 10 hours and $12 for this shelter.

I am pointing these experiences out to encourage others here, who like me, are on very limited budgets. There are all kinds of deals around, just talk to people. Good Luck, Rick
If there is an outdoor advertising company in your area, they may have used vinyl billboard faces for cheap. They don't re-print them so they get discarded or used as tarps.

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