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Old 03-08-2019, 07:40 PM   #16
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Those brackets got me thinking. I've been redesigning a boat cover frame and plan to use plywood brackets which do the same thing. The idea is to bolt them together, instead of using nails or screws, so the whole thing can be disassembled and stowed for the summer.

Of course, if I could just buy the brackets, rather than make them, that would save some time. Hmmm.
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Just completed an 8' x 10' shed with gambrel roof. I purchased plans from icreatables.com. Sided with Hardi Plank over OSB and upgraded roof shingles to meet HOA approvals. I stick built everything including the trusses and added a window and an underground power feed for LED lights and plugs. I have $2,580 invested and still need to paint it. The plans exceeded my expectations. I used Tuff Block for ground support rather than concrete blocks.
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If I read that right, it's 52 pieces of steel for $59. That seems awfully cheap. I would expect those steel brackets to be very thin and flimsy. By comparison check out the prices for basic Simpson Strong Ties at Home Depot. I think You can do better on your own.
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If I read that right, it's 52 pieces of steel for $59. That seems awfully cheap. I would expect those steel brackets to be very thin and flimsy. By comparison check out the prices for basic Simpson Strong Ties at Home Depot. I think You can do better on your own.
The kit has special one piece brackets that attach the upper and lower roof joists and holds them at the correct angle. Simpson doesn't have anything like that.

For a guy that doesn't even want to miter the boards, the kit is based on keeping it simple.
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The kit has special one piece brackets that attach the upper and lower roof joists and holds them at the correct angle. Simpson doesn't have anything like that.

For a guy that doesn't even want to miter the boards, the kit is based on keeping it simple.

The screws look like drywall screws.
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The screws look like drywall screws.
Good observation.. always use structural screws...

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Simpson-...R100/202071152
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"The kit has special one piece brackets that attach the upper and lower roof joists and holds them at the correct angle. Simpson doesn't have anything like that.

For a guy that doesn't even want to miter the boards, the kit is based on keeping it simple."


The point I was trying to make is that those brackets have to be flimsy to be that inexpensive.
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The point I was trying to make is that those brackets have to be flimsy to be that inexpensive.
Yep, they are flimsy, just look at them. But it's for a 7' x 8' shed.

Purpose built part... good enough?

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Just completed an 8' x 10' shed with gambrel roof. I purchased plans from icreatables.com. Sided with Hardi Plank over OSB and upgraded roof shingles to meet HOA approvals. I stick built everything including the trusses and added a window and an underground power feed for LED lights and plugs. I have $2,580 invested and still need to paint it. The plans exceeded my expectations. I used Tuff Block for ground support rather than concrete blocks.

THANKS BUD!!! just checked out that site - for reasonable charge of 15 bucks they provide every freaking thing: plans, steps, material lists...
The whole nine yards !!!
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THANKS BUD!!! just checked out that site - for reasonable charge of 15 bucks they provide every freaking thing: plans, steps, material lists...
The whole nine yards !!!
But I think that kit you posted and the one I posted came with plans.
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But I think that kit you posted and the one I posted came with plans.

they do ! that website has not just plan(s), but all the rest: materials list, instructions...


I am by no means "a pro", but have done a lot of various complexity projects. However, with "things-nice-to-have" , but "can-live-without" , i am trying to weight: "can i do it", "how much time", "how much money", "will-it-be-fun-or-tooo-much-work" and having every thing in place it fairly easy to address all concerns right-up-front!!!

Moreover - those plans (at icreatables.com ), provide load reference points, which frankly very important factor: No one would want to have all his tools (and i have quite few) be thrown away due to roof collapsed under the heavy snow!


With detailed instructions it really becomes "lego construction set", just at different scale
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The icreatables.com plans have some "to scale" print outs for the truss connectors and truss extension legs on the gambrel roof design. The gambrel roof design allows for 9' of clearance in the middle and will allow for a small loft for extra overhead storage. Remember to "measure twice and cut once"! Good luck.
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For a guy that doesn't even want to miter the boards, the kit is based on keeping it simple.
By looking at the assembly in the pictures you provided it looks like the person bldg. a shed still has to cut mitered corners. Obviously they don't have to be as accurate but still have to be mitered and to some people that could even be a challenge.
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No, I would not get that kit. It looks nice, but there's not much in the way of strength.

Built my 8x16 woodshed from old railroad ties for base, wood from neighbor's remodel, some osb, small slabs from a sawmill for siding, some old plexiglass under overhangs to let some light in, and metal roofing for flat, tilted roof. Used screws and angle braced walls for wind and snow load. $300
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I have no experience with a shed kit like this. 10 years or more ago, I did make the mistake of buying a metal shed kit. I think it was 10' x 10'.

It was a nightmare! Instructions were hard to follow, pieces didn't fit right, etc. Once done the roof leaked like crazy.

I stick-built a much larger shed several years later. I did it all myself and it turned out great.
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