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Shed Demo



Step 1: Empty-out the Shed

It's easier to tear down an empty shed than a full shed.  Store those items you wish to save.  This is also great time to go through unneeded or broken items. Three (3) piles should do:  1. donate/recycle, 2. hazardous, and 3. demo/trash.

Step 2: Inside Shed Fixtures

Prior to the demo, remove any wall fixtures, shelving, or storage accessories. This will make for a safer demo execution.

Step 3: Roof Dismantling

The roof is the place to start. When tearing down the shed, you want to work top-to-bottom.  Shingled roofs may be brittle and stuck together, so they will tear when removed.  Strip from top-to-bottom and use a screwdriver or crowbar to take off any loose screws.

Once you have stripped the roof all the way to the bare wood, remove any remaining nails holding the roof where attached to the trusses or walls. Be careful as the walls of the shed do not immediately fall when the roof is removed. You will have to dismantle the roof pieces because the roof is attached in various places.

Step 4: Walls Dismantling

With the roof removed, it is time to work on the walls. You will want to start with the wall with the door, as it is the least structurally sound.

Note: While removing individual walls, the standing walls will become less stable. Consider having a friend or two to stabilize the wall as you work. If you are working alone, have 2x4s handy to create temporary supports.

Step 5: Floor Removal

If your shed has flooring, use a crowbar to pry up the planks. If your flooring is on legs and you feel comfortable, use a reciprocating saw to cut through the floor and speed up the process.

Step 6: Clean-up

After you have finished disassembling your shed, you should have three (3) piles to work with: donate/recycle, hazardous disposal, and demo/trash

Now's the time to throw any remaining excess into your roll-off dumpster as you clean the job site. And, if you have any items to recycle or some hazardous waste to dispose of, remember to find a local disposal option.


Appropriate Bin Sizes for Shed Demos

15-yard bins

  • The 15-yard bins are better for smaller sheds
  • Sizes like: 8 x 12 sheds = 11.3 cubic yards
  • 10 x10 sheds = 12.3 cubic yards


Note: anything smaller than these sizes would fit in a 10 yarder

20-yard bins

  • The 20-yard bins are better for medium-to-large sheds
  • Sizes like: 8 x 16 sheds = 14.2 cubic yards
  • 10 x 6 shed=15.4 cubic yards
  • 12 x 20 shed= 19.9 cubic yard





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