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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:37 pm 
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Hello folks,

I have a shed made from horizontal tongue & groove planks, that is leaning to the right on the front, so badly that I can't shut the door properly. Previously the whole shed was leaning to the right, but after straightening it up with props, and screwing some chipboard sheets to the back wall, it remained upright for a couple of years. I can prop it up again to straighten it, but I'm not sure how to stop it from leaning again, as I can't put any internal support across the front due to the doors and window. The only thing I can think of doing is putting a cable, with a couple of adjustable tensioners at either end, at roof level from the front right corner to the back left, but that might be a bit of a pain with moving things around inside the shed.
Has anybody got any better suggestions?

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It's more of a summer house more than a shed... pics of the interior please?

Some interior bracing might help. Chip board isn't the most stable solution.

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Hello wine~o

It probably was originally a summer house, but it is most definitely being used as a shed these days...
Attached are a selection of images of the inside, let me know if you need anything specific.


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I was looking for cross/diagonal bracing on the 3 walls without a door/window. can't see any due to the internal cladding.

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I don't that that is internal cladding, I think they are same planks seen from outside. There isn't any cross bracing, just horizontal struts at the top and bottom of each wall that probably hold it square.
The back wall has the chipboard sheets on it, which seem to have kept it upright for the past couple of years.
It is just the top right corner that the front that is leaning, possibly due to the weight of the roof, especially as it has about 3 layers of felt on it.


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Without cross bracing (diagonally) in the structure then it will move. as I said "chipboard" isn't a structural material.

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Is it on a concrete base? If it's just on pads or blocks then that could be the problem.

The first pic show some serious deformation to the right of the doorway with the tail end of those halving joints: as that is so close to the doorway it could be where the problem lies.

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as an aside
washing lines or other items that can cause heavy loads to walls like wall hung shelves can pull a structure out off shape without good bracing

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big-all wrote:
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washing lines or other items that can cause heavy loads to walls like wall hung shelves can pull a structure out off shape without good bracing


I think that is a cable :lol:

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big-all wrote:
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washing lines or other items that can cause heavy loads to walls like wall hung shelves can pull a structure out off shape without good bracing


I think that is a cable :lol:

not actually going by any visible que in thev post as there are few :lol:
more along what can happen :wink:

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As possible solutions go it looks like bracing of the front panel would be awkward because of the doors and windows. You could try large L shaped metal brackets or perhaps angle iron cut , bend a welded to form such a bracket although it looks like you'd be reliant on fixings into relatively small pieces of timber. Alternatively you could shore it up from outside , basically a big prop to hold it in place . You could infill with trellis and grow a climber up it so it wasn't so visually obtrusive. Another option could be to brace it internally from the back wall. As you say you've got the back wall stable you could attach a brace from the front top right corner ( viewed from the outside) to the rear top left corner. You'd do that after you've pushed th shed back into position of course and you could also then put a further brace between the other two corners , it looks like you will have enough headroom and you've mentioned it yourself . As there would or could be an amount of tension there I'd robably consider putting in braces on the internal end walls ( rear top to front bottom) to counteract any distorting effect from a horizontal bracing.


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Im no expert but its leaning as the roof has lost its strength (structural integrity) due to the multiple ? water leaks, chipboard does not like water over a long periods, once soaked it falls to bits or swells and holds the water making it heavy

Take the roof off, level the building out and put a new roof on pref sterling board or WBP with a proper mineral felt and not the rubbish "shed" felt


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Thank you for your replies.
There used to be a washing line attached to the front, but that hasn't been used for over 7 years, as we have a rotary dryer.
I fixed the leaking roof soon after we moved in, about 7 years ago, and those stains are old and there hasn't been any evidence of damp patches on the roof (I do occasionally check after heavy downpours), so hopefully that isn't a factor.
I might try driving a wedge under the front right corner, when I straighten it up; but I was also wondering whether putting a length of wood (2"x2" possibly) in the external corner, where the protruding sides overlap, and screwing every (or every other) slat to it, from both side, would help?


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