I found two plasterboard pallets (USA sheetrock) set aside and discarded. They were strong, heavily built from solid stock, in good condition. I retyurned with my trailer thinking they would make the roof and floor for my stud framer shed. I bought the studs and then used them for other things. A sandbox came as a prototype and then second one for my videoing build to show others how in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, things like that.
Three weeks ago I found five more. I took these too and changed my plans for the combo greenhouse shed I had thought to build. First I had a part of tiled slab area where my new vegetable boxes are stationed. It’s against my fence and not a good spot for growing because of the arc of the sun’s path. I took the pallets sized them without any dismantling and they were absolutely immoveable. Cutting some to length gave me exactness to the space I had.
The walls were up in an hour, just in time for my granddaughter to come over and play in the sandbox with me. We played for an hour and then kicked the football around. She found the frame of the shed fascinating because it looked like something you had in the kid’s park to climb and swing from. Bit splintery to let her, but we walked around it and she played go hide until I found her.
These big awkward pallets often stay outside the skips until last because they stop waste from going in. I asked for them and they were glad to let them go with me. I love my little trailer for things like this. I can load up and be on my way in a few minutes and it is so stable too. The other five came in two lots of two and three. Outside a builders, these pallets lay abandoned and awaiting retrieval by the waste management company. I was very happy to get the superstructure for free but all the more for the speed with which my shed would actually come together.
Last week I put up the roof panels and this weekend I applied the fibreglass underfelt ready for the roofing next weekend. I have a little infil to go in but the cladding is treated wood and I ordered that to come next Friday when i will indeed finish the tool shed. It was fun and when I build the greenhouse it will be from wood I buy. I am planning the greenhouse to come from studs and will customise the sections to receive polycarbon panels for lightweight and safety. But it will look lovely when done as will this new shed.