Strange Shed – Balancing Barn?

Posted on : September 9, 2011

The shed/barn house is 100 feet long and only 50 feet of the base is on solid ground? There’s even a window in the floor to look down to the grassy area below.

Balancing Barn - Would you feel safe?

This is a holiday home that you can rent that is a few miles inland from the Suffolk Coast in the UK.  Some renters of the property worry if too many people go to the end it will tip! Maybe only a few too many meat pies for lunch could tip the scales of balance. You can rent this  “The Balancing Barn” (www.living-architecture.co.uk) that sleeps up to eight people and costs from £638 for a four-night midweek stay. The house was designed, built and owned by the not for profit group Living Architecture – whose co-founder designed this, Mr. Alain de Botton. Very different Alain.

Heres another view of the amazing Balancing Barn:

Strange Shed? For Rent

 They say as soon as you enter and walk across the threshold of the balancing point – you feel strangely in danger of it tipping! The floor window above the swing would also add to this.

Don’t think our portal frame sheds could delve into this magnitude of architecture?
 

 

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Shed Prices to go down

Posted on : September 5, 2011

Shedeye has it on good authority that imported Steel is being used for the structural steel in more and more sheds sold in auastralia.

Is this a bad thing, take a look at the previous article, if the product is of the same quality and meets the Australian standards should the consumer care?  Especially with the impending steel mill closures in Australia, australian steel will be a thing of the past soon in steel sheds.

 

Cold Rolled Zinc Coil

 

Do you care where the steel is coming from, or simply that you will get the cheapest price for you steel shed with good assurance that you are getting a good product?  Shed buyers are very focused on the price, they understand the difference in $$$, but not in the quality of the shed.

Lets hope the shed buyer is soon armed with the knowledge and understanding of the difference between a good shed and a cheap shed!

The shed below is a BAD shed 🙂

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ShedSafe

Posted on : August 31, 2011

Does ShedSafe guarantee that your shed is in fact safe?

No. If your shed complies to The Building Code of Australia then your chances are far higher.

Does ShedSafe publish or contribute to the Building Code of Australia?

No. It copies large slabs of it in the “Design Guide Portal Frame steel sheds and garages”.

Does ShedSafe own or contribute to the AS/NZS 1170.2 2011 (Structural Design Actions : Wind Actions)?

No it was prepared by Joint Technical Committee BD-006 and was approved on behalf of the Council of Standards Australia on 23 November 2010 (published on 30 March 2011).

Who owns ShedSafe?

Shedsafe is owned by the ASI (Australian Steel Institute). The ASI was started using some large grants from Bluescope and Stramit.

Has ShedSafe ever rejected an applicant?

There have been no documented or rumoured rejections. Not bad for an accreditation that has to be earned and can’t be purchased.

Is ShedSafe Independent?

No.

How is Shedsafe funded?

Shedsafe is a commercial operation, that is used to fund the wages of the operators. ShedSafe charges the shed suppliers (those that have the software and organise the materials) to have engineers review three of their shed designs. Now of course these three designs are not their typical shed, they are over engineered and would be under the meticulous watchful eye of the shed suppliers engineers. This does have the potential to pick up glaring errors, but as far as being representative of the typical shed supplied, there is no way!
To further increase the money revenue potential, ShedSafe charges around the $500.00 mark to each of the shed sellers or distributors. How does this shed seller accreditation get earned? Sit a simple test, a pop quiz on the AS/NZS 1170.2. Again ShedSafe is earned not purchased. Rubbish!

Is ShedSafe a Brand or an Accreditation Scheme?

It is clearly a Brand. Accreditation is a quality assurance system of all processes that ensure the end product is safe and sound – the Shedsafe system of accreditation does not achieve this.

What do Shed Suppliers and Sellers think of Shedsafe?

They think it is a necessity as if your competitor has it then you will loose sales as the consumer is being mislead.

What do Shed Buyers think of ShedSafe?

They think it is a regulatory body equivalent to the BCA or Australian Standards. Wrong, wrong, wrong!!!!

Is Shedsafe going to protect consumers?

In its current state there is no way consumers will be protected.

Does Shedsafe ensure a 15 year product roof warranty?

No – not even its benefactor does a warranty on 0.35BMT roofing, which is being supplied by some Shedsafe accredited members.

Are Shedsafe accredited suppliers allowed to use 0.35BMT on their roofs?

This is the key to this whole business, some do and some don’t! Shedsafe does not provide even basic consistency in shed supply.

 

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ShedSafe – An Industry Body or A Brand – Part 1?

Posted on : August 28, 2011

ShedSafe – an offshoot of the ASI and The Shed Group!

This is a look at the Industry Body called ShedSafe and will raise many eyebrows in the shed industry through the dominance of its name. The presumed importance of a brand called ShedSafe with its accreditation deeming members have an exclusive right to the name is confusing to the consumer in the assumption it is a regulatory body. It is not such a body as all shed (Class 10A Buildings) constructions are governed by the BCA only. This fact is mentioned in the ShedSafe advertising.  The advertising aspect is the point of this investigation and the implications that this “ShedSafe Group” imply not to the customers – but to its members and opposition – Non-members of compliance of shed construction!

Lets go through some of the ShedSafe details advertised to the customer and also to prospective shed suppliers.

Is your shed..ShedSafe? If not why not? This is marketing and nothing else – the problem is in the wording as follows by one of the accredited suppliers. It implies that it is the industry standard benchmark. Just to confirm all the major brand users of this ShedSafe have similar branding advertisements.

ShedSafe Accredited Supplier Advert

 So we have an Industry body who commercially sprouts its advantages through its members directly aimed at customers through the statement above “This accreditation is the Industry Benchmark for Steel Sheds sold nationwide”!  Why are they saying this when in reality they are not the benchmark but simply a brand as discovered below!

This is on the literature to shed suppliers – so make no mistake as to the marketing intentions of this statement! Join up and you will influence the purchasing decisions of most, if not all consumers shopping for sheds! This is an unbelievable statement from an Industry body to gain membership. Yet on the following piece of information you have option of deflecting opposition to shed quotation by referring to the “ShedSafe Website”

 Yet in reality this is what you will receive from becoming a ShedSafe member – the below:

 

Not much promised to the customer who buys a shed except that the shed you have purchased is ShedSafe accredited. See some previous articles here on Shedeye for ShedSafe accredited sheds…

Next is a very important statement by ShedSafe conditions to shed suppliers:

Now this is an important concept – as all factors quoted must be performed by a licenced builder or a building certifier. Also an engineer may perform this duty. But how many quotes get published to customers without any inspection or site visit?  This is an area that ShedSafe has yet to address!

NOW THE LAST PART OF THIS ARTICLE!

Stay tuned for Part 2, a much harder hitting continuation of this article.

 

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10,000 Steel Shed Images

Posted on : August 27, 2011

Shedeye has reached its goal of being the largest shed image library in the world.

Shedeye has over 10,000 shed images in its library, all custom made by you the public.

A selection of some of the most recent images are below.



 

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Shed Warehouse directors fined

Posted on : August 17, 2011

Shed Warehouse Directors?

Where are these People?

As a consumer you have a lot to think about when buying your shed.

One thing you should not have to think about when you are buying your shed is somebody selling you a shed, taking the deposits, not delivering and taking off with the money. It has happened a number of times that Shedeye knows about, however this one has seen justice prevail.  Over a period of many years – The Shed Warehouse caused a lot of grief to customers wanting to own their dream shed – backyard retreat and storage area. They blamed everyone except themselves!

The sweet justice in this particular case is that one of the Directors, who unbelievably allegedly is still selling sheds in the industry (using a different name), was hit with a fine of $255,000 and an order to pay $600,000 in compensation.

Both the company and the director in question now have a criminal conviction recorded against them.

The second director will appear before the Magistrates Court at the end of September.  This director is also allegedly still active in the Shed Industry!

If you want to talk to the victims of this criminal offence they have set up a facebook page

One is apparently still in the shed industry in Brisbane and the other down to SA in an Adelaide shed business. Talk to the victims of this shed industry disgrace on the  Facebook link above.

ONCE AGAIN WHO ARE THE REGULATORS OF THE SHED INDUSTRY?  The ASI? ShedSafe Group? or maybe BCA?

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Is the Shed Safe

Posted on : August 6, 2011

Shedeye has been given many examples of Shed failures from the general public, if you want to keep your shed safe then you should read this article!

For those that are in the shed industry, there will be a prize for who ever can correctly identify the design fault from the pile of scrap metal.

Why did this shed fail?

How did this get passed through council?

Was this shed signed off by an Engineer?

How did the software controls allow this shed design to be built?

How did the shed seller not understand that the shed they were selling was faulty?

Why are these failures not investigated completely and the results published so that the industry can improve?

 

Please note that a car has been removed from one of these pictures.

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