IN2 SHEDS – Geelong – Another Shed Ripoff

Posted on : December 28, 2014
in 2 sheds rip off

In 2 Sheds

Check out the article here and here

Another one is added to the list and has been liquidated.

  • Debt of approximately $600,000
  • 62 people have lost deposits of $300,000

This is outrageous, something has to be done to stop this as the count of people that have lost deposits on sheds is getting very high.  I wonder how many more people need to lose their money before one of the so-called regulators does something to protect consumers.

in2sheds liquidation notice

Liquidation

It has been a while, and I am committed to adding new articles and research over the 2015 year.  I am adding some new features to the site and will start active development again.

I will be adding a paid advertising directory and will be offering some of the tools that have been developed by Shedeye to shed companies to help them with their sales process.  Stay tuned.

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How much money can be made in Sheds and Garages?

Posted on : February 8, 2014

This one is always quite hard to find out, until a Shed company goes on the market.

Shed_company_for_sale

 

That is a lot of sheds and a lot of steel.  If you extrapolate the figures here it also tells you the approximate margin they are making.

Note that P.E.B.I.T.A. = Proprietors Earnings Before Interest, Tax & Amortisation

Take this estimate

  • If you say 100k for rent and other expenses
  • $2 million gross sales
  • Owners earnings of $284,000, assuming this is the PEBITA figure.
  •  ~19% margin (depending on how much Gross sales are over $2 million).

 

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Buying a Shed, lowest risk to the consumer

Posted on : February 4, 2014

It is a sad fact that too many people over the years have lost money when buying sheds.

The most recent being the Sidach debacle, but this is in a long list including

 

What are the risk to the consumer

 

1.  A distributor goes bankrupt or illegally takes the money from the consumer.

This is the retail outlet, the one that has the sites that you walk around and look at the shed.  They usually don’t have the relationships with the suppliers and rollformers, but are important as they do the sale, site inspection, and organise the building of the shed.  The are also important as the do the after sales support and help with damaged or faulty sheds.

Often the distributor is holding the clients money and pays the manufacturer on a schedule.

  • This creates a risk as while it provides operating cashflow to the distributor it does provide a risk that the consumer can loose their money part way in the process of their shed being manufactured.
  • There is a timing risk in the deposits being collected and the shed not being ordered and in the milestone payments not being passed onto the manufacturer.
  • To be clear there are 100’s of extremely talented, ethical and trustworthy distributors in the shed industry
  • That said due to their being in the vicinity of a 1000 distributors in Australia the risk of an unscrupulous or poor business operator is increased.

Model One : The current model in the industry is shown in the below diagram.

Payment_To_Distributor

An easy way to remove the above problems is for the client to pay the money direct to the wholesaler.

Model Two : A new way to eliminate this risk is shown below.

Payment_To_Wholesaler

This is an extremely rare model in the industry and the research that we had done shows that only Sheds n Homes has this arrangement in place through their Manufacturer / Wholesaler Steelx PTY LTD.

This labelled the “Guarantee Of Supply” by Steelx and is represented by the below label.

Guarantee-of-Supply-Logo

This definitely protects the consumer from mismanagement at the distributor level, as the distributor never sees any money outside of their commission.   That leads to the next risk, what happens if the Wholesaler / Manufacturer goes down…

2.  The manufacturer goes bankrupt or illegally takes money from the distributor.  While less likely it is a far more significant event.

These groups are smaller in number, have the relationships with the suppliers, own the brands and have the software and systems that provide the kit to the distributors.  You might ask what happens if the Wholesaler goes bankrupt, well they end up with the money at some stage in the process, so this risk is inherent in the Model 1 above.   The Guarantee does not remove this risk, but as stated both Model 1 and Model 2 above are both subject to this risk.

3.  The rollformer goes bankrupt.

Rollformers turn the cold rollformed steel into shed components.  This would be a devastating event and could send shockwaves through the whole Shed Industry.  Lets hope this never happens!!!

All in all a large percentage of the Shed Industry is ethical, honest, professional and hardworking.  Like any industry there are bag eggs and Model 2 above seems to remove the surface area of risk for the consumer.  I am sure many in the industry will disagree and a we welcome their feedback.

 

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Sidach South Ripped Off Customers

Posted on : June 5, 2013

Approximately 12  customers have had money stolen

Approximately 12  customers have had money taken and have not received a shed – Shedeye has been personally contacted by a few and this has seriously affected some people.  Some people have taken out loans to pay for the sheds, paid in full, and will now be left with the sting of repayments.

 

A call out to the Shed Industry to assist the victims

Any shed company or rollformer that aids these victims, with the intention of minimising or neutralising the loss of the consumers, will have free advertising on this site for a year, and the satisfaction that they have helped people out in need.  I will provide a list of the shed sizes and the loss made on each shed next week and who ever can do the best deal will get the advertising.

 

A call out to the any victims that need help getting a Shed

Any person that has paid money to  Sidach North or Sidach South and has not received a shed, can you please contact us using this link.  I hope that the industry will help, as there are so many great players in this industry and this type of behaviour is simply wrong.

 

Some more background

How does this happen when it is backed by a big name in the industry?  There are a few models that are operated in the Shed Industry, and the Sidach model was to brand their distributors with their name even though they are legally separate entities.  There is Sidach National and then in Tasmania there were three distributors that were contracted to provide Sidachs sheds.  Sidach makes money in a number of ways, from a booking fee when the order it place, and markup on the shed and components and rebates from the rollformers.

As seen below these companies are all branded under the Sidach brand.

 

Sidach_South

 

It is clear from the below newspaper excerpts that Sidach is very keen to make it clear that these stores are independent, what they forgot to mention is that they were all branded under the Sidach brand.  Why Sidach  has not simply compensated these victims is completely bewildering to Shedeye.

sidach_national_Onesidach_national_Two

 

The are a number of stories behind this tragedy, this can not become another Shed Warehouse or McFadden Kit Homes.

Much more to come soon…

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Compliment or Complaint for Shed Companies

Posted on : June 1, 2013

Shedeye is receiving a increased number of complaints around specific Shed Companies.  We would like to publish the compliments and to put groups of people that have a grievance together.  So if you have paid a handsome shed price and not received your shed, this is the place to lodge your complaint.

 

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Shed – eye for detail.

Posted on : October 14, 2012

Sheds come in different types

The majority of sheds sold today in Australia are of the portal frame design and the components are what is called cold rollformed. But there are two other important types of shed construction that is becoming more popular, the structural steel frame and the stud frame sheds. This is a quick rundown on the three different types:

 

1. Cold rollformed portal frame shed.

This is the most common type of shed and is normally supplied pre-engineered and in a kit form. The main structure (called the portal frame) consists of rolled purlins, girts, batton, top hat and brackets. The cladding and flashings are common to all types.

 

Portal frame showing apex and knee brackets

Portal frame showing apex and knee brackets

As you can see the basic prinicple is that all the purlins (both rafters and colums) consist of cold rolled C section joined by fabricated brackets that bolt each assembly together. The roof and wall members are added once all the portal frames have been stood. This is a very efficient system that can be transported easily and assembled on site with minimal tools. 

 

2. Structural fabricated steel shed.

 Nearly the same engineering prinicple as number 1 – except all the colums and rafters are from hot rolled section such as H section, I beam, or C channels with welded cleats and joiners on all ends. All other components are normally the same. The advantage of this type of design is for larger spans especially used in large warehouse constructions and normally over 18 meter width.
Structural steel is a bolt together design with heavy structural steel

The structural steel is heavy to transport but does allow faster erection and extremely high strength joining system. All the other components are very similar.

 

3. Steel stud framed sheds.

 Now this is completely different to the above two. It is identical to the steel stud framing used in housing and results in a very strong overall construction. The walls and trusses are all prefabicated in sections and simply stood on site and then clad. The advantage of this system is the ease of which you finish the sheeting internally and is the reason it is gaining popularity. 

Steel stud frame shed

As you can see there are no colums protruding into the interior and all window and door penetrations are done at fabrication stage. While slightly more to transport – the erection time is greatly reduced and the finish (interior) allows much cheaper cladding solutions. It can be treated in the same way as a normal house frame. 

 

Not all sheds are the same, and to ensure you obtain one that suits your purpose contact Shedeye.

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Shed for Rent!

Posted on : August 9, 2012

London Shed for Rent!

A SAVVY homeowner is making a bit of extra Olympics cash — by renting out her SHED to Games guests.

Grandmother-of-four Tricia Jones has transformed the hut at the bottom of her garden into a mini sports stadium, and is offering it out to tourists over the coming weeks.

The unique getaway in Leytonstone, East London, is just two miles from the stadium, and comes complete with a bed, heater and mini fridge.

Tricia has also gone the extra mile, kitting out the shed with a mini running track and a full-sized winners’ podium, along with a host of Union Flags and Olympic memorabilia.

And with hotel prices in the capital up 69 per cent during the Games according to TripAdvisor, Tricia’s quirky alternative is a snip at £40 a night.

The 64-year-old said: “I just wanted to be part of the Olympics in some way, it’s going to be a very exciting few weeks.

“I didn’t have any rooms spare to let out, but I heard that people were camping in gardens and I got a bit carried away with my Olympic shed.

£40 a Night

 Go straight to this article in The Sun , as it is very entertaining – the comments are even better!

  1. The flag is the wrong way up also!
  2. Flower pots are not toilets!
  3. And many more classic comments!
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Sheds & Guns!

Posted on : July 26, 2012

Shed has more history than the Museum!

The newly restored shed at DownsSteam Railway and Museum is for the use of volunteers to work on the LOCO 106 “Pride of Toowoomba” which hopefully will be finished in 2015 for the locos 100th birthday!

William Boden and Tom Redwood are two of many volunteers who have helped get the new restoration shed at DownsSteam Railway and Museum up and ready for the opening on Saturday. Photo Dave Noonan

The full article concerning the shed and train museum is in the Toowoomba Chronicle on 19th July 2012. From the article the shed had many uses prior to its current use – and the original shed was purchased for use as an aircraft hanger at Oakey in Queensland (not far from Toowoomba)! The shed is not that special – except it was made in America in 1942 and shipped to Australia for use in the war period. The history of the shed is amazing – it was fabricated by Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania in 1942 nearly 70 years ago and with a huge effort of a design drawn up by USQ School of Engineering students, the shed was able to be reconstructed after many years lying at the old Bridge St quarry!

Now for the history the steel of this shed shares:  Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania was America’s second largest company that started in 1857 and finally filed for bankruptcy in 2001 and all assets sold. During the 1940’s it employed some 300,000 workers with 180,000 alone in the steel ship building sector. Coincidence is that Bethlehem Steel produced this railway gun and also the shed in Toowoomba that houses a railway museum. This particular gun is now in a museum in Brazil:

“Bethlehem 177” railway gun on display at Museum Militar Conde de Linhares

Along with this spectacular piece – Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania was producing one naval vessel per day – which totalled 1,121 ships which was more than any other builder in the war period.

6″, 10″, 12″, and 14″ naval guns being assembled at a Bethlehem Steel facility

So this company that made the Toowoomba shed also produce huge numbers of naval and army guns at the same time, How did it manage to fit in such a small (by comparison) order for an aircraft hanger at Oakey in Queensland. Well it will be an interesting tour of the Downs Steam Railway and Museum not only looking at the 100 year old “Pride of Toowoomba” locomotive, but seeing the 70 year old steel fabricated at the same time as thousands of guns, ships and icons in America. One like this one – that Bethlehem Steel supplied most of the steel for the cable cars and tracks – always it comes back to TRAINS!

Steel for the “San Francisco Municipal Railway” system came from Bethlehem Steel!

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Men in Sydney do anything for a Shed!

Posted on : May 14, 2012

Sheds are a must for Sydney Men!

This article is on the new growing trend for men in Sydney to buy strata titled sheds in complexs complete with power, phones and even windows in some. The article is by Bronwen Gora From: The Sunday Telegraph  April 29, 2012 12:00AM called

“Sydney Men Go Crazy for Big Storage Sheds”

This is Mick Tsolakis and Garry Constanti, inside their huge shed at Alexandria this week, say they are delighted to have the extra room. Picture: Sam Ruttyn Source: The Sunday Telegraph. Its a great alternative when you haven’t got room in the backyard – and also a good investment! But it’s not the same as walking into the backyard to your own steel shed!

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Stratco to close NZ shed base!

Posted on : March 24, 2012

Stratco is shutting their NZ manufacturing base in Auckland?

Auckland Manufacturing & Administration 
Block 4, 22 Harris Road
EAST TAMAKI
NZ
 Telephone(09) 274 6487
Fax:(09) 274 5140
 
Details of their other NZ sites are HERE.

After 20 years in Auckland – Stratco apparantly closed the doors to their factory last week!

Stratco Manufacturing Auckland

 

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Shed Cyclonic Regulations

Posted on : January 31, 2012

Shedeye Investigator – The Australian Story

Introduction

This discussion is broken into two points regarding LHL testing. The first is with a rollforming perspective, and the second from a shed manufacturing perspective.

The main aim is to generate discussion to educate and learn from the current regulations concerning LHL Standard Cyclic Test Method for Cyclonic Areas. It was officially phased in on the 30th April 2009 to meet the Building Code of Australia Specification B1.2.

Interpretation of Low-High-Low Cyclic (LHL) Testing

 Basically it is simulated wind conditions (cyclonic) method using low, the high, then low pressure sequence to test the wind loads on metal roof cladding in cyclonic conditions. This LHL test is considered better to represent typical cyclic regime on metal roof assemblies than the DABM test method that was in the Northern Territory and the Australian Standard AS4040.3:1999 test method previously used in Queensland and Western Australia. The test involves includes the roof assembly including the roof sheets, fasteners and the battens and their support fasteners.

From April 2009 all cladding and batten manufacturers need to demonstrate that their metal roofing assemblies specified for cyclonic areas of Australia have been tested using the LHL test method. More details are available in Technical Alert No 08/1 at www.eng.jcu.edu.au/cts .

Rollforming Manufacturer Perspective

So to understand the basic test of the roof assembly – each manufacturer must get their roof sheeting (all profiles specified for cyclonic regions) tested under LHL. There are numerous testing stations in Australia and the one chosen here for example only is the James Cook University Cyclone Testing Station. Also in this discussion the roof cladding type is corrugated – produced by all of the rollforming companies in Australia and also used in cyclonic regions in Australia. The LHL stipulates that for a company to sell corrugated roof sheets in cyclonic areas – it must undergo LHL cyclic testing. The BRAND corrugated roofing is sold by some of the big multinational rollformers throughout Australia. The Company here is Company ZZZ, and to comply it sends it corrugated roof sheeting to the cyclone testing centre to meet compliance to the LHL test. This sample is rollformed on one machine that converts the coil (flat sheet) to corrugated roof sheets. This is assembled with battens and fasteners then tested under LHL. Once the LHL tests have successfully completed Company ZZZ can then supply corrugated roof sheeting to all cyclone areas in Australia. Company ZZZ has numerous corrugated rollformers as well as the one that supplied the sheets for LHL testing and yet all the corrugated roof sheets are compliant to LHL.

By stipulating that the company brand of corrugated has to be LHL tested, they are accepting that all the corrugated rollformers held by that company are identical. For another company to provide corrugated roof sheets to cyclonic areas – they too have to complete LHL testing. This assumes that the profile and rollform machines are different from company to company. Those in the rollform industry know that this is not the case, and apart from some minor variations between machines it is the profile of corrugated (along with the feed coil properties) that determine the strength and its ability to undergo LHL test compliance. Yet Company XXX has to undergo LHL testing even though all its machines are identical to Company ZZZ machines. This is the only industry where identical products are testing not the manufacturing process.  The LHL testing should in fact be the responsibility of the rollform machine provider – and most of these (especially Australian and New Zealand machines) would all supply compliant corrugated roofing sheets. There should be compliance for these rollform machines to be registered to conform to LHL testing. Yet Company ZZZ who has gained LHL compliance for its rollform machines can buy a new corrugated rollformer from China that may not meet the standards previously obtained from its original sample material. It is the machine that makes the corrugated roof sheet and so testing of one machine from a multinational company will allow inferior product by the company utilising untested machines.

Shed Manufacturers Perspective

From a roll former’s point of view, if it can be demonstrated that structural roll formed products with the same girth and BMT thickness such as roof sheeting and top span that is identical in profile, and manufactured from the same coils of origin that have undergone the LHL testing criteria, what is the real purpose of having the product tested while there remains a question regarding the safety of the total structure? For example, the manufacturer of roll forming materials may argue that while the LHL testing applies only to the roof cladding and “immediate members” that support the roof cladding, failure to include the importance of the connections at the apex, knee, and tie downs, begs the question; how does the manufactured product miraculously become only when the supplier has had the immediate members tested in a wind tunnel that simulates cyclonic conditions?

It is in the real world where actual wind tunnels exist, moreover, regardless of whether the product has been endorsed by shedsafe, structures will continue to fail even before completion.  So concerned are the self appointed gatekeepers to the shed industry, they have aligned themselves with the BSA and other bodies in conducting seminars across the country, advising erectors how to construct sheds so as to avoid the structure  collapsing during construction.  Shed erectors are playing roulette at the hands of shedsafe’s smoking mirrors illusion, hence, the shed erector will be potentially at fault if it can be shown there was a failure on the erector’s part in failing to use his skills in making sure that the whole shed was acting as a diaphragm in order to hold it together in the event of a storm or freak wind that often collapses the frame during construction. In other words, wherever there is an accident on site during construction resulting in person(s) injured or killed, the shed erector, rather than those who endorsed the shedsafe product, will be liable.

Now for a comedic look at the situation.

 A recent inspection of a 3x3m garden shed is an example of the hypocrisy within the industry.

A Building inspector was recently surprised to notice that a garden shed structure was actually made from a .75 mm stud frame with 12mm tie downs at each stud, along with two extra 12mm tie down’s at each corner. He was further surprised to notice bracing on each wall and three 64mm top spans on the roof fastened with 12x 14×20 tek screws with 0.42BMT cladding properly secured to the top span, yet while he was surprised at the extent of the structure, given that most 3x3m garden sheds don’t have a frame at all, he nevertheless failed the inspection because the shed manufacturer had not stated on the plan that the cladding had a reference to the LHL testing.

When the customer advised the supplier, who in turn asked the building inspector to explain the problem, the building inspector advised the supplier to read the literature provided by the ASI’s shedsafe endorsement.  Interestingly, the booklet showed a reference to the LHL endorsement, but no reference to the safety of the entire structure.

Getting back to the manufacturer’s point of view, there is clear evidence that the only guarantee and endorsement of ShedSafe may offer is the customer will have no idea of the origin of the actual material used to manufacture the product or if the product has been tested.

Therefore if the structure is endorsed by an incompetent engineer who has compromised his or her ethical standards, nevertheless signs a FORM 15, there will be no recourse unless the company that has hired the engineer replaces the product. The replacement is usually conditional that the incident be kept confidential.

Besides this, as already pointed out, if one single LHL endorsement can be used as a blanket cover for an entire corporation regardless of the corporation’s many separate roll forming outlets with differing profiles, or whether the origin of the coil is Australian or Imported, how does the building inspector know the difference without authentic documentation? Does the material in question have a specific test certificate stating the origin of the material along with an endorsement from the testing facility given that what he is inspecting explicitly refers to the cladding and top span required on the approved plan, or does he really care about the weightier issues that he may be forced to confront?

Summary

The main reason of this viewpoint by two very different members of the shed industry supply chain is to generate discussion that will enable shed purchasers to be confident that all the factors & PROMISES made by the industry groups are capable of being produced in the supply & erection of their shed.

 To finalise, there is an instance of a well known shed supplier who sold (supply) only to a customer that collapsed during construction. This occurrence was exploited by others in the shed industry to their advantage by giving this as an example of a non-compliant shed industry member. Very far from the truth, the particular shed supplier warned the shed erector constantly regarding construction techniques – all advice was ignored. Subsequent investigations resulted in the shed manufacturer being involved – but of all the parties involved – the shed manufacturer supplied and erected the shed for no charge. This is the type of example of pride in this industry we need. The investigating bodies had no idea of what had occurred – only guesses.

Many thanks to the contributions of the rollformer and the shed manufacturer for this valuable insight into only two areas of the industry. Hopefully more to come from these two gurus of the industry!

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ShedSafe – An Industry Body or A Brand – Part 3?

Posted on : November 5, 2011

Shedsafe – A Question Mark?

Just answer one question please ?

What is the Base Metal Thickness required by ASI?

This is Part 3 and only a question? Within Shedsafe terms and conditions to join the group (brand) – the above item J. is applicable.

So – Shedsafe only allows BMT or TCT approved by the ASI – THE QUESTION IS what is the answer please. How thick is the BMT in all your shed members 0.35BMT or 0.42BMT or what? The ASI has now got to answer the question.

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Innovation Award Submission 2

Posted on : October 28, 2011

Corrugated – a New Revolution

Shed Roofing Profile Innovation Submission 2

This entry to the Shedeye Innovation Award is slightly different to the others entries regarding new products in many ways. This product involves the cladding of sheds, residential & commercial roofing and also is an innovation in the rollforming industry. This is not the site to explain the importance of this new release of a profile sheet and its implications to the roofing, heritage, architectural and other areas of the steel roofing and cladding industry. Almost a reinvention of an iconic corrugated iron from as early as 1829 to the present, this product actually provides a new release of an old product but with superior spanning capabilities being produced on a uniquely designed current rollforming line based in South Australia. The technology utilised and patented by Revolution Roofing will return the “common” corrugated iron roof sheeting back to a rounder, fuller, shapely and deeper profile based on the original 19th century Walker “Gospel Oak” profile.

Once again the supplier and innovator of this product has had a difficult time in choosing which of the three new TRUE OAK designs to enter in the Shedeye Innovation Awards?  Their choice was between three of these revolutionary new profiles, True Oak Mid, True Oak Deep and True Oak ‘5’ and details available on their website REVOLUTION ROOFING.

True Oak Corrugated

But of the three – True Oak Deep was selected because of its ability to be used in sheds as a 0.35BMT product as roofing as it is the only roofing rollformer that has span tables (not cyclonic) for this gauge of roofing.  With the same cover as everyone else, and still  at a cover of 762mm – it offers a product for the shed industry without change to the sheeting layout in regard to the cladding and roofing. The only adjustment will that have to be made is flashings (only minimal), as the depth of the rib is 21mm which is the very reason for the increased strength.  The features of True Oak Deep are 40% deeper and 40% stronger than standard corrugated with the ability to go down to 3 degree pitch in roof. The profile is much stronger underfoot than standard corrugated and less susceptible to denting by foot traffic.

Here are the Span Tables for True Oak Deep:

True Oak Deep Span Tables

The best explanation as to the details of this profile is best explained in the diagram below with the comparison of True Oak Deep and Standard Corrugated.

Comparison

That’s the technical stuff in brief – but a photo paints a thousand ribs or less and deeper!

To top this new innovation off, Revolution Roofing is offering a True Oak 20 Year Watertight Installation Guarantee. This back to back material, corrosion warranty is only available when the product is installed by a Revolution Roofing Licensed Contractor. Not only will this benefit shed suppliers, but also shed erectors once they become an approved Revolution Roofing Licensed Contractor and supplier. New roof photo of church here in SA.

 

True Oak being installed

 

Of all the aspects of this exciting design re-invention is probably the foresight of the founder (Mr. J. Easling) to undertake LCA of this product which is a first in the rollforming industry. This is now the only roofing profile to be under review for the GREEN TAG certification (by Ecospecifier) and will be available to all architects and engineers.  

The details for information from Revolution Roofing on this submission is available at www.revolutionroofing.com.au  

 

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Shed Fire Safety!

Posted on : October 27, 2011

Shedeye Science.

Shed and Garage Fire Safety

Number 0001 of the Shedeye Science Series.

All garden sheds, domestics sheds and garages are a potential fire hazard – not from the shed itself – but from the behaviour of the owners and what they store inside the structure. Currently there are no rules in relation to alarms or safety procedures for sheds and garages. All Australia States have useful information on fire safety in Class 10A buildings as shown below for each state:

Just about every shed or garage (whatever variety) in Australia is utilised for storage from household furniture, cars, workshops, garden equipment & chemicals, pool chemicals, motor bikes, electric machinery, gas, fuels & oils, paint and junk. A great many of these items are highly flamable and hard to extinguish when ignited. This list is only small and some of the above combinations of the items above can be very dangerous. It is wise to consult with the above websites on the dangers of these various combinations. The Queensland Fire website has a specialised Shed Fire Safety report that could be extremely valuable to all shed owners in Australia. If in doubt call your local Fire Brigade if you are unsure of any of these instructions given in the report. Rural sheds have a different set of rules regarding fire safety and the above websites should be able to assist in this area.

Below is a photo of a double garage steel shed that resulted in costly damage to property, motor vehicles and a costly visit by the local fire brigade. Along with insurance claims and the lengthy time period for replacement – there is also the very high risk of injury or death to people. The causes of all shed fires have to investigated by the fire department to provide data for insurance claims and statistics.

The Results of fire in a double garage!

The Queensland statistics for Fire Safety Measures conducted in 2008 are below.

Fire safety measures

Of the 1,589,354 Queensland households an estimated:

  • · 97.3% (1,547,001) has smoke alarms;
  • · 93.5% (1,485,847) has a safety switch or circuit breaker;
  • · 78.6% (1,249,457) removes external fuel sources from around their home;
  • · 51.8% (822,561) has a home fire evacuation plan;
  • · 44.1% (700,487) has a non-mains external water supply;
  • · 42.4% (674,103) has a fire extinguisher;
  • · 31.5% (500,398) has a fire blanket;
  • · 9.9% (156,829) have a bushfire survival plan; and
  • · 2.7% (43,218) has a fire sprinkler system.

But how many have applied these concerns to your garage or shed? How many sheds have fire alarms installed, and how many are fitted with fire extinguishers. These two items should be compulsory for the backyard shed in Australia. There are roughly 10,000 house fires per year, causing more than 1,500 injuries and 70 deaths. Currently there are no statistics for shed fires only in Australia but a search of shed fires on Google will result in many hits.

The problem with sheds being utilised as living space is not only illegal, but does not comply with BCA Class 1 building regulations and hence a very high risk fire hazard. Power connection to a shed also requires a Licensed Electrician for all electrical work in the shed. Extension leads providing power and lighting to the shed are highly dangerous and illegal. All electrical installations must comply with Australian Standards and the BCA as well as being completed by a licensed electrician.

Safety in our domestic garage or shed is important and these items above should be discussed during your investigation or quoting stage from a shed reseller. The cost of smoke alarms and fire extinguishers is very small in relation to the overall shed cost.

Do a quick check on your shed – before it too late. Make sure you check out the relevant fire services in your state for safety procedures and regulations. Workplaces in Australia required Material Saftey Data Sheets on all chemicals, liquids etc not only for fire harzard reasons but for poison dangers also. We ask employers to provide this for the saftey of all employees – yet don’t apply the same rules to family and friends. The number of shed fires have increased recently in the news and endangers life and property.

Is Your Shed Shedeye Science Safe this Weekend?

The number of posts in the Shed Forum on this topic highlights the number of sheds have been burnt down in the last year.

See Article in the Shed Forum!

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ShedSafe – An Industry Body or A Brand – Part 2?

Posted on : September 28, 2011

Shedsafe errors in the requirements of its members?

This Part 2 (of many to come) is basically regarding the accreditation requirements placed on its manufacturers of sheds that are Shedsafe Accredited. The first requirement that is outlined below is in regard to the thickness of the steel roofing utilised in shed construction. Prior to delving into this area – a brief explanation of the product flow is required of the steel used in the shed roof cladding .

The steel manufacturers process iron ore in a furnace to produce steel – very basic and this is then transformed into the many steel products available on the market. The roof sheet steel is in a coil approximately 940mm wide with a BMT (Base Metal Thickness) of 0.42mm which can have a Coloured paint coating or Zinc Aluminium Alloy. This coil is sold to the metal rollformers to run through a rollforming machine to get the required profile of roofing. These companies also rollform the purlins, battens, tophat, gutters, ridge cap, fascia, barge mould, gable roll and fold most of the required metal flashings. These are all rolled from an order from the shed manufacturer according to the shed being supplied. In some cases the shed reseller may be part of a large group and simply order direct from the parent rollformer.

So the rolled coloured corrugated roofing arrives on site (and all other parts) as a direct result from the customer shed order that has been designed, approved, manufactured, delivered and ready for erection. Your shed is also issued with a 15 year roofing, cladding and purlin warranty from the steel manufacturer also sometimes the parent company of the shed reseller.

Lets start with the quote to the customer from the shed reseller. You’ve given all the details of your requirements of a shed and accepted the quote. Here is a small sample of one such Shedsafe Accredited reseller that is also owned by a national Shedsafe Accredited Shed manufacturer.

 

Details of Roof Sheet Thickness

 

Notice the roof cladding is 0.40 TCT Trimdek Profile C/B. The Trimdek and Colorbond description is fine, the 0.40 TCT is the roof sheet properties – that is in this case a 0.40mm thick Total Coated Thickness or back to the earlier description is equivalent of 0.35mm BMT (Base Metal Thickness). So this is 0.07mm thinner than the normal roof sheeting that should be installed on a domestic sheds. Why do they supply this sheeting for roof materials on sheds? Because it’s cheaper and many people don’t know the difference! So Shedsafe accredited resellers and manufacturers have been through the extensive training and requirements of the ASI run Shedsafe group. In fact in one of their requirements of shed manufacturers to become accredited is the fact outlined above regarding product warranty for 15 years. Here is the item by Shedsafe that requires manufacturers and resellers to:

 

15 Year Roofing Warranty

 

So the Shed Industry Benchmark group of Shedsafe – is setting the target or requirement of a 15 year warranty and its strick accreditation process is followed by all of its members. So the sample above (a shed which was supplied in 0.35BMT roofing) will have a 15 year warranty? WRONG.

Now lets look at Shedsafe again, an industry body run by the ASI of which BlueScope is the major sponsor. BlueScope also manufacturers the steel coloured coil for these very same Shedsafe accredited manufacturers and resellers. So lets examine the warranty for 0.35BMT roofing use in sheds.

 

 

BlueScope Roofing & Cladding Warranty

 

The main part in this warranty is that the supplier of the steel will not give a warranty on the 0.35BMT roofing that can be found in part 1 of the terms and conditions of the BlueScope Shed & Garage Warranty.  The basic error is that the BlueScope run ASI and its ShedSafe group have not covered all the small detail and continues to stipulate that Shedsafe accreditation is the Industry Benchmark. If they cannot enforce a simple base metal thickness that the manufacturer stipulates – what else is also wrong?

If your shed is supplied with 0.35BMT (or 0.40TCT) roofing – then it is not covered by the BlueScope warranty and the shed reseller will have to provide an independent cover for this warranty. Will they provide a 15 Year warranty on a 0.35 BMT thick roof sheet?
Accreditation is a simple word that enforces the meaning of having all the checks and processes in place to eliminate error.
This is one error that Shedsafe has to correct.
Next week part 3 – more detail of the marketing group Shedsafe!
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Steel shed price Rise

Posted on : September 19, 2011

Steel Price Rise Due in next 3 to 7 Weeks

BlueScope Distribution has notified customers of an impending two tier price rise in the coming weeks. It involves a base steel rise of between $60 to $120 per tonne on most product groups. As well they will be implementing specific surcharges to recoup key costs. These surcharges will be provided shortly.

 

Steel Shed Prices will rise with Australian Steel?

 

This comes after a significant bonus of over $3 million was paid to Key BlueScope Management (11 people) as a reward for leadership – not profit incentive? The notification states that volitilty in steel prices, rising labour costs, rising freight costs, rising processing costs, rising warehouse costs, and a rise in general utilities are the reasons. Along with the iron ore and coal price increase that has caused the steel price rise – the others will be included in the additional surcharges.

They state they have begun to receive notice from their steel suppliers (BlueScope Steel) of pending price increases. This does not look good for further sales of BlueScope Steel in the shed industry. With imports on the rise at cheaper prices currently – this price rise will further erode steel sales by BlueScope.

It will also follow by a notification by One Steel on its price increase – so many of the big shed manufacturers will be importing direct to keep competitive in the shed industry. Many of the big reseller shed companies will want to lock in prices for as long as possible to avoid this increase. Negotiations are already occurring between some of the big rollformers and BlueScope, along with talks between rollformers and shed companies.

 

Have you been told of this price rise?

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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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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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Innovation Award Submission 1

Posted on : August 12, 2011

The first Innovation Submission is from Campbell Shed Products. The following is an excerpt from their website http://www.shedproducts.com/about-us.html in regard to the history of this company and it’s innovative founder Mr. Errol Campbell.

Campbell Shed Products Pty Ltd is a Grafton based, private sector, free enterprise business pioneered and managed by local Errol Campbell. It supplies the retail shed industry and hardware outlets of Australia with an expanding range of quality, innovative shed and garage products, components and accessories.

Campbell Shed Products has been successfully running for over 20 years. From humble beginnings as a pre engineered building fabricator and constructor to it’s own company having developed it’s own line of world first products during that time.

Errol has won various awards for his achievements and has created a new concept in the pre-fabricated building industry. In June 1999 Errol was rewarded for his accolades and won the Utility Section of the Inventor’s Fair held in conjunction with the international Philosophy, Science and Theology Festival.

In recent years, Campbell Shed Products has delved into the new market of accessories and components for the pre-engineered building industry. He has pioneered a range of products boasting to add additional perfection to a once thought basic shed. These include Vermaseal, FormGirt and are currently working on a full range of Retroseal products. They have grown from strength to strength and are now nation wide distributors from their Grafton factory.

Errol’s inquiring mind is said to be the motive behind the ideas. He felt he could significantly contribute to the growing industry. On receiving positive feedback on the new products, he pursued these concepts to be later left with a line of world first products.

Campbell Shed Products have also won government grants and as a result is a member of the prestigious ATS (Australian Technology Showcase).

 

Now to the product that Errol has chosen to represent Campbell Shed Products in the Shedeye Innovation Awards.

The below is the promotional detail on the “Superseal” which is a Multipurpose PVC vermin and weatherproof flashing that can be added to new or existing metal clad sheds, garages and homes with concrete floors. Not only is it easily installed – the multiple benefits it provides are numerous and quite unique.

"The Retroseal Superseal"

The features are numerous and include, snake & vermin proofing, maintains a drip free edge for the metal wall sheets, the internal skirt allows easy cleaning, very easy installation with a Tek screw though the sheet into the “Superseal”, UV protected, will not rust and also allows for up to 27mm of variation in the slab.

Here is a closer look at the detail (not to scale)

It must have been a difficult task for Errol to nominate this product over the others in the range. All of Campbell Shed Products could be successfully entered in these Awards.

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