How to Read 10×12 Garden Shed Plans

gable_roof_shed_10x10Anyone who is new to construction may have difficulty reading a set of 10×12 garden shed plans. Given manufacturers know backyard sheds are popular among the do-it-yourself subset – as opposed to professional contractors – quality shed plans are made with ease of use in mind. An understanding of how to read the plans is the first step to construction; read on to learn how to get started making sense of those strange signs and symbols.


Solid Lines: These marks represent the outline of an object. Look for solid lines along the edges where floors and walls come together.


Dotted (or Broken) Lines: This type of line indicates and object within the plans is hidden from view. A primary example of where to expect to see dotted lines is in the outline of the shed slab or foundation.


The letter “C”: This letter represents the center line and is used to position doors and windows.


Signs and symbols are most often explained with a key or somewhere within the plans themselves. It is not uncommon to find standard symbols that represent structures required for plumbing and electricity. For instance, a shed that will be wired for electricity will require switches, outlets and utility panels. These items are outlined with unique symbols on the shed blueprints.

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Add Electricity with Solar Panels


Solar panels provide an alternative way to power a shed. Adding electric light to a shed is particularly helpful for gardeners who wish to use high-powered lights to grow plants year round. Most solar panels provide enough energy to power lights, fans and tools like electric drills and saws.


Though they have become more main stream in recent years, the downside is solar panels remain rather expensive to purchase and install. Most individuals with basic knowledge can do the work themselves, though involving a licensed electrician is never a bad idea. If you choose to go it alone, here are the steps to take.


Step 1: Mount the solar panel on the roof of the shed. Most solar panels are sold along with a frame for installation. Bolts may or may not be included.


Step 2: Wire the solar panel to a junction box. The junction box can be installed on the shed itself, or the wiring can tap into the main junction box on a home.


Step 3: Hook the solar panel to the junction box through the wiring.


Step 4: Connect the battery and the inverter. During the day, the solar panel will capture light and store the energy in the converter. In order to utilize this stored energy during the evening hours or whenever natural light is low, it must first be converted for use by the traditional grid. This is done by storing the energy in a battery.


Of course, solar panels are not a viable option for a shed in a fully shaded location and in some areas that see little sun. However, they are solution growing in popularity among some who choose 10×12 garden shed plans.