A small shed demolition project can be considered a DIY job if handled safely with the proper tools.
One of the most essential tools for DIY shed demolition is a dumpster to handle the cleanup and debris disposal.
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Shed demo is a pretty straightforward project, especially if there is no electric or plumbing to deal with.
It may or may not require a permit depending on your local city demolition laws.
Sheds come in various designs, so the disposal needs can vary significantly based on size and materials used.
It’s common to underestimate your dumpster size needs when disposing of debris from a shed demolition project.
To avoid this problem, choose a dumpster slightly larger than you think you need.
For reference, a typical 8’ x 10’ wood shed with a gable roof can consist of around 100 2x4 and 2x6 boards for the frame in addition to roof trusses, siding, flooring, trim, hardware, window(s), and shingles.
Needless to say, that’s a lot of debris to dispose of, and usually a Bagster or equivalently-sized bag dumpster won’t cut it for this project.
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A 10 yard dumpster will accommodate most shed demolition projects.
For an average size shed – 8x8, 8x10, 10x12, etc. – a 10 cubic yard container will likely handle the cleanup with room to spare.
Some dumpster rental companies offer other options, such as a 12 yard dumpster, 15 yard dumpster, trailer dumpsters, or other less common sizes.
The cost of these dumpsters generally ranges from $250 to $350 depending on where you live.
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Shed demolition debris is allowed in roll-off dumpsters but generally not allowed to be mixed in with the municipal waste stream, so avoid putting lumber, roofing, or metal scraps in your curbside trash container.
When booking the dumpster, be sure to tell the dumpster rental provider the project or types of debris you’ll be disposing of.
This ensures all the debris is allowed in the dumpster and no problems or additional fees will be incurred later on.
An example of material that may not be acceptable is asbestos siding, so be specific about materials when booking the dumpster.
Some final tips to complete your shed removal project:
- Use proper safety gear, like eye protection, leather gloves, steel toe boots, protective clothing, and ear protection, while operating power tools.
- Check with your local permitting office to ensure a permit is or is not required.
- Use care when dealing with electrical or plumbing. It pays to have a professional handle this part of the job.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to rent a dumpster. Book it a week or more in advance of the drop-off date to ensure the container you need is available.
- A trailer dumpster may be a great option if the dumpster is to be positioned in a yard, or when damage to a driveway is a concern. Being on tires, these dumpsters are driveway-safe alternatives to roll-off containers. The downside is their limited availability.
- Clear a path for the dumpster truck driver to drop off the dumpster in a convenient location for easy loading. Remove cars, outdoor toys, and even fences if possible/necessary. Same is true during dumpster pick-up; if the driver can’t get to the dumpster, he/she won’t pick it up. This could lead to additional fees.
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- Beginner’s guide to renting a dumpster
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- 10 yard dumpster size and loading capacity