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How to Safely Re-Level your Shed [VIDEO]

Posted by Cook Portable Warehouses

Jan 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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When every Cook building is delivered our drivers make sure it’s up to our high Cook standards. Each building is delivered fully assembled, set-up and leveled as part of our free service. This leveling process ensures that the shed’s doors and windows function correctly.

The initial leveling method includes using wood shims to raise the building up to 6 inches. But if your shed requires more than 6 inches of leveling, we recommend using 4-inch, solid concrete blocks instead. For more on the requirements to complete prior to the delivery of your Cook building, read this blog post!

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Topics: The Cook Difference, Shed Maintenance Tips

How to Refresh Your Shed for the New Year

Posted by Cook Portable Warehouses

Jan 11, 2017 2:41:20 PM

With a New Year begun, it’s a great time to reinvent your routine with more trips to the gym and less junk food. And it’s also the ideal time to reinvent your storage space.

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Topics: Storage Tips, Winter, Holiday Organization, Shed Maintenance Tips

Prepare Your Equipment for Cold Weather

Posted by Cook Portable Warehouses

Oct 10, 2016 3:29:39 PM

As the temperatures begin to drop and you finish your fall home checklist, don’t neglect the tools you work with.  If you want to be able to use them come Spring, take good care of them now.

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Topics: Fall Home/Garden, Shed Maintenance Tips

20 Can’t Miss Articles On Shed Ownership

Posted by Cook Portable Warehouses

Aug 23, 2016 3:02:59 PM

   Purchasing the Right Shed:

 

  1. Building Your Own Shed, Is It Really Worth It?
    Do you think you’ll save money? Or, do you want the pride of saying you built your shed? 7 factors you should consider before making a decision on whether to build or buy a shed.Building Your Own Shed, It It Really Worth it?
  2. What Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Portable Building
    As you start searching for the right fit, make sure you ask your shed dealer these key questions so you fully understand who you are purchasing from. The answers will allow you to learn more about how long your shed will last and about the integrity of the company you’re buying from.
  3. 7 Important Factors to Look for When Buying a Shed
    You want to ensure your shed will last, so don’t overlook these 7 construction factors. Fully inspect any shed you’re considering purchasing. Make sure they’re made of quality materials and will stand the test of time.
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Topics: Buying a Shed, Storage Tips, Shed Maintenance Tips, Shed Ideas

Space Saving Tips for Your Portable Building

Posted by Cook Portable Warehouses

May 2, 2016 11:26:10 AM

Is cleaning out your portable building your next weekend project?  

If you filled up your shed almost immediately after it was delivered, you’re not the only one! No matter if you have one of our smallest Utility Sheds or our 12’ x 32’ Lofted Garage, they can fill up fast if you don’t stay organized.

Opening up more storage space can seem like a daunting task.  But it can be done!

 

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The first steps for your project are to:

-Take everything out

-Clean the space

-Purge items you don’t need (here’s a checklist to help you decide what to keep and what to throw away.)  

You can keep your space organized and a clear walkway with these 4 space saving tips for your portable building:

 

Clear the Floor Space 

The floor is usually the first area to be filled, but try to save this space for larger items like bikes, ATVs or mowers. Use the wall space wisely, laying out where it will be best to hang items or put a tall shelf.

You may decide to stack and mount wood or plastic crates to build a low cost shelving option. Or you may want to look at using painted pallets to create shallow shelving, adding pops of color and plants to your shed. Learn more about these shelving ideas in this video!

Space Saving Tips for Your Portable Building + Cook Portable Warehouses

 

Organize Hoses and Cords

These can become tangled or get lost behind larger items.  Without the proper storage, they can be torn or damaged.

You especially want to be careful with how you store your electrical cords.  Before each use, you want to inspect the cord to ensure it is in good condition before plugging it in.

These should be wrapped and hung properly so they are easily accessible and ready to use when needed.

 

Track Your Tools

Everything in your portable building should have its place. One way to ensure your tools and smaller items go back exactly where you want them is to hang them and trace them.

Once you have all of your tools hung, take a marker and trace around each of them. This will remind you after each use exactly where its home is. 

You’ll be able to easily see what’s missing and allow you to optimize your wall space.

 

Use various wall organizers

Consider a shoe organizer! The clear plastic inserts allow you to see the smaller random items you are storing.

They make a great spot to store cleaning supplies or your collection of nails and screws.

If you have shelves already, you can save space by reusing paint cans and mason jars to hold tiny items.  These are easy to label and don’t take up too much space on the shelves.  Have a lot of gardening tools to organize? Find more creative tips for organizing your garden shed here.

 

You’ll love opening up your shed and knowing exactly where everything is and how to tell others to find it. These tips will free up space so you aren’t having to rearrange your entire storage building every time you have something new to store.

If you’re looking for other ways to organize your home, then download our free guide below! 

Click here to download!

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Topics: Spring Organization, Shed Maintenance Tips, Shed Ideas

Yard Work Safety [Checklist]

Posted by Cook Portable Warehouses

Apr 11, 2016 1:00:00 PM

It’s time to get out the lawn mower, tiller and hedge trimmers to prepare your landscape for a season of flowers, home grown vegetables and a beautiful green lawn.

But, as you get your supplies out of your Cook shed, take precautions to keep you and your family safe.

No matter how small a project you’re working on, there are many hazards. Whether you’re working with machinery, digging with a shovel or just mowing the yard, landscaping is not a hazard free activity.

To keep everyone safe, know the potential yard work hazards, and remember these Spring yard work safety tips.

Yard Work Safety [Checklist] + Cook Portable Warehouses

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Topics: Gardening, Shed Maintenance Tips, Summer Home Tips

10 Creative Yard Sale Solutions for Landscaping

Posted by Cook Portable Warehouses

Mar 25, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Flowers and lawn furniture are just the start to a beautiful landscape.

If you love the vintage rustic look, you can create unique yard features on a relatively small budget. As warmer weather arrives, yard sales will begin popping up.

So look for these 10 creative yard sale solutions for landscaping around your garden and Cook Shed.Creative Yard Sale Solutions for Landscaping - Cook Portable Warehouses

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Topics: Gardening, Shed Maintenance Tips

How to Prepare Your Shed for Spring Fun

Posted by Cook Portable Warehouses

Mar 7, 2016 1:30:00 PM

How_to_Prepare_Shed_for_Spring_Fun,_Cook_Portable_WarehousesThe time for gardening, sports and outdoor fun is almost here. So, spend the last days of winter preparing and dreaming of the fun ahead.

Begin by cleaning out and organizing your shed. That way, when the warmer weather arrives, you aren’t fishing through clutter to find a deflated soccer ball. Instead, you’re ready to enjoy a game with the family.

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Topics: Storage Tips, Spring Organization, Shed Maintenance Tips, Shed Ideas

4 Musts for your Shed’s Summer Maintenance

Posted by Cook Portable Warehouses

Jul 13, 2015 11:00:00 AM

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With more available time for most people, summer is a good time to check your shed over. Look for any damage and go through (and check-off) those to-do items on your list.

Of course, this is the last thing most of us want to do during our valuable free time. So here is a list of just the necessities (we promise it won’t take more than an hour or so and then you will be back to those fun summer activities).

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Topics: Shed Maintenance Tips

Ultimate Exterior Shed Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Cook Portable Warehouses

Jun 2, 2015 4:00:00 PM

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Although your Cook shed will be delivered right to you in perfect condition, a shed like a home or a car requires some ongoing maintenance to keep it looking its best.

If you purchased a Cook Portable Warehouse you are ahead of the curve because our buildings come with building features that set us apart and ensure that your warehouse lasts.

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Topics: Shed Maintenance Tips