How To Build A Pool Pump Shed?

Step 1 – Perfect Measurements For The Flawless Shed

I did not take the trouble of cutting the ply on my own. Sawing wood takes me back several years when I had a rather nasty experience with this sharp object called saw. Plus, asking the plank dealer to do it for me makes the task quicker. So, I took my measuring tape and noted down the exact length, height and width of the machine. I asked the dealer to leave the ply around 5 inches bigger. That will provide some room into the shed. 

Step 2 – Mark And Paint The Planks

Once I got the ply, cut to perfection, and delivered to my doorsteps, I marked them accordingly. I had an impression of the shed in mind, and so, it did not take me long to figure out the way each plank was to be placed. As my planks were bare, I used a basic waterproof paint and evenly coated each ply. It enhances the look as well as the durability of the shed.

Step 3 – Construct The Frame Of Pump Cover

When the paint dried, I started work on the structure of the cover. The erection of the frame is rather easy. I made the hollow shell with 12 narrow planks, to meet the length, width and height measurements. To fix the joints, I used nails and bugle screws. In front, I attached a hinge as I wanted to make a door for this shed. After completing the box frame, I made a structure to cover the top part of the shed. I picked a hut style roof, but you can keep it simple as well.

Step 4 – Covering The Shed

Though I had some knowledge of carpentry, once I embarked on the self-made pool pump cover, I realized that expert guidance was needed to tackle some issues. While I fitted the broader planks on the framework, I saw that the planks were not fitting correctly. After consulting with a professional carpenter, I learned that it can be done by trimming and rounding off the edges. I placed the planks one after another and secured them with nails. I used long nails so that it can penetrate the frame as well as the plants. You can use a wood sealer if you wish. Once all the planks were in place, the shed was almost complete.

Step 5 – Allow Passage Of Heat

When the pool pumps run, its motor causes enough heat. It is mandatory to allow vents, through which the heat will pass. For this, I cut a small square hole at the back, exactly where the motor will be aligned. I was feeling a bit a lazy, and that is why I bought a readymade vent cover. The gaps allowed heat to escape while keeping out leaves, twigs, rain, and snow.

Step 6 – Adding The Door

Remember the hinge joint that I added to the front portion of the door? By now you must have realized that my pool pump shed has a traditional style door with a knob. To make the door functional, I attached one of its sides to the hinge and secured it with smaller nails. The nail drill was very handy. My brother has a slide-up door. If you have any better options, feel free to try them out. The main reason behind this door is if the need arises, the mechanic can take a look at the pump, or take it out as well.

Step 7 – Attaching The Roof

Asbestos is a popular choice when it comes to making small shed roofs. They are bad conductors of heat, durable and repel water. As I had invested in the new home recently, I choose to give it a miss. Instead, I used the ply as the roofing material. When I attached the roof on the box, the pump cover looked like a small hut. 

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