How to Demo a Shed

There are many reasons that our customers contact us for dumpster or container rental. However, most of those reasons involve some type of construction project. That being said, we thought it would be  helpful to supply our customers with a few demolition guidelines to help tear down a shed by hand.

First, you’ll need to get the proper equipment like safety goggles, a hard hat, boots, and work gloves. You’ll also need demo equipment including but not limited to:

  • Sledgehammer
  • Rope
  • Crowbar
  • Wire cutters
  • Hammer
  • Ladder

And of course, you’ll need to rent a dumpster.

Before Demo:

According to, you should contact city officials before beginning your project. In many areas, a permit is needed to perform demolition on your property. This is something you’ll want to have cleared up beforehand so you won’t be facing any fines post-demo. This would be a great time to disconnect any water or electrical services to the shed, as well.


When it comes time actual physical labor, eHow says the roof is the best place to start. Lean your ladder against the shed and climb until you can look down at the roof. Remove any nails with your hammer. You can also slip your crowbar between the wall and roof to pry the top off of the structure.

From here, working your way down should be simpler. After the roof is off, you should be able to push and knock each wall inward. In some cases, you’ll need your hammer to remove brackets from the corners. Be careful that no one is standing in the area when you push each wall down.

Pull apart any insulation between the walls so that you can break them down easier. Breaking each wall into smaller, manageable pieces will make your clean up much easier. If your shed is made of sturdier material, you might consider using a jackhammer for this step. After the pieces are broken apart, toss them into your dumpster rental.

For more detailed advice, learn from the Houston Trash Junk Guys.