Last year, over the course of the autumn, we asked a local carpenter to build us a shed that would store our outdoor furniture cushions. Over the course of the summer, large gaps, up to 1cm in width started to appear on the shed doors. This is our video on repairing gaps in shed with battens.
When he built the shed for us, he told us that did a biscuit joint for the doors, which is highly visible now that the wood has shrunk and the gaps have formed.
Having spoken to some DIY aficionados, the carpenter should have probably gone with a full length tongue and groove instead of the biscuit joint. Nevertheless, we had to deal with the gaps ahead of the winter because we want the shed to remain as water proof as possible over the winter and keep our cushions dry.
The advice we received to remedy this was to cover the gaps with battens, but not to screw them in too rigidly. Since this wood will also expand and contract as temperatures change, we wanted to avoid cracking so had to mount them in such a way that would allow for movement.
The video below shows how we went about the repair work, and we’ll update you over the course of the winter and into next year with whether the way we applied the battens was a success.
We painted the battens in the same colour as the shed, using Cuprinol Ducksback Exterior Woodcare paint (black colour).
We hope you found this video on repairing gaps in shed with battens helpful.