Tuin | Tuindeco Instructions

Instructions ….. Tricky things!

One man’s’ good instructions is another man’s bad ones (or ladies) and this changes constantly as to what customers perceive are good or bad instructions.

We try hard to give all the information we possibly can on all our products.

All our products are designed for self assembly but they do require some DIY skills and tools. We can’t make every possible element 100% clear for everybody and all the varying abilities people may have so please have a read through this post and see what you think and whether the level of instructions you are likely to receive is enough to carry out your build.

As an example ……..

Please see these reviews for the same building, this is the Asmund Corner Log cabin, this is one of our continued bestsellers:

Good instructions ….

I found it very easy to erect once I had worked out how to do it base timbers looks really nice

The cabin was very easy to put up I finished in 2 days with only an hours help from someone else to hold the roof struts

It went up exactly as it was supposed to. I would however advise watching the online videos which are excellent

The cabin itself took my brother and myself only a few days to completely assemble and finish. All parts have fitted together precisely

Build took 9 hours for me a novice and a very good Joiner friend that was to get the walls up and roof on and 90% of the roof tiles in place , to get the cabin watertight spent 2 hours the next day cutting roof tiles for the 4 ridges and fitting , All in all 11 hours and the cabin was fully erected and roof tiles in place .

OK Instructions …….

The supplied instructions for the erection of the cabin are simple and mostly adequate and in conjunction with the video and notes on the website are easy to follow

My wife & I constructed the cabin with virtually no assistance in 5 days which went well. We did have a few questions during the build & we got immediate feedback & help from Richard who could not have been more helpful & encouraged us with the work.

Unfortunately a lot of the instructions do relate to standard build log cabins and you do have to work out some things yourself. However reading the blog on Tuin web site helped a lot.

Bad Instructions ……

the instructions in places are a little hard to follow especially how to assemble the door frame which left you to figure this out yourself at times …perhaps an additional sheet with diagrams enclosed would help

The main structure was very easy to fit together using the instructions. However, the instructions for the door frame and supports were totally inadequate

Now that it is completely assembled, it looks fantastic, but getting there was a little stressful. It’s not as easy as we thought it would be – the instructions aren’t that great, which doesn’t help, and be advised that you will need to use a saw on the floor beams!

We can’t please everybody …..

Before you decide to install yourself please have a look at the following example set of instructions. These will be similar to the instructions received with many of the products.

If you have any questions on installation and or instructions please let us know and we’ll be very pleased to help. Most of our products will require tools and skills such as:

  • Drills, saws, hammers, screwdrivers, spirit levels etc
  • You will need a basic understanding of construction and DIY
  • You will need an understanding of the inherent properties of timber.
  • You will also need expect to use a ladder on our buildings and working from some height you may want to consider the use of step ladders, scaffolding and harnesses. We would expect you to have understanding of this if carrying out an install yourself.
  • You may also require other tools for our buildings such as stanley knives, pilot drills, hole drills, power tools, planer, bits such as torx. All normal tools an average DIYer will carry.

Please expect to have to drill holes in some products, roof boards will sometimes need trimming in the case of our buildings as will floorboards. Sometimes you may also need to use a plane or sanding block for a perfect finish.

Although we try within our various articles we cannot teach you every possible foible of construction and do have to rely on yours or your fitters understanding and general skill at interpreting plans, drawings and rely on your skill set and common sense. These skills will include:

  • Measuring – especially important with door frame, measuring top and bottom to ensure all is square.
  • Cutting straight in timber when required such as foundations.
  • Squaring of the building throughout the process of installation.
  • Understanding joints and closing gaps when applicable
  • General nature of timber.
  • Understanding plans and applying basic DIY knowledge to them.

If you have questions about installation or the instructions you will receive with your product please ask us for advice before or during installation, even out of working hours and we will always help.

If you feel you need additional help beyond the instructions or our advice please consider a competent fitter.

Asmund Log Cabin Instructions – an example

This is what you get in the package with one of our best selling log cabins:

Asmund Log Cabin Plans

Asmund Log Cabin Plans – Click for an example

Generic log cabin Instructions

Generic log cabin Instructions – Click for an example

 Supplementary Instructions

We also send you a link to this very comprehensive page full of videos and advice on how best to install a log cabin. This is the supplementary instructions page, please read this and watch all of the videos if you are NOT using us or our recommended installers: Tuin Log Cabin Installation Advice

If you are using an installer please ENSURE you also send them this link before they install for you as not all ‘Experienced and Professional Carpenters / Joiners / Builders’ have a clue about a log cabin and, in fact, this group of tradesmen makes more mistakes than your average DIYer who does read the details and takes time over the build.

Please see this post for examples of ‘Professionals’ who do not read our instructions and assume as they are experienced they know what to expect with a log cabin.

Log Cabin installation page - Please Click

Log Cabin installation page – Please Click for the web page.

Gazebo Instructions

This is an example of the instructions for a gazebo:

Gazebo instructions - please click for an example

Gazebo instructions – please click for an example

If you require more help with the installation of a gazebo please see this post: Gazebo Installation Advice.

If you are fitting shingles to your Gazebo, please also see this page: and also reference the instructions on the shingles pack. If you need further advice before or during installation please let us know.

More Instruction Examples

Here is a few more examples of the instructions you may receive for other products:

Tree seat instructions - click for an example

Tree seat instructions – click for an example

Corner pergola - click for an example

Corner pergola – click for an example

Carport instructions - click for an example

Carport instructions – click for an example

All our products have similar instructions based on plans and drawings. We do not give step by step details as this is mostly unnecessary and can confuse more than a drawing.

Please make sure you are able to install with these instruction or if not please ask us for advice and we will help you.

If you or your installer cannot follow the instructions or you need more details to carry out the installation please ask us for further guidance and help or perhaps consider using our installation services for your product or make use of our independent installers lists.

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About Richard

This blog is my personal platform which I do enjoy. It is my own viewpoint and my own ideas. I may not be right and other installers / experts may offer a different view point or a alternative way to do something. I welcome contributions from anybody experienced to do so.

All my blog writing is MY OWN personal opinion ONLY and is NOT always the opinion of TUIN | TUINDECO as a company.

Log Cabins and Garden timber have a myriad of intricacies , I love to give away the secrets, there are a lot!

I enjoy using this blog to expose them so you know what you are buying. I love to know I am causing a few problems in the industry as it can be on occasions less than honest.

I actively encourage everyone to install their own buildings. So many times I would fit and the company I was working for would charge loads for my time, only then to be faced with the embarrassment when the customer says 'I could have done that' and YES you can without paying hundreds of Pounds!

I have over 19 years experience within the garden timber industry. I have particular expertise in garden buildings including the manufacture, design and installation from sheds to log cabins and all the way up to timber framed houses.

In my time I have been involved with virtually every manufacturer and supplier of garden buildings. I have also installed pretty much every make of Garden Building there is from ALL suppliers and manufacturers.

Prior to my career change I was a Watch Commander in the Fire Service with particular expertise in chemical incidents, training, technical design / technology / IT /Procedures / ISO Systems and road traffic accidents. I retired due to a nasty injury after 20 years service.

During my time in the Fire Service, on my days off, I was a self employed fitter for any type of garden building, I worked with most of the well known companies as a subcontractor.

I now work with Tuin | Tuindeco in the UK, supporting and advising on the vast range of products. I keep an eye out for help requests when we a supposed to be closed and can usually get back to you out of hours via email only (wife and children permitting on my days off).

In my private life I consult as an independent expert assessor for companies or private individuals when a dispute is present over their structure which results in producing an impartial report and assessment for whoever requires it. This is often higher valued than a structural engineers report born from my credentials, experience and widely recognised as an 'Expert' in the field.

I am a freelance writer for numerous companies, publications and blogs as well as an independent expert and fault finder for parts of the Industry and consumers with a particular emphasis on timber structures, both framed and of an interlocking design such as log cabins.

I produce numerous articles about timber in general, information on general timber products and specific guides when needed. I hope you enjoy and find my writing useful.

Please contribute and comment to my posts as you would like and I will try to respond as best I can.

Thank you


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