Carriage bolt securing shed door
Want to keep thieves out of your shed? Secure it with carriage bolts.

Shed doors are usually mounted with surface-mounted hinges, which are easy to install and strong, but they’re not very secure. If you padlock the doors, someone could just take out the screws and pull the doors right off. The solution is to remove one screw from each hinge leaf and replace it with a carriage bolt. The round head of the carriage bolt prevents someone from using pliers or a wrench to loosen it. 

And on the inside of the door, put on a washer and nut and tighten it up. Now, there’s no way someone could unscrew the hinge and bust into your shed.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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