Shop Update #11: Shed base complete!

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Blog entry by TheKingInYellow posted 05-24-2011 05:37 AM 5194 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Shed update and my first kickback! Part 11 of Shop Update series Part 12: Shed is up! »

Ideally, I would have been posting a picture of a completed shed, but a combination or rainy weather and a pukey daughter meant that I lost a lot of time on the weekend. However, I got this accomplished:

It’s a good start, and digging down two or three inches into the gumbo they call soil here in the red river valley after a solid day of rain was a huge undertaking. Having said that, the platform is resting on about 3” of quarter-down gravel roughly levelled and packed. The platform is stilling pretty level as well, and although the 4×4 posts are not particularly square, the platform is dead square. It should hold up well. I’ve anchored the posts with 24” rebar spikes. The platform is made of PT 2×4s at 12” on centre, with 1×6 PT fence/deck boards for the platform itself. Gave my new DeWalt driver a heck of a workout :)

I don’t have a good way to get rid of the sod and clay that I dug up either, so right now it’s in something like 30-35 fairly heavy garbage bags at the curb. Either it will be gone tomorrow (yay garbage day) or I will have a very angry letter from the city :)

I’ll get the shed up next weekend, in theory.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#1 posted 05-24-2011 10:00 AM

I’m not a shed expert, but I’ve always seen the floor resting on PT skids or concrete blocks, never directly on the gravel.
I’m not sure if thats because its easier to level and compact just that small area of if there needs to be ventilation below the floor so it doesn’t rot.

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#2 posted 05-24-2011 04:14 PM

The shed is a plastic kit, so the platform is just a level, flat base for the real floor. It’s above grade so water shouldn’t be much of an issue.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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