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07-11-2011 08:46 PM

This is what happens when we get a lot of rain, I think my yard is two low. I really dont know how to fix the problem without building a new shed in the higher part of the yard.

This is one of the high spots in the yard

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#1 posted 07-11-2011 08:51 PM

Probably not much you can do short of bringing in a large amount of fill to raise the low spots.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 07-11-2011 09:09 PM

Why not rustle up some helpers, empty the shed and put it up on cinder-block piers. You would have to build a set of steps to get in and out but it could work. When I lived in Orange, TX that is what I did to my shed. My back yard always flooded when it rained because I was only about 6” above sea level.Best of luck. Larry

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#3 posted 07-11-2011 09:13 PM

I am going to have to raise the floor. I just dont have the funds at the momment to fix it.

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Cliff De Witt

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#4 posted 07-11-2011 09:40 PM

I can’t help but feel for you. However this is definitely a Rain Gloat, each picture has more standing water than the town I live in has had fall from the sky since May.

No rain in 6 weeks and today is the 7th or 8th day with triple digit highs and lows in the low to mid 80’s.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#5 posted 07-11-2011 09:48 PM

I understand, all too well, your frustrations. Water goes where ever it wants to and there is little we can do about it. Especially when our shops are pretty much located in a place we can’t change.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 07-11-2011 10:13 PM

Well, you could always become a boat builder instead of furniture…

Sucks when everything is under water. My shop/shed flooded when I was on deployment. My husband didn’t think to pull any of the wood or project out of the water. My blanket chest ended up being about 1’ shorter than I started. The lid is still a warped.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#7 posted 07-11-2011 10:40 PM

or build furniture for boats!

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#8 posted 07-11-2011 10:42 PM

on a serious note if its a recurring problem and you cant lift the building what about building a levee of sand bagging it?

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#9 posted 07-12-2011 12:05 AM

If nothing else, find the low spot and dig a trench over to drainage area you’ve shown in the pictures. My basement used to flood all the time until I dug a ditch that ran the length of my property. Now when it rains, I can watch the water pass right through.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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Eric in Florida.

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#10 posted 07-12-2011 02:40 AM

Short of buying the lot next door in picture #1 CJ, (only kidding) I’d say the others’ idea of putting your shed up on some blocks is the best way to go.
As far as raising your floor, start looking around for some scrap material at any construction sites, tear downs, or dumps. It doesn’t have to be pretty to do the job.
Good luck buddy.

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#11 posted 07-12-2011 02:59 AM

Blocks may work well enough. A load of 3/4” crushed gravel would also do the trick. Water, can’t without it or with too much of it in the wrong place… You might also consider building an “ark” around it and tow it out when it rains again. ;0) Keep smiling, it makes you stronger.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 07-12-2011 03:19 AM

This is what happens when it rains too much at my house!! Like right after a hurricane!!


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#13 posted 07-12-2011 03:56 AM

Your a wood worker….Build an arc!!!!! :)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 07-14-2011 10:47 PM

Charles, sorry about your hard luck. I have the reverse problem to damn hot and haven’t seen any real rain in so long I’ve forgotten what it is. Need it bad, so feel free to send those storms my way.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#15 posted 07-14-2011 10:58 PM

Greg, we been getting a lot of rain.

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