building a pole shed Options


I have been thinking about building a pole shed for a few years, and I think next year is the time to start. can somone point out some things I need to research on this? this is a start of some of the issues I am looking at
40x40 shed in northern wisconsin as cheap as possible, I've been looking at recycling from other buildings for materials (freecycle.org and cragslist free areas) use sonotube for forming pole footings fill to level 2 inches of ground insulation (does it have to be a specific insulation?) for frost to extend outwards 4 feet from floor of the shed how many inches of sand for burying tubing for future in-floor heat rafters or roof trusses? build myself or buy (building at zero cost is a plus) does NOT have to be a clear span, 20x80 would be the same sq ft, but I dont have the foot print for such
I am possibly considering builing it in 4 sections, 10x40 to help store additional shed materials and to make builing it easier.
Also, I've been scanning the freecycle and carigslist free areas and have found a lot of "free, must be moved" buildings. aside from a lot of labor is there a downside to recycling these building materials?
I plan on hopefully pouring a floor for it in the late future, should I worry about the sand and radiant tubing now or then?
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You're right, you do need to do some research. You lost me on the insulation and frost, but you don't bury the tubing in sand unless you plan on heating the sand.

Yeah it double or triples the amount of work. Depending on it's age and condition, a lot of pieces will get trashed during the demolition. Then there is something about parts never quite going back together right after demo. Even if you plan and mark each piece, at some point you're going to wonder why you did this.

See my comment above. Don't even worry about the tubing until you're ready to do the floor.
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How many poles will this shed be built to store?
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