wanting to build a shed (12x24) with dirt floor

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Best way to build it is to make a pole foundation.
12 x 24 I assume you want to have an opening so I would set 4x4x6 post into the ground 36ins then be sure to put some form of concrete block under them. space your side post 6ft apart your gable end post 3ft. then get 2x6xthe longest length you can which is 14ft at most lumber stores pressure treated bandboard. get enough to make your skirt around the base. then cut off the excess post to be level with them. Then cap it with a 2x8 pressure treated board and you have a pole foundation. You can then build stud walls etc. with a shovel and a bit of work you can probably get the area around post level. Consider renting an auger at your local tool rental it'll make it short work. You need stainless 6in carriage bolts to attach the bandboard to the post and you can nail the sill plate aka 2x8 on top with 16's. Down the road with this foundation you can also have concrete poured. For now you should probably go with 1 1/2 limestone to cover the ground.
For your walls and strength I would build a 2x4 16 on center then run purlins across the walls to accept your boards or t11 or metal. Truss roofs are nicer and hold up to heavy loads just remember to run a storm brace.
Hope this helps,
Cindy

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i don't understand the part about cutting off the excess posts to be level with "them" after the skirt part. also, if the posts are capped with a 2x8, there would be 4 inches extra. unless the are on the side like the skirt, i'm assuming.
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Best way to build it is to make a pole foundation.
12 x 24 I assume you want to have an opening so I would set 4x4x6 post into the ground 36ins then be sure to put some form of concrete block under them. space your side post 6ft apart your gable end post 3ft. then get 2x6xthe longest length you can which is 14ft at most lumber stores pressure treated bandboard. get enough to make your skirt around the base. then cut off the excess post to be level with them. Then cap it with a 2x8 pressure treated board and you have a pole foundation. You can then build stud walls etc. with a shovel and a bit of work you can probably get the area around post level. Consider renting an auger at your local tool rental it'll make it short work. You need stainless 6in carriage bolts to attach the bandboard to the post and you can nail the sill plate aka 2x8 on top with 16's. Down the road with this foundation you can also have concrete poured. For now you should probably go with 1 1/2 limestone to cover the ground.
For your walls and strength I would build a 2x4 16 on center then run purlins across the walls to accept your boards or t11 or metal. Truss roofs are nicer and hold up to heavy loads just remember to run a storm brace.
Hope this helps,
Cindy

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also:
are there good online resource with illustrations for constructing a pole building like this?
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On 10 Sep 2006 20:27:52 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Do you own a shovel? Dig from the high side and throw the dirt toward the low side. build a knee/retaining wall out of rocks and mortar.
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A building that size probably requires a permit and inspection. Check with the building department to see how you must build it. Setbacks, footings, construction, etc.
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