I'm about to buy a prefab 8 x 10 vinyl shed from Home Depot. I want to
put it in my yard, which is grass & dirt. We live in NY City. Do I
need to put in real concrete footings? If so, is this something a
reasonably handy guy can do, or should I hire someone?
What you "need" do will be determined by local code. I would put mine
on a pad with real footings. I live in an area, like you, that is subject
to freeze thaw cycles. An 8X10 pad needs that footer IMO, to keep it from
If you are up for the work, you should be able to dig it yourself. You
should be able to finish it yourself, IF you have a friend who has done this
work before and maybe an extra friend, and the truck can deliver it directly
to the site. Concrete you need to finish right in a limited about of time.
My first such project was a 36'x36' pad with three inexperienced friends.
Lucky for me they all worked really hard and the truck driver helped out.
9 concrete blocks will do 3 down the middle 3 on each side. Keep it off
the ground and run buried galvanised heavy screen to keep out the
rodents. The floors [ I asume] wood are not treated so ventilation -
keeping it raised will make it last. Now if floors are not wood I have
no idea on their strength or need to be raised, or what is right. But a
foundation is not needed is there is little weight. But you should ck
your local codes
I bought a prefad wooden shed 3 years ago and it was installed in my yard by
the driver. They put it on top of concrete blocks and it seems to have
worked out just fine. In my yard I have a bit of a slope, so I had to dig
out one side where the edge met the ground. If you go the concrete block
route, you don't want the shed to come in contact with the ground if you can
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