I'm planning on buying a shed and summerhouse online, and had been intending
on siting them on a solid concrete base. Now the total cost for the garden
is going too high and I'm wondering if the concrete bases are a luxury I can
Unfortunately I know NOTHING about the subject but I know you guys do :-)
I'd be so grateful for any suggestions for alternatives.
FYI the shed / summerhouse are:
Make sure the ground is level and solid. Don't dig it over to make it look
If you need to level it, skim the high bits and trample them into the lower
Lay 3 x 3 (75 mm x 75mm) timbers, well preserved on bricks and lay the shed
on that. You can do the final levelling up with bits of damp proof felt or
bits of slates.
That is how mine was done for me in September 1986 and it is as good as gold
'EXCEPT', I didn't firm the ground where I had made it up and one end of the
shed a 10 ft x 8 ft has dipped just a little.
Make sure there is a good air gap under and that you can get to the
underneath with a cane or stick to clear rats and or mice nests out.
You only need a concrete base if that is going to be the floor. And they are
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On 28/4/05 22:31, in article firstname.lastname@example.org,
FWIW, our sheds here are not visible from the garden and are tucked away on
the back end of the nursery BUT they are on breeze blocks - levelled off, of
course but that's it. I think that not only practicality but appearance has
a good deal to do with your decision.
On Thu, 28 Apr 2005 22:31:42 +0100, "news.giganews.com"
Get a "Bearers" pack. Then dig an area that is 3 inches wider and
longer than the shed. Go down about 2 inches and level/pack the
ground. Finally spread some 5-10mm gravel and make it level with the
grass. Level/pack it and lay the "bearers" down onto the gravel. Then
pop your shed onto the bearers.
I did this to the kids playhouse (a converted 8x6 shed) and it has
been rock solid for the last 3 years.
FWIW I did a concreate base for my workshop (12 x 15) and it was the
hardest 5 days work I have ever had to do. If I had the choice I would
not do a concrete bases again.
This is fine for place that don't get even moderate wind. Otherwise
you may find that this happens:
Bear in mind that there is, er was, an eves level wall right against
one side of the shed and a 2'6" high one against the end. Not many
gardens get the full whack of an F7 or F8 though (sustained wind speed
over upper 30's low 40's mph).
Now trying to think of cheap and easy was of stopping it happening
again, 5 years ago we lost the roof. That landed on the wall the far
side of the road behind the shed in the above picture. But that was in
a real storm, F10 (>50mph sustained, gusting to to upper 60's mph).
Dave. pam is missing e-mail
Or set the shed on a concrete-block base (no absolute need for
mortar), and drill, plug, and screw (brass for choice) into the
blocks. The blocks can be dug in, or just sit on a prepared surface
I lost (very dangerously) a shed roof in the hurricane, but that was
my own fault for fixing the sheets too lightly. I think the kind of
roof you get with sheds you buy should have fixings at right angles
to one another so it can neither lift nor shift.
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