I have a 10 ft x 12 ft metal garden shed to be assembled. The ground
is sloped and I had graded it to level, somewhat like a wedge of dirt
where the shed will be. I will need something to anchor the shed to
the ground. The thought came up that perhaps I can join a few wood
pallets to form a base on which to nail down a plywood floor. Then
build the shed on that. How resistant to rot will the pallet wood be?
The mound will never have any standing water. Where I am is too cold
for termites. I have some old pallets that have been out in the
backyard for the last 8 years. They look a kind of weathered greyish
but no rot. Any precautions I should consider?
They sell a floor kit for all the metal sheds I've seen, I'd buy one of
those, put pressure treated plywood on it and set the whole thing on
The pallets WILL rot.
The pallets WILL NOT make a truly flat and stable foundation for the
I've found it to be easier and less expensive to do things right the
Just my opinion.
ps. Termites got jackets,.... just so you know.
then it is cold enough for frost heave heave, which is altogether
another nightmare that *I* am trying to fix on an existing attached
out in the backyard is not the same as standing on the ground, the soil
will trap moisture and the pallets will rot.
Idealy, you want to put about 2-4" of styrofoam to avoid frost heave,
then whatever support structure you want for the floor. preferably of
something that will withstand the worst contditions. I'm planning
concrete for mine
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