i want to build a wood shed for very little money, i have salvaged wood
from a garage that was needing torn down. Most of the wood is
salvageable, but not all. I am planning to make this shed on a dirt
However, the area i am going to put it on, is not flat.
i don't think the flatness would matter so much if i was going to put a
floor in it, because i could raise the floor above the ground on one
How should i go about doing this? It will be constructed like a pole
i want the building to be on the ground, but it can't be both plumb and
level, if it's touching on uneven ground.
i'm not concerned if there are humps on the floor inside the buidling
after its' up, so long as it's structurally sound.
does that make any sense?
Make the building level, fill in the bottom with treated boards.....
Make the siding even all the way around, those treated boards will
fill in the gaps, dig them in a little if you want, or else you'll
have to rip cut them to fit the soil.
On 10 Sep 2006 20:59:20 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Mine is the same. If it's a pole building it dont matter. Just set
the building level and apply your siding near the ground. I'd apply
center match treated boards at the ground level or else you will end
up with rotted wood on the bottom. Of course, use treated posts too.
You oculd always fill in the low end, or level the whole area too.
You should check locally to see if there are any codes that you need to
meet. You also should consider the possible issue of moisture damage and
depending on your design, remember that building without a foundation,
especially in areas that freeze, is not a good idea.
Well I don't think I would go to that much trouble without doing it
right myself. As for it being enough, that would depend on the soil, the
local weather, the depth of the concrete the total load on the posts the
size of the post. etc etc etc.
The shed will not last long if there is wood contacting the ground
Then also if it is not well built, the first good wind to come along will
blow it down.
Building it so it will last a long time and withstand heavy winds seems
contrary to building it on the cheap if you ask me.
Anyway I suppose you can sink poles in the ground which all raise up to the
same height, then build your roof. And basically nail boards around the
sides (all level) going from the top down. Just nail more boards on the
side(s) where the ground is lower. Cut the last bottom boards so they have
an angle to match the ground. Make door with a bottom angle to match ground
i was thinking of 4 posts (one in each corner), is that too little to
be sturdy for this little outbuilding? i was thinking of pressure
treated 4x4's. if i do the 4 post thing, should i be considering
larger sized posts?
Here a link to a google.com search for "pole barn" "wind load". You can get
a general idea from reading a lot of these links. If the link below does not
work, go to google.com and paste the following in the search box (including
"pole barn" "wind load"
I am not an engineer or architect but you will definitely need more
than 4 4X4 posts for a 12X24' building. Just think about it; how are
you ever going to build a wall of conventional sized lumber that is
24' long, supported only at the ends, without it sagging? And 24' long
lumber is not exactly common, either. (I almost said it doesn't
grow on trees :) )
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