Storage Shed Build #1: It all starts with a plan

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Blog entry by DaveFFMedic posted 02-11-2018 05:24 PM 807 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I began my project with the goal of creating a place to store my new riding lawnmower that would be built tough and have a finished style worthy of Instagram.

I spent the cold, dark winter with a pencil and paper drawing the blueprints for the shed I wanted. It started with a survey of all the things I wanted to store in the shed. Then I figured out how big of a shed I needed to store those things, leaving room for future storage of items. I referenced building codes and created a 3D model of the shed (stick by stick) from the blueprints to make sure all of my measurements were correct. I made drawings of the details like the lofts and rafter/soffit construction to help with obtaining final measurements of the shed.

But before I could start building the new shed, I had to move the old one. It was leaky, the doors didn’t shut right, and it was too small to store everything. I could have torn down the old shed easily, but I needed a place to store my tools while the new shed was being built. So I devised a plan to move the shed.

I would use some shackles attached to the shed, a come-along, and some rebar to winch the shed out of the way. The plan was to move the shed carefully so that it could still be used. I began by emptying the shed to make it as light as possible. I put bracing inside the shed to keep it from twisting and falling apart.

Using a 2 1/2 ton car floor jack, I lifted the shed enough to get a couple of small logs under the 4×4 runners on the shed to act as rollers. Next I drove the rebar into the ground in a 3-2-1 anchor system.

I struggled with this setup and was able to move the shed a few feet but still many feet short of my goal. I gave up on this plan when I noticed the 3-rebar anchor was bent from the tension and broke the 1 1/2 ton come along.

I phoned a friend and upgraded my equipment. We replaced the rebar anchors with a 1” diameter 4 foot long circus tent stake. The broken come along was replaced with a 5:1 short haul pulley system. It worked like a charm. With the two of us pulling on the rope, we easily moved the shed the remaining 10 feet.

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