6'x12' lean-too shed #2: 4"-5" depth dug out. Lessons learned

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 07-27-2018 04:00 AM 3105 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: foundation lumber purchased and 1/2 yard gravel picked up Part 2 of 6'x12' lean-too shed series Part 3: gravel laid, blocks leveled, structure squared, rafters installed, flooring installed »

After working an hour here or there through the week after the sun goes down due to the 100 degree Northern Nevada days… I have dug out 4”-5” depth (except for the concrete pier bases…kept them as is for reference but will be taken out).
Lessons I learned: if you come up against hard soil, clay, or rocks…. buy a pick axe/mattock to break up the hard packed soil. I considered renting a tiller…but I guess I’m fond of hard labor.
Leave the piers in place on the ground and dig around them with 2×6’s temp in place to give reference depth as you go along. No need to go 6 or 7” deep accidentally.
And I’ll be picking up possibly 3 more concrete piers to run down the 12’ center for added support.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 07-27-2018 05:19 AM

If the soil is that compacted why not just float the shed on some 4” x 6” PT timbers?
That is how I made my last shed, soil was Sand so just dug trenches, crushed rock base.
Floor in shed is interlocking brick filled with polymer sand. After 4 years of Canadian
weather the prehung steel doors open and close like the day they were hung!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 07-27-2018 11:53 PM

Andre…I was worried bout weeds under the shed (planning on going xeriscaping for whole yard), and wanted to keep all wood related items off the ground due to the high sierra’s snow season.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#3 posted 07-29-2018 10:14 PM

It very well might be an optical illusion but the board closest to the outside wall of the building looks like it bows in toward the middle….. might just be the picture or my eyes tho. Other than that it looks good. Any reason your using the blocks instead of doing posts? Just wondering cause I’m my experience posts are a lot easier

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#4 posted 07-30-2018 01:58 AM

Jcamp…you are correct. It does bow towards in the middle. But once I put in the rafters, it straightened out.
Why blocks? Looking around about shed building, there seemed to be 50% blocks and 50% posts so went with the easier route. If I do a structure for the backyard again, I’ll try posts.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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