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How to Add a Shed in Your Yard

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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
There are many uses to a shed in your property. Sheds are best to store equipment and other materials found outside your home. When it comes to sizes and construction, there are so many kinds of sheds to choose from. A small shed is simple and affordable while a big one is more costly and often has features similar to those in home constructions. Adding a shed to your home is not necessarily a major construction work where you need to hire a contractor. You can do it yourself using a shed kit that comes complete with roofing and siding materials. Building a shed is easy as long as you follow the instructions carefully.

Materials you need include a shed kit, lawn flags, measuring tape, spade, hammer, 2x4s, gravel, plate compactor, nails, concrete mix, water hose, trowel, wheelbarrow, rocks, screed, plastic sheet, concrete drill bit, siding nails and hammer drill. Begin by choosing an area in your property that has level ground and easy access to a road or driveway.

Buy a shed kit with complete building plans and pre-cut materials to make the work easier and simpler. Use a tape measure to measure the ground space, mart out the base, adding two inches to the actual shed size by placing lawn flags. Get rid of all debris in the flagged area; dig a 4-inch deep hole foundation using a spade and the flags as your guide. Make sure the dimensions of the hole match the width and length of your marked base and make alterations if necessary. Compress the soil in the foundation hole using a plate compactor.

Next, use 2x4s as a concrete form that is four inches high and two inches thick to line the whole foundation, cut the board to fit using a circular saw and nail the board edges together in the hole. Make boards adjustments to level the tops before you continue. Add a 2-inch gravel layer to the hole, compact it to serve as drainage to the foundation. Spray lightly the gravel to avoid leeching the moisture from the concrete. Mix concrete in a wheelbarrow, pour into the hole and making sure it does not overflow.

Level the foundation using wooden screed board across the tops of the wooden frame, cover loosely with plastic sheeting and secure with rocks. Wait for one week for the slab to cure and remove the sheet. Wait for another week to start building the body of your shed. Install the main wall supports to build frames to the concrete slab using brackets. Secure the supports by using lug bolts. Make pilot holes using lug nuts, add the remaining frame to the support and work one wall at a time. Mount the roof trusses until the framework is complete. Follow the instructions of the kit carefully when positioning the joints of the frames and secure with the bolts provided. Mount the siding to the sides of the shed using nails and add the material for roofing. Add windows and doors from the kit to complete the shed and use doorjambs and windows that come along with the kit.
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