Need help in floor/base for the Garden shed


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Old 05-15-07, 06:32 PM
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Need help in floor/base for the Garden shed

I have a garden shed that currently occupying some space on my Deck and is fastened with screws to the wooden deck. Its a metal shed 6'X6'.

I want to move this shed to one corner of my lawn so that I can create extra space on my deck.

How can I move this 6X6 shed. right now the decks wooden floor is acting as its floor, but on the lawn I want the shed to have concrete slab flooring.

My question is how can I fasten the shed to the concrete floor. What is the proper way of moving the shed? What all preparation I should do? How should I prepare the base of the shed.

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Old 05-16-07, 08:09 AM
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Well if it were me I would unscrew the shed from the deck and insert 2- 8 foot long 2x4's under it where screws were before, then use these as handles for either 2 or 4 people to carry the shed to the new location. Screw the shed to the 2x4's. When at the concrete slab remove the 2x4's, square up the shed, make sure the door works good and screw the shed to the concrete with concrete screws. Use the kind of screws that need no plug to screw into they just screw to the concrete. Use the same holes in the shed frame that were used at the deck. If you have not done the slab yet be sure to oversize it by an inch each way so you can have 1/2 inch on all sides of the shed. You can also caulk around the bottom before attatching the shed to the slab.
 
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Old 05-16-07, 06:42 PM
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Thanks Badeyeben your explanation really made it simple. One more question...

How should I prepare the base of the shed? I mean what all I should do before placing the slabs... should I put any sand / gravel etc under the concrete to make sure that concrete slabs don't move and settle good..

Please advise...
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Old 05-17-07, 06:41 PM
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I would dig 8 inches below grade and fill that with driveway mix to within 2 inch of the top. Pack this very well after dampening it with a hose. Then form the slab with 2x4's and pour it 4 inch deep. That puts the slab 2 inch out of the ground. That should be high enough to keep water from entering. If need be you can ramp the dirt up to the top of the slab at the doorway. Driveway mix is a mix of different sized rock made for driveways that packs very well and hard. If you want to use the top of the 2x4's to level the slab just dig the hole larger and put the 2x4's into the ground leaving the top 2 inch above the ground. Be sure to level the 2x4's. That would actually be better as you would probably not need any additional bracing on the 2x4's. The gravel does not need to be exactly level just be sure the concrete is at least 3 inch thick everywhere. 4 inch is best as it will help it not crack.
 
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Old 05-20-07, 07:20 AM
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Check your local building codes. In many areas a concrete floor/footing will make it a permanant structure which must meet building codes. If you build a pressure treated lumber floor, use gravel or concrete paving stones then it is considered a temporary structure and the building codes do not apply.
 
 

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