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Shed out of square 3/4inches, braces already in.

Shed out of square 3/4inches, braces already in.

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Old 06-27-18, 04:25 PM
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Shed out of square 3/4inches, braces already in.

My first time building a shed by myself and it's been a lot of work, since it is on a slope. I got the piers and columns in, had it squared, and put cut plywood in the corners.

I cut all the joists, and i guess exhaustion and rushing, i didnt double check the squareness and i put all the joist hangers on and anchors from the rim joist to the 6x6 posts.. with 16d galvinized nails that are not coming out. Some how it shifted even with the corner braces. Guess plywood was a bad choice for holding square.

It was originally one inch off, but i got it down to 3/4.. knocking it with a 4lb sledge hammer..

What are my options? If i start framing how much will this effect the walls?



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Old 06-27-18, 04:40 PM
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Structurally I don't think it will be an issue. It could increase your work finishing off the shed. Instead of being able to rip sheets straight across you may have to measure & mark both ends and cut on a slight angle.
 
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Old 06-27-18, 06:05 PM
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I would pull the nails off the hangers attaching the joists to the posts. You should be able to tweek it enough then to get it square. A cats paw and a slip joint pliers (Channel Lock) is great for pulling any nail. Ask me how I know.
 
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Hmm, i feel like as long as it won't make the roof look crooked or effect windows=doors i would rather deal with it. I just didnt want it to run into problems that would take a lot of compensation as i built up to fix. But since it's just a shed im okay with it being off a tad, if it won't be that noticeable.

tolyn, i have the corner 90 degree brackets, as well as all the joist hangers that also cross nail into the joist, do you think it will still adjust easily? Maybe i could try a ratchet strap to get it a little better.
 
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Old 06-27-18, 09:31 PM
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Ratchet strap diagonally is what I usually used but a come-along when all else fails might work.
 
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Old 06-28-18, 04:36 AM
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The whole point of DIY is to accomplish projects by saving money and gaining satisfaction of well, doing it yourself, not doing things half assed which gives DIY projects a bad rap.

You know you have a issue, it will just complicate the rest of the build, take the time now to fix and move on!
 
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Old 06-28-18, 05:21 AM
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I agree with trying to correct it now, before making it any more complicated, but start at the beginning. In other words, if you're measure a wall diagonally and it's off, before you assume the whole thing is racked make sure that both ends are the same height and the top and bottom of the wall are the same length. Flip your level end for end, check more than one post or stud, etc. A plumb bob can help find an issue pretty quickly, and if you don't have one a string or line with a nut tied to the end can usually get you by.
 
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Old 06-28-18, 06:01 AM
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I agree with Ray. Use a come along diagonally to square up. If the difference in the diagonals is 3/4 inch, you only have to move it 3/8 inch. Leave the come along in place as long as you can until some of the flooring is in place to hold it square.
 
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Whats the best way to attach the ratchet strap with all the corners already secured?

also this was taking diagonal measurements, so the difference was 3/4. I guess in the grand scheme of things it is 3/8's off then.

btw, not trying to half ass it. I spent many hours by myself getting it to this point (digging 48 inches down in clay soil) footers, columns, mixing by hand 80lb bags of cement.. i drive 100 miles round trip to work with long hours, so i only have weekends, and the wife is getting mad i am using many weekends on this, while our summer is going by. Don't blame her lol. I love doing DIY projects.. i just don't want to waste more time if it wasn't going to make a huge difference. Having never framed a building, i didn't know.

Thanks for all of your input!
 

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Old 06-28-18, 11:49 AM
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also this was taking diagonal measurements, so the difference was 3/4. I guess in the grand scheme of things it is 3/8's off then.
When you shorten on diagonal by 3/8 in. the other diagonal will be increased by 3/8 in.
 
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Old 06-28-18, 12:31 PM
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Wrap a chain around to attach come-along.
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