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How do I Build a Garden Shed on Skids?

2012-09-11   Views:1

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Garden sheds can be built on a concrete slab, concrete or treated post pier or on skids. Skids are large timbers, usually of treated lumber, that serve as the base of the garden shed. The skids allow the building to be moved if necessary. Building th

Garden sheds can be built on a concrete slab, concrete or treated post pier or on skids. Skids are large timbers, usually of treated lumber, that serve as the base of the garden shed. The skids allow the building to be moved if necessary. Building the garden shed is roughly the same process whether it is based on skids, a foundation or on piers.

Skill level:Moderately Challenging

Things you need

2, 4-by-4 inch treated timbers measuring 2 feet longer than length of shed2-by-4 inch lumber for floor joists and frame2-by-4 inch lumber for wall studs and plates2-by-4 inch lumber for rafters1/2-inch plywood or Oriented Strand Board for roof sheathingShingles1/2-inch plywood or OSB for wall sheathingSiding16 box nails16 common nails8 penny nailsDoorWindowsPaintPower sawHammerSquareTape measurePaint brush

Instructions

1 Place the skids on a level surface. The length of the skids is about 1 foot longer than the length of the shed. Place the skids parallel to each other, 1 foot in from the edge of the width of the shed. Skids are commonly at least 4-by-4 inch treated timbers although 6-by-6 inch treated timbers can be used. Heavy timbers are suggested for larger sheds or sheds that will be moved often.

2 Build the frame of the floor. This includes a framework of 2-by-4 inch lumber the size of the garden shed. Add floor joists, spaced 16 inches on centre, perpendicular to the skids and between the frame. Toe nail, nail at an angle, through the joist into the skids using 16 box nails. This connection connects the building to the skid.

3 Cover the floor joists with sheathing of plywood or oriented strand board. Nail the sheathing in place with 8 penny nails. Build the wall framework of 2-by-4 inch lumber. Nail the wall frame or studs to the floor with 16 common nails. Nail the stud walls together at the corners with 16 box nails.

4 Add rafters above the stud walls. Toe nail the rafters to the top of the stud walls with 16 box nails. Cover the roof with plywood or OSB sheathing nailed in place with 8 penny nails. Shingle the roof according to manufacturer's instructions to finish the roof.

5 Attach sheathing to the walls of the garden shed using 8 penny nails. Add windows and doors as designed. Paint the exterior and interior of the garden shed.

Tips and warnings

One of the advantages of building a shed on skids is the ease of movement. Build the building wherever it is convenient based on accessibility of tools and materials. Move the shed to the final location, usually by pulling it with a tractor of truck, after construction.

A garden shed is not as secure as one attached to a foundation or pier. This means it is susceptible to damage from high winds or storms. Place the building where it is sheltered from the worst of inclement weather.

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