The Mobile Shed – Build a Shed on Skids

For most conventional sheds, there are two types of foundation that you can choose from, for the permanent sturdy shed, there is the concrete foundation, and for mobility there is the skid foundation. There are many advantages as to why a skid foundation, considered temporary, is chosen by many homeowners. You too can benefit greatly by having a skid foundation.

For one, a skid foundation generally using wood is easier and faster to build as compared to a permanent concrete foundation. In building a wooden skid foundation, you first need to select a spot then prepare a bed of gravel which will be able to provide a flat level and stable surface to allow water to drain beneath it and keep your lumber dry. Atop this gravel you will set wood beams or timber. These beams and timber will act as the skids. The flooring of your shed will rest above this skids. Pressure treated timber or lumber is advisable  to be used for skids as they will be bearing the weight of the shed and its contents so that you will be able to move or transfer your shed to a new location putting angle ends is necessary, plus they ake good decorations as well.

With a good set of detailed plans, you yourself will be able to do the construction job. You don’t even have to do the plans yourself, plans are easily available whether online or from your local construction shop. If you’re getting confused when building your skid foundation, you can just easily refer to the plans. This will be a great way to  save some money.

Other benefits that skids foundation provide include the ability to build your shed faster.In fact, you can even pre-build your shed from another area and just place it atop the skid foundation. So, if two or more persons are building the shed, you can simultaneously build the foundation and the shed itself.

Also in some states if a structure is not permanent, you won’t need to apply for a permit, eliminating the fees involved and the time spent in waiting for your permit.

There are some disadvantages though when using a skids foundation. Because it is only made of wood and not totally locked to the ground, your shed will not be able to accommodate heavy equipment like garden tractors. Your shed can only be built with a limited size and also they tend to be susceptible to moisture which in turn will shorten their life.

The advantages though far outweigh the disadvantages mentioned. Not many of us really uses heavy machinery. As a matter of fact, storage sheds are mostly used as workshops, garden tool storage and for housing other small belongings. Its transfer capability is one of its strongest points, so you would be able to have the power to customize your garden and give it a fresh new look every time you want. So go ahead and release your creative side.

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Build a Shed Door That Will Not Fall Down

The shed door rarely gets as much attention as would the roof and the foundation get, most of the time people would just purchase a pre fabricated door, measure it and install it and think that the job is done. But since the shed door is the single part of the shed that gets the most action, it’s highly likely that it would be the first one to give in. And with storage sheds, the door can vary a whole lot in terms of size and the way it opens. Depending on what you plan to keep inside your shed, you may either need a small sized door or one where a small garden tractor can pass through.

Most storage sheds though are used for keeping large tools like a wheel barrow or a grass cutter, so it is inevitable that one day it may either break off its hinges or develop a big hole because of the occasional banging and hitting of your equipment. So it is advisable to have a sizeable shed door where you can easily bring in or take out your equipment. And to ensure that your door will be able to handle wear and tear you have two options when building it, the ledged door and the ledged embraced door.

The first thing that you need to do is to ensure that you have all the tools that you will need. The tape measure is your best friend. It is important that your door fits like a glove on its frame. Take into account the small space that your hinges will occupy. You don’t want a shed door that is not leveled. The top half may either be hitting the frame and there’s a gap on the lower half, or vice versa. Not only will you not be able close your door and lock it properly, but you can also cause damage to your door frame.

When choosing lumber to use for building your door, you can either use a rough cut or a finish cut. But what is important is that the lumber is already completely dry; if not, there can be shrinkage in the future when the wood loses its moisture. Usually, lumber that is 1 inch thick is used.

After doing your measurements, you can now use your saw to cut your boards. After cutting, lay down all your boards, put them together and make your final measurement. You should now cut the lumber you will use for your braces. Typically a door brace would need three pieces of lumber, one goes across the top side of the door, one on the bottom side and one longer piece to go across diagonally the length of the door making a Z-shape. Nail or glue them all together.

Now you can measure the hinges on your door jamb and to your shed door. You can now just screw in the hinges and your door is done. If you want to put a handle or a gate latch, you can do so before attaching the door to its frame.

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Loafing Shed Plans

If you are a cattle raiser, then you know that your horses are your source of income. Making sure that they are in the pink of health is the only way that you can make a profit out of your investment. If your horses are subjected to harsh elements like snow, pouring rain and the blasting sun then it is not hard to predict their early demise. And as such you can now say goodbye to all your hard work and to your money.

Providing them with a shelter is the sure fire way of providing a guarantee that your horses will be protected and their health is assured. One way to do this is to provide a loafing shed for your farm. Basically, a loafing shed is a barn with three sides that is situated in a pasture. And because horses are typically strong and big, you can be sure that it will be subjected to great abuse. If you want your loafing shed to last a long time, you should make sure that they are given high quality construction standards. Also, in your designs and plans avoid building structures inside the shed that have sharp objects or edges where the horses can hurt themselves.

There are a number of considerations when it comes to the size and location of your loafing shed as well as the materials that should be used.

When it comes to the location, it is advisable that your loafing shed does not face the direction where prevailing winds come from. This will help in prolonging the life of your shed and it will keep the shed warm in cold weather. When a newborn livestock arrives, this warm weather is crucial to its survival. Another consideration when it comes to the location is an area where water does not pool. So choose a location on higher grounds.

For size consideration, this will vary depending on the size of the livestock that you plan to put inside the loafing shed. Horses are herd animals and typically gather together, so you need to put into account the size of your ponies when they grow bigger. But, if you live in an area were cold weather and harsh snowstorms are frequently experienced then you might want to consider investing in a barn instead.

For many livestock owners, wood is the preferred choice of building material. Lumber is very versatile and is easily customizable. With the right plan and design, a wooden loafing shed can be very durable. You have to make sure though that your roof is weather tested and is capable of enduring heavy weather conditions.

Even if you already have a barn, a loafing shed is still a good investment as this can be placed in the pasture where your horses graze. Or this can also be a place where you can put horses ready to give birth to keep them away from the herd and from potential danger.

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Firewood Shed Plans

Firewood cost, either you bought them or you chopped them yourself. In the former you shelled out your hard earned money and in the latter you spent a lot of energy and time. So if your firewood gets wet or becomes filled with moisture, all your money and your efforts will just go down the drain. A wet firewood will not burn properly as we all know, and if you live in an area where rain and snowfall is frequent, it can be virtually impossible to keep your wood dry. Building a firewood shed is the key to this predicament and you can be sure of having dry firewood every time you need it.

The location of your firewood shed is one of the most important decision you should make It should be in an area where water does not pool around the shed, yet it should be near your home so that it would be easy for you to get firewood whenever you need it. You certainly wouldn’t want to walk far just to get some when it’s raining hard or there is heavy snowfall. Also, try to build a raised floor so that moisture from the ground would not easily seep inside the shed. Wet wood easily gets rotten and decomposes.

With regards to the roof of your firewood shed, you should make sure in your plans that it has a high steep and is slanted. This way, snow and rain will easily slide off and would not get inside to the firewood. This goes the same for the foundation, making it higher from the ground and providing a slant to slide snow and water away from the shed.

Most firewood sheds are built with only three sides. Only three walls are provided and the fourth side left open. This is necessary as this allows airflow which in turn allows the firewood to dry properly. But because of this open side, it would also be easy for rain and snow to be blown inside by the wind. To avoid this or to minimize moisture, it is best that the open side should not face the direction of the wind.

To further prevent moisture from seeping into your firewood, you should put a layer of plastic on the floor and to allow good airflow for drying, under your woodpile stack your firewood on off-cut lumbers. Most firewood shed are not really that big, they are easy to make and don’t require as much cost as most typical storage sheds. With just a couple of lumber and nails, you can be assured that you will have dry and effective firewood ready to build a roaring fire for a comfortable warmth.

Always remember that in starting any project, having plans is the best way to ensure that you will have a worry-free time when you’re in the actual process of building the shed. So get your hands on a firewood shed plan first.

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