04:17AM | 03/24/04
Member Since: 08/09/01
12 lifetime posts

Last year I purchased a sheet metal outdoor shed. In January the heavy winds we experienced here in the NE totally destroyed this unit.

So someone suggested that I build a 10w x 8d shed using pressure treated lumber and outdoor wood siding. Another idea I had for this unit was to install a garage door with an power opener.

My questions are:

1) Is using lumber OK?

2) If the garage door is 8ft wide how wide should the opening be?

Thanks for your imput...


03:22PM | 03/24/04
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts not really necessary for the entire shed. You really only need to use PT lumber where the wood will be in contact with, or very close proximity to the ground (i.e., sitting on the ground, buried in the ground, sitting close enough to be in the snow all winter long...). In other words, the floor frame is just about it. The studs, plates, rafters, headers, collar ties, and bracing can all be standard kiln dried, or dry rough sawn lumber.

If you're to build a shed 8'x10', the 8' door will have to go on the 10' side, and you'll need to inquire at the garage door store as to the rough and finidhed opening sizes.


04:14AM | 03/26/04
Member Since: 08/09/01
12 lifetime posts

Thans for the info, it was right on point. I was thinking the to finish the inside of the shed I should use plywood for the walls because if I want to hang things such as shelves or peg board the ply is a firmer hold than just trying to catch the studs only.

Thanx again for the advice.


11:13PM | 03/27/04
Member Since: 03/27/04
28 lifetime posts
ahh question?

a steel shed for the most part sits on top of the ground. so, it does not have to meet with building set-backs; so if you build a new shed be sure it has a raft/skid foundation to it is movable. if you do it this way you could use those screw tie down to hold it in place for rough weather. if you try to place it into the ground you will have to check for setbacks and easements. this will also show up as an increase on your house tax! ouch.


04:06PM | 04/06/04
Member Since: 04/05/04
1 lifetime posts
I'm looking at doing something very similar. Wood structure 8x10 w/ 8' garage door. My main concern is where I want to put it is under our sunroom. Our sunroom is on the main floor and we have a walkout so under it is just a bunch of rock at and a slope. Does anyone know the following.

How far from existing footings is it ok to dig? My sunroom is 14' but I'm only looking at the 8x10 for a couple of reasons.

Is the dirt against the cement wall (it's 4' where I'd like to put it, 8' behind that) required for insulation or something like that or can I just remove the dirt. (as it's a walkout at the front corner there is no dirt, but at the back of the 8' portion it's at about 3'.) If I removed the dirt and put up a retaining wall and clear a space a bit larger than 8x10 for a cement (or wood) floor would that be ok?

I'm just trying to get this all figured out before I put it in front of the city. According to the city I'm in I don't have to have a permit to build the size shed I want, but I'm guessing with the location I'll run it by them anyway and want to have a least a clue what I'm talking about.




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