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04-07-2012 03:36 AM

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Hey all, I’m planning to build a shed this spring; 10’x10’. I’m wondering what sort of base to build it on; I’m going to use it to store various lawn implements, the heaviest item will be a 32” snowblower. The easiest method would be to pack down a bed of gravel and use some slotted concrete blocks that big box stores sell for deck construction to lay the joists on. My concern about doing this is that the ground will heave next spring…”Best” way to construct it would be to dig and pour concrete piles which would minimize any damage from frost heave. What would y’all recommend? Obviously I’d rather not dig holes for piles if I don’t have to…



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04-11-2012 12:11 AM

What I have done successful a number of times for clients is basically build a crushed limestone (22A) slab (compacted in layers), 12” thick with, three 6×6 beams buried into it but sticking out approximatly 2”. The 6×6’s really help spread out the loads to prevent any possible sagging/settling that may happen if using those concrete pier blocks. Use 2×4 TRT joists to minimize the amount of visible floor and sheet it with 3/4” TRT. Strong enough to hold up anything you’ll put in a shed. If you can’t get T&G ply, put blocking in at the seams. TRT ply can be a bit wavy.
Water freezing is what gives you “heaving” or uplift. The limestone will drain water away if your soil will allow it to perk through. If you have clay, then concrete piers or treated posts to support the 6×6’s may be the way to go, unless you can “french drain’ the water away to a lower elevation.

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06-12-2018 01:50 PM

I’d go with Gary’s suggestion and use the crushed limestone slab. It’s a good way to avoid any sinking from occurring. I’m sure by now you have already built your shed. How did it come out?

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