How To Build A Shed

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How To Build A Shed

Building A Trash Enclosure

Buildings built in cold climates are required to have footings installed below the frost line. In my area that is 48″ deep.

How To Build A Shed

This simple small wood storage building is designed to be moved and was built on an existing brick paver patio with no footings.

The floor, supports and first 16″ of wall sheathing framing is built with treated lumber that will resist wood rot and any attack by wood-destroying insects.

Start Level

It’s important to start with a level structure.

I also use 3/4″ pressure treated-lumber plywood for the floor of the storage sheds. The pressure treated plywood floor prevents the floor from rotting from water that drips from snow blowers, lawn mowers, tools or other things.

How To Build A Shed

Once the decking was installed it was time to build the walls.

How To Build A Shed

The walls are framed 16″ oc and will support rafters that will be higher in the back and slope to the front. [Shed roof]

The two end diagonal braces hold the wall plumb until the side walls can be built.

How To Build A Shed

Using my new Paslode PF350S Framing Nailer made nailing super easy. See my review on this nailer.
lode PF350S Power Framer 
How To Build A Shed

The front wall and integrated double 2×6 header is built, raised, plumbed and supported with temporary braces on the top.

How To Build A Shed

The diagonal brace on the inside back wall was used to “rack” the wall plumb from side to side prior to applying the 1/2″ plywood sheathing. The bottom 16″ of wall sheathing is pressure treated plywood.

Notice the plywood extends above the back wall framing. I purposely did this so I could nail the plywood to the rafter ends.

How To Build A Shed

The building is 5′ deep. The front wall is approx. 15″ lower than the rear wall which gives the roof a 3 pitch. Roof pitch relates to the slope angle of the roof. For every foot [12″] of run
the building the roof rafter rises 3″.

Below is a pattern I made to trace all of the rafters from. Using the same template eliminates graduated errors.

Before installing the rafters I made sure to double check the walls for plumb both front to back and side to side.

How To Build A Shed

Rafters installed. The rafters seat cut sits on top of the front wall header and receives two 16 penny toe nails on each side. Later I will add hurricane or rafter clips for additional strength and support.

How To Build A Shed

The rafters were secured to the bask wall with hurricane clips and nailed off to the 1/2″ plywood. see below.

How To Build A Shed

Plywood on rear wall is nailed to the rafter ends.

How To Build A Shed

Roof installed. The next step is to install the 1/2″ plywood on the walls and roof.

How To Build A Shed

The platform legs were additionally supported with galvanized post to beam connectors.

How To Build A Shed

The roof plywood was installed and a covering layer of ice and water shield [rubber membrane] was installed to keep it dry until the shingles are added later.

How To Build A Shed

The next step is to install the trim and siding.

See my post on building a similar project Build a shed

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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