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Prepping ground to install a resin shed?

Jabbit 11,212 1,395 April 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM More Home Depot Deals
I am looking at this Rubbermaid Big Max 7'x7' Shed [] and I was wondering what the best way to prepare the ground would be.

My back yard slopes from front to back slightly. I was thinking I would level the ground as best I could, get a bunch of sand/crushed stone and lay that out, then make an 8'x8' square from 12" pavers. Is this not good enough, overkill, or just right? I live in New England so I don't (usually) have to worry about hurricanes. Manual labor is FAR from my specialty, so hopefully someone has some input.


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Get 2 pressure treated 4x4s and some concrete paving stones (not the little ones, the ones that are about 1'x1').
-> The paving stones are going to be the "legs" of a platform you are going to build - so set them a little inside the outline of the shed floor, and stack as many as you need at each corner to get their tops level. If you want to dig down a bit and lay each of them in a few inches of gravel that would be nice, but not 100% necessary.
-> Lay 2 4x4's across the paving stones to create two parallel beams.
-> Use pressure treated 2x4 or 2x6s placed perpendicular to the beams - these are your floor joists. Space them about 12" - 16" on center. You can "toe nail" or screw the joists to the beams.
-> Lay some pressure treated plywood over the joists and nail/screw to the joists.
-> Place the floor of your shed on the plywood.
So this is exactly what I spent ALL day doing today. Thanks for the specifics. It turned out ok, other than the fact that I bought 4'x8' plywood and didn't account for the extra 4" on each end that the beams created. I just left overhang in the back - it still feels really sturdy. Shed should go up sometime next week.
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I'm just going to take it simple and lay some gravel down, then put the shed right on top of that. Then I'll anchor it down to keep it from flying away in our massive desert winds.

We have super compact clay soil (literally like concrete), and don't get much rain. So I'm not to worried about having ventilation underneath.
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