Mike Jay wrote:Nice construction! If the cement goes down below the frost line, it shouldn't move around on you.
Thanks Mike :)
The cement floats on the surface. I'd need to dig at least 5' deep holes to get below the frost line, way too much work! I don't mind the posts moving up and down, what I don't like is when they splay (like with my first shed). I hope that the wider cement bases will prevent this from happening.
A load of slab, mostly spruce. All the wood I used for this came from damaged trees. We don't have a lot of big trees so I leave the healthy ones alone. Even then it makes me sad every time I bring a tree down.
Fitting the slab was a puzzle. Wasn't as quick as with "real" siding but no so bad.
All done. I put some scraps on top to give me an idea of how it would look. Not exactly high-end architecture lol
I used the chainsaw to trim the slab. Watch out for nails! The plan was to cover the sides and the front with tarps. Turns out this is enough to keep most of the snow out. You can see part of the old shed on the left.
As Mike mentioned, cement will rot your posts. I used left over roofing membrane as a barrier.
Cutting lumber on my dad's beat up mill. This thing is falling apart :(
Fresh 2x4s and planks. I've heard that we can't use our own lumber to build because it isn't graded. Don't know for sure but seems it's true (All I wanted to do is build a house
) What a joke! Most of the wood available from lumberyards is crap!
Getting ready for the roof. The slope on my old shed is quite low and some years there is close to 4' of snow/ice that sits there until spring. I don't plan on shoveling the snow off the roof from the new one. Steeper slope and 2x4s 12" on centers should be solid whatever the load.
The roof extends 4' behind the shed. I like this space to store rough wood and things I don't want under the rain. Although it does nothing for the snow as I would soon find out. A tarp maybe.
I didn't have time to put roofing before the snows, just had time to put some tar paper. It's surprising how little snow gets in. This was in 2017, lots of snow that year and no problems.
The netting was an experiment. I needed something to keep the chickens out of the garden. Too much work.