Considering purchasing a shed?  Don’t underestimate the importance of a solid foundation.  Whether it was an online order or a big box store order,  the requirements prior to delivery are pretty much the same. Some digging, leveling, and an addition of crushed stone is what will be required to avoid sinkage.

When building shed pads we level and frame the area first with either 4 x 6 or 6 x 6 pressure treated timbers. We fill it with at least 4” or gravel such as item 4 as the base and we finish it off with stone dust. We like to use stone dust because it compacts very well.  For small areas, a manual tamper is used for compaction. For larger areas, we rent a compacting machine.

Here’s what is needed:

  • 4-foot level
  • String line
  • Square
  • Mallet
  • Drill & 3/8″ bit
  • Timbers (4x4x 12 or 6x6x 12) 18 feet for larger sheds
  • Galvanized Spikes (3/8” x 12 to join timbers)
  • 3/4” crushed stone
  • Stonedust
  • Tamper
  • Saw (to cut timbers to size)

Shed pads should be at least 12” larger than the shed itself. If you want to do it yourself you can call up your nursery supplier with the dimensions of the area and they will estimate the amount of item 4 and stone dust (optional) you need to fill in the frame.

Want a ramp for your shed?

You can use a piece of plywood or stone.  For this one below, we used existing stone for a special customer.

Need help leveling your area?

Call us before you get your shed gets delivered.

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