Monthly Archives: November 2009

Walled in

This weekend, my dad came down and we framed out the walls of the shed.  It went surprisingly quickly, actually, despite a small snag…the 2x4s that I thought were a full 8′ long were actually 92.25″ long, cut for wall stud members (to make for an 8′ interior wall when top and bottom plates and drywall for the ceiling are taken into account).  I had planned to cut the wall studs down to make for about a 7.5′ high wall, so that wasn’t too much of a problem, but we did need 8′ lumber for top and bottom wall plates.  My dad ran off and picked up enough 8′ lumber, while I started preparing measurements.  We decided to just leave the 92.25″ studs at that length to save time, and after triple-checking measurements, cutting the framing members for the door and window, and judicious application of the pneumatic nail gun, we had four walls raised.  Even putting just a few hours here and there into it, this sort of project does not take very long…I can’t imagine spending several thousand dollars on a prefabricated shed at this point, especially since the ones I’ve seen don’t seem to be of particularly good build quality.  We’ve spent an order of magnitude less, will have a nice very sturdy shed, with a real weatherproof door and window.  I’m looking forward to the next build day!

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Shed foundation

With the help of my dad, the concrete piers for the shed were placed and leveled, and the floor frame was laid on the piers and nailed to the straps.  The plywood floor is shown sitting on top, but has not yet been attached, as I bought the wrong kind of caulk.  I’ll hit up the hardware store and get the plywood glued and nailed down, then I’ll start on the wall framing.

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