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Posted by joeabbott on April 10, 2016

We erected the shed on our new property this past weekend and it was a bit more work than I thought it would be. The first day was muddy and dirty, as we put in the base, and the second day we got some good sun (meaning a stinging burn) because it took long enough to assemble. While I very much wanted to build my own shed, I have to admit this one went together in a short afternoon and that wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t bought a kit.

The base design

We knew that we weren’t sure where our house will be built, so we didn’t know if the shed will ultimately need to be moved; so we we opted to build it on runners. This way, when we do have a final spot the shed will be in, we can tow it to that location. It won’t be easy, but it will be possible.

Then I worked with combinations of various interlacings of pressure treated 4x4s to get a based that was solid, but not too massive. The following design is what we went with:

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Initially I didn’t have the center beam (the center one perpendicular to the runners) but without it, the center parts of the floor seemed fairly squishy. It would absolutely hold up, but just felt less robust than something I would built. So, we added the other support and I was much happier at the rigidity that it added.

And, after we had the lattice of 4x4s, we’d add some half-inch chip board plywood on top.

Installing of the base

At the property, we started by building the base … which I thought would be easier than it was. Getting the base right is always harder than it looks and the first parts, making sure you’re building on something level, always takes the longest. And that proved to be true in this case, as well.

We found some relatively flat ground, laid out the base to get an idea where we’d need the runners, and then started leveling. It took a LOT of work and I wish we’d started this when I was a younger man! Phew!

The only place we deviated from the original plan was that I used a number of the cut-off ends of the 4x4s to rest the runners on. This way, when we go to move the shed, it won’t have been able to sink into the earth. Or, that’s the hope. We still dug down a bit farther than I’d like, but, in the end, it was flat and level.

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Putting up the shed

One of the hardest parts of putting up the shed was hauling the stuff to our property. We couldn’t lift either of the two boxes the shed came in into our truck so we pulled the pieces from the box and packed the truck. To keep all the parts in, we wrapped the back in a tarp. I felt like we were driving the Beverly Hills Hillbilly truck the way that thing was packed up. Happily, and with ample use of the many straps I carry in the car, we got to the lot without a single piece moving out of place!

Now, the bottom line is that it’s a plastic shed, and while there are a very few things I’d like to have done differently, it went together smashingly and looks respectable. The instructions were clear, we had all the parts, and nothing was broken or defective. While I will opt to build my own in the future, if I have to … or if someone else is looking for a recommendation … I’d gladly point out the Keter product as a fine choice.

Here are a few shots from putting it together:

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In short, you screw the two bottom panels together that have a channel in them for the walls; slide a wall in, connect it to another wall part, and repeat! There’s a window on one side that asks for a few extra steps but it all pretty much just butts together and is held in place with screws. A few times there are reinforcing steel members added, but they all fit together surprisingly well and with more precision than you’d think!

And here’s the final product!

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Just a bit more

We had a few more steps before we called it done: we added the smallest of “ramps” to the front and Suzy painted the base a nice black that tied in well with the shed floor color. Not a bad weekend’s work and now we can get on with working on the lot itself!

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