Arrow Shed On Angle Concrete Foundation - How To Fix? - Building & Construction - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-15-2009, 06:31 PM   #1
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10

Arrow shed on angle concrete foundation - how to fix?

We had someone build our Arrow shed for the side of our home. They did a good job but the sidewalk that is on the side of our home is at a slight angle to drain water away from our home. We didn't really take this into consideration. Once built the shed doors won't open and close without lifting up the side on the down angle that hangs off the sidewalk. This seems to 'square up' the shed.

Anyway I've posted photos of the shed. I know I could put a board under it or something and raise it up but I don't want gaps under the shed as I plan to seal it to the concrete so water doesn't run inside of it. I also do not want to let in tons of bugs, spiders and small animals.

What is the best way to square up this shed without A. Pouring new cement or B. Building an entire foundation for it.

Photos attached:


norcalty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 08:00 PM   #2
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Portland OR
Posts: 11
Rewards Points: 10

without addressing what the shed is siting you will be left with a gap. So the best way of dealing with the gap would be to -ideally- scribe and cut a board to match the angle after the shed has been leveled. Being that this option may not be on the menu for everyone, the next solution would have to be waterproof foam or caulking.

For either of these options it would be a good idea to mask off the area and for foam: spry it in allow it to expand and dry, trim it so it's flush and then it can actually be painted. If your going to use caulking you'll want to install backer rod first.

Nether of these options is going to look great. If you're careful they wont look horrible. You'll have to make sure that the threshold on the door is supported well if you use this method. If you use foam you should make sure that the foam doesn't expand too much and push the threshold so that the door doesn't close well. It would be a good idea to put some sort of spacer between the bottom of the door and the threshold as the foam is drying. for supporting the threshold plastic shims would work.

You should consult with the people at your local hardware store about the materials that will be suitable for the size of gap and the weather.

Keep in mind that this method is messy, somewhat questionable but can probably be made to work

Good luck

Jesse Pender

Portland Tradesmen


Portlandtrades is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2009, 01:47 PM   #3
Mold!! Let's kill it!
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,849
Rewards Points: 2,012

Foam under the threshold won't be a good option. I think you need to go with pieces of treated lumber cut at an angle with the top surface being level for the front and back and a suitable thickness for the sides. Set them in a bed of urethane sealant to keep water and bugs out.
Maintenance 6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2009, 11:47 AM   #4
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Nashua, NH, USA
Posts: 7,971
Rewards Points: 1,548

You have described two independent problems:
1. The entire shed is tilted so as not to look so good sitting against your house.
2. The shed is deformed causing the doors not to open and close properly.
The second problem should be fixed even if you don't bother to fix the first.

Does the shed have its own floor or is it open on the bottom using the sidewalk as the floor? Its own floor would need additional support under the middle if you tilt it back to level.

If you set the shed up on treated lumber you might want to raise the entire shed so the edge against the house is also raised. Concrete has porosity and that edge in contact can rust or rot otherwise.
The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.

Last edited by AllanJ; 06-17-2009 at 11:52 AM.
AllanJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2009, 06:28 AM   #5
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 567
Rewards Points: 500

if it were mine, i'd be putting some p/t shims under it,,, there's no way you'll get 5gal of wtr into a 4gal bkt leastways i can't ! ! !
yesitsconcrete is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
subpanel mounting on concrete basement foundation wall bulk88 Electrical 12 03-10-2009 01:38 PM
Filling in large openings in concrete foundation shtoink Building & Construction 10 12-04-2008 04:03 PM
Concrete piers for post & beam foundation jpecor Building & Construction 1 08-01-2008 12:27 PM
expanding existing concrete pad for shed lz300 Building & Construction 1 04-06-2008 08:20 PM
concrete foundation with a crawl space agrenvik Building & Construction 1 03-25-2008 08:27 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1