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Old 06-23-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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Barn shed

Hi, I'm new here and a hardcore DIY'er. My family and I just moved into our newly constructed home and I've just finished my first DIY project, a privacy cedar fence. Next up is a barn style storage/work shed. I'm planning on constructing a 16x20 size. I have a few questions if I may.

Should I go with 16" or 24" OC for the walls? Also for the floor joists I'm considering 2x6 treated is that over material as many of the sheds I've seen that come prebuilt have 2x4 floor joists?


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Old 06-23-2010, 10:02 PM   #2
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Where are you located ?
Myself I like 16" OC

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Old 06-24-2010, 03:04 AM   #3
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What types of work will you be doing in the building?

Why not a concrete slad foundation/floor?
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Old 06-24-2010, 01:25 PM   #4
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Sorry, guys. I'm in San Antonio, Texas and I plan to use it as a storage shed mainly, but will probably do some minor hobby work in there (I fly R/C airplanes too) maybe even some woodworking projects.

I'm trying to keep the costs down so that's why i'm trying to stay away from a slab foundation.

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Old 06-24-2010, 01:39 PM   #5
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My father and I have been building these "mini barns" for quite a while now.

We build them almost entirely out of shipping pallets. This works well as you get lots of 1x6 boards and small 2x4s. Since pallets can usually be found for free this makes the cost very minimal.

We use a 24" OC wall spacing and usually use 3/4" ply on the floor. We try and find large skids(usually 6x6) for the bottom so we can drag it around the farm and place it where we need it. This makes it nice for building inside in the farm shop during the winter.
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