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Yinzer 06-23-2012 01:03 PM

Improving an outbuilding's walls
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The property I bought came with a large shed, with electric (200A!) and water.

The supports are 6x6s, spaced 12 ft apart on the long walls, 8 ft apart on the short.

2x6s wrap around horizontally, with 2x6 pieces nailed atop the 6x6s to hold the horizontals in place. That was a mouthful, here's a pic.

Siding is on the outside, and that's it. What should I do to install proper (plywood? pressboard?) walls? Insulation's an option, do I need that Tyvek stuff too?



Yinzer 06-23-2012 01:09 PM

More info: 10 ft ceilings, red clay floor.

Rain seeps in thru the bottom, rendering the first two feet inside on the north and east walls unusable for a couple days after downpours. Gutters would probably help there immensely.

gregzoll 06-23-2012 02:01 PM

First thing is solve the water intrusion problem. You may have to build up a berm outside to redirect the water, then for the floor, have a few truck loads of crushed concrete or rock brought in, so you can build up a base. Then you can decide if you want to pour a slab or not later. As for insulating. You could float a wall around the inside perimeter, but I would do it after you get a slab down, so that it will be easier to do it.

Then again, there is always the possibility of taking 4x8 sheets of play, put 1 or 2 inch XPS on it, glued, then hang on the members. The seams you can just use 1x4's to place over. Those are the only couple of things I can think of.

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