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CJIII 09-23-2011 10:56 PM

Jacking up a 10x12 shed!
Hello DIY Chatroom I am new here, My name is Charles Jackson III people call me CJ. But anyway I built me a small 10x12 shed five years ago to hold my woodworking tools. And I built it on the ground and my shop flooded sometime ago, so I would like the to jack it up to put it on blocks because I am having problems with rot, my sill plate is rotting and my subfloor is showing signs of rot. All the problems came about because when I built the shed I know very little about construction. I am wondering what steps I should take to jack it up and level it

gregzoll 09-23-2011 11:26 PM

It would be easier to just reverse the process you used to put it together. Depending on how the roof and walls are attached, you may be able to use a sawzall to cut the nails securing, and pull it apart, to rebuild the floor. The problem with jacking up a structure that small, is that it would end up falling apart, due to the way it was built. If walls are sound along with roof, see previous. Otherwise, it may be cheaper to just build a whole new structure.

CJIII 09-24-2011 09:22 AM

I used a flat roof to on shed, and the walls are not frame right nethier.

gregzoll 09-24-2011 09:23 AM

Then it would be easier to just rebuild. If the framing for the walls and roof are in good condition, you may be able to salvage.

Clutchcargo 09-24-2011 09:32 AM

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Take everything out of the shed and using the power of leverage you should be able to prop up one side at a time. You can then inspect the sill. If it were mine and it's in fairly decent shape, I would move it out of the current location and rebuild the foundation using concrete blocks and then move it back.
To move it you need to get it on some 3" PVC pipes, then it's as simple as getting a few friends or your kids to push it. and once rolled off of one of the pipes move that pipe to the front.
There are plenty of youtube videos about this

CJIII 09-24-2011 10:32 AM

Yes but the roof is leaking, I have a tarp covering it. I am just having a boat of load of problems. :laughing:

Clutchcargo 09-24-2011 11:53 AM

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Oh, I see. In that case, tear it down. The materials needed for a shed are only a few hundred dollars anyway. You might as well build a new one correctly.

AllanJ 09-24-2011 12:24 PM


Originally Posted by CJIII
I amhaving problems with rot ... sill plate ... subfloor... I am wondering what steps I should take.

You could affix large blocks or small triangular shaped brackets to the outside wall all in a horizontal line and one at each stud. Then a horizontal timber could be put under them all and you jack up the timber to jack up the entire shed (one timber in front, one in back). Then separate off the rotted floor (reply #2). Rebuild the foundation, and rebuild the floor. Then lower the shed body onto it.

Professional house movers support the house in many locations (under interior load bearing walls needed also). Jacking is done evenly under the various supports. As opposed to propping up one side at a time (reply #5).

Originally Posted by CJIII
... the walls are not framed right neither.

You didn't tell us that! That changes the whole answer completely. (quoting Laura Schlesinger aka Dr. Laura)
(now go to reply #4)

Originally Posted by CJIII
Yes but the roof is leaking ... a boat load of problems...

You didn't tell us that. That changes the whole answer completely again!

I agree. Tear it down and start over. (reply #7)

sixeightten 09-24-2011 12:36 PM

Didn't we cover this on Contractor Talk a few months ago? I am offended that our advice was not deemed good enough!

Shame on you CJ!:bangin:

AllanJ 09-24-2011 12:42 PM


Clutchcargo 09-24-2011 01:19 PM

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Allan, you know we're talking about a shed, right?
Moving a house is not the same as moving a shed. You can successfully jack up one side prop it up and then do the other side.
In this case, however, there are too many other issues to bother with moving it.

CJIII 09-24-2011 01:58 PM

What was the advise on contractors talk cant remember.

oh'mike 09-24-2011 02:41 PM

Cj III---Are you CJ21 over at CT?

Howdy and welcome.

CJIII 09-24-2011 03:24 PM

Yes its me! :thumbup:

oh'mike 09-24-2011 05:56 PM


Originally Posted by CJIII (Post 735165)
Yes its me! :thumbup:

I'm mikeswoods--

A tip on the shed---Add two long 2x8s or 2x10 across the face of the shed so the thing looks like it has 'handles'

This will give you four jacking points and allow you to repair the bottom plate without anything in the way.

Welcome CJ--Mike--

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