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Old 01-26-2012, 09:56 AM   #1
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I was originally going to build a shed myself, but then I thought maybe I'd get a contractor to do it (short on time). My wife thought his price was kind of high, so she looked into pre-built sheds. They're about 1/3 the cost, but a) not as well built, and b) don't include the foundation piers.

I kind of doubt they could even get the shed where we want it, due to the slope, but if they could, how is the best way to install a pre-built shed over a slope?

Grading is not an option.

I'm kind of picturing a pair of rails on piers. Because I don't think the pre-built building people do that sort of work, I'd either need to do it myself or get a contractor to build it.

But that would all be assuming they could move the building down the slope to the site. The grade drops roughly 3 feet in 12 (more and less, depending).

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I was originally going to build a shed myself...
Grading is not a (convenient) option.
A recent thread on this topic. Pre Built Shed on Sloped Hill

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I'm kind of picturing a pair of rails on piers. But that would all be assuming they could move the building down the slope...
Post hole digger + sonotube + sakrete + wheelbarrow + a few strong backs =
the start of a pier foundation. The same basic approach as is used for a deck or gazebo.

Instead of a loose board deck... you can build a solid floor (platform)
then tip up a few walls and then a few roof truss like things...
then some sheathing and finish details... et voila! you have a shed.

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Instead of a loose board deck... you can build a solid floor (platform)
then tip up a few walls and then a few roof truss like things...
then some sheathing and finish details... et voila! you have a shed.

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Yeah, I know. I just want it done sooner than I can probably get it done.

I saw that recent thread, but the question was different -- his shed is already in place.
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Yeah, I know. I just want it done sooner than I can probably get it done.
Guard against impatience.
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Guard against impatience.

Impatience doesn't make my yard equipment rust, but sitting out in the rain will.
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Yeah, I know. I just want it done sooner than I can probably get it done.

I saw that recent thread, but the question was different -- his shed is already in place.
You obviusly have no choice but to build a level foundation...whether you use sona tubes.. which means you have to frame girders to support the shed depending on what type of shed it is.....or use railroad ties....
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If the contractor quoted you a price three times the price of a rinky-dink prebuilt shed, all included, just pay the guy his fair price.
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Could use treated 6x6 (Maybe even 4x4) for posts. Drill holes put in 6x6 re-fill holes, cut 6x6 level and build floor on it, then shed on floor.
How much slope? How big of shed?
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Could use treated 6x6 (Maybe even 4x4) for posts. Drill holes put in 6x6 re-fill holes, cut 6x6 level and build floor on it, then shed on floor.
How much slope? How big of shed?
10 x 12 shed.

3 to 4 feet of slope along the 12 foot length.

The contractor's price includes six reinforced concrete piers, which I'm sure takes up a large portion of his price. I'm familiar with his work, and I know his building would be solid and good looking.
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I'm familiar with his work, and I know his building would be solid and good looking.
And maybe even down by now...
getting your stuff out of the weather.
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Pressure treated 6x6 in a hole is fast, and good. Could skirt under it if you wanted maybe a little extra storage!

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