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Old 10-20-2013, 01:36 PM   #1
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I am having a hard time with this little ramp I am trying to build onto a small deck I just finished on my shed. I have never built anything before and there is a thread about the deck on here. I think my biggest issue is that the ground is going up hill from the ramp and I suck with a circular saw. The small piece on the right is actually the piece I cut off of the longer piece. I think it fits perfect and the other one may just be to long. Those 2 mark how wide the ramp will be for the lawnmower. I will have 3 joists when I figure it out and its about 3.5' wide.

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Both joist need to be the same length.
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Both joist need to be the same length.


Obviously. Lol. The small one on the right was the part I cut off of the one on the left. It just happened to fit there for the width test. I think all the joists will be the length on the right since it turned out pretty good. I might cut it shorter though since there's a tree root right at the end of it of course.
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Looks like it's time for a little shovel work to me.
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I would just go to Harbor Freight or Farm & home store, and purchase Aluminum ramps, that you can store inside, vs. having to figure out the math or scrap a bunch of wood, to try and get it right.

Even just a rectangle piece of Diamond Plate Aluminum with some ribs welded underneath to keep it from flexing, would be better then nothing at all. It would be lighter than using Steel for the ramp.
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To cut a steep angle like that you have to flip the guard back and hold it or it's going to hang up when making the cut.
With a short board like that it's best to have someone help hold one end to keep it from trying to twist.
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I have a set of ramps but I'd like something that can stay put so I don't have to drag those heavy things out all the time.

When I do get all the joists cut how do you attach the very bottom piece of decking since the joist is so flat at that point?
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You are best to pour a pad where that wood will sit, or place pavers, so that you have something that will stay there. Problem with dirt, it moves, so you will end up a few years down the road, with no soil under that ramp.

As for attaching the ramp to the face of the plate, use Simpson hangers. You should be looking at least 1' for every 3", or 1" for every 16" on the length, depending on how steep you want it.. The length you have, is going to be pretty steep.

I would go at least maybe four feet out, six if you do not want it really steep to go up and down. You would end up hanging the bottom of the mower on the edge where the ramp meets the deck, in that current setup.

See http://www.secrets-of-shed-building.com/shed_ramp.html Something that shows it a little better http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/how-...d-a-shed-ramp/ http://www.doityourself.com/stry/bui...p#.UmRBKfk2Xkg
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Should I just cut 3 4' pieces of the 2x8 and then cut the angles on both ends? This is why I've put the ramp and deck off for over a year.

I still don't get how to attach the bottom decking to the joists since they are so thin and will be sitting on concrete blocks.
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Should I just cut 3 4' pieces of the 2x8 and then cut the angles on both ends? This is why I've put the ramp and deck off for over a year.

I still don't get how to attach the bottom decking to the joists since they are so thin and will be sitting on concrete blocks.
Read through the links I posted, before wasting anymore lumber.
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build the ramp as if it were an addition to the deck, and how you would like it to look. uild it out far enough so the the top boards , when level, will go right up to the dirt. now, where there is dirt in the way = dig it out. then dig down for some blocks for the end to set on. and dig so there is no dirt close the the joists.
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I might get this ramp done tomorrow or Friday! Lol. My work schedule sucks. I cut 3 joists and placed them 16" on center and they are about the same width as the mower so I'm going to cut a 4th so I'll have plenty of room on the ramp with the mower.

Weird thing, I cut out all the joists from the first one I cut and used as a template. The first 2 were exactly the same and hit the ground at the same spot but the 3rd one ended up being 2 or 3 inches shorter than the others. Not sure how that happened. Lol.

Apparently my home depot does not carry the stringer hangers so I just used 3 nails and one screw on each side to attach them to the deck joist. I had to take one back off and it was damn near impossible to do without breaking the joist so they are strong.
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You may get that rain by Friday, that just hit our area. So what you may end up with is a mucky mess if it is as bad as what we just got this afternoon. We got at least 1-2" in less than 30 min's in my area.

As for the stringer hangers, go to a real lumber yard, not a DIY Apron store. You might find them at your local Ace Hardware. Our's down the street has them in their stock, since it is the go to place in my area for the state on staff contractors, and city school district. Our Menard's Hardware also carries them as regular stock.
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A simple L shaped hanger could have been used.

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