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dvdswan 08-02-2012 06:18 PM

Shaky wood shed
I built a wood shed to replace the rickety one I had. anyway, the shed I beleive is fine but I'm wondering if I missed something. I really done want to put slat on the sides and would rather leave it open. before I put the trusses on, I had installed the 45* brackets which really helped (obviously) but when I was shingling it still wobbled a little. did I miss installing some form a extra brackets or something?

joecaption 08-02-2012 06:29 PM

You used 4 X 4's not 6 X 6's, There is no let in band joist at the top with double thorugh bolts.
You used screws not through bolt on the diagnals. There's also nothing holding them to the sides, just screws under them.
By using under sized post then cutting into them you have drasticly reduced the strenght of the whole thing.

dvdswan 08-02-2012 07:24 PM

ok, seems fair, but its a hell of lot more sturdy than what the previous owner had. lol anyway, its for firewood so I would like to keep it open, but if I put 1x6 or 1x8 siding about a foot apart on 3 side it would sturdy it up.

do I need to use thru bolts or can I use lag bolts to sturdy up the angle brackets?

Daniel Holzman 08-02-2012 07:26 PM

Joe is correct in the analysis, however I would note that this is not really a shed, it is kind of a pergola with roof. Since it is not a habitable structure, I would not get too concerned about the wobble, which is due to the short length of the diagonal braces. If you want to make a structure such as yours stiff, you need long diagonal braces that are attached very firmly to the structure. But why worry about it, a little motion in an unoccupied space won't disturb the wood underneath.

Stiffening such a structure is difficult, because in a conventional structure with siding, the plywood sheathing provides tremendous stiffness, but of course you don't have that here. Lacking shear walls, you would need long braces, which would interfere with access to the structure, and would look a little odd. I assume there are no codes, and no permit was required, in which case I would relax, have another cold one, and let it ride.

ratherbefishing 08-03-2012 10:51 AM

Great lookin wood shed. A big X on the back wall doesn't look like it'd be in way, so close to the retaining wall. That would stiffen it in that direction. Going back and adding lag bolts to the diagonals might help, too. Besides, if it wobbles a little, the existing screws are gonna loosen from the movement.

scottktmrider 08-03-2012 12:54 PM

About the only thing you can do and still keep it open is put your angle braces as low as you can.

KevinPh 08-03-2012 01:01 PM

You could put a could of 2 x 6's as bracing attached to the posts on both sides with lag or through bolts, just under the diagonals - high enough up that it should not interfere with the wood pile. If it is still shaking, you could do the same at the bottom, an inch or two above the concrete. The shed would still be open, just supported better.

dvdswan 08-03-2012 06:37 PM

Thank you for all the insights, it is very appreciated.:thumbsup: I am going to some more bracing on it just for peace of mind. as I said before its just for shelter for my firewood.

jaydevries 08-03-2012 07:44 PM

put a 2x6 around bottom to hold post and to hold wood from rolling off concrete then stack wood between post to create pressure which will stiffen buildind and creat three walls to keep inside wood dry:thumbup:

dvdswan 08-06-2012 11:34 AM

here was the original woodshed :eek: the posts were just stuck in the ground and rotting away.

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