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Old 05-19-2014, 09:09 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I just bought a 6x8 plastic shed from Home Depot and have questions about how to best build the foundation for it.

I just ground an 10' tree stump in my backyard and removed the resulting mulch to expose the ground beneath. I want to build a wood foundation where the stump was, but the roots are still there and are making the ground uneven. Also, some parts of the same area are very moist, which makes me worry.

I'm not sure how to start the project.

Any suggestions? I can post pictures of the area if that helps.

Thanks,
Pete

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Should have ground the roots too.

Will the wet ground dry out, or is it a swale, or a marshy spot?

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Give us a picture of the shed and where you wish to install the shed.
How high do you want the shed off the ground, low, high, or ground level.?
Maybe the roots won't be a problem.?

How will the floor be supported.?
Do you need hurricane ties.?
Does this area flood.?
There are many ways to do this but, we first need to know your idea.?
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Hi everyone,

I just bought a 6x8 plastic shed from Home Depot and have questions about how to best build the foundation for it.

I just ground an 10' tree stump in my backyard and removed the resulting mulch to expose the ground beneath. I want to build a wood foundation where the stump was, but the roots are still there and are making the ground uneven. Also, some parts of the same area are very moist, which makes me worry.

I'm not sure how to start the project.

Any suggestions? I can post pictures of the area if that helps.

Thanks,
Pete
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What's going to happen in that area over time is the ground is going to sink as the old roots and left over stump under ground rot out.
So what's level today is not going to stay that way long term.
It's also going to attract termites, rotting wood, moisture, there idea of heaven.
Those plastic sheds are pretty flimsy and are really hard to keep the doors in alignment.
2X pressure treated is not direct ground contact rated.
For those reasons my suggestion would be to build the platform as if you where building a free standing deck with the post set to be low the frost line.
The decking should not be any bigger then the outside walls of the shed or rain waters going to get in under them.
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Wow, thanks for all the suggestions everyone! It sounds like I should be get the roots dug out as much as possible before doing anything else. I'm unable to post images or links to the forum yet. I will submit a few more posts and add the images shortly for those who asked

Is there anything else I should consider?
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I like the idea of a free standing platform on piers set below frostline.

Also could set it on concrete blocks, above the ground, but you might still encounter settling eventually, and or a small bit of frost heave from the blocks on top of the ground.

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