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Old 06-09-2012, 08:01 PM   #1
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http://www.2x4basics.com/shed-kits.asp

Anyone ever try this kit?

I'm looking to do about a 10' x 22' shed in a few weeks.
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I don't know your location--Menards has shed roof trusses as a separate item.

Most shed kits are very flimsy construction--24" centers--2x3" and low grade siding--

I believe you will end up with a stronger and better shed if you scratch build it--
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No Menards near here. On the link above, their claim is 1 kit gets you a 7x10. 3 kits and you can make a 10x22.

I might pick up one kit and see how they make their connectors and just duplicate them out of plywood.
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In general I like the 2x4 Basics Kits. I use the saw horse kits all the time.

I bought but did not use the peak roof kit. The idea is to be able to build a shed without having to make angled cuts. Basically there are two types of parts: angle brackets for mounting the roof and triangular cut out for holding the studs in place. Everything is metal. The brackets felt sturdy, particular since each roof member is sandwiched between two at the peak and sidewalls. The triangular cut out is flimsier, but it really is only used during construction to hold to studs in place. You definitely need to cover the outside walls with plywood or equivalent.

The plans include a detailed material and cut list. The small shed can be built using just 2 x 4 x 8 with a little more waste (The cut list uses a few 10 and 12 ft 2 x 4).


There are a few flaws with the included plans.
  1. There is no discussion about the surface to build the shed. The surface needs to be flat, level and drains well.
  2. The base as designed does not give adequate protection against rot and insects. Everything including the floor down should be pressure treated. It should be 6 in high. Either2 x 6 PT or 4 x 4 PT timber with a 2 x 4 on top. For my small shed (6 x 8) I used 4 x 4 X 10 timbers 12 inch on center the extra 2 feet sticking out as a sled, so I could drag it anywhere in the yard. On top of that I built the framing out of 2 x 4 lying oon their side. (Don't try this with a 10 x 22)
  3. The subfloor frame is only 24" OC. I would go with 16" OC.
  4. The wall studs and roof rafters are 32" OC for the small shed. This should be no more than 24" OC and better 16" OC. This is easy to resolve just buy an extra kit (They're only $55 on line) and wood.
  5. The material list shows 3 types of sheet goods (floor, sides and roof), but does not mention anything about recommended thickness.
  6. There is no technical data or certification info available in the kit or online. If you require hurricane/tornado clips, there is no data. If your building inspector wants technical data, no luck.
BTW, the reason I didn't go with this kit was, I use shed building to practice my carpentry skills, so using the kit felt like cheating. From what I've seen of my house the framing on my shed is better then the house.
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Found this link. Lots of good info.

http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Shed
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