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Old 11-29-2010, 08:40 PM   #1
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I'm looking to build a wooden shed. It's going to consist of two rooms. One side will be like an office and the other side will be used for storage for electrical supplies. Would I be better off using 2x6 rather than 2x4 for studs? I understand they are placed 16 on center, but how do I space them out using that rule? Also for a roof, 2x4 or 2x6?
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The only reason for 2x6 walls would be for more insulation. Rafter size will depend on the size of the shed.
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I'd for sure use 2x4 walls for a shed wall, spaced 16" OC as you stated. 2X6 seems like overkill from a structural point of view. It would allow you to better insulate the shed, though. You can use 24" spacing for interior non load bearing walls and save yourself a few bucks. Finally, the size of the rafters depends on the joists span and the expected snow load. Check the IRC book.
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Definitely 2x4 sidewalls, 16" on center.

I used a 2x8 ridge beam, with 2x6 rafters, on an 8'x12' shed I built this fall. Gave me a little more head room.


Can you tell us a little more about the size of the shed you're looking to build?
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2 x 6 at 24" centres or 2 x 4 at 16" centres. No problem with either of those spacings.
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It's going to be a large shed, as it will be 20' by 20'. I'm of course going to run a electrical line out there for lights and power to the office, thinking 50amps would be enough plus with the electric baseboard heaters. This is in PA where we get a good bit of snow, like last year. I was going to do a flat roof, but with the snow I'm doing a pitched roof with gutters and maybe a electric heat gutter system. I was the place to well insulated since that's my office for work, and with a computer and all in there, I want it to be safe.
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It's going to be a large shed, as it will be 20' by 20'. I'm of course going to run a electrical line out there for lights and power to the office, thinking 50amps would be enough plus with the electric baseboard heaters. This is in PA where we get a good bit of snow, like last year. I was going to do a flat roof, but with the snow I'm doing a pitched roof with gutters and maybe a electric heat gutter system. I was the place to well insulated since that's my office for work, and with a computer and all in there, I want it to be safe.
Sounds like a garage to me.

If it was my project, I'd definitely have at least a 4/12 pitch roof on it. I'd probably just buy the pre-made trusses at Home Depot, or Menards. They're not particularly expensive.

Are you going to insulate & finish the interior? What are you thinking for doors?
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2x4 definitey not good enough for 20 foot roof span.
50 amp might not be enough if you are installing baseboard heat. How many watts of heat are thinking you need?
If you are heating then 2x6 walls are not a bad idea. They give more insulating value.
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2x4 16"oc are fine, but if its a 10" high wall, then 2x6 would be better and as joed says, its better for insulation. Fewer studs means less conduction mass. I'd also go for a steeper pitch and use metal roofing. Less weight, cheaper/quicker installation, and the snow slides off it. If you're planning on storage or a walking area above the ceiling, you can get trusses for this purpose. The big box stores don't carry trusses in our area, so I don't know what weight they're rated for
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For the heat, I was only putting one in the office, none in the storage. For the doors, I was going to use a regualr door like a storm door to get into the office, and for the supply area, just a walk way from the office. I'm going to put a window in both areas as well. I'm not going to use the roof area for storage, I'll have enough room in there. I am going to finish the interior for the office, and unsure about the storage area. Probably yes, but further down the road as I'm on a $10,000 buget. I was going to use the moisture resistant gypsun board for the interior, and 3/4 treated plywood for exterior and then siding. For the roof, I was going to think about the metal roofing, as it will be more heavy duty.
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