So You Want To Build A Shed - part 4
In this multi-part segment of Ask MJ, we answer your questions on the different aspects of building a shed. From the permits to the site choice to the materials and styles.
Install Siding, Then Raise Shed Walls
It’s not always possible, but if you’re using 4 x 8-ft. sheet siding and have enough helpers around to lift the wall when you’re done, you cansave time by siding the walls before you raise them. Make sure to straighten the wall plates and square the wall by measuring diagonally from corner to corner making sure these measurements match before you nail on the siding. This is easier to do on a wood shed floor because you can tack the plates to the floor to hold the wall straight and square while you install the siding. Always secure/brace the walls, especially at end of the work day.
Keep Shed Framing Straight
A good carpenter is constantly working to keep all the framing straight. And all it takes is a string. Starting at the floor, you can stretch a string along the concrete forms or rim joist and make adjustments to straighten any deviations. Then do the same thing at the top of the walls, and finally when you set the roof trusses or ridge. The trick for learning how to build a storage shed is to stretch the line across a scrap of wood at each end so there’s a space between the line and the part you’re straightening. On a wall, for example, tack small scraps of 1/2-in. plywood at each end of the top plate and stretch a line very tightly over the plywood. Then use a third scrap as a gauge to check the distance between the line and the lumber. Use braces or whatever is needed to adjust the top plate until the gauge just fits. Now your top plate will be perfectly straight.
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