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Build Your Own Garden Shed From PM Plans

•, By Merle Henkeniu
Most wooden sheds are set on concrete blocks or treated-lumber skids. That's all they need, even in deep-frost situations, because the soil moves uniformly as the ground freezes and thaws. To accommodate our sloped site, we built on solid concrete blocks set on compacted crushed limestone.

Start by laying out and staking the four corners of the shed. Dig 6-in.-deep depressions at each corner and at the center of each long wall. Use a torpedo level to check that the bottom of each hole is level.

Pour about 4 in. of crushed rock into each depression, level it and compact the rock with a hand tamper. If your site is sloped, set and level the blocks on the uphill side first, leaving 4 to 6 in. above grade, then use a 2-ft. level taped to a straight 2 x 4 to determine the height of the downhill blocks.

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