Educate Me: Shed on Gravel Base?

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Old 08-31-17, 02:11 PM
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Educate Me: Shed on Gravel Base?

In another thread the poster has a shed on a gravel base. He was told by the installer it was best to set set it on a gravel base. Apparently they enclosed an area slightly larger than the shed with landscape timbers or railroad ties and filled it with gravel. They said it provided better drainage and support.

New one on me. Is this really better than block and beam or pier and beam?
 
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Old 08-31-17, 02:19 PM
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Depends on the municipal codes also..

Any sheds where I live under 200 sq ft and under need to be set on gravel. I boxed out with railroad ties . And added gravel for my 14x12 shed. Great drainage yes and shed is some 20 years onl.

Over 200 sq ft they required a footing, and strap...etc...


This I believe came about with the sheds are made off site and they deliver to the home. A truck slides it right on the base..

Sure you can stick build on site but the permit process will be different im sure.

Land use permit, and building permit required.
 
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Old 08-31-17, 02:57 PM
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Here's a drawing I posted in a previous thread. It shows a basic foundation for a shed. I think it's better to have a gravel bed and skids on top of the gravel.
I see no need for a slab or a pad, the shed will settle in and can be shimmed later if it sinks or heaves.
 
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Old 08-31-17, 04:28 PM
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Thanks all for teaching me a new trick.
 
 

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