How to Tie Down a Vinyl Shed

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 25-40
What You'll Need
Wrench
Tie down kit
Gloves
Hammer
Crow bar
Safety gloves
Water hose
Spade

A vinyl shed can become damaged by high winds and adverse weather. It can cause the shed to shift or become unsafe. In some states that experience higher winds and harsher weather, it is the law to have your shed tied down. This is something that can be easily done and will ensure that your vinyl shed will remain in place for years to come, no matter what the weather.

Step 1 - Prepare

The first thing that you are going to have to do is get the area prepared for the task at hand. Make sure that you have your safety gloves before you begin to prevent injury. Whenever you have the kit, you will need to take out all of the pieces and make sure that you know what each one is for and that they are all there. Read over the directions thoroughly before you begin. It may be a good idea to get two kits, depending on the size of your shed. An especially small shed will be able to make do with just one kit.

Step 2 – Anchors

The best way to tie down a vinyl shed is with an anchor and tie kit. You will begin by installing the anchors. You will need to get out your water hose so that you can get the ground dampened to make installation easier. Once you have successfully loosened the ground, you will need to push the anchors into the ground and twist them slightly so they run along the bottom edge of your vinyl shed. Whenever you have the anchor in the ground, the auger portion of it will then need to be pushed into the ground. About 2 inches of the stem should be left out. This part will need to be attached to the cable.

Step 3 – Cable

There are several ways that the cable can be installed. If you have a loose-beamed shed, then the cable will be able to be slid around the beam and then brought back up to your original anchor. If your vinyl shed has a skid mount, you should push the cable between the skids and the deck. Once you have done this, it will need to be pulled all the way around to the other corner. If your vinyl shed is none of these, then you will need to pull the wire over the roof. An anchor will then need to be attached to the other side. You will do this with both ends.

Step 4 – Clamps

Loosen the first clamp with your wrench to insert the cable. Tighten it until it is secured. The loose cable will then need to be pulled through the anchor and secured with a knot. Saw through the wire if trimming the cable is necessary. Do this with all of the corners and hammer the anchors lightly to ensure stabilization.