A firm, level base should be the starting point from any shed without this the structure is likely to be assembled improperly – screw holes will not line up correctly, doors may not fit their doorways and the quality and service life of your shed could be greatly reduced.
Various factors need to be considered when deciding where to position your garden building. All sides of the building should be accessible for maintenance, wood treatments, etc, so don’t go too close to a building or fence and think about any overhanging foliage or young trees that could cause problems in the future. Its also important to consider the purpose of your garden building – if its a workshop will you need plenty of natural light? Do you plan an electricity supply out there? If storing heavy or bulky items is the location accessible enough?
To build a concrete base you will need the following:
– Pegs & String
– Building Sand
– Tape Measure
– Sweeping Brush
For the cement to take the shape of your base you’ll need to measure and cut a timber framework to line the edges, ensure that this is sitting perfectly flat on the ground, and flatten out the entire surface using a spade and rake. Next put down a 3 inch layer of hardcore and cover generously with sand.Bass ideally wants to be the same size as your shed.
For the concrete you can either mix 1 part cement to 5 parts ballast, or use a pre made dry concrete mix.
- Slowly add water to the mixture, ensuring that it does not become too sloppy.
- Spread the concrete evenly into the framework, filling to slightly above the timber.
- Use another long piece of timber to level off the cement, rest the wood against the framework and move across it in a slow sawing motion to level out all of the concrete.
- If wet weather is likely cover the base with plastic or tarpaulin for 24 hours.
- In particularly hot or dry conditions covering with damp sacks and topping up with water occasionally can prevent your base from cracking as it dries.
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