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Old 03-10-2016, 09:07 AM
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Necessity puts an end to procrastination./ Shed build

Well, I am a frequent visitor on the 73-79 f150 forum. I recently had a head gasket blow on my 76 F350 dump truck. I have the top end of the motor off and need to pull the block from the truck (clean up years of oil and grease and replace gaskets and frost plugs) and ran into a problem.



The problem is my garage, which has the only hard surface on the place. When I bought the house, there was a 2 and 1/2 stall garage. Well, due to faulty chimney on wood stove, previous owners install, and I didn't check it, my garage burnt down. I lost all my tools I had collected over the years, spare parts, buckets of hardware and of course a couple of projects. Had to rebuild.

I own another property at the time and was planning on building a house and shop so I decided on just a single stall garage as that was how big the concrete slab was ( only part of the old garage had concrete). I had bought 6 trailer loads of building materials at a construction auction for cheap. So we built the garage.

Life changed and we now owned a building site that did not work for us any more. So we sold it and now I am stuck with a single car garage. It and the lean too I built on it are the only source of storage i really have. I have a 900 sq/ft house with a very wet partial basement. I own 4 dents and of course collect parts for them. I also own my own service business and have pieces parts for that as well.

So now that you have my life story, here is the plan. I am going to build a shed, and not spend any money on it. I have gotten so much great info from people documenting there projects, I thought I would do the same.


Here are my materials.






I will be buying some z channel for the 4 x 8 siding seems. This will be not of the best construction quality, but I just need it to keep my stuff dry and out of the garage. And the plan is to buy a new house in 3 or 4 years.

Will post as I go along.
 
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Old 03-10-2016, 10:38 AM
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Metal is cheaper, will last longer, comes finished, and is easier to work with. At least use pipe for the up rights. Maybe you can get some old chicken barn rafters (cheap on the Craigslist around here) and then use the pallets for shelving?

Have you ever looked into renting/purchasing an old storage/shipping container, then build lean too's off each side?

I am watching this with interest. Hang in there, have you even been to a Habitat for Humanity? Great place to get building materials for cheap.
 
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Old 03-10-2016, 10:48 AM
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Actually, pallets are going to just be for the floor structure, and you guessed it shelving. I need all my money to put into the 390 rebuild on the dump truck, and well as I said, I have everything here. Our local habitat has no store, and the closest one has crap. If I want anything good, it will be from about a hundred miles away. So there goes the savings. Just taking a quick break, back at it I go.
 
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Well that is a bummer, at least there is a free section on the Craigslist and maybe you can get some usuable stuff off there? Like more pallets!
 
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Old 03-11-2016, 08:09 AM
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So, a little progress. I set up blocks and bricks and whatever I had in my shed spot and leveled them. I put the blocks at all locations that pallets meet.





I screwed the pallets together, Then used some of my siding to cover it. The pallets are 40" x 48" so I was able to get a 8' x 10' floor. The siding is not what you would normally use for flooring but with the pallets, I have 2x4's ever foot or so and they are covered in 3/4" boards. The siding floor is just for filling in the gaps so I don't break my *** and to tie it together better. And well, I have the siding already.




No picture of the floor after installing the siding, but will get one. Also got a wall frame built and up. Ran out of time, and I need to get some longer screws. Hopefully will get some more done today, You know after the work thing.
 
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You are off to the races now! I have to ask why not just close in the end and side and put a pallet floor in what ever this is? I take it, that this is the end/one side of the garage? You have a roof and one wall already done. Seems quicker and easier, than building a free standing separate bldg. Take a pic that is showing the rest of this structure and I will give more free internet advice. lol
 
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lol, ok I will.
 
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I have about 80 ft of 16 inch shelving in my 30x40 shop. the first 50 ft is 4ft 6 inch off the floor. The rest are 5 ft from floor. It really makes my little shop work well. Its 32 inch long units 32 tall with 3 shelves per unit. They are 3/4 plywood with 1.5 inch edging on the front edge of the shelves. Almost no waste per sheet. Three sheets builds 5 units. with plenty extra to use for nailers under shelves to mount them to wall.
 
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I have about 80 ft of 16 inch shelving in my 30x40 shop. the first 50 ft is 4ft 6 inch off the floor. The rest are 5 ft from floor. It really makes my little shop work well. Its 32 inch long units 32 tall with 3 shelves per unit. They are 3/4 plywood with 1.5 inch edging on the front edge of the shelves. Almost no waste per sheet. Three sheets builds 5 units. with plenty extra to use for nailers under shelves to mount them to wall.
Surely you know the rule. No pictures, it didn't happen.
 
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:36 AM
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Here is the floor, with one wall. This is all I have gotten done. It rained all weekend. But got a lead on a bunch of lumber, since i don't have enough. All free. Sounds like I should get enough to finish the shed and build all the shelving. Also there are some long 6x6's, which I will use to build the support for my in garage engine puller.



These next pictures are for Rich.



 
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You are on your way now, looking good for all being free. That last pic looks like that spot is deep enough to close in the back open area and outer L/H 1/2 wall and move/organize all that "stuff" to the back. And then you would have a frontal work spot. Any time you can add on to a current structure you are ahead, I would just added on to the outer wall already up.

I know it is time consuming to straighten up, and that reminds me I need to get to my shop and clean up. I think I have a red truck in there somewhere to work on.
 
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If you saw what I have for a shop set up you'd probably laugh, but it works. Look in my adventures in retirement thread and you'll see what I mean. Just finished my gantry crane system today so I'll be updating my thread in the next day or so, it's in the 73-79 forum
 
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I'll take some pics to prove it exists & to show my shelf build. I like the amount of storage they give. I'll take pics when I go to the shop. I've added 2 more units since my last post
 
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It is all about using the space you have wisely. I originally wanted to put my shop in the far back corner of the property. I built the garage so I could add bays on the end if needed.

My bro in-law said to hold it out a further. I have since learned why, I needed more BS storage space and had the room to add a 12x40 lean to on the back side and still have space to drive around back there.

Car ports, AKA the "easy garage", meaning easy to get off the Craigslist for fairly cheap (just take down and remove from the property) and easy to close in over time.

And still be on runners, so no property taxes.
 
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Up here it's portable shelters with cheap tarp covers, 10'x10' is legal but most people get a 10x20 like I did. If anyone complains I just go to city hall and demand that all 10x20's in the city get a notice, glad politicians like to get reelected.
 

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