How to Build a Shed – Leveling the Shed Foundation
Get Off On The Right Footing.
In our efforts to make things as clear and simple as possible for you when you’re building your shed we will now look a little deeper into leveling the shed foundation. In a previous video, How To Build A Shed – The Foundation, we showed how the foundation was put in, but not what was done to level it. Since this process is so important to the long term stability of garden sheds we though another short video on leveling of the foundation was in order.
In the video below produced by Heartland, the Storage Shed Experts, a number of important items are brought to light, some of which were explored in the previous video. The following are items you should take note of.
Shed Foundation Points
- The sheds foundation is on grade, which means sitting on top of undisturbed soil. You’ll notice that they slightly dig out the area where the blocks will rest to make sure they’re on undisturbed soil.
- The shed support blocks are solid concrete blocks sitting on top of a bed of pea gravel. This not only makes leveling easier it also provides for some drainage under the blocks.
- Ensure that the foundation layout is square by measuring across each corner as shown in the video.
- Make sure the blocks are level not only from front to back, but from side to side as well.
- Small disparities in level can be adjusted for by using shingles as spacers.
- Ensure that your floor framing is square by measuring across the corners and then using your first floor panel to make sure everything is aligned.
- Be sure to install wind tie downs if required by local building code as shown in the previous video.
OK by now you should have a good understanding of what it will take to install and level your sheds foundation. It’s a fairly simple process and the with the use of proper techniques you’ll have a building that will not only last for many years, but will remain level as well.