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Old 06-12-2012, 09:01 PM
 
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I want to tear down an existing rotting wooden shed that has some serious termite damage and replace it with a vinyl one.

City ordinances require the new shed to be anchored to the ground or to a foundation.

I had a quote done for a concrete slab to accomodate a 6x8 foot shed and the bid came in at $1500. That's twice what the shed kit itself costs!!!! I thought that was silly money for a concrete slab.

Has anyone built a shed on a foundation using pre-formed concrete piers and pressure-treated lumber? The instruction manual for the shed I want has directions for anchoring both to a wooden platform or to a concrete slab and doesn't recommend one over the other, but recommends either solution over anchoring directly to the ground.

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Hi. If you are replacing the shed in the same spot, forget city ordinance, tear down old, stick in new. The aerial pic won't know the difference.

You can use construction blocks for the outside, just lay in the dirt. If you want an anchor because of wind, fill a hole in the block & put in an anchor. Stack a few blocks around the inside, all leveled to the outer blocks. If it needs a floor, grab some old pallets from a trucking outfit, lay heavy plastic on the ground, pallets and slap a floor over those.

As to the shed itself, if you put benches inside, of shelf units, tie them to the walls of the shed. The added storage items will keep the shed safe in a wind.
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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Originally Posted by BigDGeek View Post
I want to tear down an existing rotting wooden shed that has some serious termite damage and replace it with a vinyl one.

City ordinances require the new shed to be anchored to the ground or to a foundation.

I had a quote done for a concrete slab to accomodate a 6x8 foot shed and the bid came in at $1500. That's twice what the shed kit itself costs!!!! I thought that was silly money for a concrete slab.

Has anyone built a shed on a foundation using pre-formed concrete piers and pressure-treated lumber? The instruction manual for the shed I want has directions for anchoring both to a wooden platform or to a concrete slab and doesn't recommend one over the other, but recommends either solution over anchoring directly to the ground.

Thoughts?
"Thoughts?" Yes. Ask yourself: How did the shed get to be rotting? Am I sure they are termites? Is it vinyl or plastic; will it crack easily? Do I need a demolition permit? What is property assessment/permit implications for the size and material I want vs have?
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