Skip to comments.VANITY--Revamping the Wood Shed--What floor would you choose?
Posted on 08/05/2018 11:51:31 AM PDT by AbolishCSEU
We have a 12 x 24 foot lean to with a metal roof that is open on the North and South side. West wall is our garage and East wall is partially walled in. @e used to store our already seasoned/almost seasoned wood.
We were using pallets before but as you know one wrong step and you do your ankle in. We are thinking of crusher run. Any advice?
Crushed gravel, pea sized would do nicely, would also help with any drainage.
concrete pavers or bricks.
Level the area, put down two layers of weed fabric, use pins to hold the fabric in place, put in the pavers, use Popsicle sticks as spacers, fill the gaps with sand.
Mix it with sand to give a more smooth surface if you prefer that. About 2” depth.
That would be good, but quite a bit more expensive ... especially for just a wood shed.
I have experience with crush ‘n run as a driveway material. As long as the base is solid, applying crush ‘n run as a topping material should work fine.
I would suggest wearing surgical masks if you work it yourself. It’s quite dusty as it’s being applied. Hose it down well after you’re through.
Wishing you well.
Has anyone had experience with just a concrete floor? My husband used to do concrete for a giant PreCast company and he just bought a portable concrete mixer which is rapidly becoming a new toy. . .
Crusher, or, assuming you won’t be walking on it with bare feet, decomposed granite in your choice of color.
Leaves and debris and stuff tends to rake right out of it.
Concrete is fine for a enclosed building but in a partly open building you will run into drainage issues. Unless you put in drains. That could work.
No just wearing boots and bring an ice fishing sled to haul the wood in.
There is no substitute.
Depends on the moisture level where you live. AB3, crusher run or whatever they call it where you live packs nicely and will be easier to walk on but will wick up moisture. If you live in an area that sees a lot of rain, washed rock will allow some air flow under the wood reducing mold growth.
One corner of my shed is cement, which works great but it's more expensive to do (I don't know what the builder was thinking, to be honest). I definitely use pallets on top of that or the bottom layer would rot because there's very little drainage otherwise.
You probably posted this to the wrong forum.......
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I don’t really have a problem with the pallets. Although they are kind of primitive in their way, they do have a function in that they allow air to circulate underneath your wood. Another possibility would be to get some more pallets and remove some of the wood from same and fill in the empty spaces on your existing pallets, if they are not too rotted out, such that the stepping-on problem is relieved. Or you could go buy real wood to fill in the spaces on the pallets. Trouble Is, Cheap Douglas fir wood not last very long, although if it is dry in there it could last five plus years. Pallets are usually very difficult to disassemble, or perform any carpentry on because they’re made of very hard Oak. What I’m suggesting is not necessarily easy, talking about salvaging some other pallets, but if you set up an assembly line it should not be too bad.
You need to keep the wood up off concrete or rocks to allow air circulation. Even the pallets should be raised a bit to keep termites at bay.
You could lay 9 sheets of thin plywood over the pallets.
Bark chips and sawdust mixes with the pea gravel and over time is just a mess. Go with the sand patch pavers.
We use a row of pallets with a layer of strong steel 2”x 2” square mesh fencing laid down over the pallets first.
Allows the air to flow up from the ground to the wood to help drying. Can walk on it ok.
Not pea gravel, unless you want everything sliding around. 1 inch clean gravel a few inches thick for drainage, then lay treated 4xs down spaced so your wood is off the gravel, for air circulation. Only downside to any non solid surface is dirt/bark etc building up, so as you remove a stack, lift the 4xs and rake it clean, replace the 4xs then back fill with new/green wood. Keep it clean so bugs and follow on spiders don’t overrun the wood shed!
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