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The "hunting gear" storage shed project

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The "hunting gear" storage shed project

Postby DIY_guy » Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:41 am

Now that we are back from our 4th of July trip it’s time to start a storage shed project that been on the back burner for a while. My son and I are building the shed. Its time to take the garage back which has become the manufacturing area for Innovative Outdoorsman products and we need a better storage area for all the ladder and chain on tree stands and climbing sticks and deer decoys and other hunting gear and yard tools. We designed the shed and gathered all the supplies before the holiday. Its going to be a 12 x 12 shed with a roofed overhang on one side. The shed will have 8 foot walls and a couple windows. It will have double doors, a ramp for the riding mower and a roof vent because sheds can get pretty hot inside. The plan is to work on the shed in the afternoon/evenings after work each day as weather allows. I’ll use this space to detail the project as we make progress. Here is a drawing of the shed we designed and used to generate the bill of materials.

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Re: The "hunting gear" storage shed project

Postby Stykshooter » Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:33 am

I built a very similar one several years back for storing tree stand, hunting gear, etc.

Mine was remarkably similar. I wish I had placed the windows on the wall with the door instead of a side wall, or just left them out all together. The windows in the side wall really limit what you can do on the wall with a bench, peg board or shelves.

I installed a ridge vent before putting on the shingles and put a louvered vent in the eave of the wall up near the roof on each end. It still got really hot in there so I cut out and installed a 12" X 12" louvered vent in the bottom of each side wall right above the floor line which helped a lot with the cross ventilation.

I also hung deer in mine and I cut out a 2 foot X 2 foot trap door in the floor and hinged it. I had gravel beneath the floor runners and I would just flip the trap door open and hang my deer. Blood dripped down on the gravel and when I was done I just flipped the door shut. No clean up.
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Re: The "hunting gear" storage shed project

Postby DIY_guy » Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:08 am

Aside from the windows and roof vent there will be two fresh air inlets at the bottom of the roofed overhang wall and white shingles. All these measures dhould keep the summer time temps down inside the shed.
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Re: The "hunting gear" storage shed project

Postby DIY_guy » Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:03 am

Step one is sight prep. The shed will be tucked along the edge of some trees in the yard so branch trimming needs to be done to make room for the shed. The building permit is issued and digger’s hotline has marked the area. Each weekday after work (weather permitting) I should get about 5 hours to work on the project. More on the weekends.

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Re: The "hunting gear" storage shed project

Postby DIY_guy » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:40 am

I dug away the topsoil and backfilled with crushed paver base and tamped it down and leveled all the pavers. Then the treated 4 x 4’s were laid on the pavers and the floor joists on top of that. The sun went away and the mosquitos came out in full force but it’s a good start.

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Re: The "hunting gear" storage shed project

Postby DIY_guy » Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:44 am

The next step is nailing in all the floor joist braces which provide support/spacing and nailing for the floor decking. The floor is ¾ plywood with tongue and groove edging to lock it all together. The big flat deck is the perfect place to build the trusses needed for the roof. There was still daylight so I built a jig for the 7 trusses and had time to build the first truss. 6 more to go but that’s for another day as I’m out of light.

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Re: The "hunting gear" storage shed project

Postby DIY_guy » Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:40 am

All 7 trusses are finished and will be set aside waiting for the walls to go up.

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Then it was time to build and raise the walls

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Re: The "hunting gear" storage shed project

Postby DIY_guy » Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:19 am

Because the roofed overhang on the west side will make it challenging to raise the fiber/cement siding, we installed those 3 sheets before raising the trusses. The Fiber Cement siding sheets are heavy (80 Lbs each).

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Then we were good to go raising the 7 trusses. That used up the rest of the daylight. We still need to brace all the trusses but that is for another day.

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Re: The "hunting gear" storage shed project

Postby DIY_guy » Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:37 am

All the trusses are braced and reinforced.

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In order to work safe while installing the roof decking and later shingling, we built a temporary scaffolding. (Ladders suck) Then it was time to trim the truss tails and install sub facia. Having scaffolding helps in doing a straight and square job that shows up when viewed from the ground.

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Re: The "hunting gear" storage shed project

Postby DIY_guy » Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:39 am

Time to raise most (but not all) of the roof sheeting (1/2” OSB) 4 Full sheets and 4 half sheets were nailed in place. The two sheets at the bottom of the overhung “lean to” portion of the roof were not installed so that the 3 support posts and header could be installed. (They needed to be raised above the roof line in order to be dropped down into the holes that were dug)

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The last sheets of roofing we not installed with the rest so there would be room to raise the 3 treated 4 x 4’s and their header to support the roofed overhang. Holes were dug (Through mostly rocky ground with some clay soil around them. This dirt really sucks for digging) Since there is not enough suitable soil to put back in the hole the support post holes are backfilled with paver base and tamped and settled with water. Then all three posts all were trimmed to the same height and the 4 x 4 header beam raised and installed. All the truss tails were then nailed to the header beam and trimmed and the sub facia installed. Then the last sheets of roof decking installed.

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