Step 3: Framing the Floor

What time is it? It’s evening shed story time!

All right, today we can do floor framing. If you spent the effort to level your foundation to near perfect, this part is super easy. If you didn’t – you are gonna have a baaad time.

Tools needed: circular saw or miter saw (optional), work stands, framing nailer, tape measure, carpenter triangle.

Supplies needed: lumber, collated nails.

Start by cutting your rim joists to size. Set them together, and start marking where your lateral joists will be attached. This is where the cool part is: no tape measure needed. A carpenter triangle is exactly a foot on one side, so if your joists are 1’4” apart, simply slide the triangle along the rim joist, mark a foot, slide four inches more, make the mark on both rim joists and set an X where your lateral joists will be attached. Keep running along the board like that. Very precise, perfect right angle every time – and a ton of time saved.

Mark your future joist attachment on the broad side, then flip the triangle and transfer your location precisely onto another joist.

Mark your future joist attachment on the broad side, then flip the triangle and transfer your location precisely onto another joist.

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Step 1: Foundation

Step 1: foundation. You need precast cement piers with wooden cap, pressure-treated beams, a shovel, tape measure, gloves and lots of patience. Spray paint and string are optional, but they help.First, lay out the beams on the ground where you will build your shed and get them straight and parallel. Measure between the beams and diagonally to make sure you get a tight box. Set up string as a guide and use visible spray paint to mark the position of your foundation piers.

A helper is invaluable when getting your foundation piers.

A helper is invaluable when getting your foundation piers.

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