To prepare the ground for a shed, level and compact it. This provides the shed with a solid base that's strong enough to hold foundation materials, the shed itself and the weight of any items stored within.
Before leveling the ground, stake out the area of the shed. Use twine attached to stakes at all four corners of the shed. For sheds on concrete slabs, position the stakes at points that are 1 foot more than the dimensions of the shed bottom to mark the digging area. For gravel bases, position the stakes 2 feet wider than the shed's bottom to allow for a foot of space around the shed for the gravel to extend.
Dig down about 6 inches, as this depth can be leveled out for the shed and is deep enough to support the needed weight. After digging the hole, use a mechanical compactor tamp to compress the soil. While it isn't necessary to make the soil completely level, it should be devoid of any visible dips or rises. The gravel and/or concrete poured on top of the swill provide the level base that the shed needs. Gravel is typically used for temporary sheds resting on sleds or risers, while a gravel layer beneath a concrete one is used for permanent sheds.Learn More
A footing for a poured concrete retaining wall is constructed by digging out a flat area on the ground, adding concrete forms to contain the material, placing rebar at appropriate places and finally mixing concrete before pouring into the form. A concrete footing is poured on either side of the bottom of a retaining wall to give stability to the structure.Full Answer >
A floating slab foundation is one in which the concrete that forms the foundation for a house is poured right on top of the ground. This type of foundation works most effectively on level sites in areas with warmer climates.Full Answer >
A pier foundation, sometimes called a post-and-beam or pier-and-beam foundation, consists of wood posts or concrete piers set into the ground to bear the weight of a building or home. Pier foundations are easier to build and are less costly than the more common concrete foundation. They are best used for smaller buildings and homes with a low likelihood of earthquake or hurricane force winds.Full Answer >
It takes hundreds of years for the ground to settle for new constructions. Building on undisturbed ground causes little settling of the ground to happen.Full Answer >