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Laying out a Shed

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Laying out a Shed

Laying out a shed is the first part of building a shed, but before that, you need to plan. Does your municipality require you to set the shed back from the property line? Does it require a building permit? Is your site easy to access? Does it use space wisely? Think it through. Once your shed is up, you won't want to move it by even a few inches.

3 Steps

  1. BUILD BATTERBOARDS
  2. LAY OUT THE SECOND WALL
  3. DOUBLE-CHECK FOR SQUARE
BUILD BATTERBOARDS
BUILD BATTERBOARDS

Step 1

BUILD BATTERBOARDS

Build four pairs of batterboards with 2x4 stakes and crosspieces that are about 2 feet long. Nail the crosspieces a few inches below the top of the stakes with 10d (3-inch) common nails. Put batterboards about 2 feet past the ends of one of the walls. Tie mason's line between the batterboards along the path of the wall. Level the line with a line level.

LAY OUT THE SECOND WALL
LAY OUT THE SECOND WALL

Step 2

LAY OUT THE SECOND WALL

Lay out the next wall at a 90-degree angle to the first with batterboards and a level mason's line. Square the corner using the 3-4-5 triangle method, adjusting the lines until points 3 feet and 4 feet from the intersection are exactly 5 feet apart. Drive in the remaining batterboards and stretch lines to mark the locations of the third and fourth walls. Make sure you square the third wall with the second wall and the fourth wall with either the first or third.

DOUBLE-CHECK FOR SQUARE
DOUBLE-CHECK FOR SQUARE

Step 3

DOUBLE-CHECK FOR SQUARE

Measure diagonally between the corners. If the measurements are equal, the layout is square. If not, recheck all the corners using the 3-4-5 triangle method and make the necessary adjustments. Use a plumb bob and powdered chalk to mark the ground where the lines cross. To make a more permanent mark, drive a landscape spike through a small piece of paper. Mark the shed's edges on the ground with powdered chalk, sand, or fluorescent layout paint. Mark where the lines meet the batterboards and remove the lines until you need them again during construction.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

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