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Large Shed Plan Wall Heights By Christopher A Ford on April 02, 2012 0

Large sheds are often built with the typical 8′-1″ wall height. This wall height comes from residential home construction which is good for framing home walls but not the best for a storage shed. Find out where the 8′-1″ wall height comes from and why it is not the best wall height to use when building your large shed.

Understanding Home Wall Heights
Most sheet materials like drywall, oriented strand board or plywood come in 4’x8′ sizes. To be able to install drywall on the wall there needs to be a bit more room than exactly 8′ tall. So walls are typically framed at 8′ -1″ tall. The extra inch of space allows the drywall on the ceiling to be installed first, which takes up a half inch. It also allows a half inch along the floor so the sheets can be installed with out crowding and to give some wiggle room if things are not perfectly square or framed. The gap along the floor is covered by baseboard and floorings. To make framing of walls easier lumber suppliers sell pre-cut framing studs that are 92 5/8″ long. When a wall is framed using pre cut studs the total height ends up being 8′-1″, actually it is 8′-1 1/8″ but the number is rounded down when it is talked about for simplicity.

This building convention works great for housing but when building a large shed it creates more work with little added benefit. Storage sheds rarely have drywall installed on the inside. The more important part of building a large shed is making sure the 4×8 siding materials go all the way from the top plates of the wall down past the bottom plates. This reduces the need for flashing materials to be installed and keeps the water from running down the wall and into the shed.

What is the Best Shed Wall Height
Most wall heights that allow an 8′ sheet go from the double top plate of the wall down at least 1 ½” past the bottom plate will work great for framing large shed walls. But the best wall height will allow you install a regular pre-hung door on any wall of the shed and have a door header that is strong enough no matter what wall it is installed on. By using a double 2×6 as a header and adding that to the 6′-10 ½” door rough opening height the dimension of the finished framed wall is 7′-7″. By using 7′-7″ you will have the flexibility of using a pre-hung door and be able to install the door on any wall. You will have the assurance that the door header will be plenty strong, even if the roof bears on it.

This large shed wall height also allows the siding materials to overlap the wall onto the floor framing by six inches which makes the shed look good and keeps the water flowing down the wall and out of the shed.

Picking a large shed wall height that is less than the “typical” wall height used in home construction will reduce construction costs and simplify how the shed is built. Some large shed plans have detailed instructions showing the cut lengths and layout of shorter shed walls.

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Shivani asked What kind of Storage shed suitable for the Northeast USA?

We are looking to buy a storage shed to fit a Lawn mover, Snow Blower, 4 bikes and some other small knicks and knacks. I was looking for advise on
1. what material (wood, plastic, vinyl etc)
2. Size
3. Where should I buy it (Home depot, Lowe’s or a local maker).

Thank you.

And got the following answer:

we live in CT and have a Rubbermaid shed the Big Max, it was easy to put together and has been out in the yard for 6 plus winters- everything is still dry. It does need to get hosed out once a year as the spiders love it, but all you have to do is move the stuff into the lawn, hose away, let dry and its good to go.
it also has the ability to be locked with a pad lock- to keep the stuff where you left it.
the new ones have windows ad i’m guessing that cuts down on the spiders as they like the dark.

we got ours at the home depot- I would shop around for prices.

kittenslayer asked How can I keep my tortoises house warmer?

I have my trtoise in a rubbermaid storage shed thats about 6ftx4ftx4ft. There is a kennel heat pad and a 250watt red light and a 150 watt white basking light.

Its been getting down to a little under 50 degrees at night in his shed.

Are there any other ways I can try heating his barn?

And got the following answer:

What kind of tort do you have? You may need to let it hibernate. Some are true hibernators needing the deep sleep of anywhere between 10 and 12 weeks. The Russian’s, Hermann’s, spur-thighed and more need this for good health. Here’s a really good website on the different hibernating species and what you need to do to offer this natural cycle…:-)

I would DEFINITELY suggest the insulation idea – just for general purposes! Although torts do extremely well in outdoor pens using the natural sun for UVB and heat – during periods where it has to be penned up that insulation will save you on electricity and the multiple heating sources you need. Lowe’s sells insulation panels that comes in the same size as sheet rock for a reasonable price. Look into it…:-D

Using a small dog house with heat concentrated in that will also keep heating down. Torts seem to love there hides and depending on the size of yours – you can make a small one out of 3/4″ plywood (doesn’t need to be fancy) – Or buy an insulated one.

Jackie Smith asked Does anyone know where I can get a lightweight shed for a small sum to store my paintings and chairs ?

I need a place for storage since my place is too small and I think I could use a metal shed that’s not too large but large enough. My landlord doesn’t like an eyesore, so I’m looking.

And got the following answer:

they do sell those at lowes or home depot go the and and you can see what they have and what the prices are

Supply Side Jesus asked Do you recommend or not recommend buying one of those pre-fabbed sheds from The Home Depot?

I’d like to have one to store my lawn mower, a few tools, grill, a fridge with extra beer, etc. I’d like to have one custom made but that would probably be 2 – 3 times the price. What is your opinion?

And got the following answer:

=== your next trip to Lowe’s or the Home Depot should be to visit the “”commercial desk”” and request their advice for options to have a nice storage shed … the best shed would be on that is built up and off the ground to prevent water/rain rot … a good solid foundation is the protection to have a shed that will be worth the investment ….. there are two ways to go … you can buy an installed shed or you can build it your self …. for me ____ I would opt to build it myself ,,,,, you get a better and stronger building and by doing the exact measurements you cann use 4 by 8 foot sheets of plywood of an exterior or marine grade …. if you cannot build or do not have the time then please SHOP around for the best shed for the money …………… and those guys at the comm-desk can recommend several handimen that can give you bids for custom sheds ……

Super Deals asked Want to return something to Lowes but not sure it is was bought there.?

I purchased a storage locker at an auction and there were 26 boxes of brand new Armstrong tiles in it, i scanned the barcode with my phone and it came up as available in Lowes for $33.54 per box. I want to return it for a store credit or exchange it for lumber to build my shed but i want to make sure that this was purchased at Lowes.

So my question is… How do i make sure that it came from Lowes?

Now for all of you that may want to criticize me by saying that this is wrong, don’t waste your time, if this was purchased at Lowes i am doing nothing wrong, Lowes will still keep the money and i will get what i need.

And got the following answer:

Without the receipt, you will have to do some haggling, Here’s how you can tell if it is from Lowe’s. On the box will be the bar code that is scanned for pricing. Typically at the bottom of the label of the bar code will be a sequence of numbers. It’s the product ID number. Just write that down, go to Lowe’s and find that product and see if the numbers match up. If they do, you should be good. That’s your verification. Since I prefer Home Depot to Lowe’s, I can tell you that number is usually 8-12 numbers. You should notice the last number in the code is spaced after the previous ones. If it is not Lowe’s, my guess is it might be Home Depot.

Matty asked I am looking for a 10ft x 10ft UVPC storage shed for my garden Can anyone help?

Need a white (if poss) UVPC storage shed, needs to be about 10ft x 10ft.Had a look on internet but do not seem to find any decent ones.Would be grateful for any tips on where to look. Mike

And got the following answer:

I’m sure that in the US or Canada, a Home Depot, Lowes, or Menards type store can get you any kind you want. Just make sure you bolt it down VERY WELL to a concrete pad or it will blow over.