Storage Shed Ramp – A Great Weekend DIY Project

Your next DIY project – Building your own ramp?

Outdoor sheds are quite convenient for keeping yourself organized and having easy access to your tools, especially lawn equipment. But make sure if you build a shed that it has some separation from the ground beneath. This will prevent premature wood rot and algae buildup.

That being said, it is necessary to get your lawn mowers into the shed easily, and this will require a ramp. Building your own ramp is a fun and quick DIY weekend project. The key is to have the right materials and tools for the job.

You can begin by creating a step-by-step guide, thinking through the project and listing the lumber and lumber sizes that you will need, along with the tools that will be necessary to complete each step. As you make this guide, make a separate list with the lumber, fasteners and other materials so that you can keep your number of trips to the building supply store to a minimum. You know how frustrating it is to get rolling on a home improvement job and have to stop to go pick up something you didn’t realize you needed when you started. Making this guide and thinking through the steps of the project is quite helpful to organize the clutter in your own head. This is actually a strategy used by athletes and trainers to get the best personal performances.

Here are a couple of thoughts to consider as you create your guide:

    • The ramp should rise only about 3″ for every foot of length. Make your ramp too steep and you will have problems getting your riding mower into the shed.

 

    • Use treated wood. Untreated wood will rot quickly, being in close contact with the ground.

 

    • Support your ramp with 4″ by 4″ lumber. Don’t skimp in this area or there is a possibility of ramp failure and personal injury.

 

    • Use the proper fasteners. When joining lumber that will need to support upwards of 200 lbs, non-corroding lag bolts and deck screws should be used. Make sure the lag bolts are long enough to penetrate at least 2.5″ into the supports.

 

  • install a non-stick surface on your ramp, especially if it will be in the shade where algae growth will make the surface slippery and dangerous.

 

The Right Tools

Having the correct tools can cut your construction time tremendously and keep frustration levels at a minimum.

    • A good power saw is essential, especially when cutting 4 x 4 posts.

 

    • A power fastening tool is also needed, and cordless is much more convenient than tools with cords. In this area, impact drivers are now the recognized best tool for fastening lumber together. For this project, you can only need a 12-volt impact driver.

 

    • A good level is another needed tool for a shed ramp. Remember to keep the slope less than “3 in 12.”

 

  • Of course a decent hammer is indispensable, no matter what project you are working on.

 

Follow these recommendations and you will be the proud owner of you very own shed ramp before the weekend is over. Just keep in mine that the step-by-step guide and the proper tools are the two things that will get you organized and cut down your project time.

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