How To Build A Ramp Shed

It’s indispensable that after you have built your shed, you define access to it. Unless you’ve dug your shed into the ground, a ramp is mandatory. A ramp is simply an inclined plane that enables the smooth movement to access a facility or building from the ground level.

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What Requires A Ramp In Your Shed?

You should identify what items you’ll be storing in the shed. Items such as wheelbarrows, bikes, and lawn mowers could be possible things you want to keep in the shed. Pay attention to the heavy equipment and items with relatively low ground clearance. The importance of this will be explained further in the subsequent information.

This Is How You Build Your Shed

What Is Your Plan?

• For these instructions, I’ve used an example of a previous ramp that I constructed for my shed. However, I hope they will provide a blueprint on the crucial things you need to pay attention to. For this shed, I intended to store some heavy items including a lawnmower.

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• Planning is an integral part of any project you seek to undertake. Therefore, you need to identify the reason as to why you are building the ramp: Is it for walking? Or is it for driving heavy equipment into your shed? Once you have decided on its purpose, draft its design.

Things You Will Need

After planning, ensure that you have the following tools and materials:

Table saw or miter saw

• Hand Saw

• Tape measure

• Chalk line

• Level (at least 4’’ long)

Drill and drill bits

Pocket hole jig

• PT 2 x 8 x 8 Ft

• PT 2 x 6 x 8 Ft

• Deck Screws (3’’ in length)

Step By Step Building A Ramp Shed

1.  Since this is a shed ramp, I will assume that you have built it or placed it in the location you desire. Therefore, it goes without saying that the next thing you should do is determine the angle of the ramp. It’s a key element that you should you give extra keenness. Moreover, you need to the weather pattern around your region. For instance, those who live in areas experiencing winter should have in mind the months with snow. This is essential as you’ll be able to know the exact heaviness of the equipment you’ll be storing in the shed such as snow blowers.

2. The minimum incline for a ramp is 1’’ of its rise and a run of 4’’. Pardon me if am wrong, but I believe that you know basic trigonometry. You determine the exact angle of the ramp using the principles of Trigonometry.

3. Through some basic calculations, the 2 x 6s joists are adequate to support the weight of the lawnmower. The ramp deck should have joists spanning 22’’ that’s sufficient considering the treads on the deck are constructed from 2 x 6s. However, if you decide to use boards such plywood, you should decrease the spacing between the joists.

4. Since you shed is in place, am pretty sure you made it through the construction of the ledger. Now you need to attach the ramp joists to the shed. That’s where the ledger comes in. You have different ways to tie the ramp joists to the ledger at your disposal. I would recommend that you use angled joist hangers.

5. As aforementioned, use 22’’ ramp spacing and as thus the outside overhang is 2’’ for your deck slats. According to the calculations done, the ramp angle was 10.5 degrees. The ramp should, therefore, be 6 feet. From each joist, cut the angle and then measure the distance. Cut your notch and let it rest on the 6 x 6. As you are required to do this four times, I would recommend that you make a template that would enable you to save time.

6. The next step involves you doing some dirty work. You need to dig out dirt to create space for your joists and the end piece. Remember that the wood has to go in the ground, therefore, purchase wood that’s recommended for ground contact. Don’t dispose of the dirt as you’ll use later in a subsequent step.

7. To ensure that your ramp is perfectly placed, use a spirit level to verify it. Across the joists place a board and on top of it use the spirit level. If the angle isn’t correct, adjust the depth of the hole till the angle between the joist and shed is accurate.

8. At the edge of the joists, attach an end piece. You can pull the pre- drill on the joists and then attach it using deck screws.

9. After this, place your assembly (the joists and end piece) back into its right position and use a spirit level again to ensure it’s well-placed.

10. Using a pocket  hole jig make holes through the joists and screw them into position using screws.

11. You are almost done now. Don’t tire yet. Since all the joists have been attached, you can begin backfilling the hole. I hope that you didn’t dispose of the dirt elsewhere. You can use it for this particular purpose.

12. Cut the 2 X 6s to a width of 72” for the slats.

13. Before permanently attaching the slats to the joists, you can conduct a proper check to ensure they correctly fit. Using the chalk line, mark the joist locations. It’s advisable as you do this that your pre- drill holes on the joist locations.

14. The final step is for you to attach the slats permanently to the joists. See full steps of Billy McCord

Conclusion

Albeit it seems technical, go through the steps again as your pay attention to the details. Building the ramp isn’t quite a hard feat to accomplish. All you need is the determination to see through the project. Moreover, ensure that you have all the essential tools and proper materials to build a robust ramp. It’s important that if you have any more questions on how to make one that you seek further information from professionals. For instance, you could consult the local carpenter. I wish you luck as you take on this quest!

All pictures from Youtube.com. Thanks to Billy McCord's Guide

Jose A. Brown
 

Jose A. Brown is a mechanic engineer and an enthusiastic blogger whose mission is to provide the readers with the best tips, guides in the Home Improvement, DIY Project, and Industry.

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