How to Create a Resin Shed Base

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A resin shed is made of plastic material. Resin sheds typically are sold as kits, for a buyer to erect in his yard. They are durable and easy to build. They are light and do not require foundations, but they must be set on a solid base. There are several ways to build a base, but any base must be level, dry and square. Start any base construction by marking corners with stakes and twine and squaring the outline with corner-to-corner measurements using a tape measure. Adjust stakes until the diagonals are the same and the base is square.

Things You'll Need

  • Stakes
  • Twine
  • Tape measure
  • Shovel
  • 2-by-6-inch boards
  • Gravel, varying sizes
  • Hand tamper
  • Concrete
  • Long board
  • Mason's trowel
  • Plastic or similar membrane
  • Square concrete blocks
  • Sand
  • Broom
  • Plastic grid blocks
  • Circular or reciprocal saw
  • Build a concrete base by excavating the area at least 6 inches deep with a shovel. Frame the outline with 2-by-6-inch boards held in place with stakes. Lay 2 inches of medium gravel in the form, compact it solidly with a hand tamper and fill the form with concrete. Level the concrete by dragging a long board across it and finish it with a smoothing trowel. Let it cure for a week before erecting the resin shed.

  • Use large square concrete blocks to make a base. Dig out the area about 6 inches deep. Cover the ground with a plastic membrane. Spread a layer of compacted gravel over the membrane and top it with about 2 inches of sand. Set square concrete blocks, 2 or 4 inches thick, in the base, with edges touching. Level the blocks with a level; adjust the sand to get blocks even. Sweep sand into the joints between blocks with a broom to secure them.

  • Make a base with plastic squares. Buy interlocking plastic grid blocks to fit the resin shed base dimensions. Level the ground in the base, cover it with plastic membrane and spread a layer of fine gravel over the membrane. Set the blocks in place, locking them together at joints. Cut blocks with a circular or reciprocal saw as needed to fit.

  • Fill a base with compacted gravel. Dig out the area 6 to 8 inches deep, smooth and roughly level it with a rake and spread a plastic membrane over it. Lay down gravel, starting with a layer of medium gravel 4 to 6 inches deep. Compact it solidly with a hand tamper. Add 2 inches of fine gravel and compact it firmly. Set the resin shed floor directly on the gravel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Size the base to the dimensions of the shed, following the shed manufacturer's instructions; typically you'll want to make the base a couple of inches larger than the shed floor.
  • Locate the shed in an area with good drainage and no large trees, utility lines or other impediments.
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