SITE PREPARATION FOR STRUCTURES
SITES MUST BE LEVEL. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
(Sites may look level, but accurate levelness is key to the health of the structure)
If you are doing the site work yourself make sure to follow these key steps to ensure your work lasts a longtime and helps the structure last a long time.
- Mark your area out adding 1 foot more on each side (example: a 10X16 should have a site built 12X18)
- Make sure the area you mark out is square, cross measuring the corners (measure opposing corners making an " X ")
- Place a stake on your high end with a string attached to it at least 2 feet larger than the structure.
- Have someone help you by holding the string.
- Place a line level on the string and measure the height from the ground to the string where it shows its level, this is how out of level your site is.
- Using 3/4 crushed stone (trap rock) to fill this area to establish the levelness.
- Continue to check your level by repeating step #5.
- We recommend you use 3 inches more than your out of level amount to build the site. (if your site is level then 3 inches of stone is sufficient)
- If you want to case the stone in use pressure treated lumber with a minimal thickness of of 4 inches (4x4). This help keep your stone at the site and not travel throughout the property.
**make sure after you have completed your site work that you check your level again, a structure can have problems if the site is out of level by the smallest amount**
**if you would like New England Sheds to build your site, ask us to quote you for the site work, we can quote you without seeing the site for work up to 6 inches out of level. The site has to be free of any trees or plants growing. Any site work that is out of level more than 6 inches will need a custom quote.**
**ALWAYS MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW YOUR LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PLACEMENT AND SITE WORK INFORMATION**