Help! I think I screwed up.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LocoPollo, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am building a coop that is 10 x 12 and was going to put a shed roof on it. The coop is placed on cement deck blocks and is raised a half a foot or so. The walls are 6 foot on one side and seven feet on the other side, the ten foot length in between. I read last night that if it isnt tied down, It can blow over in the wind! That source said the walls can only be 6.25 on the high side if the depth is 10 feet.

    Now i feel like I have blown it and I am halfway finished. Is this true? I don't know what to do now.
     
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  2. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't worry, you are going to be fine. Although, I don't care if you build one that is only 4' tall on the tall side, if you have enough wind, it can topple anything.

    It wouldn't hurt to get some eye bolts to thread into the bottom of the building, one on each side, and anchor it to the ground with aircraft cable. It will be a relativily cheap and easy fix and will provide insurance that it will stay in place.

    Most garden sheds though, regardless of size, are not anchored and are held in place mearly by their weight.

    Don't fret, keep building, and everything will be fine.

    If there is anyway that you could post some pictures, I can help walk you through the process of anchoring it easier if you choose to do so.

    CT
     
  3. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    Quote:I see no reason why a shed roof wouldn't work, the higher one side is, the steeper the roof, which is always good for shedding water. Mine is also raised up, particularly on one side, it's two blocks high on one side and three at the backside, it's on a slope. The shed is very heavy, 10'x10', it would take a monumental wind to knock it down. You're only talking 6" - unless you live in a very windy place I wouldn't worry about it. Hurricanes or tornadoes will whip anything small off its foundations, unless you use sonatubes or somesuch and anchor it down with bolts, you are just taking your chances like the rest of us.
     
  4. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, that is encouraging! It would be great if I could anchor it a bit. I will take some pictures today of what I have done. It is only framed at this point but still you can tell what it is going to be like. Thank you!
     
  5. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just noticed you are in Ga. You will more than likely be just fine without it, but post the pictures and I will help you with it. The anchoring can even be done after the shed is completed, so you can keep on building.
     
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Look at some of the mobile homes in your area, you can anchor your shed the same way they are anchored.

    You could attach a section of chain to the base, then get some rebar and bend it in a "J" shape, put it through the last link in the chain and drive it into the ground.
     
  7. PassthePeace1

    PassthePeace1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:That's what we do to all our out buildings, works great.
     
  8. tomcio

    tomcio Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just finished build of an 8x12 coup with 6 and 7 foot sides respectively. So far I haven't seen it fly away.


    My coup is insulated, so it has a fair bit of weight to the walls, and is only secured to the ground by four 4'inch rebarb spikes at the corners.

    Keep it up!
     
  9. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like everyone said, you will be fine. The weight alone will keep it down. You could use something like this:

    http://www.chainandrigging.co.nz/images/products/eyebolts/Galvanised-Ring-Bolt.jpg

    Drill through the outside floor joists at the corners of the building and thread something like this through. Attach using chain or cables to attach to something like this in the ground:

    http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/400/65/65dcfb37-2949-4455-a9b7-430ed1eb7cf7_400.jpg


    Most high gust winds are just that, gusts. We had earlier this year 90 mph gusts but they were not sustained. Any just something to chew on.


    Jeremy
     
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  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Honestly, since you live in areas where hurricanes happen, I'd make sure to tie the thing down well to some firmly-set (like, in buried concrete) ground anchors. But then you should be fine [​IMG]

    Have fun,

    Pat
     

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