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Advice on laying slabs for a shed

CartoonheadCartoonhead

I'm going to be buying a shed in the next few week, seen the one I'm after and it's a 10x6 Pent Heavy Duty shed.

I would like it to go at the bottom of my garden, it's a lawned area with a few shrubs at the side near the fence, I've been told by the shed supplier that i need to lay flags/paving so the shed can sit on these with bearers to lift it off the ground.

The lawn in which is it going is not too bad, quite soggy tho, and has a slight slope length ways.

I've had a quick look at Wicks and a few other DIY stores and cannont find any information on what i need to be doing, the shed company says i need to pull the lawn up about 2 inch and lay sand and cement and level it off, then lay the paving on top of it piece by piece and then brush some paving fix into the grooves.

I'm a little worried that it might end up being a complete DIY from hell project, so i wonder if anyone could give me some advice.

Cheers

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    snowtiger
    Some good info here
    & here
    snowtiger
    :)& btw welcome to HUKD
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    " I've had a quick look at Wicks and a few other DIY stores and cannont find any information on what i need to be doing, the shed company says i need to pull the lawn up about 2 inch and lay sand and cement and level it off, then lay the paving on top of it piece by piece and then brush some paving fix into the grooves. "


    That would seem like good advice.

    Do not wet the sand and cement, mix it, lay it dry, level it with a spirit level, lay slabs, check for level.

    You should be fine.

    Good luck.:thumbsup:
    Floydsters1
    I did my shed last year and my garden is on a slight slope. I'm not very technical with DIY but i decided that i had to measure the size of the shed on the garden where it was to go, and then i dug down until it was level. ( so the back, front and sides were all level). So instead of raising the shed, i sunk the shed into the ground and it lies level with the grass

    I then used about 12 patio slabs and sunk them into soil (Probably laying sand would be useful here but i couldn't dig any deeper to compensate for the extra layer of sand because i hit concrete, so i just layed them the best i could by using the soil to level them! Make sure you place patio stones in the corners first and level them off together and then lay a few in the middle where you would be standing in the shed - to support the shed when it is laid.

    I then drilled holes into the patio slabs and drilled holes into the flooring kit that come with the shed(MDF). I then secured the floor on top of the patio slabs and then i secured the shed on top of the floor kit.

    The shed looks great and is steady as a rock. Hope that helps
    zish_uk
    If you are doing it yourself then check youtube out... there are several helpful videos...

    It really helped me when I was paving slabs... definately worth checking youtube!
    tsimehC
    My paps did this to our garden long time ago but I remember him only using sand and then slapping down the slabs. When it rained it flooded the whole garden...but now it seems fine.
    Cartoonhead
    thanks everyone for your reply, going to have a look on youtube and a few other sites, but the advice is very useful.

    Cheers
    black gerbil1
    ive laid down slab for my own garden, it was serious business,it can be done but it takes hard work and some strong lower back muscles.


    Im pretty sure we laid our slabs about 6inches, but we didn't put no shed on top of it, just slabs.
    gari189
    gari189[helper]5 years, 8 months ago #9Show comment tools Reply
    The depth you have to dig out really depends on the weight that is being put on the surface. For a drive you need more of a foundation than a patio would. The thing about the shed is that the weight will be spread across the surface by the shed floor. The paving slabs should be slightly higher than the grass (if lower the water will run off the grass onto your shed base). I would dig out about an inch and lay on a base of sand. So if your slabs are an inch thick then you will need to dig out about 2 inches.

    Cheapest place for the slabs (3'x2' concrete) and sand are builers merchants like Jewsons. But if you get large concrete slabs you will need two people to (safely) lift them. Last time I bought some from Jewsons the staff said it was against Health & Safety for them to lift them (but they expect their customers to do so!!). Estimating the quantity of sand you'll need is tricky. For an inch depth under 3' by 2' slab you'll probably need about 2 bags of sand per slab...

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