This is a simple guide to what you might need to do or what you could encounter when organising your sheds concrete slab. For this guide we will assume that the location of the shed is already a level or near level site. Your Shed supplier should be able to provide you with clear details on the slab specifications, footing requirements and the hold down methods.
Tools you might require over the course of your project.
- Metal screed
- Wooden float
- Magnesium float
- Steel trowel
- Edging trowel
- Jointing trowel
- Helicopter (for finishing slab)
- Spirit level
- Tape measure
- Mattock / Pick
- Wood saw
- Carpenters square
- Tamper or plate compactor for compacting the base material
Materials you will require.
- Concrete of the appropriate grade 20mpa, 25mpa, 30mpa etc.
- Lengths of timber for formwork
- Timber stakes
- Clean water
- Reinforcing mesh (& bar chairs if required)
- Road base or crusher dust to bed the slab
The best method is directly from the back of the truck. Can you get the cement truck to the actual site? If you cannot get the truck right up to the shed, can you use a bob cat or front end loader bucket? Small garden shed slabs can be done with a team of wheel-barrowers.
Perhaps you require a concrete pump to move the concrete to site? Concrete needs to be placed quickly and without too much handling, especially in hot or windy weather. Ideally concrete should be placed and finished during the early morning, before air temperatures and wind speeds rise and the air humidity drops.
Identify the location for shed.
When going to set out for your sheds concrete slab you should ensure that you place it where your council planning permits you to. Usually it is clearly marked on your site drawing the distances from boundaries where your shed is to be placed.
Exact positioning may not be so crucial for exempt Rural Farm Sheds however your shire council or local certifiers can still tell you how far from boundaries and from the farm house your shed needs to be to gain an exemption or for classification as a Farm Shed.
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