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Old 03-06-2018, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default Simple Tractor Shed

I have a little, old, cheap tractor that I picked up for mowing and moving dirt around. But, it sits outside all the time in the sun and rain, because I don't have a covered area to store it. So, I need a tractor shed. Nothing fancy. I probably won't even put doors on it at first. Just something to block the sun and rain.

It's going to be 15'x9', dirt floor, concrete piers, wood structure, with sheet metal exterior. I picked up some used 3'x5' B-deck sheet metal panels on Craigslist for the walls and roof.

A few weeks ago, my dad helped me to roughly level the dirt where the shed will go. Then we dug 7 post holes using an auger on the tractor. That was more difficult than I expected. Concrete was mixed to fill the holes, and anchor bolts set into the wet concrete. I'm using the steel post bases with stand-off plates, to keep the wooden posts off of the concrete.

It's not much to look at right now, but here are the 7 post bases sitting on concrete piers. My dog is guarding the front doorway.

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Old 03-07-2018, 04:25 AM   #2
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Looks like a good start. I'm going to be doing something similar down on the coast for mine.
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:54 PM   #3
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Nice, I'm looking forward to seeing it go up. I was going to build a shed for my small tractor, but bought a 20' shipping container instead.



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Old 03-10-2018, 05:06 PM   #4
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:03 PM   #5
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Looks good, looking forward to see it as you build. I need to do the same thing
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Old 03-19-2018, 12:10 PM   #6
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I've been out of town, haven't had a change to do anything yet. But, I did get over to Lowe's yesterday to buy some lumber. I have the pressure-treated posts drying in the garage. Hopefully, they won't warp as badly this way. I'm afraid that if I installed them wet, with one side in the sun and the other side shaded, they would all curl toward the south before I could get enough structure attached to hold them in place.

I'm no expert, so feel free to tell me if I'm doing this wrong.

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Old 03-26-2018, 12:12 PM   #7
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I made some good progress on Saturday. Got the posts and stringers up. Need to buy some more lumber for rafters next.

I'm happy to report that the PT posts did not warp at all while sitting in my garage for a week. Of course, they're not fully dry yet, so we'll see what happens after they stand in the sun for a while.
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Old 03-26-2018, 12:50 PM   #8
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what kinda roof pitch you going to have?
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Old 03-26-2018, 01:44 PM   #9
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It drops from 9' tall to 5' tall along the shed's 15' length (front to back). So, I guess that's ~3.2-in-12. I know 5' is pretty short, but I figure only the mower deck will be in the back of the shed. Plus, my siding panels are 5' long, so I don't have to trim their length for the back wall. It's a little tractor, so I should be able to back it in without ducking my head.
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Looking good!
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That is looking great
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:02 AM   #12
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where are we at on this ???
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Old 04-30-2018, 12:21 PM   #13
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Sorry, I've been out of town, busy with something else. I did stop by recently, and hung ONE sheet metal panel while I was there. Purely for my own psychological benefit, so I could feel like I was still making progress. I hope to start on the rafters soon.
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:49 PM   #14
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I finally got some work done on the shed today. I attached 8' 2x6's to the inner-facing edges of the posts with big lag screws, and then stood 10' 2x4's on top of those with nailed-in rafter ties. I started screwing down the B-deck panels with rubber-washer metal roofing screws, before running out of time. Soon, it will at least be keeping the rain off of the tractor.
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Old 05-13-2018, 09:23 AM   #15
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Looks great. Waiting for more updates!
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:44 PM   #16
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Put another bay alongside for trailer to park in.
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:51 PM   #17
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Yes! I haven't even finished the first one yet, and already I'm thinking it's too small. Maybe I shouldn't bother putting siding on that left wall, because I'll probably want to add another bay over there soon.
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Old 05-14-2018, 10:04 PM   #18
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Put another bay alongside for trailer to park in.
I did this. I don't live on the land yet, but store my trailers and tractor there. Finally got around to doing a small tractor shed like this. Took me two hitches to finish it. Hanging the sheet metal by yourself ain't no joke on even the mildest of days. I about rode one off the top while putting up the roof. So I can understand how difficult it is to finish something off. Looks good so far though.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:42 AM   #19
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Muddy Bud, your tractor shed looks great. I see you didn't bother to put doors on yours. I think I'll eventually hang doors on mine. Not so much because it will make the shed secure against theft, but because mine opens to the south (it kind of had to, in this location). I would like to keep the sun off of my equipment as much as possible. I bet those big sheet metal panels were fun in the wind! Mine are only 5' x 3' and fairly heavy gauge steel, so they weren't flying around too much in the light wind on Friday.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:33 AM   #20
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Muddy Bud, your tractor shed looks great. I see you didn't bother to put doors on yours. I think I'll eventually hang doors on mine. Not so much because it will make the shed secure against theft, but because mine opens to the south (it kind of had to, in this location). I would like to keep the sun off of my equipment as much as possible. I bet those big sheet metal panels were fun in the wind! Mine are only 5' x 3' and fairly heavy gauge steel, so they weren't flying around too much in the light wind on Friday.

Thanks, I left mine open because I hope to someday build another half on to it, making it a fully enclosed barn. But that will be a bit further down the road. Maybe fall. It is 16'X24'. The brush hog is right at the edge of the roof line and my 20' trailer sticks out some but covered for the most part.

I am not a builder by no means but this was a pretty good confidence booster. Enough to know I can do the other half myself as well. Wife, son and daughter helped frame it up so that was pretty cool knowig that the first structure that came up on the property was a family event.

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Old 05-23-2018, 04:01 PM   #21
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Muddy Bud,

Where did you get your paneling at and how much? I'm building one 20x24 right now.

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Old 05-26-2018, 11:10 PM   #22
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Bought my panel from Mueller in Robstown. Want to say it was right around a grand.
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Old 05-27-2018, 11:56 AM   #23
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Looks good. Good job.
I might suggest a temporary horizontal drop down across the front for sun and rain
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Old 05-29-2018, 09:59 AM   #24
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With some family help, I got the roofing in place and tacked down, and added the lower siding. I'll have to cut sheets to fill in the upper sides. Hopefully, an abrasive blade on my circular saw will do that. This B-decking metal is a little thicker than typical corrugated sheet.
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