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cheap and easy car shed ideas?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by sgtlethargic, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. I'm looking for ideas for a cheap and fairly easy car shed. I have some 4x6 wood for posts, but I'd have to secure them upright. I guess I could put concrete in 5-gal buckets, but that would add to the cost. Roof? I get snow so I need a halfway decent roof.

    I also have some water tank hoops that are about 8' in diameter. If I could prop them up then a tarp for the roof ...

    What have you?

  2. 3spd
    Joined: May 2, 2009
    Posts: 512


    I built this for under $100, completely made of 2x4's. The only thing I have to worry about is snow, but in Oregon its really not a problem, just knock it off as it builds up. I might add some plywood under the tarp to make it resist more. Its 12ftx20ft, I put it up and moved it 20ft with the help of one other person. Its been standing over a year now no problems. I might have to replace the tarp soon though.



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  3. The Hank
    Joined: Mar 18, 2008
    Posts: 779

    The Hank
    from CO

    I would worry about wind with that, is it steaked down?
  4. 3spd
    Joined: May 2, 2009
    Posts: 512


    Its not. I was going to tie it down but it survived a couple good wind storms before I got it staked down so I decided it would be fine. Its pretty much surrounded by trees and the house so its pretty well sheltered. And as I said its been up for over a year.

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  5. The Hank
    Joined: Mar 18, 2008
    Posts: 779

    The Hank
    from CO

    Lucky ,really. what you have is a giant kite. Hope it does not land on anything expensive. Not trying to break balls,that wind is strong stuff. Good luck.
  6. I ran out of cover space for my stuff so i built a lean to off my garage for 5 hun. I used heavy oil barrel pallets for the floor so it's 5 inches off the ground and 1/4 plywood on the walls,2x4 studs, insulated, had enough insulation from house reno 15 yrs ago. Tin roofing,and made my own door out of steel studs for light weight. Made it for my motorcycles originaly but discoved my rpu fits in there. 14'6 x7'3. tight but it goes in there. I;m happy.

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  7. 41 Dave
    Joined: May 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,596

    41 Dave

    urt, You are getting some great ideas for your car shed ! Will check back to see what ideas you get. Min is like my car corral. Take two garage door and mount them at 90 degrees to the outside walls and all tin roof. Good idea to have someone with a tractor level the ground . . . .
  8. KrisKustomPaint
    Joined: Apr 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,107


    ever hear of a 2x4 relay?
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  10. Ruiner
    Joined: May 17, 2004
    Posts: 4,148


    You better check with your city before throwing any money Dad got halfway through putting up one of those tarp and pole garages you can get at the home improvement stores and they told him he needed a permit and permission...even though it's a temporary structure...lots of red tape bullshit to get through these days with the local bureaucracy...good luck...
  11. BadgeZ28
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 810

    from Oregon

    You might take a look a the car tents, or portable car garages. Fabric and frame. There might be a line that has a snow rating?
  12. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 21,470


    In this area almost every car lot has metal sheds for sale for from 700 to 2000 bucks depending on the design That is metal frame and metal roof. They are considered to be portable so permits aren't needed.
    Like the one on the right at the top of the photos on this page
    I have seen a few of those locally that the owners have enclosed. Not totally cheap but they make a pretty presentable car shed when viewed from the street. There is one like the one on the top left of the photos set up here locally and that enclosed area makes for a pretty nice workshop if you don't want to enclose the whole thing.

    You might look into building your own wood frame and having a local corrugated metal shop cut metal to size or see what they have in their blem and leftover pile.

    Then there are always the Costco or Harbor freight metal frame setups with fabric tops and sides. not too secure but they keep the car covered and hidden if they have sides and ends. Usually around 200. I have seen one of those frames that a guy covered with corrugated metal and it passes the 50 ft test pretty well. I think he added wood strips to the frame before putting the metal on though.
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  13. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,004

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    I'm not pro-government bureaucracy (far from it), but there really are good reasons to require building permits. A sub-standard/makeshift shed can be an accident waiting to happen, not to mention the tackiness of them. Real estate values, as we all know have diminished greatly, all we need is for our neighbors to start throwing up tarp buildlngs which drives down our property values even more. Hard to sell a house these days, especially if your neighbors place looks like crap. Do it right, or don't do it. Just sayin'.
    Joined: Nov 10, 2005
    Posts: 841

    from Holly

    In Michigan. Anything larger than 100 sq ft. (10 x 10) or requires a concrete base requires a permit. They do check and do levy fines by a per day basis..:(
  15. 1320/150
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  16. blackdog49
    Joined: Mar 19, 2010
    Posts: 76


    Getting ready to build a lean too off the side of my house-very interested to see more ideas on this thread! I do agree though it should be safe and eye-appealing for yourself and neighbors.
  17. Roger Walling
    Joined: Sep 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,133

    Roger Walling

    You might try and look at old truck bodies. Truck wholesalers have them, maybe even a damaged one that they would like to get rid of. Try a junkyard or a truck body shop. Another choice is cargo containers.
    All the above have doors on them and a good snow carrying capacity
    Paint them white or green to hide in with the shrubbery and even paint on windows with curtains for the neighbors to view. If it faces the street, put a false peak on the top front.
  18. budd
    Joined: Oct 31, 2006
    Posts: 3,479


    some metal roofing ideas, i ran an ad on craigslist for free tin sheds, well i had to take the ad off because i could not bring them all home, i stopped at 5, theres lots of roofing material in an 8x8 shed, also one piece metal garage doors, there around 7ft high by 7-1/2ft wide, i see them for free all the time.
  19. 53sled
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 5,821

    from KCMO

    Sometimes I feel like I have no space, then I read about y'all with lean to sheds.
    And my 20 x 25 shop looks bigger for a while.
  20. chevyshack
    Joined: Dec 28, 2008
    Posts: 950


    You could use metal roofing for the roof. Its easy and faster then using shingles. Sometimes cheaper.
  21. KrisKustomPaint
    Joined: Apr 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,107


    Put it on "skis" like von dutch, then you can call it a sled and it won't need a permit.
  22. Gulliver
    Joined: Sep 2, 2010
    Posts: 111


    I live on 31 acres in south Tn- I don't have to ask anybody anything.

    Why do people buy houses in places where you have to have approval for what color you're going to paint your shutters?
  23. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,107


    Its the old work in the city for the big $ jobs, then spend all the $ on a house near the city.

    31 acres, I would check into shipping containers (box on the back of the semi trailer) great storage, theres a dedicated group of people building houses from them and fighting the building code pusher to allow it, WTF its an engineered structure built to do 70 mph.

    If you already have 4 x 6, build a pole barn style lean to, use 2 x 6 for the roof, set the posts in concrete, Tarp it off for now, deck the roof and sheet the sides when you find materials cheap or free. I see garage doors free on craigslist a lot
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  24. silversink
    Joined: May 3, 2008
    Posts: 912


    :rolleyes:My neighbors didn't like my blue tarps so replaced the with camo tarps--- completely hidden from sight now.
  25. Screw it- what's another winter of rust activator going to do?
  26. wsdad
    Joined: Dec 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,180


    Use discarded privacy fence pannels for the walls. There's usually enough good pannels to do a shed when someone replaces thier entire fence around a yard.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2010
    Joined: Mar 30, 2010
    Posts: 3,254


    man , what ever ya do just make sure its safe & your shit don't get damaged or you get hurt.
    tear something down for the lumber is a good idea.
    good luck

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