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How do I build a ramp to the shed? (diagram inside)

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by fullylucky, 2nd Nov, 2015.

  1. fullylucky

    fullylucky Well-Known Member

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    (Diagram accurately drawn to scale.)

    How do I go about building a "ramp" to the shed so I it won't be a pain to wheel in and store my lawn mower?

    What materials do I use?
     
  2. D.T.

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    Just get a couple planks of wood from bunnings
     
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    Builders often build sheds like this because there will usually be a requirement for a 300x300mm edge beam around the slab to act as piers and the remainder of the slab is only 100mm thick. So what they will do is form it up on the natural level of the ground, rather than dig it in. They then use road base or those foam pods to create the void in the slab so it's not 300mm thick everywhere.

    The idea is you can then landscape your yard in a way that water always drains away from your shed.

    So to answer your question, you could use road base or clean fill to make the deficit and then replant your lawn or turf over it, or you make a ramp with some treated pine sleepers or the like.
     
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    Why not just get your german boy to lift it over the edge for you?

    Alternatively, just use some wood or build it up with dirt....
     
  6. fullylucky

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    Wow slow down... I'm not handy enough to understand this.

    So If I get clean fill and put treated pine into the ground to form a ramp it won't dissolve? and rot?
     
  7. fullylucky

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    Like what do you mean wood?
     
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    How do I make it so I can simple push up the mower into the shed?
     
  9. WestOz

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    Only 2cm (20mm), the width of a little finger ?

    Personally I'd leave it, push down on the mower handle which lifts the front wheels, push forward over the edge then lift the handle so the rear wheels go over it.

    Another option is fixing either side of the door base frame to the slab, cut the strip out.
     
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    No, you get enough clean fill (dirt) to raise the level of your yard evenly to the height you want around the door. You either lift the turf that is already there beforehand and replant it in the new surface, or you just plant new turf over it.

    OR, you build a ramp from treated pine. Treated pine will work in dirt, if you get the right category treated pine (think retaining walls), but it does have a life expectancy i.e. It won't last forever
     
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    Having reviewed the scope of works, the diagram provided and analysed the issue at hand, I would engage the services of an architect, structural engineer and BCA consultant to review the design.

    An advert on gumtree should secure their services at the best rates.

    Otherwise you could do the following:
    1. Put a splayed piece of hardwood or treated pine on either side of the door
    2. Take a saw/chisel/kango/class III explosive to the 20mm step and knock it off. You might then need to install an appropriate water bar to stop water coming under the door.
    (@datto may be of some assistance getting the Class III explosive and detonator).
     
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    Or go to Kmart and buy one of their junior skateboard ramps which are durable plastic and put it in front of the problem.
     
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    That looks like a motorbike jump.
     
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    Concrete!
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    There were some other ones but the language would have got me reported
     
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    enjoy!
     
  16. fullylucky

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    That's what I'm currently doing...
     
  17. fullylucky

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    this guy made it look so easy. but in the end there was still a gap between the ramp and the ground but i guess he would just dig it into the ground.

    If i did this i would also need to dig it into the ground since the ground is not perfectly flat... :(
     
  18. WestOz

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    I wasn't aware the step up from lawn to slab was the issue, there were no measurements or comments regarding it.

    I was focused on the pointed out with arrow "Annoying 2cm trip hazard"
     
  19. fullylucky

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    The 2cm trip is like a 3 on the annoyance scale while the jump up to the slab is a 8 on the annoyance scale...

    I will have an attempt at this ramp. :D Fingers crossed I won't lose any fingers in this endeavour.
     
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