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Old 01-06-2013, 06:01 AM   #1
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Default Anyone build a portable breakdown shed?

I am looking for ideas as to how to build a small shed that can be broken down and moved to other sites.

Size could be 4x8 and scaled up accordingly.

I am thinking walls, floor and roof that breaks down into 4x8 sections.

How would you attach them so they could be erected and then disassembled later?

TIA for any suggestions.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: Anyone build a portable breakdown shed?

build the floors and walls in sections and lag bolt them together, build it in such a way that all the joints are staggered this will help make the building stronger.
or you could buy a rubbermade plastic building
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:58 AM   #3
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Default Re: Anyone build a portable breakdown shed?

Certainly expensive, but I have a "plastic shed" from Lifetime. It has been disassembled and moved three times. The only parts that broke, were because I'm impatient and they were buried in mud.

When I first looked at them, I thought they were cheap garbage, but 8 years in, I'm proved wrong.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:10 AM   #4
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I wouldn't use lag bolts. After several installation removal cycles the hole will wear and not hold. Of course you could relocate the holes every few times. I would just use thru bolts and nuts.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:17 AM   #5
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Inflatable dome?

Geodesic dome?

Steel or aluminum panel shed?

Quonset hut?
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:37 PM   #6
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We used to assemble motor houses on pumpjacks like that. The building was framed as normal but we used double headed nails to join the sections so it was easy to disassemble.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:07 PM   #7
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Default Re: Anyone build a portable breakdown shed?

I think we could help you better if we had more information....Is this a one time move,or 3 times a week? Will the shed be up year round? Do you live in snow country? What will you store in the shed?
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:33 PM   #8
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Default Re: Anyone build a portable breakdown shed?

I would think semi annual teardown otherwise it would be up.

I would want to allow for snow load in case it was used in northern climates.

Cars, tools would be stored.

I am looking for ideas as to how to build it..especially how the floor, walls and roof would connect with each other.

Keeping the sections in 4x8 segments should keep it manageable for weight and size.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:46 PM   #9
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Find yourself a walk-in cooler shell. Insulated to about R32, breaks down into panels with a type of cam lock and most are suited to outdoor use. Lots of room for modifications as needed.


For instance. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hundreds-of-...item2a273e3028



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Default Re: Anyone build a portable breakdown shed?

Or:
Park an enclosed car hauler, or 2.
Or try one of those 2 layer plastic hoop houses with air pressure used for cheap greenhouses. Use an opaque plastic.
Shipping container.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:36 AM   #11
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Any suggestions as to how to connect the 4 x 8 panels?

Drawings would be great.
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Have you ever done any framing?

3" double headed nails and 2" double headed nails. Make the sections with the 2x outset 3/4" on one side and inset 3/4" on the other. You may want to make a couple sections with the inset the same size as your 2x? as in the ? position for the corners depending on how you will do door sections.

The roof could be trickier depending on the size you make the building and what type of roof you want. 8' sections joined at the ends will get you nearly 12' span with a 5/12 pitch. Cut the ends 49 degrees at the peek and 41 degrees on the wall and it will be golden.

The floor could be plywood on pallets, wall panels or the ground depending on the use.

We may see this in a trailer park video someday. Why not just buy one of those portable garages?

If I were so determined to have a portable wooden structure I would build a 12'x32' garage with wall and corner pockets for cross beams three feet up. When I wanted to move it I would install the beams, jack it up, back in my 32' trailer and let it down on the deck. Off to the next home.

Even easier would be for Scotty to beam it where you want.

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20ft shipping container, fireproof and secure.
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Yes, pod type containers get moved around without dis-assembly.
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Any suggestions as to how to connect the 4 x 8 panels?

Drawings would be great.
If we're speaking of the cooler panels, they have built-in locks that use a special wrench to latch the panels together.

Here's a link that shows the cam lock panels (near the bottom of page)

http://americancooler.com/blog/page/6/

Exploded view of cooler panels


http://www.hotelmule.com/management/...n-2733-17.html


I had a friend that used a cooler for many years as his work shop until he built a house and moved. He put an A roof on it and siding. It was wired and had a small electric heater for Winter and a very small window AC cut in a panel. Knowing him he didn't pay much, if anything for the cooler and got many years use before selling to another fellow.

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If we're speaking of the cooler panels, they have built-in locks that use a special wrench to latch the panels together.

Here's a link that shows the cam lock panels (near the bottom of page)

http://americancooler.com/blog/page/6/

Exploded view of cooler panels


http://www.hotelmule.com/management/...n-2733-17.html


I had a friend that used a cooler for many years as his work shop until he built a house and moved. He put an A roof on it and siding. It was wired and had a small electric heater for Winter and a very small window AC cut in a panel. Knowing him he didn't pay much, if anything for the cooler and got many years use before selling to another fellow.

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Do you know my little brother? He has one he uses as his deer camp house. Lighter than the plywood/stick units and he puts it up by himself.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:52 PM   #17
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Got pictures or drawings of that 2x4 offsets?
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:37 AM   #18
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+1 on the "Cooler Panels that interconnect" idea. Some sort of lightweight frame like aluminum and riveted on skin like those cheap vinyl 4'x8' sheets the cheap bathrooms have on walls. Then a couple cross braces and whole thing filled with cheapest expando foam you can get. Once foam was dry that panel would be pretty rigid.

This is somewhat how the actual Walk-In Coolers are made . . . except they have big jig where they assemble frame, then whole thing is put inside giant bag that has vacuum drawn on it when foam added. For job interview, I toured operations of Andover, KS company (Intl Cold Storage) where Walk-In coolers were actually made for Burger King, Wendys, PizzaHut, etc. It was way cool. When done, those are rather strong, considering what they're made of.

Connectivity between the panels could be flat aluminum/steel or angle.

My 2 cents depending on your budget for this brainstorm.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:11 AM   #19
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Prolly won't fit your application.....but after taking down a cpl treestands the other day hung with.........


We use signode,metal band strappers for some pretty wierd chit.Good luck.
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