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How to Build a Shed – How To Pick Out Good Quality Framing Lumber – Video 2 of 15

How to Build a Shed – How To Pick Out Good Quality Framing Lumber – Video 2 of 15


(acoustic country guitar) – Welcome to Country Life Projects. I’m Henry Reinders, this
is video two of 15 videos in our shed project. In this video, I’m gonna
cover selecting material for the floor of your shed and the type of material to use. However, I just want to point out, it doesn’t matter what part
of the shed you’re working on, it always pays to take your time to select the right material, and good material. So, before you head out to the lumberyard, I highly recommend that
you watch this video. In this video, we’re gonna
go over material selection. There are some important considerations and we’ll start with the two-by-sixes. They’re pressure treated. You definitely want to
have pressure treated because you’re gonna be resting
these directly on the ground whether you have gravel
down for your base, or you’re going directly onto sod or soil. Pressure treated is the way to go. What you want to look for when you’re selecting your material is that they’re straight. And the way you would do that, you simply pick up this
when you’re in the store. And you would run your eye down here. And you would look down
here and down this plane. If they’re straight both ways, you have a nice, straight piece of wood. You want them all like that. Also, you’ll notice that
this isn’t too heavy. It’s important when you’re
buying pressure treated lumber, try to buy it so it’s reasonably dry. If it’s really wet, really heavy, it’s impossible to know
how they’re gonna warp. And more than likely they will, especially once you get
them out in your yard. They’re sitting in the sun, you know, chances are they will warp really badly. So, fairly dry, nice
and straight, critical. Also avoid any pieces
that have any big knots. You’ll notice if you
look at this lumber here there’s no big knots. Big knots tend to be weak points. They also tend to be places
where the lumber will warp more than average. Now, as far as plywood
goes, we’ll go to that. We are using 3/4″ tongue and groove. And there’s a reason for that. If you’re bringing in any
heavy equipment into your shed, heavy rototillers, whatever, it’s nice to have the extra
stability of the 3/4″ material. It’s stronger and it’s only a
couple dollars more a sheet. This is tongue and groove fir. Now, you might decide you want
to go with pressure treated if it’s available in your area. But typically, if you’ve
got the two-by-six joists, regular fir plywood would be the best. Try to avoid spruce,
other materials like that, they’re not as strong. Fir tends to have a harder veneer. Now, there are some considerations when you’re using tongue
and groove plywood. And I’m gonna show you that. We have a label on this
sheet up here on the fence. And you’ll find this on
any tongue and groove flooring plywood, or
sheathing as they call it. You’ll have one side with a label on it that says “place face down.” Now, that isn’t necessarily
the best way to go. If you are building a house,
and you have to conform to building codes, yes. When we’re doing this shed,
we’re not gonna do that. We’re actually gonna put that face up. You’ve got to make sure that
your labels are all the same. So, if you put them all
up, they all have to be up. If you put them all down,
they all have to be down. The reason that we’re
not going to put these with the label face down is, if you look at this other piece
I have on the ground here, which I’ve already turned over, this is the side that they’re
saying should be face up. But if you look at it,
there’s a lot of knots here where the wood’s missing. It’s not the best looking surface. So, for the purpose of this shed, we’re gonna go with the other surface, which is supposed to be the face side down because the veneer has much smaller knots. They’re tight, there’s none missing. It’s gonna provide a much
better finished floor. So, that’s really about
all you have to consider when you’re selecting your material. So, I recommend, again, 3/4″
tongue and groove plywood for the floor, pressure treated
joists for your framing.

Comments (3)

  1. great video .. you do excellent work

  2. Great video's  I spent part of the summer building a shed from your video's and everyone that has seen it said how great it looks. I did add a 8'X6' deck on the back with the roof extended over it. I just love it and could not have done it this nice without your expert video's. THANK you.

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