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Cedar post foundation experiment

 cedar post foundation

A friend of mine gracefully brought to my attention the fact that I was ignoring the 6 inch freeze zone when I was laying the ground work for our new building project.

I decided to experiment with some posts from the large cedar tree I cut down last month. It's easier for an amateur like me to use this method compared to leveling out the cinder blocks.

This post is part of our Building a Storage Building from Scratch series.  Read all of the entries:

Part 1: Foundation
Part 2: Floor
Part 3: Walls and scavenging lumber
Part 4: Adding the loft
Part 5: The roof
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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Six inch freeze zone?

Last time I built anything up that way the freeze zone was eighteen inches, and I remember one winter when it froze below that.

Comment by Errol Mon Oct 19 17:22:24 2009
That's what he meant to say... Although, my understanding is that with skid foundations (the cinderblock method) for sheds, it doesn't matter because the building floats on the soil. On the other hand, our shed probably is a bit too big for a skid foundation.
Comment by anna Mon Oct 19 18:46:56 2009

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