DIY Shed Ramps – An Affordable Option

Are you tired of hurting your back putting your lawn mower in your shed? You need a shed ramp. And if you have a ride-on mower, you really need one. Easy and inexpensive to build, it’s a project you can complete in just one day.

There are store-bought ramps available, but they tend to be expensive. Also, metal ramps can be slippery when wet. A DIY shed ramp built from wood can be safer and cheaper if you follow the right steps.

To ensure your ramp can support your weight, you should use at least 4″X4″ pressure-treated lumber for the frame of the ramp. Be sure to get pressure-treated lumber – it will ensure your ramp will stand up to the outdoors. Wood that is not pressure treated will begin to decompose after only a year and may suddenly fade.

4X4s should be spaced no more than 12 inches apart. So if you need a wider ramp, use as many as needed and space each one 12″ or less. For the ramp surface, use ¾” pressure-treated plywood. Cover it with non-slip rubber to prevent accidents when it gets wet.

Next, you need to make sure your ramp is no steeper than a 3″ pitch per vertical foot. Any steeper than this, you’re going to run into some problems. First, when your ramp is wet or icy, you run the risk of sliding down back.This can be dangerous if you’re on a 400 pound lawnmower at the time!Also, if it’s steeper, you risk grinding your lawnmower blades against the ramp, damaging both the ramp and your lawn mower.

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