A shed can be defined as a typically simple, single-story structure. It can be in the back garden or on an allotment used for storage, hobbies, or as a workshop. It is a slight structure built for shelter or storage. Shed ramps are necessary for most sheds, which have a wooden floor. A common shed floor will be six or more inches above the outdoor grade level. Shed ramps are made from wood or metal. Wooden shed ramps are easy to construct, but they must not be too steep. They can be made from aluminum or other metal. Most companies make ramps that can be placed permanently. Certain ramps are slightly wider than lawn-tractor tires. Caution must be taken while placing these else the tractor may flip over.
What is the need for shed ramps?
A shed ramp is required to lug the lawn mower or other heavy equipment into it. This is a back breaking task and the shed ramp makes it easier. It is easy to build and it saves you the strain of heaving heavy stuff into your shed. With the help of a few skilled tools and few materials, so you can build a ramp yourself. This comes out more economical. The ramp should be wide enough to for the equipment you will be moving in and out of your shed. The standard size for a shed ramp is usually 3 feet. But often people make is as wide as the door on your shed. It can be more than 6 inches past your outside door. There are various ‘do-it-yourself’ kits available, which come with shed ramp designs and tools. Separate plans can be made for it too.
Usually a standard 2×6 ledger equal to the width of the ramp is cut. The top is ripped so it is beveled to the angle of your ramp. The ledger should be leveled so that its 5 inches below the floor of the shed. The height of the shed floor to the ground should be measured. If you want a perfect slope where it is easy to walk up and haul heavy equipment, multiply your measurement by 8. If your floor to ground height is 15 inches, your ramp is going to be 120 inches long. Cut stringers about 6 inches longer than your ramps length. Then you can have extra stringers for your final cuts. Once you cut the remaining as per the size mentioned in your plan for the ledger board, use a square edge and hold it tight against the outside part of the ledger board and against the side of your stringer. Mark the edge. Now you are ready to cut and install.
Things to remember
• Don’t cut your stringer too short.
• The steepness of the ramp can be risky, whether you are on or off the lawn tractor.
• Steep ramps might develop an algae covering that can be very slippery.
• Be careful if you are driving a lawn tractor up a slippery ramp.
• Use real rubber mats on the ramp.