Base for a Shed?

17 Mar 2009
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United Kingdom
I need to lay a base for a shed (6x8 timber) and intend on using some paving slabs. Before now I have always laid them onto a dry mix of ballast & cement. To save time on the mixing etc, is it possible to lay them onto 'Type 1 MOT' if I give it a good levelling out and tamp ot down firm ?
Either way, how deep do I need to go with the MOT or the Sand/Cement mix. The soil area below is pretty well compacted and not too soft .
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I’ve never used a concrete base; I’ve used both large paving slabs & 6ft reinforced fence barge boards as a base for some quiet large sheds over the years & only ever bedded them on sharp sand; I've never had any problems with movement. The shed I left at my last house (6 x 6 ft) was still fine after 18 years. The shed here at my latest property (4 1/2 years) is large, 20 x 8 ft & the base is laid in exactly the same way; no problems to date.

Your not building a house, it’s a shed & there is not much weight in a shed! ;)

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