Originally Posted by Thomas G.
Yea, but what do they come with as part of the standard kit? Just a few anchors as I recall.
You recall correctly. The last one came with some that were a piece of metal with a cable in the middle, and a tool that you drove them into the ground with, and the metal theoretically turned sideways and held them in the ground. You just put the cable around the bottom bar and clamped it.
I had several issues with it, one they just looked cheesy. Two, the bottom bar just clamped around the legs, so it had the chance of the whole thing turning into a kite, while just your bottom horizontal bars stayed there. Three, there was no way to tension cable, so it would have wiggled the legs all over the place.
I took one look and junked them. The first shed came with 10" pieces of rebar with a washer welded to it, not sure if you were supposed to set the thing in concrete, or what. Good luck in dirt.
I have the 10 36" ground screw anchors (4 on each side, 2 in back) with 3/16" cable and turnbuckles going to the TOP horizontal bar that is bolted in, and can not slide down. I also have both sides and the back "X" braced with the cable and turnbuckles so it can shake around in high wind.
I made a 2x8" treated lumber "foundation" around all four sides. I cut squares of lumber, and hole sawed 2" holes for the legs to set in them, and screwed them down to the "foundation". That keeps the legs from splaying out, and from sinking in the ground. I also used u-bolts to bolt the horizontal bars to the foundation.
It's a 10x20 shed.
So yes, I did much more than the instructions say to do, but no more than common sense should dictate. It hasn't budged in 5 years, and I've had wind that ripped the vinyl soffit out of the track and right off my house.