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post #1 of 21 Old 01-24-2013, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Run In Shed Help

OK I was thinking of building a run in shed for my horse as a summer project and I was wondering if I would have to use cement for the posts?
Or can I just sink them into the ground?
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post #2 of 21 Old 01-24-2013, 10:42 PM
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Are you building on a foundation? What sort of ground are you building on? How big will it be? Unless it's going to be VERY large, you don't need to use concrete.
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post #3 of 21 Old 01-25-2013, 06:29 AM
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We put up a 12x24 with a center half wall without cement, it's still standing. Just sink the posts below the frost level.
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post #4 of 21 Old 01-25-2013, 09:07 AM
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dig below frost line, say 2 feet or so, then have some gravel, pack a bit of gravel in the bottom of the hole, then use a bit more gravel to get the posts level.
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post #5 of 21 Old 01-25-2013, 10:00 AM
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Just keep in mind, when dirt & wood meet, wood will eventually rot, even when encased in concrete. Might take a few years-moisture & Mother Nature will prevail though.
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post #6 of 21 Old 01-26-2013, 04:53 PM
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also have to check building codes, might be additional tax if you put holes in the ground vs building it as a "movable" structure on skids.
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post #7 of 21 Old 01-27-2013, 06:48 PM
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My run-in is a moveable building... It's 10x16 and made of rough cut lumber, large cedar logs and metal roofing. The only thing that cost us money was the roofing.
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Just keep in mind, when dirt & wood meet, wood will eventually rot, even when encased in concrete. Might take a few years-moisture & Mother Nature will prevail though.
PWF (treated) wood buried in the ground will live much longer than any horses.
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PWF (treated) wood buried in the ground will live much longer than any horses.
What does that kind of wood look like? We had some posts in the ground for a few years and my dad pulled them out and there was no sign of rot.
I'd like to build a round pen sometime with my dad and I need to know what they look like. Thanx!
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My run-in is a moveable building... It's 10x16 and made of rough cut lumber, large cedar logs and metal roofing. The only thing that cost us money was the roofing.
Did you cut down the trees for the run in shed yourself?
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