Designing a ramp for a shed
I have just about completed my first shed that I built from scratch. I am not sure how best to build a ramp for my double doors though. What is considered best practice in building a ramp for an application such as this. It is only about 16″ off the ground and about 73″ wide. I was considering using PT 2x6s cut into wedges with PT plywood nail to it and then attached to a cleat under the doors. Any help would be appreciated.
How much weight are you going to load it up with?
I'd try to think of something other than plywood.
"I was considering using PT 2x6s cut into wedges with PT plywood nail to it and then attached to a cleat under the doors."
I, too, would not use plywood. I would use 5/4 x 6 decking.
Also, where the 2 x 6's set on the ground, I would have something under them to distribute the weight better.
Or maybe dig that area out some and fill it with stone.
Another day, another tool.
Concrete ramp is best.
Use some cheap old rotting lumber for forms on the sides.
Get one of the local driveway contractors to deliver you a load of old broken driveway or sidewalk (free of course, they are happy to find a place to dump) .
Hose down everything good (pressure wash better) and throw it all between the forms, jiggle around so all is just below the top of the forms.
Mix up a few bags (probably less than 5 if you really pack in the broken concrete) of pea gravel mix sacrete, tamp it down, and finish it off. Or just finish off with crushed rock vs concrete, less work.
Lots lower cost and more durable if you have to buy any of the lumber for that type ramp - if you have free PT lumber or RR ties, totally free is always best.
Thank you all. The heaviest item is a John Deere riding lawn mower (LT155). The concrete ramp is interesting. I never thought of going that route. I have a decsion to make now. Thanks again.