How to Anchor Small Sheds to Protect From Wind

Written by jim wildman
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Even if you don't live in tornado alley, you need to anchor your storage shed to the ground unless it has a concrete foundation. Thunderstorms may produce winds strong enough to damage a shed, along with property around the shed if it gets blown around. Check with your local permit department to see if they, or local building codes, require tie-down kits for sheds.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves
  • Tie-down anchor kits
  • Crowbar
  • Hammer
  • Wire cutters
  • Bolt cutter (optional)
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Electrician wire snake (optional)
  • Exterior-grade duct tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Start by putting on your safety equipment.

  2. 2

    Hammer in a shed anchor at each corner of the shed at a slight angle until the flat cutting surface touches the ground. The anchors head should be a few inches away from the shed's foundation.

  3. 3

    Use a crowbar for leverage to twist the tie down into the ground until only the eye loop is showing.

  4. 4

    Fish a piece of wire cable, that came with the tie-down kit, under the shed and over the two skids to the opposite side of the shed. The wire will run perpendicular to the skids.

  5. 5

    Attach one side of the wire to the shed anchors and secure with fasteners provided. Cut the other end of the wire with a pair of wire cutters, removing as much extra wire as possible. Attach this end to the anchor as before.

  6. 6

    Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the other side.

Tips and warnings

  • Water the ground where the anchors are to be used the day before to make it easier to get the anchors into the ground.
  • A electrician wire snake will make it easier to fish the wire under the shed.
  • If your shed has grass growing around it, place the shed anchors close to the shed so they will end up right next to the shed. This will make mowing easier.
  • Use bolt cutters to make cutting the wire easier.
  • Tape the ends of the wire with an exterior-grade duct tape.
  • Take care when cutting the wires. Wire has a tendency to untwist quickly when cut, and its very sharp edges can slice through skin.

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