How to Keep a Shed From Blowing Away

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How to Keep a Shed From Blowing Away
Stake down a shed for maximum wind protection. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Sheds are generally durable and heavy enough to stand on their own without blowing away in the wind. However, a shed may not survive a storm with high winds, such as a hurricane or tornado. Even if sufficiently anchored to the ground on a foundation, the shed may still catch enough wind to blow away. The best course of action is to stake the shed to the ground prior to a storm. Once the storm passes, you can remove the stakes. All of the necessary supplies should be readily available at a hardware store.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Metal stakes
  • Sledgehammer, if applicable
  • Rope or tie downs

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Drive long metal stakes with a sledgehammer into the ground next to your shed. If possible, use stakes that have a twisted shank that turns into the soil. The more stakes you use, the sturdier your shed will be.

  2. 2

    Throw the appropriate length of rope or tie strap over the roof.

  3. 3

    Attach each end of the rope to a stake and tie them off, or ratchet the ends of the tie down tight. Make them as tight as possible without distorting the roof structure.

  4. 4

    Repeat this procedure for each of your stakes.

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