How to Build a Lean To Shed

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all right going to be looking at how to

build a lean-to shed

we'll be building a lean to on both

sides of this current shed here

they're going to be 11 foot wide by 30

foot long the first step i've already

got completed is fastening a 2x6

board across the shed there which is


my 2x4 rafters are going to connect to

and now i'm currently working on setting

the post

that will be on the outside of my shed

and will hold the brace bar

so to set my post i have a tape measure

that's ran from the

outside of the shed to the inside of my

post marking at 11 foot

and then i have 10 foot between each

post to have a big

open bay i'm using a post level to make


that my posts are straight up and down


on both sides and it's the easiest way

to do it hands-free

and once i get it secured in the

position that i want pour

concrete around the base of the post to

make sure it's good and sturdy

while my posts are setting i'm working

on the two by

six board that runs across my shed here

on the back it's a little tricky because

i have a

previous lean tooth that's already there

on the back that i'm having to

compensate for

but i'm currently hanging these

hurricane hangers or clips

here on my 2x6 my 2x4 rafters

will fit down into these clips here and

they will be supported and i will be

able to fasten them to the 2x6

this way and so i've got these spaced

out 16 inches on center

and i'm getting these fastened so it'll

be very easy to drop my tuba

i skipped a couple steps here but once i

had the post set

i ran a 2x4 piece on the outside

all the way down through there and then

i have the hurricane clips

hangers fastened along my 2x6 i came in

and dropped my 2x4 rafters with a bird's

mouth cut out

all the way down through there 16 inches

on center

and then i'm coming back now and i'm

fastening the 1x4

boards on top this will

eventually give me a 16 by 16

inch square for all support of the 10

which is a little overkill

but i want to make sure that it was

fastened securely

with these one by fours as i finished

out here

one thing to note is your 1 by 4 is more

than likely if you're building a larger

lean to

will not stretch all the way from one

end to the other

so a note to kind of keep it a little

more sturdy

is you don't want your connections to be

all on the same rafter so as you can see

here they're kind of spaced out

i went ahead and ran every other row

from this front end

so all three of the 1x4 rows that are up

here currently

the connections are on the same rafter

when i run the rows

in between these three i will come from

the other end

making sure that my one by fours when i

make a connection at the end or

on a different rafter if you have all

your connections on the same rafter that

tends to be a weak point

in your roof and so that's the best way

to avoid it

is by doing that here so again i'm

running everything 16 inches on center

a little more than it has to be anything

between 16 inches and 24 inches is

pretty common

so i have my one by fours that are

sloping down

excuse me my two by fours for my raptors

and these ones before is going across

my roof is about a two and twelve pitch

which isn't extremely steep but just

fine for 10

but i wanted to make sure that i had

enough head clearance at the very end

here to be able to walk up under

and that's what i needed once i have all

of my

rafters and my 1x4 bracing pieces


i'm going to come back with the 10.

typically you start from the back

and work your way to the front so that

the lip doesn't show when you're looking

at it from the front

but i wanted to be absolutely sure that

the amount of overhang that i wanted at

the front was exact

and so i'm kind of doing it somewhat

backwards but it's not that big of a


as long as you make sure that you take

your 10

and lip it over your next piece coming

up and that may be

kind of hard to explain i probably don't

get close enough on the video for you to

see that

so i basically take my time on this

first piece making sure i have it lined

up and that it's square

i'm having to cut a notch out there for

the rafter coming down from the actual

shed there so i'm going to slide this

tent up

and i'm going to go ahead and get it

fastened down i put my


screws and the ridges i'll go ahead and

put them on every single ridge

every single one by four that i come to

get it fastened down

but i'll leave the very last ridge open

so that i can slide my next piece of

tint under it so that you can't see the


from this side so once you kind of get

the the tin going as long as you've

taken your time

with all your framing and make sure it's

square your 10 is really not that


where it gets difficult is when your

building is not square and you're having

to adjust your 10

for any mistakes that you made

previously and so

i'm going to get this first one really

lined up taking my time on it

and then after this one piece is

fastened down

it goes pretty fast from here on out

so like i said it doesn't take long once

those first couple pieces are down

so you can see i've got the 10 ran all

the way here to the very end

and i'm finishing up these couple pieces

you know unfortunately i was working

with the building that was already here

and that wasn't perfectly square so i

was kind of working with what i had

but i i made everything as square as i

could and then i'll come back at the

very end

with a circular saw and cut a straight

edge along my tin there

and you won't be able to see it with the

naked eye once it's completely finished

this last piece i kind of overlapped

just a little bit so that my overhang

wasn't too much on the end

or you can just cut it with a circular

saw there's a quick before picture

and what it looked like before i got

started on the lean ii

so as you can see i have dual lean twos

on both sides of the shed now

both sides were built the same way same

width length

and height that wraps up a quick and

easy way

to build a lean-to onto your shed