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Concrete pad is best choice for shed

Posted: September 28, 2012 8:21 p.m.
Updated: September 28, 2012 8:21 p.m.


I am thinking about purchasing a shed for my yard. What is the largest I can build without a permit. Would a concrete pad be the best floor for this shed. Thank you.

David N.

Hi David,

Those pre-manufactured sheds are fine in any size offered by the manufacturer without permits. Just remember to keep it away from the property lines as code requires. The concrete pad is the best idea for those. I wouldn’t put it on anything but concrete.

Hello Robert,

I’ve enjoyed your articles for many years now (even though I don’t consider myself a DIYer. In your article today, I would like information on your preferred alarm system/monitor (as you said you would send to Alice). I am also interested in your preferred garage door installer (I’m not ready to replace my old doors yet, but I can tell it won’t be too long).

Thank you and keep up the great service!

Ron M.

P.S. And while I’m asking for recommendations, who do you use for your HVAC maintenance (mine retired)?

Hi Ron,

Thank you. I will send you our alarm, garage door and HVAC companies privately via email. The reason being if I were to publish contractor’s names it would change from being an endorsement to more of an advertisement which is something I’d like to avoid.

Hi Robert,

Thank you for your terrific column with sound thinking and advice. We have a few questions:

You recommended a certain brand of door lock. We were unable to find the column with the information using the search at The Signal website. Would you please tell us again?

We installed gutters at the roof line. We would like to attach the downspout to the stucco but you have written to never break the water barrier under the stucco. How do we secure the downspout?

Recessed lighting installed in our kitchen has a draft that we can feel when we clean the light or change the bulb. We have been told that circulation is required and recessed lighting cannot be installed air tight. Is that true and if so would track lighting be a better idea? Thank you,

Alan and Carla Z.

Hi Alan and Carla,

For high-end security locks I recommend either Medeco or Yale.

Stucco is usually 1-inch thick. To secure the downspout you would use 1-inch or less plastic anchors. Install the mounting screws directly behind the downspout which will help protect it and keep out any wind driven rain. Wrap the straps around the front and tech screw them.

Put plenty of vulkem inside the hole just in case the stucco is thin and you do create a pin hole.

You can caulk and seal the escutcheon. The caulk helps fill small gaps of the drywall that is usually not true. It breathes through the housing between the lamp and the bulb. Be sure and keep the insulation away from it in the attic.

We have designed a custom, full-color The Signal/Your Home Improvements T-shirt we will give you if we answer your question. The T-shirt is available to be picked up at our office.

Robert Lamoureux has 25 years experience as a general contractor, with separate licenses in electrical and plumbing contacting. He owns IMS Construction Inc. in Valencia. His opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of The Signal. Opinions expressed in this column are not meant to replace the recommendations of a qualified contractor, after that contractor has made a thorough visual inspection. Send your questions to


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