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So I'm finally getting around to thinking about installing a solid floor in my lean-to. I considered dumping stone but I'm not sure we'll stay on this property forever and I may opt to move the lean-to to a different area as I clear land. That said I'm torn between attaching the floor to the 2x(10/12 - can't remember which) that I used as the skis (one scabbed to either side of the 4x6 uprights).. or creating a floating floor where the deck boards are just attached to ground contact 4x4 posts. Either way it should be fairly easy to move around.. not sure if the sections of lean-to + associated floor would be too heavy for the 1025R to man handle or not though. Currently it is very easy to reposition the lean-to with the FEL and a log chain. My second question is: what thickness of deck board do you think I'd need. I was looking at 5/4" deck boards b/c I'd like to keep the cost down but I don't know how far I could span the supports given the load.

For the curious, my lean-to is comprised of two sections with woven roof panels (yes I tied the rafters and skis together also). Each section has a roof with an approximate footprint of 12'x12'. The floor space inside the skis is approximately 12'Lx10'W.

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NEVER gravel,,, that gets old,,
I have one section of a shop that is floored with solid bricks,,

For a non-concrete floor,, the bricks are pretty great,,,
Spend the time installing them correctly,,, they will stay nice,

I installed them because I was planning on parking a leaky tractor there,,, 20 years ago.

I got rid of the tractor,,, the floor is still perfectly level,, and it would be easy to move,,,,
 

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I like the idea of the wood 2"x floor, but I'm not one to comment as to whether that would be thick enough to carry the weight of what will be in the lean to. You'd probably need your floor joists on 12" centers for sure. It would be considerably heavier and therefore challenging to move I suspect.

I put up a pole barn this last summer not realizing how nice a shop in it would be in addition to critters. It's 24' x 20', with my dirt excavated floor. I had a couple of recycled rubber 4'x6'x1.125" mats that I had in the canopy tent I previously parked my 1026R in, so I move them into the new shop. wow, how nice to walk on. I got a few more to park the 1026R on and now have decided to do the entire floor with those mats. They're 'horse stall' mats so on the work/tractor side or on the sheep/steer side they should hold up better than dirt. They supplier is a former client so I get a good deal on them. Your post reminded me I need to order more to complete the work/tractor side and do the sheep/steer side before the critters arrive.

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I like the idea of the wood 2"x floor, but I'm not one to comment as to whether that would be thick enough to carry the weight of what will be in the lean to. You'd probably need your floor joists on 12" centers for sure. It would be considerably heavier and therefore challenging to move I suspect.

I put up a pole barn this last summer not realizing how nice a shop in it would be in addition to critters. It's 24' x 20', with my dirt excavated floor. I had a couple of recycled rubber 4'x6'x1.125" mats that I had in the canopy tent I previously parked my 1026R in, so I move them into the new shop. wow, how nice to walk on. I got a few more to park the 1026R on and now have decided to do the entire floor with those mats. They're 'horse stall' mats so on the work/tractor side or on the sheep/steer side they should hold up better than dirt. They supplier is a former client so I get a good deal on them. Your post reminded me I need to order more to complete the work/tractor side and do the sheep/steer side before the critters arrive.
That's a great idea for those with a dirt floor! If nothing else it will help keep the moisture down and a heck of a lot nicer to lay on if you need to get underneath something.
 

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I've been VERY happy with it. Easy to clean and move again should I want.


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I like the idea of the wood 2"x floor, but I'm not one to comment as to whether that would be thick enough to carry the weight of what will be in the lean to. You'd probably need your floor joists on 12" centers for sure. It would be considerably heavier and therefore challenging to move I suspect.

I put up a pole barn this last summer not realizing how nice a shop in it would be in addition to critters. It's 24' x 20', with my dirt excavated floor. I had a couple of recycled rubber 4'x6'x1.125" mats that I had in the canopy tent I previously parked my 1026R in, so I move them into the new shop. wow, how nice to walk on. I got a few more to park the 1026R on and now have decided to do the entire floor with those mats. They're 'horse stall' mats so on the work/tractor side or on the sheep/steer side they should hold up better than dirt. They supplier is a former client so I get a good deal on them. Your post reminded me I need to order more to complete the work/tractor side and do the sheep/steer side before the critters arrive.
Heck, they work darn good on concrete too...
 

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I used one of those mats for a pick up truck bed liner, works great and a lot less than the cost of any mat made for a truck (Aftermarket or Manufacturer)
 

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Sorry for the delay - spent most of the day trying to sleep off this sinus infection. Evidently my body has fully adjusted to NC weather. As soon as this cold spell hit so did the sinus problems.

For my particular case I need to raise the floor level above grade. Most of my soil is sand(sandy clay) above packed clay. Any time we get a decent bit of rain the sand filled bowl fills with water and I pretty much have water streaming through/above my grass. If I put the wood decking on 4x4s that should be enough height to keep things dry. The price point for 5/4"x6" deck board is roughly half that of treated 2"x6".. which makes 5/4" appealing but since I'll be backing my 1025R with 700# tiller I should probably go with the 2 by. Anyone have a guess what the 4x4 spacing would have to be for either 5/4" or 2" decking?
 

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. Anyone have a guess what the 4x4 spacing would have to be for either 5/4" or 2" decking?
Put the 4x4's under the wheel tracks of where you will drive the tractor.
 

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Most decks are now required to be 12" on center for floor joist. ( this is people load) Yes, it depends on what material is being used. But with that said, I would use the 2 x material and put the 4 x 4 joist on 12" centers. What's the tractor weight? Ballast in wheels? That rear wheel will have a lot of load concentrated on a small area. Then add to that the tiller weight until it is lowered to floor for storage......
 
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