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How to Safely Re-Level your Shed [VIDEO]

Posted by Cook Portable Warehouses

Jan 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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When every Cook building is delivered our drivers make sure it’s up to our high Cook standards. Each building is delivered fully assembled, set-up and leveled as part of our free service. This leveling process ensures that the shed’s doors and windows function correctly.

The initial leveling method includes using wood shims to raise the building up to 6 inches. But if your shed requires more than 6 inches of leveling, we recommend using 4-inch, solid concrete blocks instead. For more on the requirements to complete prior to the delivery of your Cook building, read this blog post!

And don’t forget Cook Portable Warehouses are made with ground contact rated lumber. This includes the entire floor system and all its components (notched floor skids, floor joists and 5/8” pressure-treated floor decking) last the test of time.

The quality of these materials allows us to offer a LIFETIME WARRANTY against fungal decay and termite damage on all of these components. So, if any part of your portable building’s lumber is damaged, Cook will repair or replace it at no cost.

Although every Cook shed is made of quality materials and designed to last, it might be necessary to re-level your shed from time to time. Throughout the years due to weather and ongoing wear and tear, parts of your building could settle too much.


So here are the steps to help you level your shed:

First, you will need a 2-foot level, 1 and a half ton floor jack and either concrete patio blocks, treated wood blocks or wood shims.

Once you have your supplies you are ready to begin.

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To raise the back of the building:

  1. Put the floor jack under the back wall plate.
  2. Place the 2-foot level in the location that needs to be leveled.
  3. Raise the building until the bubble is directly in the center of the level.
  4. Put a concrete or treated wood block under the 4x6 skid and then lower the jack.
  5. Recheck the level to make sure it’s still correct.


To raise the front of the building:

  1. Put the floor jack under the front wall plate.
  2. Place the 2-foot level in the location that needs to be leveled.
  3. Raise the building until the bubble is directly in the center of the level.
  4. Put a concrete or treated wood block under the 4x6 skid and then lower the jack.
  5. Recheck the level to make sure it’s still correct.

To level a single door or double doors on your building:

  • For single door buildings, raise the opposite back corner of the shed to level the door.
  • For double door buildings with a gap at the top of the door, put the jack directly under the door. Then, place a wooden shim under the skid. Lower the jack and check to make sure both doors are aligned at the top.

To learn more about how a portable shed can fit into your life and how quickly and easily it can be delivered, download our free Fitting Guide by clicking the button below!

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Topics: The Cook Difference, Shed Maintenance Tips