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In case not all of you know I'm new to carpentry I'm only 19 and just got my first job helping out an older carpenter who mostly does shed and decks now. My parents just asked me to design a shed for them so they can clean out our garage, my question is will a 2x8 be okay spanning 12 feet with the heaviest load on the floor being an 800# Zero turn mower. I already asked my boss and he said yes but I was just wondering what all of your opinions were and if you had any other tips?

Thanks you guys are incredibly helpful for new guys like me!
 

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As said its time to look into these. They are noted on the lumber stamp of what you buy. Learn how to read a lumber stamp too.

Southern Pine Inspection Bureau
Western Wood Products Assoc
APA - American Plywood Assoc
West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau
 

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1st find out if you are going to need to get permits.

If so then design the shed or have someone do it for you to the code you need to build to.

May have to take into account things like dead and live loads, and ground snow load, seismic loads, wind speeds etc.

Are you in a flood zone by the beach in Biloxi MS? or some other factor?

Andy.
 
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