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29th September 2011, 02:19 PM
Hi guys.. hoping someone could help me out with the installation of a second hand cubby house I purchased.
It all seems pretty straight forward to put together but the dilemma I'm facing is getting the base level. The base is going on top of 600mm 90x90 treated pine stilts, and it is going to be sitting on a concrete slab (Which isn't level). Hence the problem.. what's the easiest way to get the base level without flipping it over a hundred times to play with the length of the stilts? I've probably got maybe an inch fall in the concrete from front legs to rear.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.


Scribbly Gum
29th September 2011, 02:33 PM
Use a clamp and an offcut length of wood on each of the legs that need raising and keep adjusting them until the floor of the cubby is level.
When finished, your legs will have a small gap under them that will need a suitable thickness of packing. I wouldn't try cutting the legs to level as you may be doing this ad infinitum.
Also if you ever want to move the cubby you will still have the original leg lengths.

29th September 2011, 02:36 PM
thanks Scribbly.. I should probably have spelled out that I'm a real amateur at this also, so I'm not quite sure what you mean.. could you please dumb it down a bit for me?


Scribbly Gum
29th September 2011, 03:04 PM
OK - build the cubby and place it directly where you want it to stand on the sloping concrete slab.
Note which legs seem too low and need something under them to bring the floor up to level. You can use a spirit level for this.
Grab an offcut of wood - maybe a piece of fence paling or something similar and place it flat against the leg that needs raising.
Lift the cubby by that leg and let the paling stay in contact with the concrete. The cubby leg will slide against the paling as it rises and the paling stays put.
When you get the cubby leg to the right height so that the floor is level, clamp the paling to the leg.
Repeat this process for all legs that need adjusting using a fresh paling each time.
When the floor of the cubby is completely level, you will have gaps under the cubby legs that will need some permanent and more substantial packing.
You may find that two legs only need lifting but often it will be three. You shouldn't need to adjust four. The gaps will often be different as well.
Once you have packed under the legs and made them firm, you can remove the temporary clamped timber.
Hope this helps

29th September 2011, 03:43 PM
Depending on the amount of adjustment, you can buy wedges that interlock. As they are moved their height will increase (or decrease).

How many stilts are there? If there is one in the middle you may find that you cannot physically get there to pack it up.

29th September 2011, 04:53 PM
Got it guys.. thanks very much for that.. seems like a much better idea than trying to take from each leg to get it all right!

Much appreciated


29th September 2011, 05:05 PM
seems like a much better idea than trying to take from each leg to get it all right!

Much appreciated
WackerDon't go down that track:D