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Shed Built To Withstand Flooding
For Brendon and Naomi Yoder of Sumas, Wash., last winter produced the worst flooding they’d ever seen.
    “Their house was high enough to avoid damage during two separate flooding events,” says Mark Foley, Brendon’s father-in-law. “But their garden shed flooded, floating their riding lawn mower, freezer, and assorted tools around the yard.”
    Foley came up with the idea to build a new shed that would float, like a miniature boathouse.
    Brendon enlisted the aid of his father, William Yoder of Pennsylvania, and between the two of them, they designed the new shed to withstand flood waters, stay in place, and even float if necessary.
    The building is built like a regular shed except for the buoyant foam which they pumped into the spaces between the floor joists. They also added metal posts and chains at each corner of the exterior to keep the shed from floating off to the neighbors.
    “I don’t think Brendon is hoping for another flood or planning to go into the shed building business,” Foley says. “But he’s mildly curious about how well his floating garden shed will work.”
    He estimates they spent around $800 to $1,000 to upgrade the new shed.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mark Foley, 14725 S. Brunner Road, Oregon City, Ore. 97045 (ph 503-816-1277; mark@abernethycenter.org).

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