This step by step diy project is about portable generator enclosure plans. If you want to protect your portable generator from the elements, this 5’x7′ shed is the solution to your needs. I have designed this shed so that you have an easy access to its interior, using the front doors and the top lid. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
Portable Generator Enclosure Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 84″ long, 7 pieces – 57″ long FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x60″ long, 1 piece – 36″x60″ long FLOOR
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 84″ long, 7 pieces – 72 1/4″ long BACK WALL
- D – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 84″ long, 2 pieces – 6″ long, 6 pieces – 57″ long, 2 pieces – 72″ long FRONT WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 53″ long, 4 pieces – 57″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- F – 1 piece of T1-11 siding – 48″x77 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 36″x77 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 48″x62 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 36″x62 1/2″ long SIDING
- 12 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 27 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
- 4 pieces of T1-11 siding
- 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 1 1/2″ brad nails, 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
- PART 1: Portable generator enclosure plans
- PART 2: Generator shed roof plans
Building a portable generator shed
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the generator shed floor. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber at the dimensions indicated in the plans. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 2 1/2″ galvanized screws into the perpendicular beams. Make sure the corners are square and check if the edges are flush. Add waterproof glue to the joints for a professional result.
Cut the floor for the shed from 3/4″ plywood. Attach the panels to the floor and secure them into place with 1 5/8″ screws. Pre-drill before inserting the screws and place them at every 8″ along the joists.
Building the wall frames
Next, you need to assemble the wall frames for the generator shed. Use 2×4 lumber and 1/2″ plywood for the header. Add glue to the joints and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the components together tightly. Align the edges with attention, so they are flush before inserting the screws. In addition, drill pilot holes before inserting the screws to prevent the wood from splitting.
Next, assemble the front wall for the generator shed, using the information from the plans. You need to leave enough room for the door opening, so make sure you adjust the plans to suit your needs.
Continue the project by assembling the back wall for the generator shed. You need to double the studs placed at both ends of the wall, making sure you insert 1/2″ plywood fillings between them. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Align the edges flush and check if the corners are square.
Fit the front and back walls to the floor shed. Align the edges flush and use a spirit level to make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor to lock them into place tightly.
Build the side walls from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions and assemble the back wall, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs.
Fit the side walls to the floor of the shed. Align the edges flush and secure them into place by inserting 3 1/2″ screws through the bottom plates into the floor. In addition, I recommend you to lock the adjacent walls together with 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Attaching the siding sheets
Attach T1-11 siding to the back wall of the generator shed. Align the edges flush and secure the panels into place with 8d nails. Insert the nails every 8″.
Fit the siding panels to the front wall, as well. Cut out the panels and smooth the edges with sandpaper. Align the edges flush and secure them into place with nails.
Make sure you check out PART 2 of the project, so you learn how to build the roof of the shed, as well as the top lids. I will show you in a very detailed manner how to build all the components you need for this generator project.
This is a simple project you should be able to build in a few days without much effort. This 5’x7′ generator shed is ideal for any property, as it will protect it from the elements. In addition, if you use the right color scheme, this shed will add visual appeal to your backyard. If you want to get this project as a PDF file, with 1 full cut list and 1 full shopping list, check out the GET PDF PLANS button bellow.
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Your plans are ok but allow for way too much waste. I followed them and had at least 6- 2×4 pieces, some as long as 39″, left over. Better would have been to use 16′ 2×4s, less waste.