What have you done to your house today

Discussion in 'Home Improvement' started by Infamous05, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. Badd GT

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    If your joists are running the 8 ft direction use 2x8. It’s better to notch(seat cut) your posts but you’d want to use a 6x6 to do that. With a 4x4 and tree fort you would probably be fine just lagging your band to the 4x4 w/3/8 lags or carriage bolts if you like and bolting some solid blocking under them.the 16’ span will need posts on the corners and 2 more on the span (total of 4) so, when it’s all done 10 posts. You could make your band out of 2x8 and joists 2x6 running 8’ direction and just nail a 2x2 under the 2x6 as a ledger, nice and easy!
     
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  2. Dad

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    Thank you for the input. I had thought maybe a 6x6 for the corner posts would be better and still go 4x4 for the other posts. I could just set the rim band on top of those and use brackets there. I would be running my joists the 8' direction for the sake of simplicity.

    Here's my sketch of what I am planning. They are pretty light, sorry. post cut.jpg side.jpg
     
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  3. oldVOR

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    Check with your HOA and/or county before you start to ensure you don't have any codes/restrictions with building the tree fort. A neighbor built one and had to tear it down since it wasn't within the county codes for placement, height and sq/ft.
     
  4. Dad

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    Lowe's brought the lumber Saturday.
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    After an afternoon's work.
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  5. Dad

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    Day 2. Safety is very important.
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    Since I was doing a good bit by myself, I attached a scrap of plywood to the bottom of the rim and set the joist on it while I hung the joist hangers. I am sure that I didn't come up with this before anyone else.
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    The kids are hard on bits. I think they think the grinding sound means they are working harder.
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    Don't tell the wife this whole thing is a ruse to get to buy some new tools.
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  6. AndrewNagle

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    Aren’t all projects; home and auto ?
     
  7. Dad

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    Shhhhh.....
    People talk crap about Craftsman power tools, but this thing is STOUT. If I did this stuff for a living I probably would go with Dewalt or Milwaukee, but for home use I love these things. Everything done on this project so far has been done with this. Other than digging post holes. The lag bolts were done with it too. I went behind with a ratchet to get them sunk into the wood, but it dang near twisted my arm off driving them in. The recip saw works great too. Gets a tad hotter than I like, but ripped through the 6x6 posts pretty easily. And with a 10 year old blade on it because I can't find my new one.
     
  8. Iceman62

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    Great job/start on the fort, but can't agree w/Craftsman tools...their quality went to crap in the 90's. Most of my power now comes from Hitachi and/or Milwaukee.
     
  9. Dad

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    If I did this for a living I would go with Dewalt or Milwaukee, but for home use these are gonna be fine.


    An 80 degree Saturday got me to this point.
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    I had to take down the back wall and shorten it. I was hitting the tree and either had to move it in about a foot or make it shorter.
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    It's only a tree fort if a tree is involved, right?
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  10. AndrewNagle

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^looks great, keep having fun
     
  11. Gabe

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    Is that tree done growing?
    Cuz it would suck if in a year or 2 the tree's larger girth might spread apart those boards.
    Looks good though!
     
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  12. Iceman62

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    After dealing w/horseshit wood windows f/ years (leaking, painting, fixing, etc.) finally bit the bullet & hired Pella to install all new vinyl windows. This is when the crew started...more pics later of finished product(s). Super happy w/Pella (crew & quality). :D

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  13. WJBertrand

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    Demoed my old rusty steel shed. Going to replace it with a wooden one painted to match our house.

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  14. Gabe

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    Picked up a new-to-me 48" riding mower, this one being a Husqvarna with a 23-hp V-twin Briggs and Stratton Intek engine.
    From what I hear, not a great line of engines, but I thought it was a great buy for only $250. It runs great, the battery has an 8/18 date code on it, and it has a new deck belt too.
    Doing an oil/filter change tomorrow, cleaning it a bit, and making some adjustments, then hoping to use it right away to mow the lawn that's close to needing to be hayed by now.
    It's wider than my little trailer can handle, so we had to just go with my truck ('06 Tundra) and improvise getting it in there, since I have no ramps and the guy's ramps sucked.

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  15. Dad

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    DISCLAIMER: I had zero input on paint color. My 7 and 8 year olds picked it out. Would be awesome if anyone was a Dolphins fan..... but hey.

    Getting close. I have to put on the last section on the roof then shingle it. Then it will be the railing, windows, a few small side pieces, whatever else I haven't done, etc.
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    Yes, my garage is Tim Allen approved. It has a drain.
     
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  16. WJBertrand

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    And here’s the new one!


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