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texhand
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13 13 10:35 am    Post subject: Latest Project Reply with quote

Well, What I really want to be doing is working on my pit, but apparently before I get to that, my wife wants a deck cover Rolling Eyes

So here we go....

This is what it looked like in the beginning:



I get home from the steel yard, after dropping $800:



Day 1 - Got the hedges ripped out, landscape timbers gone, 2 holes dug, and three posts set. The back one is screwed to the deck, the others are in concrete.



I know the welding is coming on Day 2, but my cart in the garage is big and holds all my clamps, magnets, scrap, flap wheels, pliers, soap stones, squares, everything finds its way there, you get the idea... So I need something more mobile to move around the back yard. I had an old hand truck I got from a garbage pile, and took some scrap I had laying around and spent Day 1 night making this:



My friend said it looks unstable, but there is a bracket on the back it leans on and it is surprisingly very stable. I'm going to make a box on the bottom where the platform is to cart around clamps and such.

Day 2 comes and it is foggy, everything is wet, so it will be a late start... But manage to get the two "out end" posts cut to height, squared and beam brackets welded on.





Also get one of the beams made:



This beam is 23' long. 2, 8" 14ga purlins nested together and stitch welded, the end caps are on and just need to be ground smooth tomorrow.

At the end of the Day2, the 4th post set, and I'm glad all the digging is over...:



Tomorrow begins Day3....
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13 13 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

texhand, your project is looking fantastic. Very Happy I will be watching for more pics and updates. Very Happy
Just think about it. The Mrs. wants a deck before you finish the cooker build. Heck man she is just thinking about you and wants you to have a nice comfortable place to relax after a long day of working on the build. Wink Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14 13 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a pretty cool project you have going on. Be interested to see how it turns out.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14 13 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, and Kevin you are right - she is just looking out for my best interest Laughing

Day3 arrived chilly, but it was sunny and dry. Had to take my daughter to softball practice, so it was another late start. But by 1pm, I had everything back outside and started grinding down the end caps on the outer beam, then got it set in place and welded.



It has an 18" overhang on each end that I will weld hangers to for plants, wind-chimes, etc.





Got the inner posts leveled and squared and the brackets welded up.



Second beam completely made. This one is 20' 2" long.



Done for the day. Need to pick up some more CO2/Ar before next weekend.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14 13 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

texhand, looking better everyday. Very Happy When you go down to the W/S store to get the gas do yourself a favor and pick yourself up a nice AC/DC stick welder instead and throw that old wire feed away. You will thank me in the end. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14 13 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, that's been on my list for a while now. But first I'd have to wire in a 220 outlet, and secondly, I don't have that much experience with stick and therefore my confidence level in my SMAW isn't as high as it is with my MIG. I'd love to be a better sick burner though, three is so much more flexibility with stick then wire, I'm just not there yet.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15 13 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

texhand, cool project you've got going. Very Happy
Wait till your done and come home with a new stick machine. Wink
You can tell the Mrs. , you need it to make things for her. Cool
Keep up the good work. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15 13 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks GF.... that's how I usually do it, "Oh you want this, well, I need *this* new tool to make that Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16 13 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its looking good texhand. How much fun was it getting that 2x8 up on top the upright Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16 13 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't that bad actually, it only weighs about 150#, and I lifted one end, clamped it loosely so that it wouldn't fall over, but was still moveable, lifted the other end, clamped it loosely, then slid it over to be centered. Tightened the clamps and welded it. Although, I'll be glad when the second beam is done Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21 13 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the week was interesting... I went to refill my bottles, but they had expired, so I had to get them certified, that cost $60 and cost me a day, I finally got the refilled on Thursday. (I know Kevin, I would have that problem with a stick box Wink ).

Saturday began Day 4, it started out nicely, sunny and 40deg:



Then the wife wanted to go R-Panel shopping to look at the colors, she ultimately decided on just galvanized, but it cost me the morning. Then the daughter had softball practice, so I only had a couple hours, but managed to get the other beam on:



Day5 was nothing but work, so I got a lot accomplished:

The end rafters are installed:





Putting the last rafter in:



All rafters are installed:





Got the first of the stringers welded up to screw the R-Panel to:





Next weekend will see the rest of the stringers installed and the structure painted. Then the R-Panel installation in 2 weeks.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28 13 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Day 6:

Yesterday was busy with yard work and other stuff, so didn't get to the cover, but today began Day6.

My son and I got the rest of the stringers placed on the rafters, got the first one set in place, then he decided he was going to take over the welding:



Yes, I know he needs to be wearing long sleeves and gloves, but he's 16, and welds everyday at school, and well, we all know how well 16yo's listen to their parents Confused



I was just happy he had the time and interest to be involved.



I'm glad that he's doing well, in fact, some of he beads look better than mine Mad



As I got finished a section, my daughter wasn't far behind with the paint Very Happy



At the end of the day, we got all but the last stringer welded up, but it is clamped in place and ready for tomorrow.





Next weekend is the R-Panel.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28 13 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

texhand...looking great Very Happy

Good to see the whole family is involved.

glad you called him out on the sleeves. I'll call him out on the top step of the ladder. Wink Laughing Wink glad he likes welding. tell him great job from me.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28 13 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Maniac - I would call him out on the top step too, except he graduated from the "Dad's school of ladder safety" as you can see in the pics above, with me standing 2 footed on the top step. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28 13 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's all looking good from here! Very Happy And besides, if you are not supposed to use the top two steps, doesn't that make a two foot stepladder even more worthless than it is? Shocked Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31 13 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Texhand Could you build it any stronger??? Your house will low away before the roof on your deck will.
I want one just like that.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31 13 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks QObsession, Yeah I probably could have built it a bit stronger, but this was enough work as it is Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31 13 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a great start to the biggest smoker I've every seen! Laughing Wink

Nice work. I'll be following your progress.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01 13 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

texhand, very nice work on the patio so far. Very Happy A big Congrats to the children for taking an interest in the project that is cool. Cool Nicely done to all involved. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01 13 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your coming right along on this project for sure texhand Very Happy Always great to see the kids get involved, makes it a sense of pride for everyone. I look forward to seeing it completed, as Im sure you do too Laughing
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