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Referral Links / Re: Truss Calculators
« Last post by Medeek on October 09, 2020, 02:48:55 AM »
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Owner-Builder Projects / Re: 20x30 in NE Wisconsin
« Last post by jsahara24 on October 08, 2020, 08:46:06 AM »
Nice......Framing is enjoyable, once I get to the drywall I start to get frustrated!
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: 20x30 in NE Wisconsin
« Last post by MountainDon on October 07, 2020, 04:44:51 PM »
Cool timelapses

Owner-Builder Projects / Re: 20x30 in NE Wisconsin
« Last post by Nate R on October 07, 2020, 02:47:43 PM »
9/25: Delivery showed up a bit early and went smoothly. Delivery guy did a good job, only a few inches to spare in a couple spots. Got the sill plates in plates, and new foam under the porch area sill plates done. Then got the first wall mostly framed.

See the bottom of the post for youtube links of timelapse videos from 2 days of framing work.

9/26: Had 4 of us working this weekend. Had rain much of the day Saturday, but still were able to get 2 ½ walls framed and up.

9/27: Finished framing the long wall and got another wall up. Then we found the gable end walls did NOT line up with the end truss……I had chosen to use math when framing instead of removing the trusses from their strapping and laying one down to use as a template….that was the wrong move. Had to fix the walls in place by removing the top plates and cutting some of the studs. We were able  to get the porch post and LVL beam in place before my help had to leave, and fix the first gable end wall.

Timelapse vids from those 2 days:

General Forum / Re: buying land
« Last post by jsahara24 on October 07, 2020, 03:48:23 AM »
In Southeast PA a sand mound septic could run 15-30k depending on the conditions and how much material needs to be imported....
General Forum / Re: buying land
« Last post by Dave Sparks on October 06, 2020, 06:35:49 AM »
I have done engineered pump systems and for offgrid, in my opinion they are a deal breaker. The last thing I would want is having pumps moving a waste system offgrid.

I would call local contractors as they are going to be in the know for your area.
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: Vermont 10 x 16 Shed With Loft
« Last post by rich2Vermont on October 06, 2020, 04:18:10 AM »
Owen, our chocolate lab, now three, is about 70+ pounds. He has settled down a bit, but he's very (probably too) smart, and a little prone to mischief. But he's a lovable hunk. Our first yellow lab was much more of a challenge. People used to ask, "how old is your puppy?". We'd have to say 7 years.
General Forum / Re: Staircase roofing ideas...
« Last post by akwoodchuck on October 05, 2020, 05:13:21 PM »
PVC pipe hoops with boat shrink wrap would be another great option...strong, admits light, sheds snow like a champ.
General Forum / Re: Staircase roofing ideas...
« Last post by Adam Roby on October 05, 2020, 04:56:22 PM »
I'd imagine bowing would add a lot of strength.  I can't seem to find any of the polycarbonate sheets locally online (been just searching online since that posting), but the big orange store has clear acrylic sheets that might be a similar idea, although I am not sure how much they bend before cracking.  Locally they run about $95 for a 3'x6' sheet...  seems to be the widest they carry.  We're heading in a good direction, I have some good ideas now.  The build will only happen in the spring or summer depending on time / weather / bugs...  but I could do a lot of the framing ahead of time in the garage.  I might try a few prototypes,  just put them in the back yard and see how the snow acts on them.  The canopy idea is also good but again, finding the right material in the right lengths looks like a possible challenge.

Thanks for all the great ideas so far! 
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