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The "I'm Not Worthy" Project Log #2: Charged with A-Salt: I was Framed!!!

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Blog entry by DIYaholic posted 256 days ago 851 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I work for a property maintenance company that offers lawn care, plowing and salting services. The boss/owner has purchased a skid-steer and needed to put it to use. With winter approaching, he has decided to purchase salt in bulk, thus freeing us from the time constraints imposed by our salt vendor’s “hours of operation”.

We need a place, on site, in which to store the bulk salt and protect it from rain and snow. Rather than farm out construction of a “Salt Bin”, we are building it ourselves. Now this ain’t no fine woodworking, but it does require the use of saws, sawdust making and the like. The salt bin will be 18’ wide, 20’ deep, 14’ high opening/front and 10’ high in the rear.

I’ll allow pictures to do most of the talking….

Day 1:
Really Day 1/4, consisted of preparing the ground work. The sod was removed, the area leveled and “sure-pack” was brought in and compacted. No pictures of a boring flat work surface….

Day 2:
Cast concrete “Legos” create the 3 base walls….

Big Arse Trucks are always cool….

Each block is 2’ X 2’ X 6’ and weighs in around 3700lbs!!!
The 3 base walls in place…

Day 3:
The asphalt work was farmed out….

Day 4:
Time to make a sandwich.
We needed to make two 18’ beams. Three layers of 2” X 12” sandwiching two layers of 1/2” ply….

Day 5:
Who Framed Roger Rabbit…
Framing is being done using 2” X 6” material.
The skid-steer being put to use.

The back wall framed, with three window rough openings.

Front (left) column/wall, that will support one end of an 18’ beam.

The other (right) column/wall, that will support the other end of the 18’ beam.

As the sun was setting, we called it a day and went out for some adult beverages and dinner.
This is the “Job Site” as it stands.
I just hope it is still standing, when Day 6 begins and work continues….

Up next is the left and right center beam columns, place the two beams and frame out the left and right walls….

Thanks for looking in. While your here, can I get you a cold one???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?



13 comments so far

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#1 posted 256 days ago

Impressive Luc

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Handtooler

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#2 posted 256 days ago

Quite an ambitous adventure! Looking good. Enjoy the beverage and break.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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redryder

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#3 posted 256 days ago

You sure this isn’t your new shop….....................

-- mike...............

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stefang

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#4 posted 256 days ago

I’ve given up salt, but it’s good to know that someone is taking good care of it! Nicely done so far. I like the big laminated beams.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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JL7

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#5 posted 256 days ago

And I thought you were just gluing up a massive cutting board….

If I ever need a jumbo salt bin, this blog will come in right handy…..I’m going to chance this winter with just my 5 gallon bucket of salt…...risky I know…...

Looking good there Randy…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Handtooler

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#6 posted 256 days ago

Question from the non construction carpenter. Rather than laminating 3ea. 2×12’ s would the equivilent LVL stock not have been cheaper, not erquire substantial glue and drying time as an alternative solutionl and provide extreme structual support for the snow load you are expecting to use this musc salt? Just need to learn something today.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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sras

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#7 posted 256 days ago

You know—- you COULD put some inlays on that beam. Just a thought … ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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DIYaholic

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#8 posted 256 days ago

Thanks all,
for taking the time to read and comment!

Red,
With no insulation and only three walls, that would make a very chilly shop, here in the Green Mountain state!!!

stefang,
Giving up salt???
Salt free pretzels just doesn’t seem quite right!!!

Jeff,
If your 5 gallon bucket goes empty, you know who to call!!!

Handtooler,
I’m neither the engineer/architect or purchasing agent, so I haven’t a valid answer!!!

sras,
I’ll run that one by the boss….
I may be able to escape a day of leaf wrangling, should he say yes!!!

Again, thanks for all the comments….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 256 days ago

A unique project thanks for sharing.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dave

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#10 posted 256 days ago

Looks like carpentry on steroids.
Cool.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Bluepine38

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#11 posted 256 days ago

With only 3 walls, what is going to keep the snow out of the front?

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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DIYaholic

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#12 posted 256 days ago

a1Jim,
You are welcome.

Dave,
It is a “big build”!
You are cordially invited to help raise the two beams into place.
Kind of like an old fashioned barn raising!!!
Are you in???

Gus,
An excellent question!
We will be using a heavy duty trap, hung from top, raised and lowered like a Roman shade.

Thanks for stopping in….
Y’all are welcome to stop by the job site to help out!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Dave

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#13 posted 256 days ago

I am. I framed houses as a young man and after a day of wall raising you were sore for three.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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