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steffen707

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09-18-2018 02:11 PM

Here is the carport I erected to help protect the 6000 bf of 30 year old wood I aquired. I’ve got about 7 more trips to do. I posted a while back on here and decided tarps was a bad idea. I leveled out an area in my backyard and compacted 4” of crushed granite for the foundation and put this 18×20 carport from menards ontop of it.

I know some guys actually air dry wood outside in the elements where it can get rained/snowed on. I wanted your opinions on the carport. I thought leaving the bottom portion open to allow for airflow would be best. Thought the wood can get somewhat wet if rain isn’t falling straight down, it needs air to dry it.

What are your thoughts? I think it would be better if the black fence wasn’t there for better airflow, but i’m not taking the fence down. There’s a point in this project that I just have to say “good enough”, or else i’ll end up building a environmental controlled heated/cooled outbuilding for this $1700 wood pile. =P

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.


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Steve

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#1 posted 09-18-2018 02:21 PM

I’m jealous of your carport and it looks great. I would put sides on it.

Looks like there’s room in their for a bandsaw mill. ;)

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#2 posted 09-18-2018 03:10 PM

I would leave it as is. Even though the wood is old, the airflow will help keep the wood in equilibrium with the humidity swings and changes in the seasons.

That looks great and I’ve thought about something like that as well for air drying lumber.

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steffen707

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#3 posted 09-18-2018 03:16 PM



I would leave it as is. Even though the wood is old, the airflow will help keep the wood in equilibrium with the humidity swings and changes in the seasons.

That looks great and I ve thought about something like that as well for air drying lumber.

- AZWoody


OH! Forgot to mention i’m in wisconsin. We go from 90 to -10, so the swings in humidity definitely happen here.

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#4 posted 09-18-2018 03:21 PM

I would let it open unless wind driven rains are making it wet :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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steffen707

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#5 posted 09-18-2018 03:31 PM



That looks great and I ve thought about something like that as well for air drying lumber.

- AZWoody


I bought the frame years ago and never used it. So when i was looking at tarps vs the carport, I had to spend about $350 in tarps, vs $500 in steel roof, plus $150 in crushed granite and renting a plate compactor for $60. So for $360 more than the tarps I don’t have to worry about holes, weeds, snow buildup. Plus there will be some space leftover for some garden tools, wheelbarrow. This worked great for me, because I already sunk $900 into the steel frame from 5 years ago.

This $1700 wood I got is now about $3300. lol

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#6 posted 09-18-2018 04:12 PM


OH! Forgot to mention i m in wisconsin. We go from 90 to -10, so the swings in humidity definitely happen here.

- steffen707

You definitely want as much air flow as possible. Even if you close the sides off, the humidity will get in and be very slow to get out without the air moving.

That looks great and I ve thought about something like that as well for air drying lumber.

- AZWoody

I bought the frame years ago and never used it. So when i was looking at tarps vs the carport, I had to spend about $350 in tarps, vs $500 in steel roof, plus $150 in crushed granite and renting a plate compactor for $60. So for $360 more than the tarps I don t have to worry about holes, weeds, snow buildup. Plus there will be some space leftover for some garden tools, wheelbarrow. This worked great for me, because I already sunk $900 into the steel frame from 5 years ago.

This $1700 wood I got is now about $3300. lol

- steffen707

That’s a great price on the rock. Your total price is definitely worth it for this wood and for anything else that might come up in the future.

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steffen707

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#7 posted 09-18-2018 04:57 PM



That s a great price on the rock. Your total price is definitely worth it for this wood and for anything else that might come up in the future.

- AZWoody


Yeah local only $30 per yard. Had to make 4 trips due to weight. I used a screed board technique my friend taught me for pouring concrete slabs. Worked pretty well. Never worked with crushed granite before, but everything was pretty straightforward. After compacting the rock it is “rock hard” lol. I also put down a layer of dewitt heavy duty weed barrier. Forgot about that $150 purchase, don’t tell the wife, HA!

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#8 posted 09-18-2018 05:26 PM

In case anybody was curious how I did the crushed granite . Used a string to figure out where level was, made a board midway that touched the string. Used a pretty straight 18’ 2×4 to level out the granite.

Worked my way back out to the front. That’s my dad’s custom 4500lb axle aluminum trailer. Had a local welder make it to his specs. Use my John Deere gx345 to pull it to the back yard so i don’t make ruts in the lawn.

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#9 posted 09-18-2018 08:08 PM


OH! Forgot to mention i m in wisconsin. We go from 90 to -10, so the swings in humidity definitely happen here.

I like, am jealous of your “shed”, nice place to do your work without any confinement!

That must be due to climate change because when I was in school at UW Stout in Menomonie we got winter temp as cold as -30° and with a wind chill of -70°! At times the only things on the roads where snowmobiles. When I graduated and moved to Illinois the movers could not find my barbecue grill due to 56” of snow!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 09-18-2018 08:20 PM

OH! Forgot to mention i m in wisconsin. We go from 90 to -10, so the swings in humidity definitely happen here.

I like, am jealous of your “shed”, nice place to do your work without any confinement!

That must be due to climate change because when I was in school at UW Stout in Menomonie we got winter temp as cold as -30° and with a wind chill of -70°! At times the only things on the roads where snowmobiles. When I graduated and moved to Illinois the movers could not find my barbecue grill due to 56” of snow!

- oldnovice


We got hit with 24inches of snow April 13-16 this year, and then hit 77 degrees out on April 30th. =) Must be climate change.

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#11 posted 09-18-2018 09:05 PM

personally id say not close off but close down the west and south sides. if you left about a foot off the ground open youd still get air movement while keeping driving rain and snow out.
its 30 year old CUT wood,correct? if thats the case air movement isnt as important as keeping it dry.

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steffen707

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#12 posted 09-18-2018 11:04 PM



personally id say not close off but close down the west and south sides. if you left about a foot off the ground open youd still get air movement while keeping driving rain and snow out.
its 30 year old CUT wood,correct?

The wood was rough sawn 30 years ago and then Sat in various indoor and outdoor areas until I recently acquired it.

-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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#13 posted 09-18-2018 11:05 PM



personally id say not close off but close down the west and south sides. if you left about a foot off the ground open youd still get air movement while keeping driving rain and snow out.
its 30 year old CUT wood,correct? if thats the case air movement isnt as important as keeping it dry.

- tomsteve


-- If you think it will take a week and cost $100, it will take a month and cost $400.

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