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Old 06-17-2013, 10:31 AM   #16
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Also I forgot to ask, is your post on 8' center, they look like they could be. That is what I did on mine for strength and 8' lumber was cheaper and the span width allowed the use of smaller lumber.

Here's a pic of the finished foundation. The piers are 10" dia. at the top and 18" dia. at the bottom and extend 3" above grade and 20" below grade; they have a 5/8" vertical rebar with a flat plate welded to the top which is bolted to the post.

The posts are 6"x6" milled from the red heart of cedar varying from 28" to 34" tall and are spaced 6' apart; there are four rows, each row 8' apart.
The beams are 6"x8"x12' milled from southern yellow pine.

Everything is braced as shown with 2"x5" milled yellow pine; the attachment points are made with 1/2" bolts and poly nuts; 1/4" thick angle brackets with lag bolts attach the beams to the posts.



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Old 06-17-2013, 01:03 PM   #17
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I can't help but notice that you are conspicuously avoiding answering my earlier questions about permits, plans, etc. I am really interested in learning where you could get away with building something like what you're doing. Costa Rica maybe?

Another question: If you're so broke, how did you afford an Airstream trailer?
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Just looking at that wooden extension ladder tells me you are one strong dude. Building alone is slow and takes a lot of thinking of how to do things without help. Ever try building a free standing carport alone, I have. I admire you for your efforts, in my book you did good.

The good part is if you wanted to come back and build a masonry foundation it would be doable.
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After seeing how the other guy braced his house I thought about instead of using wood, go with either all thread 1/2" crossed as buck and brace scaffolding is done or unistrut so it would serve as rebar in a solid pour foundation and be stiff either pulling or pushing. That would give the best of both ideas.
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I like how you will be able to go back and easily replace a rotten timber since they are attached above ground to the metal plates. Although they being made of cedar will last longer than even pressure tested post. I really like how you did that. I have no idea how you built a form for the concrete in the almost teardrop shape. 18" at bottom and 10" at the top. That is cool, it will give you a very big footprint. I guess the only at all decent part of how I did mine was that at least as much of what is sticking out above ground is below ground to make it rigid I hoped. Maybe it will stay standing until I can pour or block it in. In the meantime I'm installing 4x4 cross bracing.
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Great work.

I've seen many homes built with just a right hand. As long as it can sign the check, the home was built every time.

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