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Old 04-12-2010, 11:36 PM   #736
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Prior to assembling the staves, it was necessary to shoot the inner posts (now 4 x 4) with the laser.

I find it very handy to use the laser again after the posts are cut, to check and see if the posts are correct.

If the beam barely catches the top of the post, then you're right on the money.
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:38 PM   #737
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Once all the fooling around is done with the peripherals, you can move on to the staves themselves...finally!
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I use a dead blow hammer - gently - to tap the staves into place. You set each stave quite firmly about half way into the notch, maybe a little more. Tap each stave up snugly to its' neighbour.

When the bottom hoop gets added, the pressure exerted when you wind up the bolts will very nearly close any gap completely.

A little over half way home here.
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The hoops on this one are 3/8" steel rod.

The hoop connectors are welded up from steel tubing. This was the closest size they had at the plant to slide the hoops through. I would have liked them a little smaller, but in the end they seemed to work OK.
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You need to pre-bend the hoops before they can be installed. It's easy enough to do. The trick is trying to get them just the right size.

With a 60" tub, I tried a 55" bending jig first. Way too loose.

Then 48", then 42" and finally 36" before the hoops would stay small enough. They are quite springy when you let go after having run them through the bending jig.
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:57 PM   #741
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Once you have the hoops made (and have prayed to your favourite God that you have them exactly the right length) it is time to get the first hoop on.

This is easier said than done, as it is a job that requires about 7 hands.

Each end of the hoops are threaded for about 1 1/2". Each hoop has two pieces of rod and two connectors. So, as you can see, there is a fair amount of take up room available.

You will need an assistant to push the first hoop firmly against the tub in order for you to be able to get that last nut and washer on. Once that is done, you've got it made. After that, the rest can be managed single handedly.

Here all the staves are up and the first hoop is in place. The worst is over!
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The nails you see in the above photo are to keep the hoops in place until you get them snugged up a little.

Here we are all bolted together.
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OK, time to get going on the deck framing. The posts are all old growth red cedar. They will last a good long time by themselves. But it never hurts to give them a little help, so they are treated on both ends and have a piece of 15lb roofing felt tacked on for good measure.

Every little bit helps.
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I started the framing on the back side of the tub. Here's the first bit up.
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Same thing, only from the other side...
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Once the beam sections were in place and the ends all cut to the correct angles, I added some boxing to the outside ends. Keeps it tidy and adds rigidity to the whole affair.

There's quite a bit more to be added as you will see.
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Here the lower beam framing is done all the way around the tub.
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The space right in front here will be where the steps get installed.
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The first part of the framing is done...this view of the back end.
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Prior to the joists being installed, I again used strips of 15lb roofing felt on top of the mini-beams. First they were treated with preservative, then the felt added.

This is to keep the water out and help prevent any rot. Of course, if you are afflicted with cubic money, you would just use pressure treated wood and not have to worry about such things.
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