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Old 07-27-2016, 06:55 PM   #31
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Glad to hear you passed. I know you thought it wasn't "so bad" but I'm not sure what you gained by it.

Do you need this thing to be mobile? Because a $1000 could go a long ways towards making a little shed/cabin.
What would be gained is having the framing and some electric components already done. We hadn't realized the roof and interior paneling would need redone too.

But no, it doesn't "need" to be mobile. Though I think I'd like it to be on skids just for ease of moving it later if we should decide to move there after retirement and build a real house.
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Old 07-28-2016, 10:55 AM   #32
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Low budget lodge/cave would be 2x3 walls, 1/2" cd ply sheathing and 2x6 low slope roof. Use roofing nails to nail down the edges, roof cement for overlaps. Quick. Pay the carpenter. I would have ripped out all existing electric in that old shed anyway. Easier to get 14/3 100' extension cord and cut it to add couple outlets, switches and lights. Plug 2000w generator to it when youre there. Unstring the whole thing and take it with you when going home.
No matter the size, 2x10 floor with support every 5-6' for perimeter and floor would be good enough. Every 8' if you use double rim joists. Never on a valley. As long as in a wood, a tree house?
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:31 AM   #33
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The shed had the housing for the electric meter and the breaker box, etc, already in it....new wiring wouldn't be all that much since we own more than a hundred feet of the right type of wiring (bought when we had an electrician friend do some new lighting for us). All kind of academic, since we aren't getting it. Besides, I'm the one that keeps telling my husband we don't need electric and a Coleman lantern, some candles and a propane RV stove will do just fine. We've done primitive camping for up to 9 days before...it's no big deal.

Speaking of electricity though, a question: How high wattage of a generator do we need to run power tools? Circular saw, drill, maybe fill a compressor for a nailer? I mean, it would be like 1 tool at a time...We've been thinking of getting one, but I don't know how much of one we'd need?

I think we can figure out the basics. I'm sure we could assemble a kit shed and even modify it to add windows, etc. Maybe we'll find a reasonably priced builder. Lots of Mennonite contractors in our area who do a great job at reasonable prices. Question is whether we can beat the cost of the pre-built sheds. We hadn't considered building from scratch before this.

A tree house would be fun...but we don't have that size trees in the area where we want it. lol Besides, my butt's too old (and big) to be climbing up ladders. I don't even want a loft.

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2x3 walls. Never on a valley.
I guess I don't understand what you mean by "never on a valley".

Also, do people call them 2x3's instead of 2x4's now?

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