building Man Cave One in Scottsdale AZ

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  1. walkingbear

    walkingbear Long timer

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    Shopped at Lowes today. Scored a load of redwood 2x4, 2x6 and a few 2x8 for 60% off. They were in the cull section (bent, twisted or slightly split )of the lumber yd.

    We are putting a roof of the trees to the corners. A little shed roof maybe.

    I will have pics later this week.
  2. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    When I grow up I want a manhouse like yours :D

    Very well done, thanks for taking the time :thumb
  3. RecycledRS

    RecycledRS Along for the ride

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    Great build and report!
  4. walkingbear

    walkingbear Long timer

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    Lots of people are here this morning. My carpenter and his helper, the concrete guys pouring the ribbon and me .. making the coffee and running to Lowes for extra material.

    First the tree house is taking form. The deck is up and we came up a different framing plan for the crows nest,

    The deck is fully covered. We are going to add an additional platform .. 5 feet from the deck

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    framing and the composite decking

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    we are adding an additional block under the joist hangers. We wanted take addition strength to the hanger.
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    headers are 4x8 x12 joist are 4 x 6 x 8

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    Friday we worked on the landscaping water control. We have water control piping under the concrete driveway.
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  5. advNZer?

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    You havent left much room for that tree to move in the wind!
  6. walkingbear

    walkingbear Long timer

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    I read that you only need 2 inches for movement and growth ..on the base of that tree (mesquite tree).

    There was concerns about keeping the root system and keeping a water supply to it. We have been trimming the tree upward and out.

    Topping the tree to keep it's shady canopy , thinning out the shoots off the top branches so it would get top heavy in the wind.
  7. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    i guess it get windier here than there then,although 2 inches per side gives 4 inches back and forth.I guess a biggish tree like that wouldnt move much
  8. Keith

    Keith Slabbing it

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    Very nice to see all the progress. Congratulations on the project.
  9. walkingbear

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    The cold windy morning .. but as the day worn on .. it gotten warmer.

    Task at hand was to finish the tree deck or get as much done as we could before sunset. First the rail framing and building the connecting bride from the deck to the tree deck.

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    The sides of the railing are 1 x4 industrial grade strips. They are spaced 3 inch apart.. and sits 48 inch high.

    The picture below is the 4 x 6 douglas fir beam hanging between the tree deck and double post column. We used all-thread with fender washer and nuts on
    both ends. We will be blocking under the beam later. This thing is really rigid.

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    The north railing side was set higher to prevent little climbers onto the swing beam.
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    Picture below of all the finished railing walls. There are spaces open to attach the climbing wall, the slide and the ladder. The extra wood material came in
    handy today .. as we ran out of lumber that we ordered.

    The first swing piece was hung this evening as a test fit.

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    The bridge from the deck to the tree deck


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    The tree .. we decided we are going to build a table around the tree .. for activity. Next weeks task
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    sunsets from the decks

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    Along day on the decks and running for supplies. Couldn't have done this job without the carpenter and his helpers.



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  10. walkingbear

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    Had a hammer dropped on my foot Sunday... and yesterday.. I had a bout of the gout. Finished putting the swings up and leveling the area.

    Waiting for the landscaper to install the under ground water and electrical lighting. I set order 4 yards of sand and stacking rocks before finishing off the ladder, climbing wall and attaching the slide.

    Pics to follow

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  11. camperdad

    camperdad Been here awhile

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    No rebar in the driveway?
  12. walkingbear

    walkingbear Long timer

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    we have 4-6 of 3000 psi concrete. The front drive way by the garage has fiberglass micro fibers in it.
  13. walkingbear

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    We had a busy morning 14 yards of 1/4 minus (sand and rock) when it is compacted it dries really hard. Using it as fill.

    6 yard of playground sand to be used under the treedeck

    144 sq feet of landscaping block.
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    Then .. I walked in the garage and looked at the inventory and determined I am a parts whore.

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    drill press and big vise

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    reorganizing the tool box
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    I have a space for the R90s tear down by next week. I think I will ride her this weekend first. There is a lift under all those boxes
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    front of the house
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    81 R100 and 75 R90S
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    Miller welder
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  14. advNZer?

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    seems you also an airhead whore :clap
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    Thinking of trading my 05 K12S for a 83 R80ST. Doing some research on it now.
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    Best kind of whore there is...um that's what I heard anyway
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    greywolves Too OLD to be a NOOB

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    I only "WISH" my garage looked THIS good! So does my WIFE!!!!:rofl
  18. walkingbear

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    3 days of waking up in the high 20's. Feels like I'm back on the east coast again.

    We purchased sand the other morning and clearly this sand box must be too big since I order an additional 10 tons.

    We laid down the sod and we are going to use the extra sand to level off the area. The rye grass in 3 days started greening up. We test fitted the slide and everything looks good for the final construction of the ladder and climibing (slant) wall.

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  19. walkingbear

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    The 3 day cold spell... 28 degrees outside ..inside 52. Good insulation.
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