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Old 01-09-2019, 11:27 AM   #101
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Last weekend we went out to get what we had done to date painted. While I was out there I installed the water line that will go from the back of the cabin to the bathroom.

We will be using a Tote to supply water into the cabin for the kitchen Sink and to the bathroom for the hot shower and sink in there. I also installed a hose bib at the front of the cabin for a water hose of the front yard/ fire pit area. The water will be gravity fed from the tote to the Bathhouse, with an RV pump inside the bathroom sink to provided the needed water pressure to the shower and faucet. The same will be true in the kitchen for that sink. I purposely placed the hose bib at the lowest point in the supply line to drain the pipe while we are not there or during a hard freeze. The bottom of the tote will be about 6" above grade, so the water pumps will not need to be primed. Grey water will be funneled out into the pasture below the front of the house. I will install a water catchment system on the roof for water supply, but I also have access to well water less than a mile away that I can easily fill up the supply tote anytime needed.

Next step will be to install and paint the roof rafters on the front porch, and install the Deck (2x6's treated). I hope to get that completed by Feb 2019.

My goal is to the have the cabin dried in and ready to finish out the inside by Summer......... hopefully no delays set me back.
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:07 AM   #102
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Last weekend we went out to get what we had done to date painted. While I was out there I installed the water line that will go from the back of the cabin to the bathroom.

We will be using a Tote to supply water into the cabin for the kitchen Sink and to the bathroom for the hot shower and sink in there. I also installed a hose bib at the front of the cabin for a water hose of the front yard/ fire pit area. The water will be gravity fed from the tote to the Bathhouse, with an RV pump inside the bathroom sink to provided the needed water pressure to the shower and faucet. The same will be true in the kitchen for that sink. I purposely placed the hose bib at the lowest point in the supply line to drain the pipe while we are not there or during a hard freeze. The bottom of the tote will be about 6" above grade, so the water pumps will not need to be primed. Grey water will be funneled out into the pasture below the front of the house. I will install a water catchment system on the roof for water supply, but I also have access to well water less than a mile away that I can easily fill up the supply tote anytime needed.

Next step will be to install and paint the roof rafters on the front porch, and install the Deck (2x6's treated). I hope to get that completed by Feb 2019.

My goal is to the have the cabin dried in and ready to finish out the inside by Summer......... hopefully no delays set me back.

Looking good bud....
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:11 AM   #103
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In! Nice work so far!
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:33 AM   #104
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:53 PM   #105
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Nice work. I like it��
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Old 01-16-2019, 08:42 PM   #106
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:24 PM   #107
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Great thread, any updates?


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Old 01-17-2019, 07:28 AM   #108
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One piece at a time.....
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Old 01-17-2019, 07:44 AM   #109
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Newbie here. Just found this "5 STAR" thread. One of the best ever. Thanks wlee15!!!! Keep those pics and updates coming.
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Old 01-24-2019, 04:17 PM   #110
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Awesome project and nice work so far. Following!
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Old 01-28-2019, 02:25 PM   #111
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:05 AM   #112
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Very cool build. Congrats on the property. I hope that you've found more help these days than when you first started.
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:52 AM   #113
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Really awesome build, those views will be worth all the blood sweat and tears.
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Old 01-29-2019, 02:29 PM   #114
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Old 01-29-2019, 02:52 PM   #115
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What a build!! I really want to do something like this with my dad.
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Old 01-30-2019, 04:47 PM   #116
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I'm liking it. Can't wait until you start inviting us out there hunting.
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Old 01-30-2019, 05:55 PM   #117
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Looking good, thanks for the updates!
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Old 01-31-2019, 09:15 AM   #118
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Thanks for all the likes! It has been a struggle but it will be worth it in then end. Praying for good weather this spring and summer so I can ramp up the efforts and get this done.

As far as getting help, it has not been easy. My Son and my Friend Andy really have stepped up and my Brother in Law has helped once. I do have A LOT of friend that want to come hunt, but I am starting to see that is all they want is to come hunt not work.

They always say you can tell who is really a great friend when the going gets tough, or when hard work is needed, and I can tell you it is true. But I am not gonna let that get me down, I will continue and I will create an awesome get-away place.

There was a thread on here about a place for sale is carta valley the has a magic gate. I can tell you when you have a place of your own that couldn't be more true. ALL the hard work is so worth it and even when you have long day of work ahead of you, you will feel so relaxed. I have leased for many years and there is a good felling when you get to the lease and the stress relief there happens, but it is nothing like when you own. No matter how small your land is. By no means will this place ever but a GREAT place to hunt, but it will always be a great place to be.

once again thanks for the kind words everyone, I can't wait to get out there again, and really get this place going again.

God Bless.

Here is the thread on that magic gate place.
https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=683807

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Old 01-31-2019, 10:25 AM   #119
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My goodness this thread is awesome! Congrats on the place and all the work you have completed so far! I look forward to following along!
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Old 01-31-2019, 10:32 AM   #120
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Just discovered this thread. Love the build so far. In for more.
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Old 02-01-2019, 09:37 AM   #121
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Old 02-01-2019, 08:29 PM   #122
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Old 02-05-2019, 08:20 AM   #123
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Old 02-05-2019, 10:18 AM   #124
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Praying for good weather this weekend. We are planning to go up Friday evening with the 80+ pressure treated 2X6's need to complete the deck. With the deck installed it will be easier to get the roof on (a stable platform for Ladders) and finish the small amount of welding that remains. It will also make it easier to get the concrete floor poured in the bathhouse because we can mix it in a wheel barrel on the deck. I feel that the decking is going to be key to getting things to move along quicker.

there will be aprox 800 #12 2-3/4" self tapping screws to secure the 2x6 lumber to the frame. I am expecting to have to pilot hole each and every screw with a drill bit to make it easier to connect. Does anyone have any experience using the Teks brand self tapping screws for decking? Here is the link to the screws for reference: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Teks-12-x-2...Count/50146324

Any suggestions? We thought about welding in some angle Iron so that we could use smaller length screws by installing the screw from below through the angle iron into the board. But I decided that in the long run the boards would adhere better going into the square tubing. Another reason is that down the road when a board needs to be replaced it would be easier to just back out a screw from above then to have to crawl down below the deck to uninstall. What are your thoughts?

thanks again for all the replies and encouragement, and we look forward to hearing any suggestions or experience you have that will make this build easier.

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Old 02-05-2019, 12:24 PM   #125
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Praying for good weather this weekend. We are planning to go up Friday evening with the 80+ pressure treated 2X6's need to complete the deck. With the deck installed it will be easier to get the roof on (a stable platform for Ladders) and finish the small amount of welding that remains. It will also make it easier to get the concrete floor poured in the bathhouse because we can mix it in a wheel barrel on the deck. I feel that the decking is going to be key to getting things to move along quicker.

there will be aprox 800 #12 2-3/4" self tapping screws to secure the 2x6 lumber to the frame. I am expecting to have to pilot hole each and every screw with a drill bit to make it easier to connect. Does anyone have any experience using the Teks brand self tapping screws for decking? Here is the link to the screws for reference: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Teks-12-x-2...Count/50146324

Any suggestions? We thought about welding in some angle Iron so that we could use smaller length screws by installing the screw from below through the angle iron into the board. But I decided that in the long run the boards would adhere better going into the square tubing. Another reason is that down the road when a board needs to be replaced it would be easier to just back out a screw from above then to have to crawl down below the deck to uninstall. What are your thoughts?

thanks again for all the replies and encouragement, and we look forward to hearing any suggestions or experience you have that will make this build easier.

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I would give it a shot without pre drilling first. They are self tapping so should work well with drilling a hole first. Good luck.


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Old 02-05-2019, 12:38 PM   #126
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How heavy is the tubing again?

Don't spin them too fast and burn up the tip.


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Old 02-05-2019, 02:51 PM   #127
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Praying for good weather this weekend. We are planning to go up Friday evening with the 80+ pressure treated 2X6's need to complete the deck. With the deck installed it will be easier to get the roof on (a stable platform for Ladders) and finish the small amount of welding that remains. It will also make it easier to get the concrete floor poured in the bathhouse because we can mix it in a wheel barrel on the deck. I feel that the decking is going to be key to getting things to move along quicker.

there will be aprox 800 #12 2-3/4" self tapping screws to secure the 2x6 lumber to the frame. I am expecting to have to pilot hole each and every screw with a drill bit to make it easier to connect. Does anyone have any experience using the Teks brand self tapping screws for decking? Here is the link to the screws for reference: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Teks-12-x-2...Count/50146324


Any suggestions? We thought about welding in some angle Iron so that we could use smaller length screws by installing the screw from below through the angle iron into the board. But I decided that in the long run the boards would adhere better going into the square tubing. Another reason is that down the road when a board needs to be replaced it would be easier to just back out a screw from above then to have to crawl down below the deck to uninstall. What are your thoughts?

thanks again for all the replies and encouragement, and we look forward to hearing any suggestions or experience you have that will make this build easier.

~William
I have used several hundred of those screws attaching 2x4 and 2x6's to 1/4" wall square tubing without a problem in my safe room. This is using 18V Milwaukee 1/4" impact drivers. I recommend that you predrill the wood as the self tapper doesn't do that well in wood believe it or not. Using a #3 is better than a #2 Phillips driver also.
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:51 PM   #128
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Some is on 11g but most will be 14g

The reason I expect to have to pre drill is Because I do not want to burn up a bunch of screw heads. If I make a pilot hole 1/2 the size of the shaft I figure it will go in pretty easy.

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Old 02-06-2019, 10:40 PM   #129
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Those will go through 14ga like a dream, and 11ga just fine..just slow them down some.

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Old 02-07-2019, 03:04 PM   #130
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I have used several hundred of those screws attaching 2x4 and 2x6's to 1/4" wall square tubing without a problem in my safe room. This is using 18V Milwaukee 1/4" impact drivers. I recommend that you predrill the wood as the self tapper doesn't do that well in wood believe it or not. Using a #3 is better than a #2 Phillips driver also.
Thanks Sendit! You and Dale have helped us form a plan. We are going to pre-drill the decking and then see if the self tapping screw goes easy through the steel (it should). If not we will pre-drill a smaller hole in the steel before inserting the screw.

Just purchased the wood and screws from Lowes.... not cheap but i think pressure treated should last a long time and these big heavy screws should hold up better than standard deck screws.

What would you all recommend on weather proofing or sealing? Our plan is to let the wood air out and dry before using a good wood stain. Will that be enough or should I stain then use a sealant too? Trying to make the investment last as long as possible so putting down the extra money to do it right now will be worth it. The front deck will be covered and protected from the sun. the Side decks will be open and completely exposed to rain and sun.

Thanks again everyone for the words of encouragement.
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Old 02-07-2019, 03:09 PM   #131
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I'm liking it. Can't wait until you start inviting us out there hunting.
LOL the line is getting longer.....
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:01 PM   #132
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Well the weather did not cooperate fully but we did make some progress.

I had a friend ask me how the build was going at the super party I had. I told him what we have done and showed him a few pictures and he was impressed. He said "I would love to come out and help you one weekend." I told him we were going next Friday and he volunteered to com along. He is far from an outdoors-man so I totally expected him to not follow up or have an excuse to not go. On Thursday morning he called me, and asked if we were still going, with the weather and all etc. I said yes I still planned to go, and he said OK great I will come help. WOW I was surprised but so happy to have the help.

We headed out to Rocksprings on Friday. The weather going out was BAD. There was some sleet in San Antonio when we left but it was light and well above freezing so it melted immediately. All the way up I-10 through Kerrville it was fine. As soon as we turned on Hwy 41 toward Rocksprings the temp dropped below freezing and the sleet started coming down. By the time we hit the Gavin store it had turned to a mix of freezing rain and sleet mixed. (Pics 1&2) It wasn't too slick to continue on but it made us begin driving well below the speed limit. We made it out the property with no issue and luckily we were west of the weather. We spend that afternoon chipping the ice off the trailer full of lumber and transporting it down to the build site. We huddled around the campfire enjoying food and cold ones Friday night.

Saturday morning was a complete surprise. I was expecting it to be colder and icy, but it was dry; low temps but no wind. We were pretty comfortable. We started building the West side of the cabin first. This side is about about 14' long so we cut down 16 footers and laid them in place. We pre-drilled the lumber and installed the screws using cordless impact drivers (18 and 20 volt varieties) I have to say that all the worry I had was for nothing; they went in like a hot knife through butter. (pics 3&4)

We continued on the front deck with 8' boards and completed the 30 foot run from the bathhouse to to the East side of the cabin. All in all we used 595 screws to fasten the deck AND we only had 1 failure!!! Actually the screw did not fail; somehow the screw stripped the square tubing, to be safe I threw that one away and used another one with a steep enough angle to create a new hole (because the new screw could not bite into the tubing) it worked like a charm so the board looks as if there was no failure at all.

We decided to call it quits for the day and have some time to enjoy a BBQ, some beer and a fire again.

Sunday Morning was WET. Light rain/Mist dampened our efforts to complete all 3 sides of the deck. that side is 20' long but it will be easy to get that done in a few hours time. I need to get out there soon to finish up. Maybe this Friday??
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:35 PM   #133
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That'll be a great place to sit
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:58 PM   #134
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That is looking Great!
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:24 PM   #135
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Man that’s looking awesome!!
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Old 02-14-2019, 04:18 PM   #136
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Awesome build! I have a few more years til I can start looking for a place of my own and I canít wait. Keep up the good work, your place looks great.


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Old 02-14-2019, 04:34 PM   #137
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:26 PM   #138
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Lookin good man!! Keep posting the progress.
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Old 02-15-2019, 12:33 AM   #139
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Wow, it looks good every time you upload a new photo.
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:37 AM   #140
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Thanks for all the support. Man I didn't realize that I had Monday off this weekend. And better weather to boot. Wish I would have went this weekend instead! I have plans Saturday and Sunday this weekend already so there goes that.

We are planning to go back out the 22-24th. So if you have any outdoor plans that weekend plan on it being cold and rainy! lol
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:44 AM   #141
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looking good, keep it going.
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:59 AM   #143
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I like it a lot. Well done so far
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:35 PM   #144
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I didn't have anything planned for today so I left out the finish the deck this morning. I do not like to work alone out there, especially when using power tools but noone was able to come with me this time. So I was very very careful out there and was able to get the deck completed by myself.

I arrived at 9:15 and completed the 18'X42" side deck right at 11:30! I was pretty impressed considering I had to handle and cut 7 16-footers down to 13', then cut another set of 16-footers down to 5' before setting them up to drill and screw down. I installed 143 more screws making it a total of 738 screws used. That is $162.00 just on screws! Who knew screws were so expensive! (see what I did there?)

We still plan to go out next weekend to prep the cabin for installing the roof and skinning the sides.
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Looking great!! I’m extremely impressed and can’t wait to see it in the dry!
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:25 PM   #146
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Heck of a job and dedication especially when work needs to be done!
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:05 PM   #147
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Looks good. May want to check grain while seting those deck board. You want the cup down.
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Old 02-19-2019, 02:25 PM   #148
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Looks good. May want to check grain while seting those deck board. You want the cup down.

I have never thought of that but it makes perfect sense. I honestly wasn't looking at that I was just choosing the best looking side. And when I read you post I had no idea what you were talking about, but after looking at the ends of the boards in the pictures I can see the "cup"

Should I go though and flip them around, assuming I am gonna stain them and MOST of them will be under the covered porch?

Thanks for the input, will look at that for sure the next deck I build.
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Looking great!! Iím extremely impressed and canít wait to see it in the dry!
Me too!! I think I can still get the cabin dried in before Summer and hopefully be ready to finish out the inside late summer and into the deer season.
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