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    My new Man Cave!

    Seems like it took forever but I am finally moving in. Between all the tools and toys I have amassed over the years I simply had no room left to store most of my yard equipment, the boats, kayaks, RZR and my utility trailer. My 2 car garage is a disaster area with no room to work and my existing shed was a PITA because I had to move 3 things just to get to a tool or implement.

    Not any more and a man needs a barn. It is not giant but sure will make life easier and I don't have to watch my toys sit out rusting any more. 18' W X 21' D X 9' H. I just finished running underground electric to it yesterday and figured out how to suspend my Kayaks. My wife designs and orders road side billboards for her company and brings me home the old Vinyls after they change a promotion. Heavy duty tarps that are 9' X 25' and they work great for closing in the open front and rear.







    I think I will even have room for a couple TWs if the right deals come my way. My work shop garage will have plenty of room once I get all the junk stored out in the barn where it belongs.

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    Nice Gary. I've been kinda looking for something like that, but smaller. My shed needs a new roof, which I "Have" to replace before the snow comes. Just wondering, was that a kit, and ballpark cost? I would be looking for a smaller 10'x12' or 8'x10' size range. I'd spike it down in my driveway..... If it's not permanently fixed to the ground, with a poured slab, I don't have to pay taxes on it. So, just kinda sit on driveway.
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    Those sheds fill up so fast that I would recommend getting largest one that works with your site and budget. Big size means big wind loads though so lots of ground anchors are advisable. Gary's looks nice and big enough to hibernate some of his bears this winter, just push aside the " Casino Raceway, Real Fun and Real Close" tarp and crawl in and curl up .
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    Yeah, that's all I can fit.
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    Very nice, Gary! That's going to give you a lot more flexibility. Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Werloc View Post
    Nice Gary. I've been kinda looking for something like that, but smaller. My shed needs a new roof, which I "Have" to replace before the snow comes. Just wondering, was that a kit, and ballpark cost? I would be looking for a smaller 10'x12' or 8'x10' size range. I'd spike it down in my driveway..... If it's not permanently fixed to the ground, with a poured slab, I don't have to pay taxes on it. So, just kinda sit on driveway.
    Werloc, there are lots of variables regarding how cheap or expensive these building are. Small ones like you want are very reasonably priced. I had to go with a certified snow load here where I am. That means heavy duty anchors and the roof has to be orientated to allow sow to slide off. Think they call it vertical panels as opposed to the standard horizontal and curved roof shape. I needed at least 9 feet of clearance to get my boats in and standard is 6 feet. The company I dealt with is HBO car ports out of North Carolina. Once I ordered it it took almost 2 months before they showed up and did the complete install for the price of around $2,600. It took their crew 3 hours to go from nothing to completely erected. I had my site level and all ready which cost me another $350 plus a lot of my own labor and prep work getting trees out and stone base in. I rented a big trencher machine from Home Depot and bought the electrical stuff. 250 feet of 12/2 UF wire with ground and conduit to put it in from one shed to the other and all the other necessary fittings, switches and outlets. All told just a little over $3,000 for a certified building that can handle 130 MPH winds and 55 pounds per SQFT of snow weight.

    It is not a permanent structure so no additional tax burden here where I am. If I closed the front and rear with metal it would be considered a garage and taxable. I don't much care if I get some snow blowing in or even if the Bears or other animals seek shelter inside of it. The purpose is a cover over my toys for the winter that keeps most of the weather out. Closing the front and rear with heavy tarps that are free is just an added benefit and the casino changes them monthly so I have an endless supply if I need them. One mans trash is another mans treasure is the way I see that. Sure, my stuff is not very secure from thiefs in this new barn but then the thiefs have to deal with a dog that stands guard 24/7 and an owner who has all the calibers and ammo needed to get the job done. Recreation is a good thing here in these woods.

    I think you could get what you want, 8x10 or 10 X 12 for under a grand. Just forget about those canvas covered shelters we see a lot of. Been there and did them twice and both collapsed as soon as the snows came. Neither type made it through a winter here.

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    Looks great Gary! Alot less than I would have guessed, $$, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbm View Post
    Looks great Gary! Alot less than I would have guessed, $$, too.
    A bit more than I wanted to spend but when you start raising it 3 feet higher, adding the 12 gauge steel for heavy wind and snow load and changing the roof so snow just slides off it begins to add up. Last year I had over 4 feet of snow out my back door and it was the real heavy and hard packed stuff that my RZR could not push and the snow blower kept clogging up. My canvas shed was straining and I could not get the snow off of it because it was frozen solid. Fortunately the poly cover held up but the metal frame just collapsed and folded in. My neighbor has a steel car port like mine but the much cheaper and smaller type that did just fine. I can always add a few more sections in the depth, 4 feet at a time and I do have the room to do it. No more room to go wider but I think this should serve my needs well.

    I can't give the installation company great marks for getting it erected, kept coming up with delays and excuses but once they did get here they did a great job and it took a total of 3 hours to get it done. I tried to ask some questions during the install but my Mexican is a bit rusty. I have no worries that it can take the weather and wind so I am pretty sure it will be good for 20+ years right where it is. I suspect my toy collection at 82 will be a bit less demanding unless you guys keep me working and active.

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    Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
    If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

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    2017 Snowdog Track sled tow motor for ice fishing
    Kubota BX2370 Subcompact tractor with snow blower
    Wilderness System Ride 115 fishing Kayaks

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