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HUJU last won the day on October 2

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    That's awesome. I gave mine a test last night and they weren't bright enough. I might have to order some bright lights from Amazon.
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    It's been awhile since I've had time to upload pictures. There has been a lot of progress made! The siding is up and finished! The process was more difficult to manage with the bends and my lack of tape measure skill lol If i were to do the bends again I would make sure to order 2 sheets extra and order them at the length required to wrap the entire house. From the point on the nose all the way back to the middle of the rear wall. There ended up being vertical seams along the sides here, which in hind sight, isn't ideal. One thing that i'm not sure I've noted is the bottom white trim. A lot of people use J- Channel on the bottom but you can order a trim called a step down. Which works awesome around the lower edges and doesn't fill up with ice and snow. The trailer lights are all wired up and working. Seeing whats back behind these big trailers always drives me crazy so i bought the ones with reverse lights built in. The maiden voyage was out into the parking lot and then back into the shop. It didn't fall apart so it was a success. I took a few pictures of the bending process. It was a pretty simple setup. A big piece of angle aluminum secured between 2 - 2x4's with 2 clamps a bar and a big hammer worked really well. If you're going to do this make sure to add half of the rib height to whatever the measurement you're trying to hit is. And as i mentioned before, buy the length to wrap the house from the front point all the way to the middle of the rear wall. We would clamp the bar down then hit it with the hammer to "break" the corrugations. Once they were broken it bent extremely easy. We also got most of the lighting on the inside roughed in. I have 4 110 outlets and 2 USB plug ins for cell phone/misc charging. All of the lighting will run on 12V. I'm no engineer but, each of the lights in the picture draw 240mA so with them all on I'm thinking i'll get about 30 hours of run time on one battery. There will be 2 batteries for lighting and USB and a separate one for the heater so I should be ok for a weekend "off the grid". I'll have a generator as well to run the TV and other goodies which can charge the batteries as well. I also picked up the material for the interior. Menard's is having their 11% sale until 10/21/17 and also a sale on their 5/16" Cedar tongue and groove. Between the two sales I got the price down to just under $1 per square foot. Apparently, they aren't stocking this specific Cedar anymore so I had to buy 3 different stores out of stock to get all that I needed. In the end I still didn't have enough to do the roof so i bought some Birch plywood to finish that part. I think a lighter ceiling will help the place feel a little bigger anyways. I got antsy last night and finished some of the cedar boards with Natural Finish Watco Danish Oil. It turned out to be the exact look I was going for. From what I've read i think finishing them all before installation is the way to go. Then once everything is up doing a quick coat of Danish to even everything out. At this point i'm counting the Steps left to go instead of how many I have done! It's getting close to starting the fun part ( the interior). I'll keep everyone posted on the progress!
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    Yea, I'm not sure when this project is gonna get evicted from the shop area that i'm using so we had to get it weather proof first. Ideally i think the interior first is a better approach. We ran into some issues wiring that would've been easier handling from the outside.
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    I'm not sure i'll have anything to protect the corners, that's really the purpose of doing the bends. I might do a real thin strip of diamond plate to cover the corners if it ends up that were off on any of the bends. Depends how my math skills are the day we do it i guess LOLOLOL Yea, Its a done deal, spray foam it is. I'm thinking i'll use the fiberglass on the roof in case i get any sags or leaks.
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    Been a busy few weeks trying to find time to work on the shack. We've made a little head way but there is still a long way to go. We completed framing all of the exterior walls. I've been on the fence about getting the whole thing spray foamed still so I opted to wrap the house with a moisture barrier. We installed the double pained windows that were purchased at Menards and the RV door purchased from Miltona. I called around to a few places and even with the drive the Miltona was still a lower cost option. At this point with the rear window placement i think i'm stuck with a dinette in the rear. It will be nice to have to play cards with the guys when the fish aren't biting (aka most of the time). It's starting to look like something! On Thursday last week i picked up the siding. That night we spent way too much time trying to decide on the details. Mainly, the standard corner caps were WAY too wide and I really wasn't satisfied with the way they looked. I should've had them bend a narrower custom corner piece specifically for this application, but hind sight is always 20-20. After about 3 hours of contemplating our options and 5 ft of "test" siding we decided to simply bend the tin around each corner. This would avoid a corner seam which are always tough to seal and also give the house a really clean look. Once we made the decision it actually went a lot smoother than we thought. The tin bends extremely easily once the ridges are crimped slightly. We jimmy rigged a press brake out of a piece of angle aluminum, a 1 inch square bar and 4 - 2x4's . Naturally, by the time we got the process setup it was already too late and all my help had to leave for the day. It ended up fitting like a glove. The ribs don't deform as much as you would think. There ends up being a really clean bend around the corners. If we end up screwing up any bends I might end up having to make some diamond plate corner caps to cover everything up. I'll keep posting pictures as we finish the siding.
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    I was think paying cards with the guys when fishing is slow would be ideal on a dinette. So far the votes 1-1 dinette to bench. Your build looks awesome! I like the yellow siding.
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    Yea sorry, I must've double clicked the post button lol looks like they took care of it. Wow. I'm going to Home Depot. I was in the Menards store for at least an hour. There was an option to "attach other media" I just clicked it and dragged the picture file from my computer into the upload box. It was pretty slick.
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    Yea rubber roof. I had my buddy's cousin do it for me as a side job. I'm not sure what the name of the company is
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    I may have to rethink my plan. I'm trying to decide which spot in the house will be mine AKA the most comfortable spot. Maybe that will be it lol I'm usually Muskie fishing in the fall so there is enough of a gap in there for me to make it up to the girlfriend before Ice Fishing season starts.
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    Hey Thanks! No My brothers girlfriend. She's excited to send him off fishing i think LOL
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    I've thought about raising the window but have a top bunk there I need room for. I was planning on putting a dinette in the back and it's at perfect height to see out when seated. I noticed in your build you mentioned that you opted for the bench/couch in the back. How is it working for you?
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    Hey everyone, I've been working on building my first ice shack for this year's ice season. I've gotten a lot of awesome ideas from some of the other guys posting on here and wanted to return the favor for those who might be building one as well. Mine isn't going to be as nice as some of the others I've seen on here but hopefully it helps get your wheels turning on ideas for your own. Also, this build is on going and i'd love any feedback on ideas for the house moving forward. I had a lot of help so far and have many favors that i need to re-pay. Pre - Build - Prior to starting the build i had mocked everything up in google sketch up. It worked really well to get window placement measurements and a rough idea of the interior layout. Kicker here was my subscription expired prior to starting the build so I only had a few of the drawings the i had exported as PDF's. The most helpful thing i did is printing out a layout of other ice houses on the market and using some ideas from the amazing builds on here to decide on the layout of the floor. During the google sketchup phase i also priced out materials and kept a spreadsheet going of all of the estimated costs. I figured for about $4k i could have a rolling enclosed chasis and from there the interior cost would be variable depending on finishes. The interior work is going to be done in phases that i mapped out so i don't drain my bank account all at once. Build - Phase 1 - Rolling Chasis My goal for the first phase is to get a rolling enclosed chassis. I purchased the 8x17' with a 4' "V" frame online from an auction at a decent price. it's 2x4 tubing all the way around with a mix of angle iron and tube cross members. It was finished from the factory with Herculiner and cam with trailer brakes installed. The guy that i bought it from said that it is the one that Ice Castle uses but who really knows. I used 5/8" treated for the flooring. I wanted to use 3/4" but due to the hurricanes our local Menards was (and still is) out of stock. it's weird to think we're effected by the storms all the way up here in MN. Another angle After I finished the flooring i contemplated how to insulate the floor. A lot of people on this (and other forums) sandwich 1.5" 250 expanded foam board between plywood. Plywood is heavy and I wanted to save a little weight so i opted for closed cell spray foam insulation. A buddies cousin does it for a living so I was able to get a reasonable price. It turned out really nice. With the thinner plywood on the floor it really stiffened it up and apparently rodents don't like it. The beams on the trailer were thick enough and we were able to get about 1.5-2" average foam depth and still have plenty of clearance between the foam and the ice to prevent it from freezing down. Because of the clearance i'm skipping a sheath on the bottom, some people recommend them but the added weight wasn't worth it to me. Once the spray foaming was done we started framing the walls. For this I used 2x3's purchased at Menards. I picked through their entire pile and was able to salvage around 80 good ones. It took forever. In the future a guy might rip down 2x4's or 2x6's to save some time. The walls are framed so that the inside ceiling will be at 7'. If you have a simple knowledge of framing up a house you should be good to go. I opted for 16" on center for the stud spread. This is the part that using the google sketchup drawings really helped. We framed in the windows as we went to save us a step and having to cut the studs with a sawsall. Measure twice and cut once, I realized after I built both the side walls that i incorrectly measured the wall and had to go back and move all the Studs lol not ideal but that's what happens at midnight after a few BL smoothies. We mocked up all the walls and tack'ed them to the trailer in a few spots with screws to make sure everything fit properly. Ended up that there were a few adjustments needing to be made that we were able to catch before final assembly relatively easily. A picture from my future fishing spot. At this point we were pretty certain that the structural support pole would perfectly fit in the middle After another 12 Menards runs we pulled the trailer to the middle of the shop and started leveling and squaring the walls in their final resting place. We took the time to level the trailer on the floor with shims so we could use a level to square everything. With the bent lumber its more of an art than a science but we were able to get it setup just right. For the roof I used 1/2" green treated. I realized after i purchased it that it was probably over kill but didn't want to run back to Menards again. I ran a perimeter of 2x4's around the top of the wall frame stood up and screwed the truss 2x4 to that. There is no pitch to the roof. My buddy and i had a long debate about whether or not it will sag, he thinks it will but we will see. A picture of the finished framing job. For the wheel wells a guy would want to finish the exterior of the large part before final placement. It would be nearly impossible to sneak the diamond plate behind the wheel with the trailer i have. Another closer picture attempting to get the interior. I currently have the DL-3 steel siding ordered from Metal Sales it looks similar to the siding used for ice castles. If you want a look other than the "Pro Rib" you can purchase at Menards I would recommend looking around. There are a ton of different styles available that are much more interesting. Link to the siding page is Here: I'm still trying to decide wheather or not to spray foam the interior walls. Let me know what you would recommend! As i progress the project i'll try and add more photos but this is all i have for now.