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Moe Szyslak

Ice house frame tubing thickness?

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How thick of 2X4 tubing are people using on their frames? I did some searching but mostly just find people call out 2X4 or 2X3 but no thicknesses.

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1/8" or 3/16" would be the most common, I would think.

It is what we use on the frames we have built and have had no issues on strength.

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Use 11 gauge wall tubing (about 1/8"). It's more than strong enough, easy to weld, and fairly light in weight. You buy steel by the pound and it is at historically high prices now. Using 3/16 wall is just wasting money.

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Moe, I used 2"x5"x11 gauge on the frame for my 6.5'X16'. I don't think the wall thickness of the frame material would have a bearing on it, but, I do have a slight issue with twisting in the back of the house, I have the double doors in the rear, allowing the back end to rack slightly, I've learned that I can counter act that with blocks of wood and the lift winches when I'm setting up on the lake. Phred52

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helping a friend build a 24' plus 4' V. he used 2x4 3/16th main frame and 2x3 1/8th cross beam. 3x3 3/16th tongue. comes to personal choice. some people want peace of mind. personal i'd never use angle iron. too much twisting

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I used channel iron on my first house I built thing twisted back and forth till the day i sold it tubing is the only way to go I also ran a square tubing down the middle of the house made a huge difference.

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