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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    Ok, meant to post an update sooner, but been busy trying to get other yard stuff done :)

    Here are links to photos, some show the finished (for now) wood frame and other photos show it covered with...
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    Hey Phil, thanks for the comments !

    Amazingly enough the tarp on the PVC framed half of the canopy survived today's wind gusts of up to 40 MPH and it is simply attached by the grommets about every...
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    Thanks, actually most of what I have used thus far was material that was sitting around for a long while that originally was for extending a backyard deck, but that project got put on indefinite hold...
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    It's not like iron of course, but it feels more than stable enough for just being a frame for a large tarp.

    Yep, our dog, Xena, supervises me when I'm working on it, and occasionally grabs her...
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    Re: Small yard with a big dog

    We too have a Border Collie (mix) and know how active they like to be :)

    Here in South Carolina we can have times where it can rain for several days in a row at times so we came up with a solution...
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    two pics to show progress of wood frame so far (I plan on adding more ties)

    http://scdiy.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=190803516

    http://scdiy.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=190803515
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    I definitely realize there is indeed misinformation on the web, but I had hoped the web site I found with that info would be somewhat dependable. (It was from the " International Association of...
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    Thanks for noticing. I was already considering adding a collar tie every third one.

    According to one web site -

    "Collar ties are probably not needed if metal connectors were used to fasten the...
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    No problem, I'll see about posting more pics after getting a reasonable amount more done.

    Some weeks I can get more done than other weeks because some weeks it might be raining on my off days,...
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    Ok, things have been busy for a while, but I got started on the wood frame for the canopy and wanted to share some photos. (I am putting the rafters 2 feet apart)

    I had put back up half of the...
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    Re: How to move a one car wood frame garage?

    I don't have any personal experience moving such a large building, but I did a search and Youtube has some videos of people moving large sheds, ect.

    Here are a couple examples, you can search...
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    Thanks for the ideas Keith. Actually the fence posts themselves did not budge, but the PVC itself collapsed as 3/4" PVC is very flexable.

    I'll be starting to do a wood roof frame starting at the...
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    Hopefully before the end of the week I'll get started working on the hybrid solution while still considering what cable size to use.

    I'll see about posting more picture links as the project...
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    Ok, I guess the photo uploader simply does not work as I saw where someone else had the same problem on another thread.

    Anyhow, I found a site that offers free web pages so I made a quick site so...
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    Ok, after thinking it over I am now considering a hybrid solution, use a cable but also have a 12 foot wide roof frame at the midway point for strong support in the middle of the 80 foot long length...
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    I even tried cropping the photos to make the file size smaller, but still says not valid.
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    Here are 2 photos of before the collapse from the rare snow, one is before the tarps were put on so you can see the 3/4 " PVC frame, the second is the covered frame.

    .....well, the photo uploader...
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    The original 3/4 " PVC frame actually worked great until that rare snow, I had the tarps stretched tight over it and it looked good. The extra support I now want to have under the PVC is just to...
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    Re: Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    Thanks for the reply and ideas Keith, I will keep various possibilities in mind before deciding for sure how to proceed.

    As far as using 1/2" galvanized pipe, would it be enough extra support if...
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    Unusual outdoor project - need advice

    I'll go ahead and ask two questions first then explain in detail what I am trying to accomplish.

    If I screwed together eight 10 foot sections of 1/2 " galvanized metal pipe to make an 80 foot...
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