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    Rafter Raiser

    Building a steel frame house and I needed something to set the heavy main rafters. I didn't have a crane and too broke to rent one. I did have a small tractor with a front loader on it. It didn't go high enough so off to my junk pile and welder. My "Rafter Raiser" worked out really well. Just shows that a poor boy can still get stuff done.
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    Those Florida termites won't stand a chance.
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    Re: Rafter Raiser

    Yes, they will have to chew a long time on this one. Steel siding too.
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    Re: Rafter Raiser

    i luv it. the tweeked smiley face bucket. the burn barrel, filing cabinet, vehicles all over. i rate it as a A-

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    Scrap metal solutions - I like your style
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    Wow! Steel framed house! I've never heard of such a thing. Of course, we don't have termites where I live. Here all the nicer houses are now being built with double stud framing with gap between. They blow them full of either closed cell foam, (good) or dense pack cellulose (bad) They get OSB sheathing, covered by at least an inch of polyisocyanurate foam sheathing, then siding. I worry about the errors in construction that might cause condensation. A wall full of mold is not desirable.
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    Like the steel rafters ,that should be around for a long time!

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    All the exterior walls are 6" with heat radiant insulation applied before the steel siding. Then fiberglass insulation on the interior side. Non of the metal studs are load bearing. The red iron framework handles that. The interior is open. You can put walls wherever you want. None load bearing. This is a self build so it's starting to slow down cause so am I(haha). Told my daughter I was thinking about a big double garage door on one end. She didn't laugh.
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    I'm very much impressed.

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    Re: Rafter Raiser

    Was that a kit build ?

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    Yes it was a kit. Everything was pre-cut except trim and siding. 12 foot lengths of siding, but the house laid out so very little cutting required. Lots and lots of bolts, nuts, screws and rivets. Everything came in the kit to finish the exterior except doors and windows. I did the dirt work and plumbing for the slab. Hired some guys to pour the concrete. I did the anchor bolt layout cause the guy in charge of pouring didn't seem like he had a handle on it. He had never done one like this. Had some help with the red iron and the roof panels. The rest I have done by myself. It's a job I will never take on again, but it is quite a learning experience.
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    Re: Rafter Raiser

    hdonly effort is appreciative. but, i don't think alligators farmers feed hay. due to my geographical location, i found altenative. a haysqueeze. i've hung around country corner stores before, waiting for a hired hick on a squeeze to talk to. now days, anytime you see a haytruck, theres either a squeeze following them, or one waiting for them. when i was a kid, there were squeezes, but were uncommon. they moved hay w/ a boom truck, a bale at a time. a haybucker earned his name. anyway, heres a great lternative for lifting stuff mobiley
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    Well, if we're talking hay, I have never heard of a hay squeezer. Pretty neat machine. When I was a kid in Tennessee, we handled all the hay by hand. In the field to the wagon. Then to the barn and threw it a bale at a time to the stackers inside. Then back to the field. You are right, alligator farmers don't feed hay. But, as I am in what they call, Lower Alabama, we do have some cows and horses around here. Most do round bales and use a pole on a tractor to move them. Don't see near as many square bales, mostly round around here. Or some folks build their own hay spike.

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    Re: Rafter Raiser

    Quote Originally Posted by hdonly0 View Post
    Building a steel frame house
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    Did you build it to sell?

    would make a nice garage/shop.
    whats the Sq. Ft. ?
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    Re: Rafter Raiser

    Not quite done, but no, It will be my house. Living in my temporary "baby house" that I built right now.
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