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post #1 of 23 Old 08-29-2007, 05:26 AM Thread Starter
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JoMoCo Improvement Plan

Need some suggestions from you guys who've been to JoMoCo.
In preparation for the shindig I'm ordering two 10x20 industrial canopies with walls from Northern Tool, I also plan on pouring a 38x9 concrete pad for the canopies to sit over.

This provides me with a couple things:
1. A place for people to congregate without standing in dirt or grass.
2. A place to store L&G equipment with some measure of elemental protection.

I like this approach because it's not permanent and easily changeable in the future. Canopies break down far easier than metal sheds and out of pocket costs are greatly reduced. Yes I'll use industrial anchors to secure everything.

Which brings me to my point. I imagine this pad & canopy going near the firepit, outlined in yellow. Input?
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post #2 of 23 Old 08-29-2007, 05:30 AM
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Looks like a good spot to me. I just received a Northern Tool catalog yesterday, and it had some cool tent options that might be better than two canopies.

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Why do you need all that when we had WIM to hold up a flag???

Seriously, last year was great being out in the open w/ fire pit, track, dirt, grass, etc. Only would need canopies if it were to rain, but it doesn't rain in Tampa, right? Besides, concrete pad is just something else for James & Mike to crash into.

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I got the same catalog. Didn't know I was on the mailing list.
I've run a few different scenarios and this was seems to be very cost effective. Can you find the ones you're thinking of on their website?
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...ry_6970_224712

I can get two 55418 @ $100 per and two 55435 @ $90 per = 40x10 for $380. With stakes & tiedowns, etc I figure on having 40x10 enclosed for under $450 if I can pick them up at the local store.

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Your plan may be a bit better then. I was going for single storage item vs. multiple setups with the one I posted. #252386. That one leaves 4' on either side, and overhangs the edges by 1.5' each side.

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One of the nice things about the shindig was that it was in the open, it was cold but it wasn't raining so that was a nice thing... I'm with H_Ryder on this one.

If you are set on it, then... you can enlist ridgerunner's help or call the South Carolina beauty to help you find the spot on your map!

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There will still be plenty of open area under the trees and out in the open, this would only be 400' sq of shelter on over 3 acres. The biggest benefit to me (over time) is the ability to store the riding mower, dirtbikes and other heavy equipment with some protection from the elements.

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here's another source for canopys

http://search.harborfreight.com/cpis...nopy&Submit=Go

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a bit more shopping found Northern already bundled together the 10x20 with enclosure for $20.00 less than purchasing separately. item 55421

I guess my concern at this point is strength. the 55421 is 20' long with six 1 3/8" posts. This places a post at every 6.6'. It's a 5oz canopy.

comparatively - the 252384 is 20x12 with eight 2" posts, placing a thicker post at every 5 feet. It's a 6.5oz canopy but at more than double the price.

I'm only going through Northern Tools for this project because I have $300 of gift certificates with them.

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One other thing to consider with the canopies is rainwater. You have the right thinking with the number of posts, but take into account if you aren't around, and there is a large rainstorm, the pockets between the posts can puddle, and collapse. Thus negating the effect of the canopy. Heavier material for the canopy cover should help, along with tight strapping, and more posts. Is there enough clearance to drive the mower between the posts on the eight legged model?

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the deck is a 44 or 46 cut (don't remember) with chute it'll be close but should work.

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holy shnikeys! whatever i go with will have to be stocked at the local store. shipping is huge! on a $425 order they want $235 to ship it.

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Maybe you can still order from the catalog or online. Often, retailers will ship to one of their stores for free, and then you can pick it up.

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I'll call once I'm ready to pull the trigger sometime next week.

I'm leaning toward 252385 and it's enclosure- it has good size, stronger poles and thicker canopy.

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There will still be plenty of open area under the trees and out in the open, this would only be 400' sq of shelter on over 3 acres. The biggest benefit to me (over time) is the ability to store the riding mower, dirtbikes and other heavy equipment with some protection from the elements.

What if it snows?




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You sizing the concrete to fit the canopy now? It should save a few bucks.

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Hold ON!

Make sure wherever your going to pour the pad - concrete - is where you want this "storage" encloser to remain for many a years. After the house goes in... will it still be there?

You'd hate to have it up only to tear the pad out later and need to move it.

Thats pretty much my only caution.... Well.... that and making sure the fire doesnt melt the thing if it gets too big!

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Will do. I'll walk off the layout and triple check everything this weekend while I cut grass for about 20 hours.

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location looks ok to me
so whens the tentaive date for this shindig? I wanna try to be in town so I can learn some of that S.C. stuff !

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spent 7 hours on the mower today. My arms are sunburned.
Everywhere I could get to with the mower now looks more like a lawn than a pasture.

There's still a foot of standing water in the low lying areas, can't mow until it dries up. Also bought the 12x20 garage and got it half assembled. Will finish it tomorrow. Very tired.

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Send some rain our way. My feelings won't be hurt. Can't wait to see the new changes. Did you get any manual labor assistance today?

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