Discussion in 'Home Improvement' started by bggrnchvy, Aug 12, 2014.
Nice job bro!
I've been out of the country and otherwise just cleaning up piles of metal/debris as of late.
I worked on a little project this weekend that's hilarious enough to share. I've wanted to built a mailbox stand that was unique since we bought the house, we're required to have one out by the curb. So while cleaning up I found a leftover chunk of a W10x26 beam and a piece of 1/2" plate I'd cut to gusset the W24.
I dug a hole to start.
A little time in the bandsaw squaring the beam chunk up and cutting down the strip of 1/2" plate. Some time with the tig burning those plates in and a series of steps to drill the 3/4" holes in that plate (have I mentioned I need to buy a new drill press) and it was ready to build the cage and threaded anchors. I built the cage bolted to the beam to keep it all aligned and just metal glued the rebar and bolts all together.
I threw some dobies leftover from the slab pour in the hole and put the cage in.
200lbs of concrete, some troweling, wire wheeling and paint and it's sitting out front in all of it's hilarious glory. In a couple of days I'll cut away the upper couple inches of sonotube and get some non-shrink grout in underneath.
It makes me laugh every time I look out the window.
Looks like it could total out a dump truck
LMAO that's awesome!!
Ha ha! 200 lbs of concrete! No one is going to baseball bat that mailbox down....
Would love to see kids face after hitting with said baseball bat lolz
So? You're a big Ozzy fan?
lol that's awesome. How's the mailbox attached to the beam?
There was a kid in high school who would sing just that lyric everytime he saw me.
I cut and drilled some 1/8" strips and welded them across the top. It's got some 1/4-20 18-8 button heads and washers holding it on.
Dude did something similar in Michigan when I was growing up after having issues with snow plows mowing over his mailbox. I believe said dude then got in trouble when a snow plow/car ran into it causing some bodily injuries. Doesn't look like you would have similar issues obviously but just a friendly FYI.
Thanks for the frequent updates, mate!
Hopefully you'll post more in the future. Everything looks great to be honest!
Love the mail box...a little overkill, but awesome nonetheless...i'm pretty sure that wouldn't fly with my wife though. She like's "pretty shit"
It's like 6' from the curb. If they're that far off the street I think I'd have a case for self defense of occupants of the house
If I ever get back to working on the house, absolutely. We were away for a week, then I spent Saturday working on the Dodge, and Sunday I started building a little cart for the little mig. I'm supposed to be prepping ground for driveway.
It was my wife's idea
Saturdays' adventure was updating the Dodge, because 170k miles and the seats are uncomfortable and the lack of bluetooth and aux input (it's been broken for a loooong time) is annoying.
Mmmm, 9k mile 2016 seats. Much better.
And double din touchscreen to replace the 1.5 din factory yuck. I ran the back side input up into the center console. Still need to get a back up camera.
As I continue my path of working on things other than the dirt work I should be, I built a mig cart to get my mig out from under foot since it got kicked off the fab cart.
I still had leftovers from the workbench/tool box build so I just used those. A couple inches of an 8" sch40 pipe, 3 chain links and a De-Sta-Co clamp for a bottle holder and some larger wheels so it go onto gravel if needed and it's useful again and out of the way. The spool on the bottom is innershield.
Still needs a drawer so I can keep the nozzles, tips and other items on this cart not the tig.
Well I chose this last weekend to rip out the driveway, some other concrete and start grading the front.
Of course, I bring the first 5 tons of concrete to the only local recycler open on Saturdays an they're full up because their plant is down for repair. I haul that 5 tons a half hour east and empty the trailer, but they're only open 7-12 on Saturday so only one off haul load got done.
In light of not being able to get rid of any more concrete until today, we peeled up a bunch more and piled it up. Then started grading as we're taking it down a few inches for base. Front yard spoils went to the back corner that's low. Still have to rip out the dead weeds and some left over wood.
With dirt moved, we loaded another ~5 tons of concrete last night and I hauled it in before work this morning. After getting back, I loaded up another load so it's ready for tomorrow morning. I'll spend some time tonight ripping up what concrete is still left. Looking like 5 loads total, ~50klbs.
I pulled up everything but one last pad of concrete last night and stacked it by the curb for easy loading. Took another 11klbs to the recycler this morning.
I feel like my life is get up early, take trailer to concrete recycler, bring trailer home, drop it off, drive to work, sort problems there until I'm smoked, go home, hook up trailer, break/load concrete, eat, sleep, repeat. This morning was load 5. There's another couple thousand pounds to load tonight, then it's all gone.
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