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Re: The floathouse is finished
« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2012, 05:49:00 PM »
     That is truly impressive.  Thanks for showing it!
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« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2012, 05:50:01 PM »
Great! That should be a really fun place.
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Re: The floathouse is finished
« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2012, 05:50:15 PM »
Nice work. Truly amazing.
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« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2012, 06:20:51 PM »
JVK, thanks for the info on concrete floats (I learned something new today).  Keep up the good work! 8)
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Re: The floathouse is finished
« Reply #24 on: July 23, 2012, 08:54:30 AM »
that's truly a beautiful looking project.  :)

I can't help but wonder about the septic and electrical systems though.

septic tank and generator in that little shed?
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« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2012, 09:39:03 AM »
wow !!!!!! all that with a 13 hp mill . Just think of what he would have built with a Lt 70 there might not have been another tree left in B.C.  LoL
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« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2012, 10:51:06 AM »
just outstanding! really leaves one speechless! what a joy it must be to sit back and take in that view. Happy for you.
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« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2012, 07:35:24 PM »
Gday

Thats Bloody Awesome and Great Workmanship Im pretty sure you will have the 50 in no time Mate  ;) ;D ;D 8) 8) 8) 8)

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« Reply #28 on: July 23, 2012, 08:26:37 PM »
I build houses, and install commercial docks for a living, but I've never gotten to do anything like that.  That is awesome.  I even have a 13hp manual bandmill, i would love the opportunity to build one of those.  Does it freeze where you're at? if so, how does that handle ice shift?  It looks great, and appears to float balanced, and i know how difficult that can be when you're dealing with different point loads in different areas.  Great Job! thanks for the pictures, I even called my wife in to look at them.
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« Reply #29 on: July 23, 2012, 09:04:34 PM »
That's really cool JVK.  I want one ;D

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« Reply #30 on: July 24, 2012, 04:29:15 AM »
That is a swell project. I had heard about concrete ships used during the 2nd. war but this is really something. They use blanked off used pipeline pipe and large Butane tanks down here. Looks really nice. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: The floathouse is finished
« Reply #31 on: July 24, 2012, 02:20:34 PM »
that's a nice house, but I have one question, how does the house stay together with wave action under the floats. it would seem to me that as a wave move under the floats it would move the floor. what do you do to prevent wave action from ripping the house apart?

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Re: The floathouse is finished
« Reply #32 on: July 24, 2012, 02:28:51 PM »
What a beautiful area for a floating cabin !

Now thats one roof I would not be too overly concerned about falling off of,,, at least in the summertime !
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« Reply #33 on: July 25, 2012, 01:31:10 AM »
You guys ask good questions. These cabins are floating in calm places away from any bad weather. Thats the main thing to figure out before building something like this. The only waves are the wakes generated from boats.

There are 30 concrete floats for this place weighing in at about 3000 lbs each. Thats 45 tons of cement just in the floats. With the weight of the beams, deck, house and all the stuff inside you have a mini iceberg with a lot of mass under water. Real hard to get that to move with the wave action it will see. The spaces between the concrete floats is a plus, because the wave energy gets canceled out as they try to work there way thru the float. The entire top is sealed to keep spray from hitting the bottom side of the cabin and keep the otters and mink from living under the house.

Weather here is mild in the winter. Maybe 1" to 2" of ice sometimes as there is a thick fresh water surface lense from all the lakes and such. So ice is no problem.

Building one of these is a little differant as you can imagine. You have to figure out what all the framing, windows, roofing, and all the stuff that goes into a cabin weighs. Then calculate how much foatation required to float all that and then have the finished height of the deck to satisfy the owner and the boat that will be tied to it. You can see in the first photo that there is more cement block showing than in the last pic. This cabin sank about 10" from start to finish.

First thing is to start with a heavy duty flat floor. Then plywood everything to death, even some of the interior walls. That makes a sort of truss type deal, because as the float goes down with load the floatation really starts to push up. A lot of cabins have a big hump in the middle - not good. Next thing = leave the level at home, it won't work. The cabin tilts all over the place as your building away.

No one fell off the roof, but we lost some tools.

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Re: The floathouse is finished
« Reply #34 on: July 25, 2012, 08:20:47 AM »
Thanks for the narrative.   :)
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« Reply #35 on: July 26, 2012, 07:15:31 AM »
What a beautiful area for a floating cabin !

Now thats one roof I would not be too overly concerned about falling off of,,, at least in the summertime !
 :)

With the proper mathmatical calculations (  smiley_beertoast ), I believe a waterslide could be incorporated into that roof design  :)

Awesome job, I would love to have one of those!  What a way to relax!
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Re: The floathouse is finished
« Reply #36 on: July 26, 2012, 07:34:31 AM »
What type of plywood do you use for the decking, marine grade?

Thanks for the insight, very interesting.
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