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Old 08-25-2017, 04:44 PM
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Fortunately, I was lucky. I'm absolutely certain that ramp was not designed to carry that much weight. But.... But the saw mill was closing at 2 and closed tomorrow, and I needed at least that many 1 x 10's to skirt around my decks.
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At least you had sense enough to strap everything down. You get a pass for that!
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
Fortunately, I was lucky. I'm absolutely certain that ramp was not designed to carry that much weight. But.... But the saw mill was closing at 2 and closed tomorrow, and I needed at least that many 1 x 10's to skirt around my decks.
Aw hell Mike..I've seen A LOT worse....
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Ain't stupid unless ya bent or broke something!!!

You didn't bend or break anything did ya?
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
Fortunately, I was lucky. I'm absolutely certain that ramp was not designed to carry that much weight. But.... But the saw mill was closing at 2 and closed tomorrow, and I needed at least that many 1 x 10's to skirt around my decks.
Running a strap, or two, from the top of the gate to the front of the trailer would have made the trip a little less of a disaster.
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Aw come on man! You should have rested the wood from the back of the trailer to the top of the Yukon
Then we would have something to talk about!
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Unless you eliminated yourself from the gene pool via death or castration, you cannot win a Darwin Award. Better luck next time!
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Looks good to me, try harder.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
Running a strap, or two, from the top of the gate to the front of the trailer would have made the trip a little less of a disaster.
I thought of that, but I was fresh outta straps, only carry six. I have two of those trailers, one in FL and one in SD, identical from Tractor Supply. I do a few mods as soon as I get them, a sheet of 3/4 ply bolted to the mesh deck, 2' wide piece on the ramp (I think that's what saved it today), then weld a length of chain down the inside on both sides to attach straps anywhere, and a eye on each side of the ramp for straps. The one in the photo was new in June, carried a shit load of wood to build two decks, almost 100 retaining wall blocks 74lbs each (20 at a time). Paid for itself over and over already, my Wrangler doesn't like pulling it up some of the long grades here when it's loaded, thats for certain.

Edit: This is what I'm doing with the rough sawn pine. Never saw it done, but certain I'm not the first. Should look pretty cool once it turns grey.
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That's nothing, your good with a small load like that.

Go sit in Home Cheapo's parking lot at the contractor's side and watch those idiots strap 10-15 sheets of 1/2" - 3/4" plywood or 20 - 30 2 x 4's, 6's, 8's ....... and what not on the roofs of Yugo's, Civic Honda's, etc. any given day until the tire's are flat and the roofs are caved in.

Seen it tooooooo many times.
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Level 2 redneck engineering. Darwin candidates start at level 8.
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I bought the same trailer back in June and fixed / modified it right away. I chose to run deck planks rather than a piece of plywood for the decking, it's nice having the new tractor supply right on southern blvd.
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Check to see whether the gate slides into receivers on the frame (pin into pipe) so you can remove it when you're....oh, you're already done, fuggetaboutit..
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
I can see your Darwin award nomination on two levels, the one you've identified and the other being why didn't you open your ramp down to the ground , lay your lumber down flat on the trailer , lash your lumber down on the front of your trailer , then lash the ramp up to the lumber to hold the ramp out straight off the ground????
I could have done that, but the road getting to the saw mill has some pretty good holes, I don't think that would work

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And I can see you could possibly be up for a third nomination, South Dakota gets snow doesn't it.........how you planing on controlling frost heave with your deck sitting on top of the ground?
The red clay here turns into concrete, most decks are built that way here. The frost line is 48" down. Oh, and they work. If any of the blocks do shift, won't be hard to reset it, thats just one use for a bottle jack... The retaining wall you see in the background is not on a foundation, don't need one. Once you prep the surface to be like power, wet it, set blocks. I did that, waited two or three weeks and started stacking, that's how it's done.

As far as skunks, hadn't thought about them, not going to worry about that bridge until I get to it. People skirt decks with all kinds of stuff, hell the whole house is skirted with concrete board...

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