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Trailer Rebuild

On and off over the last few weeks I rebuilt an old utility trailer. The new version carries clippers, gas and other things and can tow behind my lawn mower. It was a fun project – hope you enjoy the video!!

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Bob’s New Abode – stage 1

As the Raider’s anthem so aptly states, the “autumn wind is a pirate, blustering in from the sea.  With a rollicking song he sweeps along swaggering boisterously.”  The autumn wind is upon us and in the Comox Valley that means one thing:  rain.  Now before I get too carried away, let me remind my readers from parts elsewhere that contrary to popular belief, we don’t get six months of rain here.  In fact, we don’t get three months or two months.  We get a lot of grey, overcast days which sometimes make it feel like it is raining!  Compared to a few other cities, the Comox Valley’s seasonal rainfall is quite reasonable.  Of course, we all know the axiom regarding statistics!

That said, poor ol’ Bob has a house with a leaky roof and I need to solve this problem.  In addition, the trailer Tim, Dad and I just built needs a shelter from the monsoon.  After some careful consideration, I determined that the existing lean-to shelter is pretty much done and needs to be dismantled.  I will salvage all the wood and the metal sheeting and use it in another project in some fashion or another.  I’ve sourced my new lumber locally, from a responsible supplier.  I just have to pick it up, finish the dismantling process and start construction.  It sounds so simple.

My normal M.O. when doing these bigger projects is to think about the end result whilst omitting some of the specifics regarding measurements, calculations or design features.  My childhood dreams of being an architect were probably best left as dreams!!  That said, I’m hoping that I nail this project.  I’ve measured three times not twice and even have my laser level out!  This weekend past, I dismantled the existing framework.  This weekend coming I hope to start the construction phase.

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Monster garage…

Over a recent weekend, Tim, Dad and I opened our version of Monster Garage as we worked on converting Tim’s old tent trailer into a utility trailer.  Our first step was to strip down the old tent trailer structure, right down to the rusted metal frame.  Next, we bolted the deck, made of 2x6s, to the frame.  Despite my best efforts, I managed to screw up the initial bolting stage by using 3″ carriage bolts instead of 2″ – I didn’t have a socket set to tighten the nuts on a 3″ long bolt!  After removing the old bolts, we replaced them with the 2″ version which worked great.  In addition, we used self-drilling screws to attach the uprights to the frame.  The mid-span screws went in like butter but the frame corners, perhaps due to extra thick plates of metal were like, er, iron.  We had to use a metal bit to screw through these sections and went back to the bolts instead of the metal screws.

Once the deck and the vertical stanchions were in place, we added the rail, three courses, and tailgate.  The finished result was solid and square but it wasn’t known how much we could actually load into it; only one way to find out – load it!  We hooked Bob up and towed the trailer to the North 40 where we loaded it about half full of dry firewood which it held just fine.  Bob towed the loaded trailer with no problem, over grass and ruts, all the way back to the woodshed.  We’re probably going to need to make couple more trips to clear up the firewood cut thus far.

This Monster Garage production was a challenge but we ended up with a utility trailer that will serve our three families for years to come!

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