Bob's caboose build

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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby S. Heisley » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:10 pm

Those pups are so cute!
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby godskid » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:29 pm

S. Heisley wrote:Those pups are so cute!

Ditto! And the picnic table is gorgeous, too. :)
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Tue May 30, 2017 6:22 am

Well the caboose now has a chicken house.......

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Well it is a joint venture between the land lady and myself.

She was going to purchase one of those cute little $985.00 chicken houses https://www.ruralking.com/large-chicken-coop.html


I offered to build one.

Total expense was 4 sheets of plywood about $78.00 the rest was scrap and crap from work and salvaged items.
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Tue May 30, 2017 7:06 am

Yes the roof is a 10 foot old school satellite dish ! The windows were from a 2 sided hanging cabinet I cut off the box and used the glass doors. The grill guards were the shelves out of my dead fridge I sent with a scrapper a few months back. The egg doors were from the cabinet remodel leftovers I did for my mom a year and a half ago. The lumber was all salvage from work with the exception of the 4 sheets of plywood mentioned earlier. There are about a dozen pics in my album if you are interested.
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby PKCSPT » Tue May 30, 2017 8:11 am

You are one handy guy to have around. Chickens should be happy
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby working on it » Tue May 30, 2017 9:17 am

bobhenry wrote:Well the caboose now has a chicken house.......

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Well it is a joint venture between the land lady and myself.

She was going to purchase one of those cute little $985.00 chicken houses https://www.ruralking.com/large-chicken-coop.html


I offered to build one.

Total expense was 4 sheets of plywood about $78.00 the rest was scrap and crap from work and salvaged items.
  • Not everyone has your handyman ability (though I have my moments). Nor does everyone have your great collection of scrap materials to choose from (mine has its' moments, too). So, I would have trouble, and a larger expenditure than your $78 out-of-pocket, to duplicate your chicken coop. It looks like what I would need for mine to be: large, totally enclosed, and off the ground. Are the chickens going to be free-range or is there a fenced area to confine that ranging?
  • Both of our next-door neighbors have chickens. One just lets them roam the neighborhood, prey to the local hawk, feral cats, and his junkyard dogs. The other neighbor just started his own chicken endeavor, with a store-bought coop, on a cleared area next to his house, behind a tall stockade fence. So far, he hasn't lost any to the hawk, nor the cats, nor the local coyote population. My wife wants some chickens, too, especially since her niece raises dozens at her family ranch-compound, an hour from us. I don't object, but we have a snake problem in our yard, in addition to the hawk, cats, neighbors dogs, and coyotes. The coop would have to go into one of two areas, both semi-swampy, where snakes are often seen, and I'm sure that chickens there, would attract even more. Copperheads, cottonmouths, but no "good snakes".
  • Every time we go to Home Depot, she points out a $200 Chicken coop kit, that would be fine to use, except for the wildlife problems listed above (my eight dogs are confined to our adjacent main yard, and house, so they can neither cause a problem, nor defend the chickens against a threat). Your elevated chicken coop on tall legs would be better than the store-bought coop for my wife's use, so I'm envious of it. She's going to buy it, this summer, so I'll have to address the "security" problems as best I can.
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:19 pm

Well the rolling deck is next....Last weekend I picked up 160 pieces of 5/4 x 6 rough sawn oak all were 9'3" long. ( reclaimed crating) That's $1.25 a board :D Yesterday I picked up the fasteners and the lumber for the sub framing. This deck is being built on a craigslist find 8 x 20 double axle frame ($100.00) 8) Last weekend I set two 4x6 posts immediately against the caboose and just over the garden window. These will offer support for a donated roll out RV awning ( Thanks again to Dan Galvin). This awning will offer shade for the south facing garden window and also provide sun and rain protection for an area of the deck. This deck should require about 40 of the boards and some of the others are to build a board fence for the landlady's pasture. I hope to have some pictures next week to post.

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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:50 am

Well my $100.00 craig's list find of a 8 x 20 trailer frame is 1/2 decked. I took several pictures and was all prepared to show you my hard work. WELL I thought I was. Went to pull the card out of the camera to down load the pictures and guess what .... NO CARD. Kinda reminds me of taking treasured vacation pictures while away and opening the old 35mm and find there was no film in the camera. Oh well It is only half decked so there is still time for pics next week.., :x

The caboose will soon have a "depot platform" (deck)
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:32 am

The "Platform" (party deck) is now fully decked with 5/4 1x6 reclaimed crate lumber and is ready to be put into place. Still no pictures :x but I will continue to promise. :pictures:

Help coming Sunday to put the posts up for the tractor barn 10 x 20 lean to and help me get the RV roll up shade installed.

BUT THE BIG NEWS..... The chicken house has new tenants. A dozen little gals. For those of you who know me they were getting big and Rural King wanted them gone so the $2.39 regular price became one dollar even :thumbsup:

Image the babies

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The silver laced Wyandotte's were not my first choice but who can say no to a 60% off bargain.
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby godskid » Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:11 pm

But the adult one is so much prettier than ordinary white chickens!

Congratulations. You *always* drive a hard bargain. :D
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:36 am

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Paying a little on my lot rent! :applause:


The landlady wanted a lean to for the tractor barn so this was Sundays work!

I'll have a few pics soon on this project. The rafters went in last weekend and for the long holiday weekend I found a trainable 15 year old dynamo who know little but can follows instructions very well. We now have all the purlins on and 1/2 of the roof's steel in place. About 3 hours and the roof will be complete. :thumbsup:
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:13 pm

I got a few minutes to work on the caboose Monday so I pushed, tugged, bumped, and shoved the 8x20 deck trailer into place. It is inches from the caboose south wall and is inch for inch a perfect match in length. When leveled (Maybe gotta get ready for the CRA also) this next weekend It appears it will be a simple step off of the observation platform onto the deck. I also started on the design for the depot that will be placed south of the deck trailer.
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:40 am

I was in the tiny house caboose this weekend enjoying the AC and cooling off from stretching fence around the girls chicken coop. All of the sudden I had a feeling I wasn't alone. As I scanned the interior of my 8 x 20 mansion I was stopped mid scan by a pair of beady little black eyes. My mind snapped to rat as it's head was way to big to be a mouse. My second thought was how in the hell did he/she get in, the door seals may not pass the sheet of paper test but you can't slide thin cardboard under them. It a flash it was gone. No amount of probing with a small stick would route out my roommate. A bit later I reentered somewhat apprehensively and scanned every surface. I finally saw the swish of a small bushy silver grey tail. It was a piney squirrel , not much bigger than a chipmunk. Somewhat relieved I left the back door open in hopes he/she would simply choose to leave. A bit later as I approached the caboose to get a cold one from the fridge I saw a small silver flash in the underbrush and it seems my roommate had chosen the great out of doors to being locked in a tiny house.
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:19 am

Well the caboose station platform is in place and leveled It was a bit more of a headache than I had anticipated. With rims that had never been removed this century and a frame that refused to slide sideways. However for any tiny house folks that are fighting such a delima I found an answer. I placed 3 4x4's under the frame side to side coated with a little cooking oil. jacked them into place enough to remove the tires and then slid the unit sideways into place. Afterwards I continued jacking until the platform was level with the caboose. I later added 6 additional piers of stacked concrete blocks. I'll try and get some pics soon. UPDATE Here they are !!!!


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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:13 am

Yep that blue RV awning goes up next weekend. Oh I also started on the dead fall hedge apple tree behind the caboose. It has to go so I can get the depot trailer in place. I hope to have it framed before the snow flies so I have a winter project :lol: ( or two or three) :oops:

This is a monster that took down two other trees with it. It looks like a weekends worth of work just getting it cleared out and cut up.

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This was 2 hours of work and this is all the dent I was able to make in this mess :frightened:
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