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ARE THERE ANY TOOLS THAT WOULD MAKE T-REX CONNECTORS EASIER TO INSTALL?

Laurie Sharp

Of all the tools I have used in the past 40 years, the cordless 18-volt Impact Driver is one of my favorites.

It delivers a sudden rotational and downward force, similar to a jackhammer.  You will be amazed at how quickly and easily you can drive the large GRK structural screws that we provide with your T-REX connectors.  An Impact Driver is a much better choice than the conventional cordless drill driver.

Henry Ford said: " IF YOU NEED A TOOL AND YOU DON'T BUY IT, YOU PAY FOR IT ANYWAY."

- Pete

WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION FOR MY BUILDING?

Laurie Sharp

There many factors to consider:

If you are building a garage, you might want the doors facing South if possible.  The snow melts faster, and you will be protected from the cold north winds.

Building design is also a consideration; a good example of this is the Salt Box style, with the long rear portion of the roof facing North.  Perhaps in younger years, you had to wait outside for the schoolbus.  On those cold, windy days, I'll bet you stood with your back to the North and your collar up.

Be sure to choose the high ground; proper drainage away from the foundation is very important.  Don't try to fight Mother Nature...you will never win.

If you are replacing an existing building, step back and "wipe the slate clean."  Pick the best location regardless of what was done in the past; your predecessor may not have made the best choice.

BUILDING SHEDS by Joe Truini, published by The Taunton Press

Laurie Sharp

We're proud to announce that Connecticut Post and Beam is featured in Building Sheds, a brand-new DIY book written by veteran builder and author Joseph Truini. However, unlike most other shed-building books, which show lots of pretty pictures of sheds, but don't show how to actually build a shed, Building Sheds takes a much more hands-on approach. "This book was written and designed specifically for do-it-yourself builders," Truini explains, "and through step-by-step text and photos, readers learn how to build a shed from the ground up." 

Published by The Taunton Press, the 217-page book gives detailed instructions for building five different sheds including The Wilton, our 14x20-ft. post and beam barn, built using our T-Rex™connectors. 

The book is available through Lowe’s nationwide, or through Amazon.

What kind of fasteners do you use?

Laurie Sharp

We use GRK RSS structural screws - exclusively. They take the place of lag bolts and lag screws, providing a very coarse aggressive thread with a large washer head. A special Climatek coating is approved for use in pressure treated lumber, and a star drive bit makes installation easy, with no pre-drilling.

GRK also makes the best concrete screws.  We use their Caliburn screws with all of our T-REX to concrete connections.  Check them out at www.GRKfasteners.com

Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment or question below!

-Pete

 

 

 

Can I use green timbers for my frame?

Laurie Sharp

The completed barns on our web site were all built with green timbers.  In our area of northwestern Connecticut, eastern white pine and hemlock are readily available; mostly, we use white pine.

If you cut your timbers ahead of time, it is a good idea to stack your beams with stickers between so that they can air dry.  Even a few weeks of drying will make a big difference in how much they weigh.  Hemlock, by the way, is much heavier than pine!

Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment or question below!

-Pete

What kind of chainsaw do you use with the T-REX Slotter?

Peter Burns

We use a STIHL MS 250 electric chain saw.  There are many choices; you don't have to have an electric chain saw.  Any chain saw with a minimum 18" bar that will cut a quarter inch slot will work.  For us, it just doesn't pay to use anything but electric -- no mixing gas and oil -- and no fumes created when working indoors.  How many times do you have to pull on a cord to start the gasoline engine? If you have a choice and are in the market for a chainsaw, by all means buy electric.

If you can find a "skip tooth" chain, that is a better choice because it cuts better into end grain when cutting slots.  STIHL stocks them in a bubble pack off the shelf at the local STIHL dealer.

Some of the smaller electric chainsaws, like Makita, are an excellent choice if you are using the T-REX Rotary Table and the Chainsaw Guide, but they will not cut a quarter inch slot.  Makita is a very fast and well made saw; we use both saws and leave them set up.  This is the most efficient way for us to work when we cut frames.

Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment or question below!

-Pete