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ID:	710644 I thought someone might find my building project interesting. I have been hesitant to start a thread because it is taking me for ever to complete as I work on it in my spare time after work and on weekends. I purchased some trusses from my brother years ago he had used for green houses and had them stacked up for later. I ended up placing a bag of fertilizer on them and forgot about it. They are made of 1” square tubing and needless to say, all 5 trusses were rusted out in the middle so I had to repair those 1st. Repaired truss
    Last edited by T>D>C; 10-04-2020, 06:26 AM.
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    The shed will be 24’ x 20’ x 12’. The trusses for the roof are made from 1” square tubing salvaged from a greenhouse. The frame is being constructed from 2-3/8” oil field pipe. I do not have a plan to close it in as of right now. The intended use appears to change the more time I spend tinkering with it. More info to come this weekend.
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    • #3
      Thanks! We love pictorial project threads!

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      • #4
        Couple more truss pics. I set the trusses up on jack stands, cut out the rotten metal, welded in new steel, ran over the frame with a wire cup on 4-1/2 grinder painted. I brushed on Rustoleum rusty metal primer then top coated with spray paint cans. The trusses are multi colored as I used the opportunity to empty all the accumulated spray cans of paint I had hoarded. I had about 2 cases of partial cans accumulated. 1/2 of which would not spray anymore. I started on this project in May.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by T>D>C View Post
          The shed will be 24’ x 20’ x 12’. The trusses for the roof are made from 1” square tubing salvaged from a greenhouse. The frame is being constructed from 2-3/8” oil field pipe. I do not have a plan to close it in as of right now. The intended use appears to change the more time I spend tinkering with it. More info to come this weekend.
          Those trusses look a little light weight for 20x24 ft. Are you planning on using more than 5, or reinforcing/supporting? You probably don't have to woory much about snow load, but what about wind?

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          • #6
            From past experience, they are much stronger than they appear. I haven’t revealed what’s next but there will be a joist like frame running down the middle of the building and perimeter of the building. They will be placed on 5’ centers. I am going to weld 14g 1” square tubing as the purlins on 24” centers and screw 26g sheet metal to it. Additional internal bracing stabilizing and support (wind bracing).
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            • #7
              I like building with oil field pipe but you have to take care of it. I’ve had my supply laying on the ground under trees and I was surprised how much scale and pitting occurred in just a few years. Here is a small piece I found in a creek bed. I thought it was a piece of wood when I tripped over it.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by T>D>C View Post
                I like building with oil field pipe but you have to take care of it. I’ve had my supply laying on the ground under trees and I was surprised how much scale and pitting occurred in just a few years. Here is a small piece I found in a creek bed. I thought it was a piece of wood when I tripped over it.
                Interesting! Wonder about the water in that creek!

                Do you have any arc blow problems with the pipe?

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                • #9
                  The vertical supports for the building are 15’ long welded together to form columns. The corners are three post and the two in the middle are two. I started using a Harbor Freight chop saw I had used in the past. It works ok but I was getting a lot of inconsistent cuts. It wasn’t bothering me at 1st but as the project came together. I wanted more accuracy.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Northweldor View Post

                    Interesting! Wonder about the water in that creek!

                    Do you have any arc blow problems with the pipe?
                    I am not sure what arc blow is but some joints are more difficult to weld. The arc wants to dance around. If I try to pour too much metal in to fill a wide gap, I do burn through, hence the want for tighter gaps. I experimented with a portable band saw but I am not achieving the accuracy I wanted.
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                    • #11
                      I have built these columns before but I tried a different method this time. I leveled a single pipe, welded the spacers on then placed the 2nd pipe. This proved unwildley, especially with the inconsistent cuts.
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                      • #12
                        I created a lot of extra work by not storing the pipe off the ground. It was very clean pipe when delivered. I have to run a wire cup on a 4-1/2” grinder to clean it up before cutting and welding.
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                        • #13
                          I am using Ospho on this build. It blackens the metal and creates a base for the primer/paint to stick to. It appears to work well but time will tell. I did learn one hard lesson. The instructions say to let it dry for 24 hours. I let it sit for several days and the rust started bleeding back through. I had to re-coat, let it dry again and then paint.
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                          • #14
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                            • #15
                              Painted dark grey Rustoleum rattle can spray paint.
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