Building a Mancave: 1

what is up YouTube we are back with
another build series and after the last one it’s going to be quite a change
because we are going small they always say bigger is better but in this case we
went as big as we possibly could on this customers site due to zoning
restrictions so what we did was not build or we’re not going to build a
square or rectangular style post frame that you typically see us build this is
gonna have a couple ins and outs where he doesn’t need the extra space he could
save on his square footage allotment and put it where he wants it basically we’ve
already gone through we’ve laid out all the brackets if you really want I’ve got
a video that I posted up laying out a site and that is this building right
here so go check that out I’ll tag it I think it’ll be over here somewhere this
job site is muddy it is soft we’ve had rain more than we are used to in the
fall but you can see here how yeah look it’s even gotten cold here in Northern
Illinois not super cold but cold enough that I put my gloves on for the morning
and we’ve got this kind of jut out area in the back and that’s because this area
here through this 20-foot door area is gonna have a potential for longer
storage but over here we kind of come in and make this area smaller so this is
gonna be where you know your have a 10-foot door here
maybe car storage and then over here in this mud you can see we’ve got some
piers poured for the porch and the original goal here was to have a
wraparound hit porch but thanks to the permitting process as soon as we
submitted the plan they were like oh no your porch also consists of your square
footage that you are allowed on your building which i think is ridiculous but
whatever I’m not here to to go into that garbage so we had to shrink the porch we
had to shrink the building and really maximize everything we even had an
allowance on the square footage or a variance which I think we were able to
get 10 percent or something like that there’s going to be some stone out front
not versed a stone actual brick I think is going to be installed and that’s due
to the bylaws of this little subdivision that we
building in let’s see what are the details we’re gonna be 12 foot tall on
the sidewalls I’m gonna go ahead and turn this sound off cuz that’s always an
annoying noise people say bothers their dogs doing a little bit different on
this Jeff site we’re gonna go around mark all of the bracket locations like
we always do with the laser now that we have all of our concrete poured so the
way I’ve got this grade stick set here is when it hits I think you’re in front
of my laser Greg thank you where do that oh I turned this out up I’m gonna turn
the sound back out because clearly it’s a little bit harder for me so I’ve got
this set so when it when the laser does beep and it’s solid that is the bottom
of my grade what I’m gonna do is I’m just gonna take this sweet little grade
stick and I’m gonna slide this up until it gives me that solid tone and if you
look here on my grade stick it says I’m right at that hash mark which is 2 and
1/8 so what that means I don’t have my marker then I’m gonna put plus 2 and 1/8 on this bracket and that
will tell me that when we make up our column the grade is 2 and 1/8 inches
below or above okay how you look at it the bottom of our column so this is like
a nice way we used to use the case measure I kind of hold it then I’d I do
the math in my head I’d be like okay grade is at 40 inches this post is at 42
and 3/16 too much math I don’t want to have to think this will just allow me to
slide this up and down and boom give me the exact grade location that is so much easier honestly I’ve had
a great stick since I’ve owned a laser and I’ve never actually used one and I
think it was because I never really tried it or tried to think about how it
would help me so anybody that is doing any great site work find your grade zero
your stick and from there you can adjust and find exactly where you should be in
reference to that grade so hopefully that helps somebody cuz I know it
definitely just helped us and probably sped up the process of laying out laser
marks on our coms probably by half or it could increase it by twofold decrease it
by half however you I look at it I think that works so I’ve just went ahead and
got all my marks that I just put on all the brackets and now I’m just gonna go
ahead and I find the longest tip point on the column which this one looks
pretty good and I’m just gonna go ahead and mark the first one which is inch and
3/16 I’m sorry inch in thirteen sixteenths that is now my grade so that
is the bottom of our grade board and everything will be based off of this for
the entire column and we’ll do that on every one of them just like you’ve seen
it columns all marks we got the story pole made we’re just transferring these
marks over so every column is consistent make sure your air hose is nice and
clean let’s do that again I think we got it you know sometimes it happens it’s
colder out I’ll help you it probably that was really close
in kind of steering same time if ever I guess hey Greg come in here
these cuts you did man look at those cuts
good job man that’s the Festool track saw and that is what I love about the
Jumbo nailer literally we laid this out and framed it in about five minutes not
a ton of connections but regardless it is amazing however I did I did have a
little scare let me show you guys see these random nails laying around I
plugged the gun the dumbo nailer into the hose and it just started spewing out
nails I don’t know what happened but it was like the seal was not good and as
soon as that seal kind of actually sealed I haven’t used it in a while
because I think the last job we almost just hand framed the whole thing so
maybe just sitting on the shelf for a month in the trailer we’ve had a lot of
rain I don’t know but hopefully the next time I plug it in I make sure to
remember not to point that thing towards anybody there we go first wall up
usually we don’t start with an end wall but just because this was a big wall we
got it up out of the way right away and we’re just gonna work ourselves right
around and go all the way to the front second wall up we’re going to stand this
right away we’ve got the Builder coming back coming back with the excavators
what I call it it’s gonna dig out some of this mud and stuff in our way we’re
gonna keep hanging walls Greg let’s go one thing I love about the Kubota SVL
got all these nice pilot controls electronic controls I can really dial in
some nice control and feather and on my boom good set yeah they’ll like it you’re starting to see how this is gonna
take shape so the trust is going to be on this wall over here and it’s gonna
come across and then it’s gonna be a little bit of a different roofline up
here where that jut in or jut out depending on how you look at it goes and
what we’ve done is we use this column to help define this inside corner
then we’ve got some these are spax legs just come with our column basis from
Midwest perma column so usually I use a lot of grk but I’ve got a lot of these
left over just because they that’s what they supply these things with we use
these just to kind of lag in to the end grain on this dirt that’s coming across
to die in and then we will also this is cut at 5 and 1/2 so that will then run a
2 by 6 all the way up and get some additional strength with some nails in
here and then that 2 by 6 is going to define the inside corner on the interior
one thing I realized I don’t know what happened maybe my string Line settled
but we caught that we were about a half-inch off on this column but the
beauty of it is is all we had to do was slide out slide our column out to the
dimension we wanted to be maybe there were some settling because of the wet
ground so you got always well yeah if you look at this see on the backside see
how this is pulled away see that probably settled overnight luckily we
caught it in time so we were able to just adjust the column out and then that
moved our string and that gave us the new string line that we needed so we’re
going to try to get this last wall up head to lunch and then all we got to do
is frame these headers before we start trusting
now if I were to walk over to there to those guys who are production framers
they’d probably laugh at me for having if they even knew what this was a
Festool HKC 55 now what we love about this saw and if you follow me on
instagram you already know but for those of you that don’t shame on you when
we’re making cuts a lot of times we’re using 16 foot two by sixes and we’re
cutting them at 16 foot so we’re usually just shaving off that quarter inch 3/8
whatever that overages and with this saw we’re able to not have any sort of a
roll when you cut through your material now we’re all left blade guys and what
happens is as you roll through the guard can sometimes catch the edge of your two
by and get just the slightest of rolls which man when you are going to but your
lumber together on a wall see back here the way the wall Gertz they all butt
together when you do that and your ends are not right your dimension on your
building grows and I think I’ve talked about that before but this tool right
here it’s expensive but here’s what it does if I flip it over you’ve got these
two stops right here on the track and you can adjust this one to pitches so
that way let’s say you want to cut a 4-12
you adjust that to eighteen and a half degrees over here on this side you can
adjust it and that’s gonna give you the pitch one way or the other and you can
put this saw on different tracks it even works on the makita tracks I do believe
but what’s nice about it is it locks in so you can see that it’s just locked in
there by this little tab so and then this has got a nice little spring load
that when you use it all the way it wants to automatically come back to you
so it’s a super cool tool it’s a lot of money but it does save time it takes
away the the air of human error when making a cut because all you have to do
is just push it straight forward so in regards to that HKC you can see what I’m
talking about these joints where our Gertz come together on each column we want to eliminate and make these as
perfect as possible which honestly this is probably only gapped like this
because this column is a little bit higher in this grade than over there
we’ve got it set on a board trying to get it as level as possible that way we
can get those joints as true and planed in a plane as possible but that right
there is important for consistency when you build everything on the ground and
then stand it up you got to have accuracy in order for it to work so the
HK see the Festool track saw does help that out we could use a miter saw which
which I always go back and forth on whether or not the miter saw set up
would be faster than that set it up once do all your cutting put it away it’s
very safe it’s efficient it’s powerful the HK C does have a little bit less
power than I would like because it’s still an 18-volt it’s not a 36 volt or
60 volt flex well this doesn’t have the power of these new saws I’m working on this 20 foot overhead
door header and what we’ve got is we’re gonna have a doubled 14 inch lvl should
be plenty enough cuz there’s also gonna be 2 by 12 on the backside so this is
gonna be pretty stout but what stinks is my columns are 5 and 3/8 a standard 2 by
6 is 5 and a half so I got to rip down my 2 by 6 that goes in the middle
between the front and the back headers because the lvl is inch and 3/4 it’s not
an inch and a half I want to make sure that the rest of my wall is all in plane
with this lvl face so I’m gonna take out and I already did a quarter inch right
here on the column that way when I fasten this to the column it’s only
gonna be sticking out it’s only an inch and a half a little bit extra work but I
think it’s worth it in the end when everything is on the same plane it’s
almost hard to appreciate the Jumbo nailer until you actually use it
especially when doing garage door headers it’s just really balanced I mean
it looks big but I think that’s just the size of the cylinder I mean it’s not too
bad I wouldn’t want to do it over your head all day but man when you’re nailing
off headers that is where it’s at I like to leave
this ear unmailed both on the front header and the back header that way I
can slide my truss in nail the truss in and then nail everything off I don’t
want it to be too tight once we’re done with the outside headers
which these are the structural ones the lvls then we’re gonna flip it over and
we’re gonna put our two by twelves on the back now the two by twelves are
basically just for the overhead door guys it gives them a nice flat space to
install all their Springs a nice place for us to lay out some coil stock that
way there’s no ribs in the way for the door installers and you can see here I’m
also putting on a two by six up my Jam’s and that’s for the tracks to ride all on
the same plane as the header so when the doors are installed everything’s already
there we just have to put our trims in our coil stock on and the doors are
ready to go you want to talk about good timing
that’s the homeowner showed up just in the nick of time so Greg didn’t have to
come help that way we could get those posts right in those brackets which is
always a little bit difficult to do with one guy and that’s what we needed
we needed that header up so we could start trusting we always obviously start
with the end trust and this building was no exception so it’s getting close to
the end of the day if I remember correctly and I think while we’re gonna
do here is get the first day up and get it locked down but if I remember
correctly my battery dies on this GoPro so we’re not going to see a whole lot not bad for the first day just because
there was some oddities it wasn’t like we were just putting up big walls we’re
putting up little sections you can come see this is what always gets me excited
when you look down these lines and they’re just spot-on everything is good
and that just starts with the layout it starts with your grade making sure your
elevations on every post are accounted for and perfect who’s gonna show you how
these chains went up I kind of get these questions so right here we’ve got a
chain going up and it goes up to the peak way up there and we’ve got another
chain opposing that goes down there so we’ve got the peak plumbed up both ways
and it’s tight that way if a windstorm came it can’t push that peak anywhere
and then if you notice here we’ve got this chain coming up right to this
webbing here and on the same truss over here we’ve got one going down here and
that’s what we call our cross chains and what that’s doing is locking in the
building plumb this way so we’ve got this kind of acting as a lock-in and
then we’ve got the X chain bracing over here on the end wall if you see that so
that is what is locking our building down while we walk away people always
question where our framing bracing is it’s there because it is our steel
diaphragm that gives our buildings the strength to have wind loadings and
whatnot I mean it’s kind of like putting a skin on a skeleton it’s the exact same
thing and it’s it’s amazing how strong that that steel makes the building once
it’s intact and people always kind of ask why do you do your roofs before you
do your walls because in a post frame we’ve got all those chains kind of
locked down the walls we’ve got everything on the trusses everything is
locked down and by putting the roof steel on you would think and I came from
residential so when I first did a post frame we put the roof on first it was
kind of like this doesn’t make any sense but it’s really hard to straighten a
building if you have all your walls done so it’s it’s a lot easier to push and
pull the walls with those chains and those
braces while the roof is not on at the wall door not on and then once we get
everything perfectly straight up top we already know that our layout at the
building grade board level that’s all good and straight so we straighten the
top and then put the walls on you all right buddy I’m sorry I don’t mean to laugh at your
displeasure in pain

100 Replies to “Building a Mancave: 1”

  1. Any problems with osha showing up at job sites? I set steel for residential company and fear for fines such as not having safety harness when on open foundation let alone climbing14 feet in the air

  2. When the nails shoot by themselves it generally means you’re in need of servicing. The rubber seal behind the firing pin may be deteriorating

  3. This building is form follows function.
    Laughed when you said "Bothers dogs" and a dog barks in seeming agreement. LOL
    Great the homeowner willing to lend a hand.

  4. The zoning board in that local must be a bunch of snowflakes. Too big REALLY 🤔 If possible best to avoid developments with building restrictions. Nice video and appreciate the fine professional craftsmanship you demonstrate. Love the Kubota 🍊 SVL 90 great machine.

  5. RR buildings and Deboss Garage are the best channels on YouTube. Happy you guys exist, sad that you aren't at 1 mil subs.

  6. Next time you plug the air hose onto the nail gun just make sure there are not any nails in the gun first ! 🙂 Haven't seen you guys since you finished April's shop …. You all do great work ! I used to work on quite a few construction sites over the years and really enjoy watching anything take shape from a pile of wood to a beautiful building or any project really !

  7. Ill never understand limits on sq ft codes. Last I knew more area more tax revenue. Maybe they got enough money in IL?, but I think not.

  8. Hey I Love watching your videos. They always inspires me to be better at my work. I'm always looking for ways to be more proficient, have you looked into using battery powered guns so that you don't have to pull out a hose or air compressor every time I noticed a few YouTubers started using batteries. 2018 going on 2019 battery powered equipment has come a long ways. I know that you need a lot more power to get your nails through the wood I don't know if there's anything out there but would be a lot easier for you.

  9. I want to ask how much this costs, I know many ppl shy away from these questions but they are super helpful and ones everyone is curious about. What would it cost me to hire you to build this roughly? $30k? I really like your attention to detail.

  10. I can tell you're a precisionist, and a perfectionist, much like myself. My folks and I have put up a 30×60 pole barn to use for a farm shop that's about 3" out of square. Not the end of the world, but it bugs me knowing that when I go to put tin on the sides, I'm gonna have to do a lot of "fudging" to bring out the DiResta in it (if it looks straight, it is straight).

  11. I gotta ask, what pants are you wearing in most of your videos? Wanna try em out working on cars and trucks, tired of baggy loose work pants tearing and getting caught on stuff.

  12. I just found you today for the first time , no idea why YouTube took this long to recommend you. I have I my watched a few so far but your a good builder, I like your attention to details for such simple buildings . You have invested in the right equipment to really help you in the types of buildings you do. No waiting for a crane to show up , you have that solution on-site you have a well thought out bussiness it seems, and somehow found some good people to work for you, they have become very hard to find in my area , young people have no interest in construction any more.

  13. Great video! In italy we make buildings in a complete different way, so someone can explain me why use nails and not screws? Also, add some glue to all these joint and between the single pieces that make the posts could make the structure stronger or it doesn't make difference?

  14. I could never live in a dang Home Owners Association!!! Do you see the first 3 letters of the last word in my last sentence?
    Well take those 3 letters & Ad a ES to it & thats what U have living in a H.O.A!!!
    Bunch of (A**es) that try to run a neighborhood like a liberal city hall.
    Screw the H.O.A's, U will never catch me living under their stupid Bi-laws & regulations.

  15. Turn ur Jumbo Nail Gun upside down & Put a few drops of 3 in 1 oil in the air plug in hole & let it drop down into the gun. Do this frequently as ur using it, Maybe once a week or once every 3 weeks. This will lubricate the seals & also lube the piston driver. The 3 in 1 oil will keep ur seals from freezing up. They freeze because the moisture that the airline & compressor pushes into the gun.
    3 drops of oil at a time is all you need, just once every week -three weeks depending on how much U are using it. If ur using it alot, oil it once a week, if ur not then every 3 weeks.

  16. Just started watching your videos. Love the builds by the way. Question would you explain why you pour piers to set post on rather than setting in concrete in the ground. Are there better pros to con doing it this way?

  17. Thanks for the heads-up on the Festool. I bought their track and mitre saws when they first came out and have always been impressed by them. It always seemed their battery technology was lagging some years behind the competition however.

  18. Still looking through an old transit, at a grade stick propped up with a ladder. lol, I think that's called old school. But, I'm an old man, so that's okay.

  19. Really happy to see the quality control and attention to detail you employ. That said, I was surprised the footers seem to be so far off from where the brackets ultimately went, some even sitting very close to the edge.

  20. that really is extreme nail gun. usually a 16 penny nailer will bend the nail trying to penetrate a knot like that. did you say that is a 20 penny ring shank?

  21. Subdivisions and HOA's are of the devil… I would NEVER buy a home in a subdivision or with an HOA, made that mistake once.. If you want some overzealous twit sticking his nose in ALL your business, ignore what I said. You'll regret it too..

  22. As far as real estate is concerned, you only count a porch as square footage of the building if it's climate controlled. If your HVAC doesn't touch it it's not "living space and won't count for square footage. I think someone down at the county office misspoke or lied to you.

  23. Good thing you boys from North Illinois have good gun safety like us in Alberta Canada, Greg almost took a few jumbo nails!! Haha keep up the good work guys, love the vids!!

  24. I like how for your post buildings you use concrete footings with the metal tie brackets to attach the posts. Around here, builders just auger a hole, drop in the post and fill it in, no concrete and other than the post being a standard treated post, nothing else is done to prevent rot. I'm curious how these buildings are going to hold up in 50-60 years

  25. Love your videos but you could make them a little shorter with the same info. I know it takes time to edit but no one wants to watch 22 – 25 minute videos.

  26. Disappointed
    Came here to watch the foundation being poured as the second video in the series and it's a no-go

  27. Can't agree with you on left hand blade powersaws ie bloody awkward, and am puzzled why you need that whopping great nailer to nail pine,my 20 year old Bostich N80 does it easy?

  28. That's awesome. Would like to see a finished job with a mezzanine floor plan I'm looking for ideas for my new build with 4 bedrooms and 2 bath room home included. Love your work.

  29. Will never buy a house run by an hoa. I’m also not a fan of close houses either though so the reasoning most people have which is “clean yards, nice homes” doesn’t really apply to me lol.

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