Permanent Fish House Plan

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Permanent Fish House Plan

Anybody have a neat and organized fish house plan? I would like to build one here soon. I am taking an advanced welding course in school and also an advanced wood work course. I would kinda like to put both these classes together and build a house. In all reality, do you save much money building your own frame, or would it be wiser just to go buy a frame and build a house on top of it? Any plans tips or suggestions on size would be greatly appreciated.

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You can save a lot doing it yourself. The material costs are probably less than half the cost of just buying a frame. As for size, if you are going to be 8' wide don't go less than 12' long. 7' wide, no less than 14' long. That is my opinion. Mainly it depends on how much room you would like or how many people you plan to have fishing with you. Also, if you can get most of the materials for free or dirt cheap, I would go with 7.5'x16'. I built an 8x10 and wished I would have went bigger for living quarters.

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Might I suggest touring the nearby lakes and seeing what you like and don't like about the existing icehouses.

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Thanks guys. So when you say 7.5x16 is that the size of the frame? How high should I go? Also, what kind of metal would you guys recommend using there? Like I said Im only in HS but would at least like to get the frame done now. I am completely clueless on what to do, what to use, and how big to do it. Any help would be appreciated!

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Gunner, making your own frame will be about half price of buying one. If you need some used axles stubs/hubs I have several for sale (Jamestown). Definately look at several styles and determine how much you are going to be pulling your house. Most accidents I see are wheels getting pulled off going through the snow. I have a 7X15 frame for sale if you are interested for $1200, with suspension and very strong.

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I will say this, I fractured a vertebrae this year in football and I tried being mr tough guy in the tree stand. I pulled the bow back in the garage, it was painful but I could do it. Once up in the stand and a deer came in, it became 100 times tougher. I had trouble holding my draw back long enough compfortably, in result missing my deer. If you try it make sure you are mentall ready, otherwise you are just wasting your time. Goodluck bud!

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Oops, I put this in the wrong thread Ignore that top post of mine. That goes in the "risk it" forum! My bad!

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So all in all, Putting both room and easy moving put together from your guys' experience, what size would you go with? Im thinking 12'x7'. Would you go bigger?

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You are in high school? Do you realize how much all the material costs. Doors and windows alone will be over 500.00 and that is for cheap stuff. Single pane etc. Trailer needs to be built strong. Allen is right on the money there. Do not skimp on your spindle size. Remember to attach your wheels in a central pivoting area for your trailer and to offset(toe)them for the weight of the finished house. A mistake often made.

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Door and windows do not need to be $500. I built my 8x10 for less than $500. You can build your own doors and windows. Plexiglass is cheap and makes great windows. Not all of them have to open. I would recommend bigger than 7x12, 7x14 would be nicer. Like I said in my earlier post, it is all a matter of opinion. As for my house, I had most of the materials. I built the frame out of old galvanized sign posts from highway project I worked on. Be careful welding galvanized metal. The heat turns the galvanize into a smoke that is a carcinogen so wear a mask when working with that stuff. The walls are 2x2 construction covered by steel on the outside and the cheapest wood panelling on the inside. I insulated it with polystyrene (styrofoam) and before I put the panelling up on the inside put plastic over the walls for added insulation. Other than that I used plexiglass for windows. Only bought one window for opening. I framed the doors with 2x4's and put the same steel on the outside as the siding and the cheap wood panelling on the inside, same insulation also. After all of this I ripped 2x4's into 1/2" strips and used that for moulding on the inside. This house is very light for pulling, (got a little wind drag to it with no V-front, that is in the process of being changed). Extremely quick to set down and lift up. I came up with my own axle design. If you would like pics of my set up for ideas e-mail me at fadedred4x4@yahoo.com

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If you decided to build, I still have that old 5th wheel camper for sale. It would have all the axles, heater, and 12 volt lights you would need, plus A/C if you want to use it in summer time as a camper. Alot of stuff for $400.00