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Old 10-11-2014, 09:58 PM
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Costco Carport Remodel

A couple years ago, I collected enough pieces of old dead costco carports out of the scrap iron bins from work, to build one with a new tarp.
Well that lasted a couple years, and now the tarp is full of holes and is toast.
So i have decided to modify it by making it bigger and add clear polycarbonate roofing instead of the tarp.
So almost $1000.oo later at Lowes, I am adding 10' pieces of conduit for the roof pieces, marking it about 18' wide X 20' long.

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Old 10-11-2014, 10:07 PM
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I cut down all the horizontal pipes, so I could add an extra vertical section to add some strength to the roof, and still keep it only 20' long.
I still need to anchor one side, and make some kind of truss and wire system, to make sure it all doesnt come down on me from the weight of the roofing
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$1000 would have poured a slab
the next $1000 could have built walls
the next $1000 roof
that's how you get ahead in life
throwing $1000 at a $50 carport...
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Today I got the other wall in place and nailed down.
Got all the joints screwed together.
And started with the truss add-ons.
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$1000 would have poured a slab
the next $1000 could have built walls
the next $1000 roof
that's how you get ahead in life
throwing $1000 at a $50 carport...
1000.00 slab
1098 for 24'x24' metal h/d carport,
150.oo in lowes metal roofing to finish off sides and back.
barn type doors for front, 150.00
done
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Old 10-12-2014, 09:55 PM
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1000.00 slab
1098 for 24'x24' metal h/d carport,
150.oo in lowes metal roofing to finish off sides and back.
barn type doors for front, 150.00
done
dont want the slap here, and 150.oo will only get you 6 pieces of 8'
plus you guys are forgetting the wiring, because you will need lights
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besides i already have a garage
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that's how you get ahead in life
throwing $1000 at a $50 carport...
I feel sorry that you are so behind in life, that you need to make comments like this.
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Matt, I've had a Costco canopy for nearly 5 years now. Original cover lasted a bit over 3 years in our NW weather, and I contemplated doing a sheet metal top and sides, but as you found out, sheetmetal runs a couple bucks a foot, and I didn't think the canopy was worth it. Not sure how long that clear corrugated will last either, and it may turn the inside of your canopy into a greenhouse on any day with some sun!
Earlier this year I had to fix the roof on mine, as it split and was raining on me and my car. I got the heaviest 14 mil. tarp I could buy, and got it large enough that it came down about 3'-4' on each side. Had a friend help me pull it tight, and screwed lath strips to each leg to hold the tarp tight, and not rip out in the wind. The tarp was $45, but mine is only 10'x20', so I got a 18'x29' tarp to cover it.
I've built two cars inside my canopy, and it's been a good work place, as I covered the ground with gravel, and then put down a plywood floor over that to work on. Used metal nailer strips to keep all the plywood together, so I can lay down and not be on the gravel. I wired the canopy with plugs and lights, using MC cable and a male cord end at the first plug. When I go out to work I plug in the cord and have fluorescent lights hung down the main peak, and plugs at every other leg. Makes it temporary, but nice to work in, and keeps cords off the floor.
Time has come for me to move on from the canopy now. So this winter I'm going to have a slab poured out back, and put up a metal building. I'll reuse all the plugs and lighting I have in the canopy, but add a lot more, as the building will be something around 20'-30' square, depending on what the local codes allow.
I think some people don't grasp what some of us have to make do with. I'd have loved to have put up a nice building 5 years ago, but it just wasn't in the cards. Not sure about where some of these guys are getting their materials, as I sure can't build a 20'x20' building for the estimates I see quoted here. My slab will be a couple thousand dollars with permits and proper footings. The building will be all metal, and it will run about $4000-$5000 depending on doors, and windows I add. Then probably $500+ in misc. electrical lighting and plugs. My plan is to hopefully keep it under $10k.
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Just one other thing Matt. Need to figure out a way to hold those legs down. Mine has feet on each leg, and my 10'x20' got hit by a freak wind the first year I had it. I wasn't home, but the neighbor's son said it just shot straight up in the air about 20', flipped upside down, and landed on it's roof in the neighbor's backyard!
When I got home the neighbor and I removed the sides, and turned it over straddling the fence. Then over again to sit in my yard, and then stood it up. Set it back in place, and ordered a 36" auger anchor set from Northern Tools to secure it. I put one anchor at each leg and secured them to the leg. No more problems, even in some very high 40-60 mph gusts.
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dont want the slap here, and 150.oo will only get you 6 pieces of 8'
plus you guys are forgetting the wiring, because you will need lights
and??? 6 pieces, I bought the panels iirc they are 22" tall and 12' long and was 21.99 each.. as my old cover it garage is 16'x20 and 2 pieces gave enough over lap and awning at the door end and some over hang on the back end to keep water on the outside.. I think I have 16 pieces . the back is t11 and the front is barn doors made out of t11 and 2x4's..

I can't put a 24x24 carport and close it off, as the town will class it as a garage and want footers that go lower than the frost line.. but 16x20 is ok as it still be movable.. so that's what i'll do.. untill I have the funds to build a nice shop..

if I was allowed to put up the 24x24 and close it off I would.. as they have sides that go to 4' from ground, 6 sheets of t11 and sides are done, 3 more and back is done, front might take 4 to make doors..

so 1098.oo for the 24x24
t11 at 19.48 x 12=233.76
throw in 12 8'x2'x4 at 2.48= 29.76
and 30.oo in screws and nails..
25.oo in hinges for door..
1416.52 + one gallon of miss mixed outdoor paint.. 10.oo
so round up to 1450.00 and you have a 24x24 garage ..
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This is just intended to be open air covered parking, off to the side of my garage, for a couple of daily drivers.
(That doesn't have a blue tarp covering it.)
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