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Old 10-16-2016, 02:38 PM   #11
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Cool little deck chair I saw this morning out on my journey...
It's 2 pieces and very comfortable! And light weight

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Old 10-18-2016, 08:32 AM   #12
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good spot for a video
I was going to post a link to that same website! I love the drivers that stop, check the height, figure they can go, then hit the bridge!
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Old 10-18-2016, 11:19 AM   #13
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Anyone who has ever done a "weight and balance" check on an airplane can explain the effects of weight located at the extreme end of a "moment arm".

Be safe folks.
Used to do those at least once a day back when I was flying. In fact I probably have a few left over in my flight bag. They're a pain in the ass but VERY important... Also if you want light weight quality in a deck chair check out the folks over at the Kermit Chair Company. They're a little pricey but they're the lightest comfiest chairs I've ever seen and they're made to pack on a motorcycle so they take up almost no space can take up to 350lbs of fatness and have a 5 year warranty.
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Old 10-18-2016, 11:22 AM   #14
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:30 PM   #15
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. . . Square aluminum tube and lightweight aluminum diamond plate are what I am considering. MUCH lighter than than the typical 2 x 4 and wood planking so often seen . . .
Aluminum isn't cheap. Diamond plate isn't exactly light, either - and being solid, has the potential for pooling water. Have you considered the "catwalk" type of material, which I believe comes either in aluminum or galvanized?
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:57 PM   #16
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I am looking at creating 12" wide "planking" from 8' sheets with about 1/4" spacing in between. A 4 x 8 sheet of 3/16" (0.188") aluminum weighs 96 pounds. An 8 x 8 rack would weigh out a little over 200 pounds total.

The other option I am considering is composite decking. Some is actually a bit heavier than wood but there are a couple that are the same, plus no need to finish/re-finish, UV resistant, waterproof and one (ChoiceDek)that comes with a lifetime guarantee. Combined with aluminum supports it should save a few pounds and a lot of maintenance.

A couple of hundred pounds won't be that big an issue. It's the massive mongo timber, 1,000+ pound constructions I so often see on Skoolies that concern me. And unless the wood is properly treated & weatherproofed...a rain shower could possibly add another half-ton to the total.
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:26 PM   #17
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Why not just use 5 1/4" cedar decking? it seems so light weight and seal it with a deck coating. Or am i thinking of something else i though a lot of decks were made from this stuff. I could have swore i had a cabana that was completely from this material for a hot tub.
The real issue to not install timbers like we have all seen is to build a good steel structure underneath with out giant spacing so the wood sags under weight.
I'm going to google up some deck building and see what 5 1/4" (we called it five quarter) just ab it larger than a 1"x4" but in cedar around here. I wonder what the spand is when using it so its not flimsy?
I feel like it would take that big think deck look away that turns me off for some reason when i see buses with what looks like a portable bridge for the Camel Discovery races.
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