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Old 01-16-2011, 08:44 AM   #15
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Question from a newbie,,,, Do ya'll use the pads when you are on concrete pads or only softer "footing?"
Only on softer ground for me.
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:13 AM   #16
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I use them on soft surfaces such as grass or moist dirt or hot asphalt but not on gravel or concrete.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:57 PM   #17
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Question from a newbie,,,, Do ya'll use the pads when you are on concrete pads or only softer "footing?"
Mine are on the pads now in my driveway. Would rather have the pads sink into any surface rather than my jacks. The plastic pads are easy and cheap to replace should they get gummed up in anyway.
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:19 PM   #18
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Soft surfaces only, but some campgrounds require their use.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:05 PM   #19
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Agree with Dadeaux, two pieces 3/4" exterior plywood (or 3 pieces 1/2" plywood sandwiched together), approximatly 12" square, glued together with Gorilla glue.

Use 1" drill to drill half way thru - use awning rod in hole to place under leveler foot.

Have used for several years with no problem.

FWIW - Have read that in lightning storm, it's good idea to use an insulator barrier (such as plastic mats) between the ground and the wood block, to prevent lightning damage. I have only done this once, however, I keep the plastic mats with me just in event of bad weather.
We use the same technique, except ours are 16" square and the hole in the middle for the awning rod is all the way through.

As for lightning -- we just unplug external electric and all is well. YMMV

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I use a tripe stack of 3/4" plywood, 16" square cause that's what would fit in the bay I wanted to store them in. Made 6 from one sheet of 4x8.

I use em everywhere but gravel pads, gravel supports good. The extras are handy if the site is way off level.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:31 AM   #21
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Agree with Dadeaux, two pieces 3/4" exterior plywood (or 3 pieces 1/2" plywood sandwiched together), approximatly 12" square, glued together with Gorilla glue.

Use 1" drill to drill half way thru - use awning rod in hole to place under leveler foot.

Have used for several years with no problem.

FWIW - Have read that in lightning storm, it's good idea to use an insulator barrier (such as plastic mats) between the ground and the wood block, to prevent lightning damage. I have only done this once, however, I keep the plastic mats with me just in event of bad weather.
We also use 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood. Ours are screwed together rather than glued. We've used them fo going on 10 years and over 85,000 miles. They've held up in every condition from the sands of Florida, to the permafrost in Alaska and the swamp lands in New Brunswick.

I drilled a hole near the edge of each one and inserted a piece of poly rope to make them easier to pull out of the goo. We store them on edge in a plastic dish pan so they won't get everything in the compartment wet and dirty.
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:33 PM   #22
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We also use 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood. Ours are screwed together rather than glued. We've used them going on 10 years and over 85,000 miles. They've held up in every condition from the sands of Florida, to the permafrost in Alaska and the swamp lands in New Brunswick.

I drilled a hole near the edge of each one and inserted a piece of poly rope to make them easier to pull out of the goo. We store them on edge in a plastic dish pan so they won't get everything in the compartment wet and dirty.
2X on plywood
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Son-in-law makes up 20" square pads. 4 x 4 cedar down each side mitered on the corners and a cross piece in the middle. Everyting is screwed together with brass screws to avoid corrosion problems. He then puts 1/2 inch plywood top and bottom and a loop of poly rope thru the plywood so you can pull them around.

I'm going to make some up to his design before next season.
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:49 PM   #24
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1 1/8 Plytanium

Funny name, but this is a sub-floor material sold at Lowes, it is T&G, rated for 48 inch span, what this means is for a standard sub-floor the joists can be spaced at 48 inches instead of 16.

I used this stuff for the second floor in the shop with steel joists at 16 inches and it is rock solid, where the stair well is located there is an area where the joists are open, so it is 40 inch span and still solid.

You may be able to purchase smaller pieces or have them cut a sheet, it is about $36.00 for a 4x8 sheet.

Get a gallon of good polyurathane and thin it so it will soak in.

Make large squares, say 4 at 16 inch sq, and 4 more at 10 or so inches.

You can stack them to make a taller foot, and if eye screws are added they can be slid under with your awning rod.

They stack in a storage area.
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I purchased an 8' long 6X6 treated landscape timber. I cut it into 8 one foot lengths and added some fold down handles that screw into the ends for easy carrying. Super heavyweight and easy to use.

Shop Gatehouse 3-1/2" Zinc Plated Chest Handle at Lowes.com
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Found 16"x16"x1" poly pads in yellow. They are set up with s/s wire handles and holes to fit your awning pole. $150.00 for 4 from OFL (outdoors for life) 517.655.8482 and they come in a carry sack. For $20.00 they will engrave your info, don't know why you might want that but it can be done.
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