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Old 06-09-2016, 02:29 PM   #1
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Pads For HWH Jacks - For Large DP

I just completed remodeling my deck at the S&B (5 weeks). I saved a bunch of pieces of treated 2 x 6's. I am trying to decide how to build some pads for my HWH jacks to use when set op on dirt or grass. My 1st thought was a 12" square; 2 boards wide x 2 boards thick. I was going to screw them together and attach a sort length or loop of rope. anybody have the perfect idea for constructing them.

BTW, here's the deck after a rain.
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Nice Deck! I have some I made in a crosshatch (2 N-S, 2 E-W) glued and screwed. I used Liquid Nails and drywall screws. Watch that treated lumber, splinters can really hurt. They will crack from uneven ground and rocks. I have other made from plywood glued and screwed that hold up better. They are cut so they stack in a milk crate, work great.
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You might get a 2'X2' piece of treated plywood and cut into 1' squares and layer the 2X6" board top and bottom, glue and screw. The plywood will keep everything together even if the 2"X 6" boards crack. I use Gorilla glue or similar.

I actually had a piece of 1" wide nylon strapping that I glued between the blocks before screwing them together. I actually constructed and then put them under the jacks with pressure to hold everything tight while the glue dried.

I made blocks similar to the above and they've held up well until last weekend.
We were a State Park and the asphalt was so thing that the jacks pushed the blocks all the way through, one was at an angle and cracked, still usable but don't know for how long.
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I built the pictured blocks from treated 2 x 6 with a treated 5/4 from corner to corner inside the box. The jack block is covered with 3/4" plywood on both sides. Everything is construction glued together with 2.5" finish nails. I installed I bolts in ea block and use a broom hand w/hook to drag them in and out.

My blocks are around 12" x 12" x 7" tall. I designed them dimensionally so they will single stack in my storage bay and take very little space. Works good.
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My blocks are around 12" x 12" x 7" tall. I designed them dimensionally so they will single stack in my storage bay and take very little space. Works good.
Fancy and very nice. Would you sell sets like those ?
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I use 4x6 x 12 they work great.
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For our pads we found some black cutting boards. They worked well, didn't break and blended in with the ground. They stored in a small space.
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I just completed remodeling my deck at the S&B (5 weeks). I saved a bunch of pieces of treated 2 x 6's. I am trying to decide how to build some pads for my HWH jacks to use when set op on dirt or grass. My 1st thought was a 12" square; 2 boards wide x 2 boards thick. I was going to screw them together and attach a sort length or loop of rope. anybody have the perfect idea for constructing them.
That's EXACTLY what I did except I used a 2 X 12 so not quite 12" square. Glued and screwed them together with the grain crossed then drilled holes near each corner to use the awning rod to retrieve them. Lasted quit a few years before the wood dried out and cracked so I built another set. This time I took the 2 X 12 and used " plywood glued and screwed to both sides of the boards. Still use them except the present rig only has air leveling so now use them under the tires but I had to put two side by side since the tires are about 14" wide at the tread. In fact I'm going to use them tomorrow to get the rig up higher to replace the Allison filter, lube the driveshaft and add the air brake connection for the towed.
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Hmmm! Lots of great ideas to think about. Wish I could see what the inside of vapor3000's look like. If I am visualizing them correctly, they should weigh significantly less.
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I too used a 2x12 and cut the blocks every 12". I then painted four of the blocks with white paint. Then I took 3/4" plywood and cut eight (8) 12x12 squares to screw against each side of the painted 12x12" blocks. Finally I drilled a 1" hole in the center of each block.
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I just completed remodeling my deck at the S&B (5 weeks). I saved a bunch of pieces of treated 2 x 6's. I am trying to decide how to build some pads for my HWH jacks to use when set op on dirt or grass. My 1st thought was a 12" square; 2 boards wide x 2 boards thick. I was going to screw them together and attach a sort length or loop of rope. anybody have the perfect idea for constructing them.

BTW, here's the deck after a rain.

I made what you are talking about on previous coach because it didn't have big feet on jacks. I've never needed anything extra for the rev.
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Fancy and very nice. Would you sell sets like those ?
Glad you like them. Not in the business of selling these, but next time you are in NE Oklahoma, bring some scrap wood and I'll build them for you free!
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Hmmm! Lots of great ideas to think about. Wish I could see what the inside of vapor3000's look like. If I am visualizing them correctly, they should weigh significantly less.
The low weight and the fact they won't crack is the best parts of this design. The inside is simply a box with a diagonally installed 5/4 brace the same height as the sides of the box. This diagonal member provides center support for the plywood top/bottom of the jack block.
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Hmmm! Lots of great ideas to think about. Wish I could see what the inside of vapor3000's look like. If I am visualizing them correctly, they should weigh significantly less.
Don't overthink it ... do the crosshatch thing with your scraps.
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