Monday, 23 April 2018

Mezzanine DIY project

This 2018 Ford F150 Lariat Supercrew comes equipped with the Pro Trailer Backup Assist perfect for precise trailer parking, simply use the knob to steer the trailer in the direction you want it to go.

This post is in partnership with Ford Canada


As Canadians, the winter thickening of our blood primes us for spring. Now, as the 96th of January passes and the mercury rises out of the negatives, we begin our spring traditions such as cursing Wiarton Willie for perpetually being wrong about when spring will arrive, greeting the warm weather by trying to be the first person in town to wear shorts and a t-shirt, and, of course, spring cleaning.

Spring has always represented the perfect time to start fresh, clean-up around the house and make plans for any household projects. I don't know about you, but I am guilty of having my fair share of projects that have been put on the "never, never" plan.



As you can see from my well-drawn sketch above, storage in my garage was at a premium. I have just recently moved in with my new bride, and with that two houses became one. We needed a solution and I had a plan. You can watch my vision become reality through the Instagram story about this weekend project, below.

The tools needed to complete the job
  • 2018 Ford F150 Lariat Supercrew (very handy to move tools and supplies with it's very large cargo bed. The 360 camera is very useful when trying to squeeze into those tight spots and let's not forget about it's great looks and powerful 2.7L Ecoboost V6 engine)
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Saw (Skill, chop or hand)
  • Drill
  • Hammer drill (for concrete)
  • Impact driver
  • Deck screws (short ones for the plywood, long ones for framing)
  • Six joist hangers for 2x6 joists
  • No. 10 nails
  • Hammer
  • Six 10ft 2x6's
  • Two pieces of half inch plywood

Step 1 - Take gratuitous photo of 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat Supercrew (supplied by our friends at Ford Canada) Not shown but equally as beautiful are two of my favourite features, the air conditioned seats and steering wheel, perfect for those hot and cold days, and the twin panel moonroof that extends over the entire interior bringing the outside in.

Step 2 - Clean the garage and make room for the work to be done. No easy task as we had created quite the little hazard over the winter months.

Step 3 - Pick up lumber from your local lumber yard. I chose 2x6 studs and half inch plywood.

Step 4- Secure the first 2x6 to set the height and secure it to the wall with 3.5 inch deck screws, 4 inch lag bolts and quite a few concrete screws for the concrete block.

Tip: Before securing to the wall check to ensure the board is level.

Step 5 - Attach the joist hangers on the outside (rim) board. Slide 2x6 in the hanger and secure both ends. Make sure the plywood will sit flat on top of the joists,

Tip: It is recommended that you secure the joist hangers with no. 10 nails.  

Step 6 - Complete the framing by attaching the final rim board with 3.5 inch deck screws. 

Step 7 - Measure and cut the plywood. Once the framing is complete, gently toss a sheet of plywood on the frame and make sure it fits as tight to the walls as possible. Run your pencil along the plywood that is overhanging the frame, bring the plywood back down and cut it on the line.

Tip: Don't forget to secure the plywood to the frame with small deck screws once cut to size.

Step 8 - Stand in awe of the wizardry you have performed. We here at Real Man Travels suggest holding a beer while performing this step, now that all the power tools and sharp objects are out of the picture. Remember, if the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.







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Chris Williams is the founder and creator of Real Man Travels. Connect with Chris on Twitter.

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