Rebuilt Horseshoe Pits

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Rebuilt Horseshoe Pits

Post by HunterGKS » September 9th, 2015, 1:59 pm

About 8 years ago I built a set of pits using old lumber I found in my barn. It held up fairly well until 2 years ago when the wood started to rot. I decided the pits needed to be rebuilt so I picked up some pressure treated 2x6s, 2x2s, & the hardware I needed. I built both of the boxes & the frames for the covers & got 1 of the boxes set over 2 afternoons. I got 1 of the covers built on another afternoon.

This is what 1 of the old pits looked like. When I built them, I laid the plastic sand bags on the bottom to stop weed growth. It didn’t work as weed & grass seeds landed on the sand & germinated. About 2 weeks before this pic was taken I sprayed with round up &, after several days, cleaned up all the dead growth. As can be seen, the weeds/grass is already starting to come back. I plan to get some long lasting herbicide to spray in the pits after our family get together on the 20th. Between that & the covers, I'm hoping to solve the wed problem.

Hopefully the pressure treated wood will last for a lot longer then the original old wood I used. It's a lot of work rebuilding them.

One of the old pits.

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The old pit ready for the new box to be installed.

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One of the new boxes.

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The new box installed with a double thickness plastic weed barrier.

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This is 1 of the new boxes with the old sand but before any new sand has been added.

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The basic frame of a cover.

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The top of a cover. The metal is left over from when I had my new building put up. I didn’t have enough of 1 color for either cover so 1 is green & white, the other red & green. I will be using 2 lag bolts on each end of both covers to hold them down.

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The under side of the cover showing the supporting 2x2s.

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The finished pit with new sand.

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The cover attached to the top of the pit with 4 lag bolts, 2 on each end. With all the strong winds we have around here, I wanted to be sure the covers didn’t blow away.

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Re: Rebuilt Horseshoe Pits

Post by CamoMan4025 » September 11th, 2015, 10:54 am

Well George, when you do something, you really do it up right! Great looking setup, hope you enjoy!

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Re: Rebuilt Horseshoe Pits

Post by Grumpy » September 11th, 2015, 2:40 pm

Old sand ?......New sand ?.................I hate working with old sand too..... :LMAO:
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Re: Rebuilt Horseshoe Pits

Post by HunterGKS » September 11th, 2015, 2:47 pm

CamoMan4025 wrote:Well George, when you do something, you really do it up right! Great looking setup, hope you enjoy!

Kevin
Thx Kevin. When I built the original pits, I did a haffast job using old, scrape wood & it didn't last. This time, with all the time & effort involved, I'd do a better job with better lumber so, hopefully, it will last a lot longer.

It will be broken in a week from Sunday at our annual family gun shootin', shoe tossin', rib eatin' get together.
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Re: Rebuilt Horseshoe Pits

Post by soiltester » September 11th, 2015, 3:45 pm

Great job well done George :thumbup:

Let me guess, the 2nd lid is a red & blue color :lol:
The pitches on the lids for rain water run off, is split in the middle, so the rainwater runs each way & is split equally for erosion control, w/good weed control inside, and excellent grass growth around each pit :king:
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Re: Rebuilt Horseshoe Pits

Post by Woodcock » September 11th, 2015, 7:58 pm

HunterGKS wrote:
CamoMan4025 wrote:Well George, when you do something, you really do it up right! Great looking setup, hope you enjoy!

Kevin
Thx Kevin. When I built the original pits, I did a haffast job using old, scrape wood & it didn't last. This time, with all the time & effort involved, I'd do a better job with better lumber so, hopefully, it will last a lot longer.

It will be broken in a week from Sunday at our annual family gun shootin', shoe tossin', rib eatin' get together.

Nice. Ive never seen a horse shoe pit cover or a live pterodactyl !!

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Re: Rebuilt Horseshoe Pits

Post by GOLD HUNTER » September 12th, 2015, 11:32 am

:thumbup:
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Re: Rebuilt Horseshoe Pits

Post by HunterGKS » September 13th, 2015, 9:57 am

Thx all. WC, All y'all just don't travel in the right circles. :walk:
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Re: Rebuilt Horseshoe Pits

Post by bcarver » January 20th, 2017, 11:54 pm

Nice. I have a set and am planning a court in my back yard.

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Re: Rebuilt Horseshoe Pits

Post by appalachianassassin » January 21st, 2017, 11:57 pm

how did this post get over 700 views. i guess lots of turkey hunters love throwin some shoes. :mrgreen:
gotta love turkey huntin!!!

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