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Hi all,
Just purchased my 1st hardside used 2 yr old bob house.
Couple of questions
Best way to fasten down? Plan on using racket straps good idea?
When drilling holes for jigging inside any issues with water coming up the holes and flooding the area under house?
Thanks in advance

I used my 6” Ion auger to drill 4 holes, one at each corner (not too close so you have some room) about 2-3 feet from corners. Use some scrap 2x4s with a half inch hole drilled in the middle and fix a strong rope in the hole. Make a bowline knot in the rope so you have a loop to hook your ratchet strap to.
The rope should belong enough to reach through the ice when you push the 2x4 down into the hole and position it across the bottom of the hole like a brace.
Do this off of each corner then ratchet the house down. Make sure you put the house runners on 2x4 or 4x4 blocks so the runners don’t melt into the ice. A farm jack works great to jack the house up for the blocks. Check your house often as ice conditions change as you may need to add blocks in melting conditions.
As far as the fishing holes under the house…if drilling from inside, you may need an auger extension as the ice thickens (drilling from inside through 3’ of ice)
You may see water pooling under the shack during thaws. This is when you move the house to a new location! Lots of work to maintain a hard side but nothing like the comfort of being out of the elements! Good luck!

Thanks for the advise mowbizz

hardwater diehard:
An old thread ..My buddy made me a pair out of conduit to hole down my Clam 6800 a loooong time ago

Congrats on your new hard side!

For tying down your house, I use a rachet straps on all four corners. of the house.

I use a 4.5" nils auger drill (with my Milwaukee drill) for my tie down holes. The smaller the hole the better cause during warm weather or rain, they will open up. If your tie down sticks come out then you're at the mercy of the wind at that point.

I use 2x4" ripped in half and cut to 18" - 20" long for tie down sticks. Seems excessive but a 4.5" hole will open up. This will give you a chance to save the house from blowing down the lake.

I take that tie down stick, tie some rope (3/8" - 1/2" thick) to the middle of it and push it down the hole. On the other end of the rope, I put a loop. Then rachet strap from the corner of your house down to the loop in the rope. Make tight. This saves a lot of rope too. You only need enough rope to stick out above your hole 8" - 12" or so.

Make sure you jack up your house first before drilling holes for tying down your house.
I use 4"x4" blocks to keep my house off the ice and out of the water if any comes up. If there is a lot of snow on the lake, that creates weight and will have water come up your holes flooding the immediate area. Sometimes you'll need to jack up your house on a couple of 4"x4" blocks. I have my blocks notched so my runners will fit inside so not to slip off during  windy days.

I also jam pack the tie down holes with slush and snow to help it freeze quicker.

Good luck with your new house! Best to make sure you keep a close eye on it during the season and not leave it too long unattended due to changing conditions on the ice.
It's way easier to deal with your house in a proactive manner rather than reactive.


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