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04-29-2014 04:28 PM
chadmonger
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He's in MI. He definitely has yucky weather extremes. Some expansion joints in the slab would have been a good idea, but are sort of moot now as I don't know if there is a feasible way to add them after it is poured. Pre-cracking it where you want might help, but you'll still get cracks. Concrete in a climate with extreme freeze/thaw cycles is going to crack. There's nothing that will prevent that.
There are cuts in the concrete, you can see it better in the first set of pics
04-29-2014 04:17 PM
Chris Wild He's in MI. He definitely has yucky weather extremes. Some expansion joints in the slab would have been a good idea, but are sort of moot now as I don't know if there is a feasible way to add them after it is poured. Pre-cracking it where you want might help, but you'll still get cracks. Concrete in a climate with extreme freeze/thaw cycles is going to crack. There's nothing that will prevent that.
04-29-2014 04:12 PM
selzer I would suggest, lifting whatever you use to shore up the bottom by a good four to six inches. This will allow the water to run off, when you hose it down or it rains.

Also, if that is concrete, you might want to cut it so that when it cracks due to the changes, it cracks where you want it to crack, and looks uniform. Of course, that may not matter if you do not have yucky weather extremes where you are. Or maybe you already have?
04-29-2014 03:23 PM
Chris Wild Kona, that's an awesome set up!

OP, your kennel is looking great too. I agree with Lies on making sure you have top and bottom rails. The wood that you just added to the bottom will probably work, but may also soon get soaked with urine and very stinky. It may also invite chewing. If you can put in metal bottom rails like prefab kennel pannels have I think that would be best.

I also agree with adding some sort of roof/top for shade as well as rain and snow protection.
04-29-2014 03:21 PM
K9Kona This is what I constructed this past weekend. I added two more panels to my kennel to widen it by 5' so it is now 10'x15'. Not including the kennel panels, I have around $425 into this so far. I plan to put some type of screen or possibly some type of fence around the outside to keep the leaves and snow out. I do have a indoor kennel as well that is underneath my workbench, but I'm considering putting a larger kennel in the garage as well.

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04-29-2014 07:23 AM
chadmonger Added some bottom supports last night that should do the trick. I drilled holes and used fence ties to strengthen the bottom and prevent escapes. Thanks for the tips!
04-28-2014 03:16 PM
chadmonger
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Looks nice!!!! I live in GR too! The only thing that would concern me is it looks like some areas have no top or bottom rail. I have one escape artist dog who is about GSD size, but a much lower drive dog and can be over/under/through a chain link fence like that in seconds. Luckily my GSDs do fine with visual barriers and don't test them as much, but I did have to replace the chain link in my yard with something heavy gauge and with sturdy top and bottom rails and my escape artist has not escaped since.
Thanks! I will definitely be adding at least top rails and will consider bottom rails as well. Very happy to have a secure kennel for the dogs while I am at work. We just moved to the Lowell area actually - more room for the dogs to run around!
04-28-2014 09:15 AM
Liesje Looks nice!!!! I live in GR too! The only thing that would concern me is it looks like some areas have no top or bottom rail. I have one escape artist dog who is about GSD size, but a much lower drive dog and can be over/under/through a chain link fence like that in seconds. Luckily my GSDs do fine with visual barriers and don't test them as much, but I did have to replace the chain link in my yard with something heavy gauge and with sturdy top and bottom rails and my escape artist has not escaped since.
04-28-2014 08:02 AM
jocoyn That looks awesome!

While your house is new, I would be inclined to put a matching roof and a strong ceiling fan over the run area. It would help keep down bugs and give you some summer cooling the dog can't reach. That way your dog can choose outside on rainy days.
04-28-2014 07:48 AM
chadmonger
Update

Here are some pics of the "finished" product. Still needs a bit of finishing but is working for now.
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