|At Fish House Supply we
believe in quality first. We do not claim to have the cheapest houses on
the market, but our quality is second to none.
We only use quality, professionally
welded trailers, with premium lumber and materials. After
all, you want your fish house to last a lifetime not just a few seasons.
We build our fish houses one at a time, by actual fisherman!
For Building Your Own Fish House:
We glue all of our floors down with an industrial floor glue along with special coated self-drilling floor screws (sold in our trailer
accessories section). Coated fasteners are needed with the copper added chemicals in today's treated lumber. Some manufacturers will shoot steel nails or
use non-coated fasteners - these types of fasteners won't last in the new treated lumber. All floors must be glued and fastened with a coated fastener.
Walls and Rafters
All wall studs and rafters should be 16" on center, again with straight premium lumber. Our Rafters are constructed with 2" x 6"s, Tapered from the center to outside edge, pre-drilled and fastened with 3" Screws.
Walls should be 2" x 2" with 2" x 4"s on the
corners for extra strength. Studs should be pre-drilled and fastened with 3" screws to keep walls together on the rough lake roads.
For many years all that anyone in this industry ever used (and some still are) is 1/8" paneling. It just does not last
very long in a fish house. It warps on the ceiling, the facing will come off usually near the floor
where it can frost up in cold weather, then begin to
rot and it does not add any support in keeping your
walls strong. Only use a light weight, all wood,
1/4" paneling that is twice as strong and will
outlast any 1/8" paneling on the market, or a all
wood Tongue & Groove interior.
We recommend using the pink or blue high-density board foam in your walls
and Kraft-faced R19 in your Ceiling. You should also Tyvek your exterior
before siding it.
If you choose to insulate your floor,
we advise NOT to sandwich foam between 2 layers of plywood. This method
not only traps moisture, but it also adds weight, and not much R-value.
We recommend spray foaming under your floor if you have access to doing
Windows and Doors
Thermal pane windows are now a standard feature not an added option for all
our fish houses. Single pane windows do nothing but sweat and we
do not carry that window any longer.
Doors are a maintenance free high gloss
RV door that has fiberglass skins, foam insulated and has a round door
knob with (2) keys. The advantage with fiberglass skins over aluminum are
that they will not dent.
We recommend Rubber Roofs,
because they will outlast the aluminum roofs. They will not leak like
most aluminum roofs do over time, and can be purchase at most lumber
yards for half the cost of Aluminum Roofs.