|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 use only premium dried 3/4" treated plywood. That means DRY wood
with no knots. We will not use the soaked treated plywood that most other
manufacturers will use. The cost of good dried plywood is twice the
cost as discounted treated lumber but the floor will not dry rot and will last
10 times longer. Call around to your local lumber yards for this, not
discounted lumber yards.
We also 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.
All of our wall studs and ceiling rafters are 16" on center, again with
straight premium lumber. Ceilings are constructed with 2" x 4"s,
pre-drilled and (2) 3" screws added to each end of rafters.
Walls should be 2" x 2" or 2" x 3" customers
choice with 2" x 4"s on the corners for extra strength. Not only
studs be stapled, they should also pre-drilled with (2) 3" screws added to each end
of each stud 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. So now we only use a light weight, all
wood, 1/4" paneling that is twice as strong and will outlast and 1/8"
paneling on the market.
Spray foamed (high density) is the best insulation you can put inside your
fish house. We recommend to spray under the floor as well.
If you prefer not to spray foam, then we
recommend using the pink or blue high-density board foam.
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.
We have found out from past experience that the smooth cargo aluminum
siding in sheets will outlast any lap type siding available. It also
makes your structure much more solid and can easily be spray foamed.
Should be added in front of your fish house to protect aluminum siding from
rocks and debris.