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12-19-17, 09:41 AM   #1 (permalink)  
Light House Design and Construction

Hello,
I have a small cottage overlooking a lake in Upstate NY that affords a perfect location for a lighthouse.( approximately 6-8 ft high)
My concept is to use rocks indigenous to the area to build this structure, and fit it with a functioning light with Fresnel lens.
I am looking for advice on how to build the structure; I want to make this strong, but do all the work myself.
1) Ideas for the inner frame?
2) Ideas for the outer rock?
Thanks,
Kevin

 
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12-19-17, 09:51 AM   #2 (permalink)  
Just a note of caution, anything visible from a lake could draw complaints and require removal. My lot is upper Maine and no way could I build that.

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12-19-17, 10:01 AM   #3 (permalink)  
If you're going to clad it in local rock I would just build it out of rock. Make sure you pace conduit in the center for getting power to the light. Then I'd just start mortaring rocks in place around the conduit to the shape and height you want.

 
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12-19-17, 04:05 PM   #4 (permalink)  
thanks I was planning on the conduit for the light.
Maybe I am over thinking this as I usually do.
I suppose you are right, if I start with large rock on the base and gradually taper it in, that would probably work.

Regarding complaints that will not be a problem gIven the location.
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12-19-17, 04:13 PM   #5 (permalink)  
If I built a internal frame for it to keep it structurally sound , using pressure treated wood, is there a underlayment I could use to secure to the frame, and then build the rock around that?

Seems like you would need some sort of internal support if it was 8 ft tall.
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12-19-17, 04:30 PM   #6 (permalink)  
Get a 6" or 12" sonotube (cardboard concrete form) depending on how big you want it to be.. put your conduit inside that before you pour it full of concrete. Then you will have a nice column to lay your stone around. You would obviously also want a footing below frost if you want it to last.

 
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12-19-17, 05:31 PM   #7 (permalink)  
Do what XSleeper mentioned. You don't want a wood structure inside that will expand and contract with moisture. You want nothing but masonry so; concrete, rock and mortar.

 
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12-19-17, 06:29 PM   #8 (permalink)  
got it that sounds good thanks!

 
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