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How to build a Dog Cabin Dog House

You can use your creativity with this but I have discovered that landscaping timbers make a great log cabin for dogs. It is cooler in the Summer and warm in the Winter. I set mine on concrete blocks but a solid foundation would be nice as well. I framed the floor with 3/4 inch plywood and treated 2x4's and tied every log with 6 inch lag bolts.Each log had 4 lag bolts which run into the wood below. In between the logs I ran a line of liquid nails to seal the cracks as well as give it more strength and weather proof it. I filled it with cedar chips for both comfort for my doggies as well as insect repellent. I chose a standard house style roof frame and metal roofing but you could do shingles just as easy. I am happy to now have an all weather dog house on a permanent location at half the cost of having a not so well built pre-made dog house. I hope this inspires someone else as well. My dog cabin shown here is 8'4" square.

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Put down newspapers everywhere there's grass. Cover with mulch or rocks or the like. Cut holes for non grass and weeds. Works great.

will this drive half inch rebar through 12 or more inches of landscape timber in a retaining wall?

Yes, but I usually drill a hole just a bit smaller then the rod so that the rod does not split the landscape timbers....
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