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Author Topic: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"  (Read 4716 times)

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #160 on: March 11, 2019, 08:13:16 PM »
Very Nice
We have a lot of good boys and girls in harms way
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #161 on: March 12, 2019, 05:25:40 AM »
Looking good Jon, solid and strong will weather most storms. ;D Lucky fella to have all that talent around you. :)
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #162 on: May 06, 2019, 01:54:39 PM »
My contractor poured 17 yards of concrete on the upper decks last week.
I felt almost guilty that work took me away and I couldn't be there to help.
He did a nice job pouring the 2 upper decks and sloping them away from the center. See that grey spot bottom center of the picture? That's the leftover concrete.



 

This weekend I am traveling to Vermont to meet with a timber framer and hopefully seal the deal on my cabin. I was hoping to go there last weekend and stop in at the northern get together but that work thing got in the way.

I am very happy with the progress that has been made lately.
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #163 on: May 06, 2019, 02:49:18 PM »
Great progress!
I'd hate to show you how much concrete I wasted building my place! :(
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #164 on: May 07, 2019, 11:58:44 AM »
Looking good. I like as little waste as possible to. You'll soon be moving in. ;) I'm lucky here, that I can cut away from work when need be. Right now putting a game plan together for the garage. Off to get some material quotes as we speak.
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #165 on: June 24, 2019, 10:57:16 AM »
Moving forward with a purpose.

My check for the deposit on the timber frame has cleared! We are doing some productive back and forth to tighten up the design. We plan on standing up the frame the last week of September. I'll post a picture of the frame soon.

I have a lot to do before we stand it up. My general contractor and I are going to build the deck the last week of July. I posted a question about sub flooring in the timber framing section here;

Sub Floor in Timber Framing/Log construction

I have about 2000 bdft of random width 1" pine and poplar stacked and stickered and between now and the end of July I'll be using my buddy Steve's shop to plane and straight edge the boards, then re stack on site.

I had a local sawyer, Jeff, saw the 100 2x12 floor joists I need. I just didn't have the time or trees to get it done. Jeff is a real go getter and it turns out that mother nature provides, some heavy storms early this year blew down a bunch of white pines and my buddies from all around the area were calling me to come get logs. Jeff got most of them and I delivered a few when I could get up there. For log retrieval, sawing, delivering and stacking and stickering he charged me .75 bdft. I feel I got a great deal

100 floor joists you say???, Yes I say. I have 4 main beams spanning my foundation creating 3 sections. Each section needs 31 joists. I rounded up to100.

Waa Hoo
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #166 on: June 24, 2019, 03:58:13 PM »
Sounds great, keep at'r. :)
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #167 on: June 25, 2019, 10:57:54 AM »
Happy for your progress!  Sounds like things are moving and shaking on your build.  Good for you!  

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #168 on: August 19, 2019, 01:55:12 PM »
We got the floor joists and sub floor in. I had a crew of 3 local guys and they worked very well in mid 90 degree weather. I basically fetched water and supplies. I helped where I could and kept out of the way as needed!

Lets back up. I had decided that i needed 2000 bdft of 1' random width lumber for the sub floor. I had some on site but the majority of my air dried lumber was at my house and it needed to be edged and plained down to 15/16. I decided to work on it in my barn as some of my buddies were offering to help.

I set up a shop in the barn with a straight edging table that I made up and hauled my grizzly plainer out of the basement.


 

That little 20V Dewalt didn't work out too well. It tried hard but the battery charger couldn't keep up with how fast they were being drained.
I went out and bought a Ridgid worm drive. That did the trick. It's odd to have a saw that you have to check the oil in the transmission before use but it worked very well.
That's Dave, he wanted to get off his butt and sweat some. Boy did he get his wish!! We ran 2 fans and one of them was a big attic fan I built a platform for. We also kept a cooler full of water and sports drinks.




 
Charlie and his buddy Craig came up from southern Maryland just to enjoy the 92 degree weather and process some boards for me.

Notice the attic fan in the lower left. No shrouds, wouldn't want to impede the airflow!

Somewhere along about 1500 bdft my plainer started acting up. It would pop it's internal breaker every 2 to 3 boards. At this point my deadline of July 20th was looming large. I had to have 2000 bdft on the trailer and heading for WV that day. Nothing like living your life like you are on a reality tv show. I couldn't take time to figure out the problem so I fixed it with a credit card and a trip to Home depot.


 

Here's Donny running my new Dewalt plainer. Right off the bat we had a problem with dust collection. It just wasn't blowing the sawdust out the chute fast enough, it was blowing it back on Donny. I took the collector off and was just going to run it without one when I saw a piece of packing cardboard inside the collector. It kept it from being crushed in shipping I guess. It really kept the sawdust from getting around it. After that we were off and flying again.

I made my goal on Thursday the 18th.


 

Color coating the ends of the different widths helped a lot when they were putting it down.

Friday night we were loaded and ready to roll!


 

My brother Chris brought the load up and on Monday the guys started putting in floor joists.


 

And by Wednesday we were putting the deck down.


 

Here's the view looking up from below.


 

and on Friday we built a tent over the whole thing.


 

The tent keeps the weather off and allows air flow because in all honesty some of those boards were milled only 2 months ago.

On September 23 the timber frame and crane are scheduled to arrive.

That's all I have for now.
Hold Fast till the end of September!
Jon
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #169 on: August 19, 2019, 05:31:15 PM »
Looking good!! Keep the momentum. 8) Nice to have good help when you need it.
Move'n on.

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #170 on: August 19, 2019, 09:08:32 PM »
Very nice job..
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #171 on: August 19, 2019, 09:12:24 PM »
Progress!!!!
It all takes time.
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #172 on: August 19, 2019, 10:35:48 PM »
You been hustling!  Look forward to seeing the raising of the frame.  

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #173 on: August 20, 2019, 07:47:07 AM »
Seeing that finished subfloor had to give you great satisfaction and make you proud. 
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #174 on: August 20, 2019, 08:15:05 AM »
Planing that much lumber down in that heat with a lunchbox planer is an impressive feat! Things are looking awesome!

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #175 on: August 20, 2019, 01:17:51 PM »
That's looking great!  Keep the pix (and progress) coming!!!
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #176 on: August 20, 2019, 01:46:15 PM »
I'm reliving building mine watching you! Thanks! :)
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #177 on: August 20, 2019, 07:16:40 PM »
Planing that much lumber down in that heat with a lunchbox planer is an impressive feat! Things are looking awesome!
It sure is, we let the magic blue smoke out of my 15" a couple of weeks ago planing oak siding on a very warm day. Looking very good!
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #178 on: August 21, 2019, 07:09:27 AM »
I asked Jim to move this thread to the Timber Framing section.
I have contracted with a timber framer from Vermont named Dave Sills to build the frame. He built another cabin in our valley and it's a beautiful place. I am looking forward to working with him.

Thank you Jim Rogers
and thank you all for your positive input!
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« Reply #179 on: August 21, 2019, 08:19:31 AM »
This is so much fun to watch.  I'm so happy fr you. 
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