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« on: August 07, 2020, 08:47:18 PM »
This project started 18 years ago. I'll fast forward to June of 2020.

 
500 linier ft of 8x8 cants were loaded up for a 25 mile ride to Labrador lumber in Owego NY. There they were milled into D shaped logs

 

 
And then for the ride back home.
8/6/20 the building crew showed up and spent the day preparing and adjusting.

 
Adjusting the dovetail jigs.

 
Building a jig to cut logs to length with a consistent repeatable cut. I'll post a pic next week of the 16" 220 volt beam saw in action. It's a beast!
Rudy and Ruben spent a number of years building log homes in PA before moving to NY. The rest of the crew is very excited to learn log home building from R&R. 
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2020, 10:07:46 PM »
Koolz!
What will those 'd' shaped logs be a sittin on when sittin?
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2020, 10:31:56 PM »
Prolly on that floor in da pics  :)
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2020, 11:25:57 AM »
8" ICF block foundation.

 
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2020, 01:41:42 PM »
Prolly on that floor in da pics  :)
Ha, ha, but so true. 
Thoughts were if that's a joist floor, lots of weight ain't it? 
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2020, 05:58:05 PM »
Not really. Pine runs around 35 lbs per cubic foot. 8' tall wall 8" thick would run about 185 lbs per lineal foot. Perp to grain compression strength of pine is around 325 psi, a single rim without counting joists is 18 square inches per foot so around 5850 lbs capacity per foot. There are other loads, upper floor, roof but you can see it isn't anywhere close to a problem. I usually did a double rim but not really needed.

I'm not sure we aren't looking at an engineered floor system  :)

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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2020, 07:16:52 AM »
I really had no idea that it wood support that much wood...... ;D 
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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2020, 09:10:05 AM »
Engineered floor system with reinforced / double rim. The rim is slightly over 4" thick of solid wood. There will be two interior log walls. They will be supported by 8x12 hemlock beams built into the floor system.

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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2020, 09:13:41 AM »
 

 
Hard to get a high vantage point to get a good pic of floor.

 

 
The beam saw set up for end cuts.
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2020, 10:49:08 AM »
Yesterday s progress


 

 

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« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2020, 08:07:31 PM »
Taking on a little more shape .
 

 
 
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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2020, 07:42:23 PM »
Really looks nice!  Your long journey is a lot shorter than it was.  

Will you need to unstack and assemble the dove tails?  What are in the corners now, I can't tell from pictures and my lack of knowledge on building such structures leads to this question?

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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2020, 06:22:30 AM »
Dovetails are cut before stacking/ assembly. The guys are cutting the dovetails, assembling two corners then working towards the center of a wall. 
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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2020, 09:28:30 AM »
What you describe is what I expected, I see now the off set in the basement on the left side of above picture.  Initially I did not see that and thought there was no log wall yet on the left side.   ::)    Looks great.




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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2020, 09:21:38 PM »
Mh,
Are your log builders Amish?
I have never seen the dove tail on that style of log.
The ones I built notched a mortis in the logs and the over hang left d shaped.
Your way is much better to keep the ends dry.
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« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2020, 10:17:31 PM »
Or back, or shoulders  :D
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« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2020, 03:40:53 PM »
Yes they are Amish. They said it was ok to take pictures of them but they won't "pose" for a pic. I just try to keep their faces out of the pics.
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« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2020, 03:49:14 PM »
DonP, they are not using crane or lifting assistance. Just muscle power. 
On that note though, I spent part of the weekend running 4x6x14' beams for the ceiling system through my planner. Did 34. My forearms are on fire today! Oh well, only about 50 left to do. 
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« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2020, 08:44:49 PM »
Today's progress


 

 
The inspection team, they seem ok with the work so far

 
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« Reply #19 on: August 18, 2020, 06:55:58 AM »
That looks great, are you going to fur out the inside of the wall and add insulation?

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« Reply #20 on: August 18, 2020, 08:53:01 AM »
No extra insulation on walls. 8" logs should be sufficient. Two bedroom walls will get sheet rock but the is just to cover the rounded portion of the logs. 
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« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2020, 09:38:45 AM »
I would think your still going to get a good amount of thermal transfer through the logs. Curious to know how it feels through a NY winter. Still looks really nice.

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« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2020, 09:48:18 AM »
I know the Amish don't use any electric in their homes, but how are you running your electric ?

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« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2020, 10:00:12 AM »
I would think your still going to get a good amount of thermal transfer through the logs. Curious to know how it feels through a NY winter. Still looks really nice.
My neighbor built his house out of red pine from the property, his logs are 5" flats, 8"in height rounds with a 1" spline in the center and 1/4" foam sill seal that he trimmed off to fit the profile and calked. You might think it would leak air, but it is just the opposite, no transfer of cold or drafts at all. It's so tight he had to install an air ex changer to eliminate the moisture from forming on the inside of his windows.

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« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2020, 05:22:04 PM »
Log homes can be very energy efficient. 
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« Reply #25 on: August 19, 2020, 06:24:44 PM »
Mike,
Saw the clothes and suspenders and suspected Amish.
Good lookin building so far and Im sure The rest will be good too.
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« Reply #26 on: August 19, 2020, 07:57:20 PM »
No on the hemlock. I need to fix a minor mistake on my part. I'll use store bought 2x12 and joist hangers. Need to make twelve "bridges" between two floor joists because I put a 8x12" beam in the wrong place. I'll try to take pics of the mistake and my fix this weekend. I should put it in the" I did something dumb" thread.
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« Reply #27 on: August 19, 2020, 09:27:53 PM »
Sounds like wall support bridging?

For log R value this is the code referenced chart, to the right of the heavy stairstepped line passes. It is based on density and conductivity. There is also a longhand method on the facing page to this table, I've never tried it.


 
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« Reply #28 on: August 19, 2020, 10:10:40 PM »
I would think your still going to get a good amount of thermal transfer through the logs. Curious to know how it feels through a NY winter. Still looks really nice.
Looks like a great build!
I am farther north, my logs are 10" average and it is always warm. ! corner is drafty on a windy night. I am rechinking the cabin after 10 years. it should really solve the draft. 
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« Reply #29 on: August 21, 2020, 11:32:42 AM »
Notches cut for great room beam system ceiling/roof

 
DonP, yes to wall support bridging. Do you think that R value is a true indicator of a logs ability to insulate? I'm under the impression that R value doesn't take into account thermal mass and the ability of log to insulate is much higher.

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« Reply #30 on: August 21, 2020, 02:25:36 PM »
That table is taking mass effect into account, that is what the specific gravity on the left side is about. The heat capacity goes up as the s.g. goes up even though as you can see the R value is going down as the s.g. goes up.

There are a few pages to this section I can scan if you want to delve deeper but this section might help;
305.4.2 Applying the Thermal Mass Effect: When the wall assembly is determined to have sufficient thermal mass, the wall shall be deemed to comply with the code and is permitted to be further evaluated as a mass wall with integral insulation. The steps provided in this section are required for compliance with the International Energy Efficiency Code.

But as Stephen1 alluded to if you have infiltration you can't beat that with mass or insulation, draft control is the first order of business with any home. Log has many joints, that is usually the source of the problem when people say log homes don't perform well.
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« Reply #31 on: August 22, 2020, 07:27:51 AM »
The drafty areas are what get you.
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« Reply #32 on: August 22, 2020, 07:37:47 AM »
Hopefully drafts will not be a problem. The logs have a double t&g with a bead of log builders caulk on both inside and outside. The t&g is pretty tight.
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« Reply #33 on: August 24, 2020, 12:14:59 PM »
I'm liking this build!

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« Reply #34 on: August 24, 2020, 08:42:56 PM »
Jon, it is intended as such. Hopefully the NYS property taxes won't drive us out of it when we retire!
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« Reply #35 on: August 25, 2020, 06:54:23 PM »
The drafts don't come from the logs on the ones I built.
They could show up at electrical boxes and wiring chases in the log walls.
You can buy airtight boxes.
With special care around exterior doors.
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« Reply #37 on: August 25, 2020, 07:48:27 PM »
Wow! Really coming together!  Looks great.

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« Reply #38 on: August 25, 2020, 07:50:10 PM »
As a point of interest,... We live in the basement. Have for 2.5 yrs. The basement roof ( floor system) is covered with an edpm rubber roofing. It has worked fine for 2.5 years. I lot of thought went into trying to keep our home (basement) dry while the upstairs was under construction. There are a lot of holes that need to be drilled for wiring and such. We have had a couple of small rains but nothing of significance until this past Saturday. It rained hard for an hour or so. Our roof leaks!! The builder tried his best but I really didn't think he could do all this work without a leak or three. Or four. It's all good. A few more weeks and we will have a real roof and no leaks. 
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« Reply #39 on: August 28, 2020, 08:36:58 AM »
 

 
Setting the ridge beam.


 
The truss truck is here!!


 
I'm hooking the crane to the trusses.


 
The trusses are all up. Just over an hour.
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« Reply #40 on: August 28, 2020, 08:54:19 AM »
Now that is looking great! 
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« Reply #41 on: August 29, 2020, 04:50:28 AM »
Looks good!! Progress is being made.
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« Reply #42 on: August 29, 2020, 11:12:20 AM »
 

 


 
Only one more gable wall then the ceiling/ roof work starts.
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« Reply #43 on: August 29, 2020, 11:56:17 AM »
This is coming along nicely.  I'm enjoying watching your progress.
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« Reply #44 on: August 29, 2020, 07:13:43 PM »
Steady progress!  Looks great, I know you are getting excited!

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« Reply #45 on: September 02, 2020, 09:16:50 AM »
Looking Good!
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« Reply #46 on: September 04, 2020, 11:09:11 AM »
Some porch roof rafters up 


 
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« Reply #47 on: September 04, 2020, 08:13:36 PM »
Really nice!  I like the wood in the logs and continued on the ceiling.  The knots are really nice.   What is the open area, some sort of ridge venting?  Y'all, I am sure, will love it!
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« Reply #48 on: September 05, 2020, 12:07:37 PM »
The ceiling wasn't done yet!

 
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« Reply #49 on: September 05, 2020, 09:52:50 PM »
Very Nice!  Brackets look sharp.

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« Reply #50 on: September 12, 2020, 06:17:07 PM »
 

 
All that work up in flames! Oh well can't make much out of the scraps. On the other hand it's almost time for a roof!


 
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« Reply #51 on: September 12, 2020, 09:54:00 PM »
so what'd you do? wrap the roof with tarps or rubber then spray onto that?

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« Reply #52 on: September 15, 2020, 07:32:44 PM »
The great room ceiling has a layer of this on top of the t&g pine


 
Then the spray foam


 
Then a layer of bubble insulation, then perlins , then foam backed bubble insulation and finally the metal roof.

 
First piece of metal is up. Valley flashing.
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« Reply #53 on: September 19, 2020, 06:09:41 PM »
Had some logs left over. I tend to over do things sometimes just to make sure I'm not short. 

 
This fellow drove 3 hours and got a smokin' deal on 800 ln ft of logs. I'm glad they will get used and not sit here and rot.
More progress on the roof


 

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« Reply #54 on: September 27, 2020, 09:00:27 PM »
Windows!!!

 
Roof is 98%
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« Reply #55 on: September 27, 2020, 09:12:27 PM »
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« Reply #56 on: September 28, 2020, 08:07:24 AM »
You keep this up you will have a home!

Looks great!  Dried in and air tight just in time.

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« Reply #57 on: September 29, 2020, 05:21:13 AM »
The finished product looks good!!!
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« Reply #58 on: September 29, 2020, 07:08:15 AM »
I like your choice of color for the roof! ;D
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« Reply #59 on: September 29, 2020, 09:58:21 AM »
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« Reply #60 on: September 30, 2020, 06:40:50 PM »
Looking very nice!
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« Reply #61 on: October 31, 2020, 01:16:50 PM »
Need a little advise or direction. What would you do with this


 
Not a structural issue, just wondering if I should try to fill with something? I have a few of these around the house, some of them at a level where clothing could catch on them. If I were to fill and sand what would be a good product? @ Don P

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« Reply #62 on: October 31, 2020, 04:23:18 PM »
I would use something like Big Stretch caulk.  Its the same stuff they use for chinking on log homes.  It will always stay flexible.  I have used lots of it on my log home.
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« Reply #63 on: October 31, 2020, 06:44:25 PM »
We used caulk between the logs but what am talking about is the defect in the face of the log. It is the interior surface. Outside I might use the log builders caulk. 
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« Reply #64 on: October 31, 2020, 06:53:23 PM »
I'm assuming it is the splintery, raised area above the check we're talking about. You can slide blue tape in the check under it, gently open it up and work some epoxy into the loose grain then duct tape it down till that sets. Then pull the tape and sand the next day. Once you start sanding it can turn into a whole wall thing.
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« Reply #65 on: November 01, 2020, 09:32:44 AM »
I agree with Don, you could turn those into some pretty unique details by filling them with something that sticks out. You could also try the glue and sawdust mix and see what you can come up with.

My thought is stain will not stick to either so more than likely it is going to stick out like a sore thumb. So why not embrace it.

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« Reply #66 on: November 01, 2020, 05:00:26 PM »
I'll try that Don. Let you know how it goes. 
We have " character" all over this build. The more knarley the knot, the more we wanted it front and center.
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« Reply #67 on: November 01, 2020, 06:03:49 PM »
You could use a router and then inlay your own knot. 
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« Reply #68 on: November 04, 2020, 04:00:25 PM »
You could just hang a picture there. :D

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« Reply #69 on: November 04, 2020, 04:30:10 PM »
We had an electrician on one job, not sure what empty thought was going on his head but he drilled clean thru a log from inside to outside. I guess used to feeling the bit drop into a void in a hollow wall :D.  Yup, had to whittle down a branch to make a "knot". The grain around it sure didn't say knot though.
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« Reply #70 on: November 07, 2020, 05:49:49 PM »
Speaking of electricians,  ours was here yesterday and I came home to this


 
We have some working lights now!! 
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« Reply #71 on: November 07, 2020, 06:00:53 PM »
Very nice house.
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« Reply #72 on: January 16, 2021, 05:08:33 PM »
Update. 

 
The shower in the guest bath. It will get glass doors. I have the other shower almost done.
Both bathroom floors done. The entrance/ hall should be done in a few more days then I'll be done tiling. I do not like tiling but don't like paying someone else to do it either!

 
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« Reply #73 on: January 16, 2021, 08:46:43 PM »
The finish work always takes about 10 times longer than you think it should. Hardest part is being patient and just doing it right.

Looking good. Keep up the good work.

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« Reply #74 on: January 20, 2021, 11:27:20 AM »

Looks great.  My wife and I built our log cabin in northern VT back in 2009 in our early 30s when we had more time and and a little more energy.  We also documented it in a forum at the time and that helped keep us going for the 50 weeks it took to get it done.

The cabin will be plenty warm for those that mentioned that earlier in the thread.  Our logs are 6" D logs and once the cabin is warm it stays pretty darn toasty with a properly sized wood stove cranking along.

The checks and drafts will come and the maintenance will be there, it is what it is, we all know that going into a log home.

Of course there are some things we would have chosen to do differently if we did it again, but nothing that keeps us from enjoying the finished product.

Curious what your exterior finish product is going to be.......?

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« Reply #75 on: January 22, 2021, 09:09:43 PM »
Leaning toward Outlast Log Oil for exterior finish. That is what the folks that machined my logs recommend. There are tons of choices, Outlast seems to be one of the least labor intensive, especially repeat applications. 
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« Reply #76 on: January 24, 2021, 09:04:15 AM »
Leaning toward Outlast Log Oil for exterior finish. That is what the folks that machined my logs recommend. There are tons of choices, Outlast seems to be one of the least labor intensive, especially repeat applications.
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We went with Perma-Chink products for stain and sealer.  We are on top of a hill and the back left corner gets the prevailing wind and sun.  That long side and back require constant maintenance in the harsh climate of Northern VT.  Definitely additional clear coat each year and stain touch ups on the tops of the logs especially.  Of course caulk and check maintenance as well.
One side of ours has a 6' covered porch and honestly if we had to do it again I would do a covered porch around the whole thing, it just protects the logs so well.
Not sure what your pest situation is where you are but finding a couple carpenter ants inside early on got us on a regular pest control schedule with a company.  Peace of mind.
I will have to check out Outlast products just for giggles.  We can't really stray from Perma-Chink easily at this point and overall I can't complain, just takes the extra maintenance we always knew it would.
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« Reply #77 on: May 05, 2021, 06:25:59 PM »
We met with the kitchen builder this morning. We were trying to impress upon him that we wanted "rustic". He showed us some hickory that was very nice but we asked if he had hickory with knots? Then we talked about a few other options. After a while he says let me go get something. He came back with this 


 
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« Reply #79 on: May 14, 2021, 11:28:30 PM »
You are on a roll! Keep getting it!

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Ready to move in. It's been a long haul. 
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« Reply #81 on: April 27, 2022, 03:46:26 PM »
That's great, I'm about 50% on mine. S L O W going for me.
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Looks like a very enjoyable place . You did a good job.

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« Reply #83 on: April 29, 2022, 09:21:07 AM »
Very nice.
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« Reply #84 on: April 29, 2022, 09:37:39 AM »
Mike, I skimmed the thread again, but didnt read it thoroughly.
Are you in Tompkins County?
Do 8" logs meet code for sidewall insulation spec?
My grandson just built conventional and complained about the codes constantly.
You mentioned a hot tub on the deck.
What size joists? I couldnt tell by your vid.
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« Reply #85 on: April 29, 2022, 10:43:48 AM »
Pete, my hot tub is much smaller than yours. 2x8 joists, doubled on the rim. 
I had no problem with code. I did have a problem with the "blower door test". I had not heard of it until the code guy said " how did your blower door test go"?
When I had the test done I failed with flying colors!! 
The main problem was that the sheet rock ceiling was not properly sealed to the log walls. 
Yes to Tompkins county but answered to the Newfield code guy.  Every town and every inspector can be different.
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« Reply #86 on: April 30, 2022, 08:03:38 AM »
Did you get it sealed up?
My grandson was worried but fortunately his passed.
Houses now have to be so tight an air exchange system is probably a good idea.
He is town of Groton, code guy was good to work with.
I was incorrect on the joists on my deck, they are syp treated.
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« Reply #87 on: April 30, 2022, 04:31:28 PM »
Beautiful home Moosehunter, never stumbled across it until just now. Enjoy the years ahead. smiley_thumbsup
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« Reply #88 on: September 02, 2022, 07:40:47 PM »
The never ending quest to "finish" the house!
The kitchen/ cooking deck is done and a stone patio between the two decks.



 
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Re: The log moose house build
« Reply #90 on: September 27, 2022, 05:02:53 PM »
Great job. enjoy your beautiful home for many years!
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