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Author Topic: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment  (Read 10498 times)

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A month or so ago we had an F2 tornado cut a 50 mile swath through central NH.  To those who live in tornado prone areas I can't imagine having these things on a yearly basis.  Luckily (for me) it did no damage near me but some friends had it go right through their area.  It happens that our baby sitter was one of the many affected and I offered to help clean up what I could. I've been needing to build a shed to keep the rain\snow off my growing collection of junk, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to take home some pine and saw out a shed.

Here are some picture of the damage.  Again not too severe for some areas but in this area we average 1.5 tornado's every 2 years and I can't ever remember an F2 mainly F0s...

FYI - She was in the house with her young twins and 2 others.  The poor dog was outside on a run but escaped unhurt...











So what's a guy without a lot of equipment to do - call in favors from everyone he knows and borrow lots of stuff.

It started with a Wallenstein 8K lb winch.  Boy this thing is nice, it could pull more than my 30hp tractor would allow and let us stay out of harms way.





Then a log trailer from FF member JSNH - Thanks John!!!





And then my cousin's Turner band mill - notice the new blue toy in the foreground.  I've sawed quite a bit on this mill - manual everything but its got a nice running Honda motor on it and its simple to operate.





This weekend we hauled the logs home, some on the log trailer with the larger ones going in a couple dump trucks and one equipment trailer.  We still have 1-2 more loads to go.





I had a buddy help me - he got to keep what little hardwood there was.  After each day we would cut split and stack what we brought home.  All in all he ended up with a little over 4 cord, good for him, good for me and good for the homeowners..

Next is the sawing - I plan to build a 3-sided 24x36 pole barn on concrete sono tubes, shed roof with parallel chord trusses and steel on top.  I'll side the outside with pine shingles and have a dirt floor.  It will be full before its finished but the majority of my stuff will be under cover this winter.  I'll post some more updates as things happen..

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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2008, 09:30:33 PM »
Ya done good  8) 8) 8) I have been sawing on last winters wind falls all summer.
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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2008, 11:07:41 PM »
Yep, ya got a real nice pile of sticks out of that mess.

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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2008, 12:23:35 AM »
Good work jason. Glad no one was hurt.

I guess it's what you are used to. I'd rather have the twisters anyday than the quakes. I have been through both, and both more than once, and I will take the tornados anyday. Not to say I like them.
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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2008, 06:05:11 AM »
Very nice pictoral walk thru.  Good job!   8)
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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2008, 06:06:04 AM »
A-yup thats whats called a windfall,NH has been hit pretty hard lately floods and twisters,when I was young they blamed the bomb for everything now its global warming.Jason be sure to make the Dublin NH show its the weekend after labor day check on the internet for directions.Mr Lane would make quick work of that log pile but the band works too. This weekend I got the husk on its foundation all level working on more posts for the ways.Went to a live steamers show yesterday some homemade steam locomotives their 1800 lbs. or so big enough to do some work.I would love to have about a 1/4 size shay logging locomotive.See you at Dublin. Frank C.
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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2008, 07:47:14 AM »
Frank,

I would have preferred to use the Lane but it seems I have time to build the shed or fix the Lane not both.  I WILL!! get the big circle mill working it just wont be quick. 

I probably won't make the Dublin show, too much going on - hopefully I'll be pouring concrete that weekend.

I've got to start putting together a cut list,  gonna be mostly boards and 2x4s for the trusses, 6x6 posts and other misc 2x stuff..

I'll get some pictures of the area after we took the logs out and piled up the brush.

-Jason

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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2008, 08:00:04 AM »
What a mess!Glad you could help out and get some logs at the same time.
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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2008, 08:15:59 AM »
A friend in NH has some land in that storm damage.  We're going up in a few weeks to clean her up and see what is left.

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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2008, 12:57:29 PM »
It's good to see the trailer doing some work. It's pretty useful to load logs into the dump truck and I bet it would work good for placing logs on the mill. I won't need it back right away. I registered it today I can get it to you so you will be legal on the road next week.

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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2008, 04:57:59 PM »
Storm damage is really something to clean up!
Everything is twisted together and it's hard to figure out.
Most of our sawing this year is due to wind damage.

We have been mobile since we got our mill in May.  Actually, before that, we were using my FIL's WM LT40 manual.
The hydraulics makes it easy.
So far, we've done just over 48,000 board feet, and it looks like we'll be going into cold weather.

You have a lot of nice equipment to work with.  It's nice to have friends that you can call on in situations like you have.
We started one job where we were supposed to saw around 2,500 bf and when we finally left, we had sawn over 12,000 bf.
All you can do is keep trudging forward.
Good luck to all of you in this kind of situation.
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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2008, 07:13:50 AM »
The problem with storm damage is alot of splits and some you don't notice until you mill it,of course no one should look a gift horse in the mouth,those logs good and well selected.Frank C.
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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2008, 06:14:19 PM »
Just an update, I've made some progress on the logs.

I know, I know they should be stickered, if I don't end up using them soon I will sticker and cover them..

So far only one metal strike - looked like some barbed wire, the blade needed to be changed anyways so that gave me a good reason.

I need mostly 12' dimensional stuff, but for some reason the cleanup crew that pulled the stuff off the house cut it to 11' 6" - those I've been making boards from.

From left to right you have, 6x6s, 2x12x12s, 2x6x12s and a bunch of 2x4x8s



Here we have misc boards, some 12' boards and a big pile of 2x4x12s..



It doesn't look like I'm going to have enough - so back to the woods for me and get another couple truck loads..



More to follow.

-Jason

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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2009, 08:40:35 AM »
Sorry to resurrect an old thread but - I've been dragging my feet on the shed build but finally have some progress to report

I poured concrete set the posts last fall - built 19 - 27' trusses over the winter, just finishing up a couple weeks ago.

Last Friday I had a crew around and we put the trusses up and nailed the strapping for the metal roof.

Dimensions are 24' x 36' - 12' high in the front and 6' in the back.  Its going to be open in front and closed 3 sides with wood shingles for siding.





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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2009, 09:04:28 AM »
Jason, nice job.  I think its better to add to an old thread if its same subject than re tell whole story.
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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2009, 03:40:20 PM »
Can't tell which way it's facing and what your prevailing wind direction is year around, but from my experience, since you'll have one side open anyway, why not leave two open and let the wind help keep the sawdust out of your face?

BTW, nice shed, and I like the trusses- makes it real sound, I'd expect.

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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2009, 07:20:39 PM »
LJ,

The open front faces SE and the prevailing wind is NE-N-NW - I faced it that way so in the winter I get sun on the front almost all day - and because I didn't want it to fill with snow.  No sawdust in this one just an old shingle mill.

I got most of the steel roofing on today - I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow..  Handling 27' pieces of roofing by yourself was loads of fun but I got it done - I'll sleep good tonight..

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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2009, 07:33:55 PM »
Nice trusses , where did you get plans for the trusses?

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Re: Tales of a tornado, a future shed and lots of borrowed equipment
« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2009, 08:04:28 PM »
That would make a dandy air drying shed.
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« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2009, 08:22:50 PM »
Nice trusses , where did you get plans for the trusses?

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Umm plans?  Was I suppose to have some of those?

Hope not - I looked at simple bridge trusses and kinda faked it..  An engineer I am not...

All 2x4 rough pine joined both sides with 1/2" cdx plywood, PL polyurethane construction adhesive and 2 1/2" ring nails.

All said and done each truss has 90 lf of 2x4 - 1 1/3 tube of adhesive (large ones), 2 coils of nails and half a sheet of plywood.  My cost under $20 apiece.  The local lumber yard wanted $200 apiece.. 

I didnt need trusses but I really didnt want any interior posts - its only a 3 pitch if it sags under snow load I'll have to put some posts up...

That would make a dandy air drying shed.

Why would I need to dry air?? :)  Anyways.. I'm sure you guys have the same problem but this thing will be so full I won't be able to walk through it before its finished..  Plans for next summer include an wood drying shed - for drying cord wood..

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