It doesn’t seem like much has changed, but not having the windows in was preventing me from “weatherizing” the cabin. With the windows in, I know where to put the insulation, nails, and chinking. We can also think about permanent walls.
I used 8″ x 1/2″ lag screws – two on each corner – to hold the frames together. Some folks suggested putting the frames together in the window holes – one board at a time, but doing it my way ensures the integrity of the frame, and makes it so much stronger to hold the logs in place. More info below…
The first floor windows are made with 4×16 lumber that I milled from a tree – they were easy to install because I could just hang the pulleys from anywhere. The second floor was more challenging – nowhere to hang the pulleys. So I just used winch straps:
The problem child
The last window was the problem child. I had so many problems getting it installed – my chainsaw needs a tune up, I kept breaking sawzall blades, and this particular corner of the house is very close to a rafter. I was afraid if I notched the top log too much, the rafter would just fall down. I built up a temporary support structure with a 4×4 and a 2×6 block just in case. Then I took my time cutting the top and bottom of the hole so the frame would be snug in the gap – this way, the window frame can support the rafter if needed. And with 4×12 frames, I’m not worried about the frame crushing the window. It ended up that the notched log didn’t even bow – it’s almost 4 inches thick – even without the frame in place. The rafter didn’t move at all. Whew.
I have run out of excuses for not weatherizing the house now- need to insulate and chink. It sucks, but needs to be done. Happily, even though it is now 400 degrees outside, I finished the South outer wall when it was 60-70 degrees a month or so ago. The West wall can be done on the weekends in the morning while it’s shady; the East wall can be done in the evenings during the week. North wall – meh. Whenever.