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 … Continue reading All windows are in!
No, it’s not a typo: I have the second floor (just the floor) installed. Relax, Ivan…. Installing the boards was fairly easy until I reached the back wall, then it got extremely difficult. For one thing, the log is very … Continue reading Another small milestone: Second floor floor installed
Another post on pulleys? When I first started lifting logs, I used a chain hoist, some antique #8 pulleys, and some homemade pulleys when I couldn’t find any more antique pulleys. Pulleys that are rated for more than 3,000 pounds are surprisingly hard to find, and the ones you do find can cost over $400 per block. Pulleys are rare because everyone hires a crane or uses a telehandler to lift heavy stuff anymore. If you are having trouble finding a telehandler due to the recent construction boom, you may want to consider using block and tackle. A set of … Continue reading Triple Blocks – Details
Alternate title: How to save $14,000 when chinking your cabin… Introduction I’m by no means an expert – I’m only building my first cabin. Many folks have built dozens of these. Take this post with a grain of salt – … Continue reading The Chinking Post
I haven’t updated in a few weeks – mostly because there’s not just “one thing” to write about. How about a mishmash post, then? 2nd floor The second floor continues to progress, slowly. The price of lumber isn’t helping. I … Continue reading The way things are going
A custom log home is complicated. When we designed the floor plan, we wanted it open between the kitchen and the living area. The only obstacle will be a wood stove and an island. To add a sense of separation between the living and the dining area, we wanted a 2nd floor beam to be the dividing line. Our plans say the 4×12 second floor beams should be spaced 24 inches apart. Normally, you would start at the wall and measure 24″ all the way across, but because the beam acts as a divider between rooms, we set that beam … Continue reading 2nd floor Tongue and Groove – edge detail
In my last post, I got the second floor joists installed. In this post, I talk about how I levelled them. With the second floor joists in place, I went back with a water level and made a mark on … Continue reading Levelling the second floor joists