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On 9/14/2021 at 12:39 PM, Gerald Boggs said:

Ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and a pushy bear banging on the door at night looking for food, Heaven indeed.    :-)

Lions, Turkeys, and Bears! Oh My!

Yes, we have all of them.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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House foundation (3).jpgJust got back from a few days there. The foudations were installed last week and Liz & I had to run out and waterproof the stemwalls before the backfilling.

There will be a 1472 SF log home standing on this at some point......

View from the north, back porch on the left.

 

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View from mostly the west. Front porch columns.

 

House foundation (1).jpg

 

Me enjoying the art of smearing Henry's asphalt emulsion...

 

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Liz working in the trench on the north face

 

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Last, but not least, the shop foundation. 576 SF log structure will be here. View from the south.

 

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I have to get the house crawlsapce insulated, then the building drains installed, and then the floor system. Hopefully, by next summer, I will be ready to stand up the shells.

 

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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On 1/6/2022 at 2:17 PM, Gerhard Gerber said:

Labour of love......I need some place like this, but it seems there's not even brick outhouse ownership in my future.....enjoy!

 

... and with your postal system they’ll probably nick any bricks we send you too ;)

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"The way we win matters" (Ender Wiggins) Orson Scott Card

 

Nos qui libertate donati nescimus quid constat

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8 hours ago, Charles dP said:

... and with your postal system they’ll probably nick any bricks we send you too ;)

TIA.......every single government or semi-government institution (like postal services) is there with the sole purpose of deceiving, frustrating and stealing from you......

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I have hit a major speed bump. More like a roadblock actually. I cannot find anyone to put the frame up using the logs. So, we switched gears and went back to the idea of a stick-frame with log siding. I had to take a week off work so I could redraw the plans for a new permit. Had to break out the old drafting board and lean over the table for five days, but I got them done, scanned and submitted today.

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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That's a right fair amount of work you've done there.  I spend a lot of time behind a CAD station, but really appreciate the aesthetic of a set of well done drawings made by hand.  

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Thanks Brian. I used to do it a bit back in my Design & Build contracting days. Still have the chops I guess. I never did learn how to use AutoCAD or Revit. Not for lack of trying, just didn't grok the functions and tools.

Guys who can use CAD amaze me.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Yes, very nice work. Nothing says that a straight-edge can't produce art.

 

I've worked with CAD since '97. Before that it was graphics programs; Illustrator, Freehand, etc.

 

I took a semester of drafting before I left the academic world prematurely and permanently. I really wish I had paid more attention. I still use a few of the basic drafting tools, but not for anything that would pass for drafting.

 

At work I've got lots of prints from the teens and twenties. We have framed a lot of them because they need to be appreciated. Good drafting is both an art and a craft.

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Technical drawing was one of my best subjects at school, but I had an issue working neat enough for a teacher that didn't like me, so I dropped the subject when it was no longer compulsory, went the computer studies route

I realized the pity of this many years latter when I started working at a mine, and became friends with somebody I was in school with who worked in the drawing office of the mine.

He was doing far more than just drawings, and I found his work fascinating.  For him "technical drawing" from school went to doing donkey work for others, into CAD, on to an engineering company and eventually the mine....if only.

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This has been a total cluster-f%&*
I couldn't find any talent to help build, or just build the house. Even the contractors who told me they would be interested in giving me a quote finally either said "too busy to take this job" or they just stopped answering emails and phone calls. So we had to switch gears and went the Modular route. We designed and ordered what they call an "off-frame modular". This is a factory-built home built to building codes rather than a manufactured home built to HUD standards. That means it has 2x6 walls, 2x10 floor joists, and serious insulation. The only problem is that the foundation is 32 feet wide and the widest they can build the house is 31 feet. That means that with an 8-inch wide stem wall, the house only bears on 2 inches of block.

 

So it took some creative engineering design to attach a ledger system to the inside of the two long walls. We went out last month and attached the ledgers and built the center bearing wall. This is the engineer's fix.

First bolt a pressure treated 2x10 to the stem with 5/8" bolts at 6" on center (o.c,)

 

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Then screw a 2x6 ledger over that with 2-1/2" #8 wood screws at 12" o.c. staggered and screw a 2x6 pressuretreated plate to both ledgers with 3" #8 wood screws at 12" o,c. staggered.

 

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He also wanted the center wall sheathed and bolted down to the footing. Truly serious overkill.

 

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Last Wednesday, they delivered and set the house on the foundation.

It took about 3 hours to get the house halves into the site, pick them up with a crane and swing them onto the stems. I shot about 50 minutes of video and sped it up so you can see the process in 5 minutes.

 

 

 

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The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Going back out there this weekend to fasten the vapor barrier and lay the building drain pipe.

 

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The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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The house has power now. I had about 60 feet of drain pipe to lay and it needed to slope at 1/4 inch per foot through the crawl space. So I made a scaled drawing of the path it would take, did some calculations, and made these little cradles to hold the pipe. Worked like a charm.

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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The septic system went in last month (sorry, no pics)

We went out last week and did some electrical, insulation, and drywall work in the wellhouse.

 

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We also installed all the baseboard inside the house.

 

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We had the propane tank set too!

 

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There were some other small projects that got completed as well. I'm headed back out next month and with any luck, the house should have heat, power, and hot water at the end of October!

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The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Just got back from a week of working on the homestead.....it was a mixed bag. 

The plumber didn't show up to pipe the wellhouse and get water hooked up (his truck broke down) and the dirtwork guy hit the electric lines while trenching for the propane line. No damaged wires, but the propane guy wouldn't lay his pipe in the trench until the repairs were made.
I got some extra piers set for the back deck, got some gas line run over to the point where Ferrell Gas wanted it, ran some wire for the well pump system. and then I set about doing the heavy lifting and built a front porch/deck.

First up was cutting and setting the 4x8 beams. I fabricted the hold-downs from 3x3x3/16" angle. Two 5/8" x 6" expansion bolts connect a piece of pressure treated (PT) 2x8 to the block columns. Two fancy pants Simpson screws go into the beams.

 

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There are 8 columns and 7 beams between 6 ft and 12'-4" long.

 

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That's 46 lineal feet of 4x8 beams.

 

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The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Then I set the PT plate for the house side rim (the deck is not attached to the house proper). That took 12 anchor bolts drilled into the stem wall. Set the rims with joists attached in sections about 7'-6" long and added another rim joist on the front. There are a lot of little metal clips and attachment pieces added after this photo.

 

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Finally I started laying the Trex decking.

 

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I added a set of temporay stairs too. These need to move when the tenching is completed and backfilled. The trench for the propane is on the end toward the camera.

Another set goes on in front of the entry door after the retaining wall gets built. You might remember the stair stringers were fabricated in this thread.

 

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I'm still figuring out how to put a roof over this porch. I have an idea but the Corporate office needs to appove it first.

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The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Lookin' great! I'm over in Albuquerque, so hearing about other blacksmiths in and around NM is always fun. 

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On 10/23/2023 at 7:56 PM, nathan doss said:

I'm over in Albuquerque

Cool! We plan on moving out there next October.
Maybe we can get together one day. I'm about 2 hours from Albuquerque.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Josh , how far is this from where you live ? Sounds like it is not minuets away…..

I’m enjoying the blue sky that always seems to be in your pics….

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On 11/7/2023 at 10:17 AM, Dick Sexstone said:

Josh , how far is this from where you live ? Sounds like it is not minuets away…..

I’m enjoying the blue sky that always seems to be in your pics….

It takes between 5 and 5-1/2 hours to drive depending on whether I'm hauling a trailer or not.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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