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ICC
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# Posted: 18 Feb 2024 10:56
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Money well spent to be able to enjoy the outdoors without all the labor, aches, and pains.

gcrank1
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# Posted: 18 Feb 2024 13:56
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Im che....Frugal, and that is a chunk o' $, but it is the smart thing for us. All in all, the roi, land + this enhancement, will make our resale value way better, even if it was only next year.
I have plenty to do though. The site prep and getting it placed, then my off-grid elec system, the rain barrels, the decks, etc. will make for a busy summer. But when I want a break I can take it!

paulz
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# Posted: 23 Feb 2024 09:06
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They don't just dump it off the trailer, hand you the keys and you move in? Yeah you got plenty to do, and we'll be on you constantly. But when you're sitting by the fire sipping a cuppa it will all be worth it. Comes with a wood stove, I forget?

gcrank1
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# Posted: 23 Feb 2024 09:29 - Edited by: gcrank1
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No wood, we have a propane furnace. Our insurance co won't insure with wood stove at all, not even an outdoor and I can't put up wood anymore either (not supposed to run a chain saw with my onboard defibrillator). This cabin will be way more energy efficient than the shack too.
We went up Wed aft (about 55* and sunny), got the tractor and gen running, did some little things, sat in the sun on the hill overlooking our domain....
Have the prelim plan with the DNR Forester for our slash pile burn maybe next week.
Then went for a little drive in 'the hood'; found an Amish farm about 4mi away that has the silo blocks I need and the fam may be interested in tearing down the shack for salvage. I need to go back and talk to the dad and maybe run him over to take a look. That sure would be sweet!
But yeah, they do drop it on the spot I want (and have prepped), block it under in my case and level it, hand me the keys and we move in! Im gonna guess once they show up it might be in place and they leave within 2hrs.

Project Mayhem78
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# Posted: 29 Feb 2024 07:29
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That is a beautiful cabin, have fun and relax!

socceronly
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# Posted: 12 Apr 2024 18:19
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For gcrank1's cabin above....

Is there any good info on doing a butt and pass like that with 6x6? His cabin is using the engineered logs it looks like.

I have been looking but, the info is so contradictory. Use green wood asap, let it air dry for two years, use kiln dried... ect...

I suspect they are all correct in some manner.

I was going to timberlok them together, plane down the corners to chink the space. But not leave space between them.

I see so many different ways of doing it, but can't decide on one.

gcrank1
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# Posted: 12 Apr 2024 19:21
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Last week was supposed to be upgrade the driveway with a base of 3" crushed rock topped by 3/4" crusher run limestone; all for the cabin delivery. Then it snowed.....then we got a Nasty stomach flue....
But yesterday Gravel Charlie and his g-son Charlie III came with the loads and a good sized fel. I was still puny but on site, mostly as an interested observer, they did a good job and I learned a few things about running a fel.
Today 2 of our 3 adult g-kids came to help move ALL the stuff out of the shack, put on the relocated decks and tarp over until the new one is in place.
Why? Because the Amish chap's plan is to come tomorrow with a crew and start ripping the shack down for salvage. I have my big trailer there to load stuff on and transfer to his place as needed. Weather report is very good, hope this works out. If we can get it down during tomorrow and next week I can do the dirt work fair quick and call the delivery guys for a ground check', then schedule the delivery and set.
Looking like end of month.....fingers and eyes crossed.

paulz
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# Posted: 13 Apr 2024 06:05
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Great to hear, hope it all goes as planned. Refresh my memory: what does the old place have for foundation, just sitting on the ground? And how much of that space will the new one occupy?

ICC
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# Posted: 13 Apr 2024 08:56
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Very good progress. The anticipation is growing!

DaveBell
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# Posted: 13 Apr 2024 13:06
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Gcrank1 can you post some pictures please?

gcrank1
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# Posted: 13 Apr 2024 21:13 - Edited by: gcrank1
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Paul, the shack is a glorified, and crooked, 'pole building' design; ie, 12 locust posts (the one pulled out now was only about 18" deep. At least he used locust, up here it is good, long lasting fence posts even untreated (IF the bark in ground is removed). 16x24ish, rim & center joist were used and floor joists set over, all about 1' above grade.
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We spent all of today there (7:30am-7:30pm from home) with Malon and his boys ripping and tearing. Roof is off, half the walls, 3 loads of salvage to his farm on my 3k # hd trailer and bad condition f-glass loose insulation all over (what a mess). We threw most into what is left of the insulation into the shell, tarped over and tossed ladders on to hopefully hold from the wind blowing it about. My guess is they will need another full day to finish and me hauling probably another 3 full loads. Then we get to do the clean up..... We hate to work on a Sunday, and the Amish just wont, but tomorrow we are going to try to tarp the trailer bed and pile in insulation like one would leaves).
We are very pleased with the progress and those five Amish boys, even the young ones, can really work!
With the shack occupying 16x24ish the new one will take 12.5x28, just off center N/S of the footprint.
Yep, my schedule is coming together
DB, we've been taking some cell-phone pics; I don't seem to remember how to post pics here or if I ever have.....

gcrank1
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# Posted: 14 Apr 2024 23:03
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Lol, I knew how to post pics back in mid-Feb; just saw the early posts on this thread and I showed off the front of the new cabin while still 'in factory'. But Im too exhausted these days to delve into it....yet
We spent from 1:30 today (beautiful mid 70's, windy) picking up and 'bagging' about 2/3's of the about 1200sf of 3.5" f-glass in small to mid-sized chunks that the guys dropped onto the floor as they tore off the roof and walls. It was an ugly job for a mid-70's couple with some physical issues. Get to go back again tomorrow to try to get the rest, then start to pick up the small bits that have blown away from the structure.
It is kind of like those pics of around a tornado damaged home.

ICC
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# Posted: 15 Apr 2024 00:13
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paulz
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# Posted: 15 Apr 2024 08:33
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Quoting: gcrank1
Lol, I knew how to post pics back in mid-Feb


Getting old ain't for the weak!

gcrank1
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# Posted: 15 Apr 2024 21:14
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Nor is it an option, Paul!
As of 3ish this aft the whole cabin is gone, basically took them 1 1/2 days to deconstruct; and between last Sat and today I hauled 5 big loads of lumber to Malon's farm with my big trailer.
before heading up there we took the small trailer of insulation to the pay to dispose site, it amounted to 120#(cost $5.70!), brought another home tonight to do the same tomorrow and probably that much still there rolled in a tarp, the terrible carpet rolled up and some odd & ends. Then there is the scrap/junk wood from the demo in a fair big pile....
Id like to start some site leveling tomorrow too.

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