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BRADISH
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2021 13:59
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Well this thread has been quiet for a few weeks, but building progress certainly hasn't been. I took 10 days off work to knock out as much as I could before colder (and wetter) weather sets in for the remainder of the year. I accomplished basically everything I wanted to do.

As a reminder, I started this trip with the post and braces mostly finished. The 10 day trip actually went by in a flash, as I worked 13 hours a day everyday. I had to look back at photos to remember where I actually started this go around.

I'll give the basic run down of what happened here, and then follow it up with a few photo posts to get in all the action.

I got the support plates welded to the top of the posts which were already leveled and even within 1/2". I then added my screw jacks, and welded the top support 'feet' to them which made it easier to set the beams initially, and gave me more contact area in which to weld them.

A buddy stopped by from his cabin over the weekend and within 2 hours we had all of the beams set in their respective places. We set them on a line on the north side which we then worked everything else from. My north to south run is the only constricting factor I had to work with in the final placement of the floor, so it was a logical choice (couldn't be > than 30' span).

With the beams set I welded up some support brackets to extend the beams 18" which will help support the walkway on the south side of the cabin, and eventually some posts to help support the roof over the walkway. I then lag bolted treated 4x6s every two feet to my beams as my metal to wood connection. Luckily I had the foresight to borrow a mag drill and pre-drill the holes in the beams when they were on the ground.

With the 4x6's and brackets in place, it was time to set the joists. Luckily my father in law came up to stay with us for two days and we knocked out the joists in a day. Unfortunately it was the only day that rained on us, but we made it through with no incidents. The next day we got the cabin floor sheeted. Happily enough this is the largest, but also the most square structure I've ever built which was a lovely surprise and will hopefully set me up for success later.

With the floor on, I threw down a coat of fence/deck stain I had left over and then started framing the main deck on the front. I lowered it 4 feet so the eventual railings that go on it wont impede the view from the first floor.

My folks came up for the day and helped me get the deck boards down and put a second coat of stain on the floor and a coat on the deck as well.

I didn't manage to finish the small deck in the back that will be a landing for the other set of stairs, but I hope to tackle that in a couple weekends from now.

We got the rest of the lumber tucked away under the cabin to help keep it out of the elements for the winter. Hopefully it is waiting for me safely to begin work on the walls in the spring.

I hope you enjoy following along. It has been an immensely fun project to build and continue to learn (I am now quite confident in my welding skills! They have come a long way since I first began).

Photo posts to follow
01_Day_1_Start.jpg
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02_Jacks_On.jpg
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03_Beams_Going_On.jp.jpeg
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04_All_Beams_Set.jpg
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BRADISH
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2021 14:01
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Photos -

05 - 4x6s and brackets for walkway
06 - 4x6's done
07 - Joists Set
09 - Joist Blocking
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06_Wood_to_Metal.jpg
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07_Joists_Set.jpg
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09_Joist_Blocking.jp.jpg
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BRADISH
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2021 14:04
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Photos -

10 - Floor Sheeted
11- Deck / Walkway / Stairs Support
12 - Stain on floor and deck framing
13 - Sunrise View from Cabin Floor
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13_Sunrise_View.jpg
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BRADISH
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2021 14:05
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Photos (last post)

14 - Final View from Side
15 - Final View from Front
16 - Final View from Side
17 - Final View from Top
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snobdds
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2021 14:22
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I don't know how I missed this thread. Nice work. That foundation is not going anywhere.

I have to over build everything where i'm at too due to snow. I built up 4 feet off the ground, it's nice once you get finished, but man it's hard to build things 30 feet off the ground.

Good job and I like the updates.

BRADISH
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2021 14:42 - Edited by: BRADISH
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Thanks - and yeah, it is a beast. Photos don't quite do it justice like seeing it in person does.

And yeah snow depth is definitely a consideration, but I really wanted to be able to park snow mobiles and four wheelers below the cabin which was the main driver for the specific height. You can't really tell great from the photos but I left braces off one hole of the foundation, and it has 4 "quadrants" of piers without braces inside which will be for parking of said toys. Bonus is that I can actually slip my truck and bobcat underneath it as well should the need ever arise.

I'll skirt the foundate eventually and have a heavy duty sliding door that covers the access for security.

gcrank1
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2021 15:13
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Well, it doesnt look like it will have future questions here about inadequate piers!

BRADISH
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# Posted: 13 Sep 2021 16:03
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Quoting: gcrank1
Well, it doesnt look like it will have future questions here about inadequate piers!

I told my wife I only want to do this once...

And I don't think my back would put up with doing this any more than once either..

BRADISH
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# Posted: 20 Sep 2021 15:29
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We'll after a few stories of woe from friends about not covering their cabin floors I decided I should cover mine after all for the winter. Luckily I already had this heavy liner I got from work. Totally imperiable, tried to leave some gaps for air flow. It was pretty windy when we installed it which added to the "fun" of it. It still flaps a bit in the breeze which I consider a good thing to ensure condensation hopefully doesn't build up underneath which was my original hesitation in covering it.
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