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rockies
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# Posted: 19 Sep 2020 19:31
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You've demanded it, now it's here. Tons of useful advice on products, methods and design inspirations.

I'll start you off with a great Youtube channel about how an architect designs. It from 30x40 Design Workshop and covers all the things an architect has to know in order to realize a building.

https://www.youtube.com/user/30by40

rockies
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# Posted: 19 Sep 2020 19:35
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Here's a great Youtube video on designing and planting a "Square Foot" garden. Why plant an enormous garden when the square foot method yields the same amount of food?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6xKvolyEik

And spoken with a wonderful accent !

And for the book that started it all:

https://www.amazon.ca/Square-Foot-Gardening-Fully-Updated/dp/0760362858

rockies
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# Posted: 19 Sep 2020 19:37
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And for a terrific passive cabin built in the Colorado mountains:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMT3wb4h234

rockies
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# Posted: 19 Sep 2020 19:40 - Edited by: rockies
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Now for all you building enthusiasts this is a neat project. You could use it as intended or as a root cellar or store-room. With metal cladding it could also provide protection from wildfires.

https://www.homeinnovation.com/trends_and_reports/featured_reports/construction_guide _-_the_wood_tornado_shelter_-_november_2018

Link to Youtube channel with videos on how to build the tornado structure.

https://www.youtube.com/user/NAHBRC/videos

Much more to come! Enjoy!

rockies
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# Posted: 20 Sep 2020 18:38
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Today's link is for the Journal of Light Construction, which has a lot of great articles on proper building techniques.

https://www.jlconline.com/

You can sign up for free and then download their articles in PDF format. The articles go back years so for the most recent innovations choose "newest" rather than "relevance" when doing a search.

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 20 Sep 2020 21:32
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Thanks Rockies.

FishHog
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# Posted: 21 Sep 2020 13:20
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I enjoy many of your links rockie

KinAlberta
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# Posted: 21 Sep 2020 16:26
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Excellent!!!

ratfink56
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# Posted: 22 Sep 2020 07:43
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Thanks!

rockies
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# Posted: 22 Sep 2020 20:35
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A fantastic resource, The Green Building Advisor, is a site where you can join for free and then post questions on their community forum.

The main difference between their forum and others is that there are several professional forensic building scientists (people who either go out and rip apart buildings to see why they failed or build mock-ups to see how building components should go together) available to answer your questions as well as great articles on every conceivable building topic.

https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/

rockies
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# Posted: 22 Sep 2020 20:48
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One great site I found years ago was America's Test Kitchen but you had to either buy a book or pay to download what you wanted.

Now you can watch whatever you want for free on their Youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/americastestkitchen

The great thing about their recipes is that they test them dozens (or maybe hundreds) of times, altering and refining them until they can repeat them perfectly every time.

They also buy and test all kinds of products and equipment and explain exactly why the best is the best.

A few of the videos I think might be of interest for cabin owners:

Fire extinguishers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vh82dqmpVo

Best Gas Grills under $500
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUPX-9zkMeA

Best Grill Cookware
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M3OYVabTrI

Best Laundry Stain Remover
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWER8ImcdcA

rockies
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# Posted: 22 Sep 2020 20:50
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Another great builder who loves to research building techniques and products is Matt Risinger.

https://www.youtube.com/user/MattRisinger

Always great info on his channel.

rockies
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# Posted: 22 Sep 2020 20:52
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And for the off grid, very little electricity crowd....Off Grid with Doug and Stacey!

https://www.youtube.com/user/growinginfaithfarm

rockies
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2020 19:20
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A great Youtuber, Ana White has lots of instructional videos on home building, design, and cabinetry tricks to improve functionality and storage.

https://www.youtube.com/user/knockoffwood

rockies
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2020 19:21
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Of course, what builder wouldn't learn a few new methods from the grandaddy of building shows but This Old House!

https://www.youtube.com/user/thisoldhouse

rockies
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2020 19:24
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And of course the companion show to This Old House, Norm Abram's New Yankee Workshop.

Norm's videos seem to be scattered around on other people's feeds so look around Youtube, but this guy seems to have a lot of them.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxXQSE48NYbRQB34tjJQtYw/videos

rockies
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2020 19:25
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Fine Homebuilding is another great resource for building tips.

https://www.youtube.com/user/finehomebuilding

rockies
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2020 19:29
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On a specific topic, how to install exterior window casing, from This Old House and Fine Homebuilding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I78cvQTtd4c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK3Xfjv4Sdo

There's a great tip in the This Old House video on how to center header trim using 45 degree angles (about the 4 minute mark)

rockies
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2020 19:31
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Tons of usefull advice for wood working on the Woodworkers Journal channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/WoodworkersJournal

rockies
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2020 19:32
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Everything you need to know about modern wood stoves and wood cook stoves.

https://www.youtube.com/user/WoodyChain

rockies
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2020 19:34
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And finally for today, a great source of info on solar system equipment and installations, off grid water and heating.

https://www.youtube.com/user/engineer775

rockies
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2020 19:39
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Oh, one more. Everyone has to paint sometimes, but few paint well. Here's some advice.

https://www.youtube.com/c/Idahopainter/videos

lburners
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2020 19:58
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You should make your own resource blog with all this info.

darz5150
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2020 20:22
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Rockiepedia.com

lburners
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2020 20:58
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You got me. I just went and looked it up. Looks like the domain is available.

paulz
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2020 21:10 - Edited by: paulz
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Lol

rockies
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# Posted: 24 Sep 2020 18:23 - Edited by: rockies
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A great magazine I look at is called Family Handyman.

https://www.familyhandyman.com/woodworking/projects/

https://www.youtube.com/user/thefamilyhandyman

In the June 2020 issue of the magazine they had an article called "Table in a Day" which showed how you can build a dining table using a standard interior hollow core door, a 1/4" thick MDF top sheet, solid wood edge banding and peel and stick wood veneer.

Sample of article here:

https://www.magzter.com/article/Home/Family-Handyman/TABLE-IN-A-DAY

You could probably get the magazine at your local library to read the full article.

If you want to cut a hollow core door to a certain length (other than the standard 80") you will see that there is cardboard webbing inside to keep the two surfaces spaced apart so you'll have to use a piece of wood to fill in the void at the cut end.

Glue a sheet of 1/4" MDF to one side of the door to stiffen the surface and then apply the solid wood edge banding. After that apply the peel and stick veneer and trim the edges flush with the edge banding using an exacto knife.

You can order veneers at the site mentioned in the article or a similar site.

https://www.veneersupplies.com/categories/Large__Veneer__Sheets/Paper__Backed__Veneer /

Click on the size of veneer panel you want in order to check prices.

Once the top (veneered) side of the door is finished glue some 6 x 6 x 3/4" wood blocks to the underside of the door at the corners to provide a solid backing for screwing on the legs.

In the article he used 28" 3 prong "hairpin legs" similar to these but you could use wood legs too.

https://www.amazon.com/Coffee-Hairpin-Furniture-Adjustable-Protectors/dp/B08CR6P4WW/r ef=sr_1_27?crid=8R8KJVC02VU2&dchild=1&keywords=hairpin%2Blegs%2B28%2Binch&qid=1600985 197&sprefix=hairpin%2B%2Caps%2C205&sr=8-27&th=1

This looks like a fun project, and practical too. In addition to a dining table you could make a desk, a coffee table, sideboard. etc just by using different length legs.

I always thought you can to contact cement veneers, didn't know you could get then in a peel and stick version.

Another great use for the veneers is if you already have a beat up interior door hanging in your house (smooth, flat surface) and just want it to look brand new again.

rockies
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# Posted: 26 Sep 2020 18:36 - Edited by: rockies
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Guildbrook Farm is a wonderful channel featuring a young couple building a self sufficient homestead. Lots of videos on home construction as well as farming and food preservation.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCloswWQLpsnzCy-KrJ6CfPw

One interesting video on their site concerns frugal cooking (making meals when supplies are in short supply), which features cookbooks from the Amish and Britain during the war.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XvpBp280XU

Another video featured a really cool firewood carrying sling called the WoodOx.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RszM3Fu9lU

https://www.thelogox.com/products/woodox-sling

He also mentions a product called a LogOx.

https://www.thelogox.com/products/logox-3-in-1?_pos=16&_sid=428c26151&_ss=r

rockies
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# Posted: 27 Sep 2020 20:27
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Hidden Door Hinges.

Recently a friend was complaining that in his entryway there were two doors the same size right next to each other. One went to the bathroom and the other one accessed a mechanical room. Guest were always going into the mechanical room by mistake so I suggested he turn the mechanical room door into a hidden door using hidden hinges.

I got the idea from a Matt Risinger video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjsWIQUhHTA

The hinges he likes are from Sugat Sune. These ones will hold up to a 122 lb door but you can get ones for lighter or heavier doors.

https://www.sugatsune.com/product/3way-adjustable-concealed-hing/

He also recommended a touch release catch from Sugat Sune.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CK3QHQ/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=matr isandtheg-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B001CK3QHQ&linkId=7b39e0c44452ff 8e2ee2cd09211a4321

If you use a door only once or twice a week (or month) why clutter up the walls with it?

rockies
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# Posted: 27 Sep 2020 20:40 - Edited by: rockies
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The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety studies how to make homes more resilient in order to survive a natural disaster. Their research can be found here:

https://disastersafety.org/

There's also the National Standard for Resilient Construction.

https://fortifiedhome.org/

And an article on how the ZIP roof sheathing system can help create a fortified home.

https://www.huberwood.com/blog/how-fortified-roof-sealed-roof-decks-may-help-reduce-s torm-damage

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