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rockies
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# Posted: 28 Oct 2020 19:22
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If you want an easy system for timber frame connections this company makes metal connectors in standard and custom sizes.

https://www.ctpostandbeam.com/

rockies
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# Posted: 28 Oct 2020 19:25
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One company I see mentioned on many building sites for making really superior tools is Festool. Their saw guides are among the best made but they have lots of other offerings as well.

https://www.festoolproducts.com/accessories/track-saws/guide-rails.html

rockies
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# Posted: 28 Oct 2020 19:33
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One great product designed to be used around window and door openings during the install is a Thermalbuck.

When adding exterior insulation to a building the window typically has to be pulled out away from the wall sheathing and the wooden window buck that is usually used to do this is the weak link in the buildings thermal envelope. This product solves any thermal bridging issues that arise from using a wooden buck.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWZN5_d0df4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8cAK5K9ctk

https://thermalbuck.com/

rockies
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# Posted: 28 Oct 2020 19:36
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Arlington makes a lot of great electrical products, especially their exterior waterproof outlet boxes.

http://www.aifittings.com/

http://www.aifittings.com/catalog/inbox/

rockies
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# Posted: 28 Oct 2020 19:50
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One thing that is guaranteed to happen during your cabin build is......it's going to rain before you finish drying in the cabin. And that means wet floors which can also mean swollen plywood or OSB edges and then it's a lot of sanding to relevel the floor.

Instead, I would use Advantech 1 1/8" thick subflooring.

https://www.huberwood.com/advantech/subflooring

It can get soaked and it won't swell or delaminate. Use their subfloor adhesive as well to make sure that your floor system doesn't squeak.

rockies
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# Posted: 28 Oct 2020 20:24
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How do you properly flash wall penetrations" Exterior electrical boxes, water pipes or sewage waste lines, hose bibs, etc. On the Risinger Youtube channel he talks about Quickflash and how to use them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTjL7tAQr1Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evz30TGmCM4

https://www.quickflashproducts.com/

rockies
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# Posted: 28 Oct 2020 20:30
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And what do you do when it comes time to install exterior lighting? Lots of people just mount the fixture over the lap siding and screw through into the sheathing. This leaves gaps along the edge of the fixture where water and insects can enter the wall.

A better choice is to use a mounting block.

https://sturdimount.com/

rockies
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# Posted: 2 Nov 2020 21:36
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Wow! What a great Youtube channel from Essential Craftsman.

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

Lots of very practical advice on construction. I especially liked his video on the expensive choices you may make during the build (perhaps without fully realizing them at the time).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyHGRQWs24E

I also liked his video on his house plan review. Very few people are willing to show you what mistakes were made during the initial design phase.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AUFrOtm6Mk

And an excellent video on what are allowable tolerances.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_3yhHC3oR4

You can find all the videos on his house build here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGCC-_Cuhhw&list=PLRZePj70B4IwyNn1ABhJWmBPeX1hGhyLi

rockies
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# Posted: 3 Nov 2020 19:15
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This video from essential Craftsman has possibly the best advice on when to save money on building materials and when not to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gc8EqEMnBk

A second video on home design and costs is more geared towards a house but the info can be adapted to a rural cabin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG8ZoAxc3D8

rockies
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# Posted: 4 Nov 2020 19:09 - Edited by: rockies
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Everything you need to know about screws from the Essential Craftsman!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3jG5xtSQAo

If you want, you can also check out the Craftsman Essentials Instagram account.

https://www.instagram.com/essentialcraftsman/?hl=en

rockies
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# Posted: 4 Nov 2020 19:10
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From Ana White, a DIY mudroom bench with hidden boot storage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZrUkOBOC8A

rockies
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# Posted: 5 Nov 2020 19:29
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A lecture from Mike Guertin, editorial advisor to Fine Homebuilding, on how to stormproof your roof.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRgBxC3QMiQ

And to help you out, some time stamps on each topic section.

7:18 Resources
13:15 Ice Barrier
45:40 Valleys
50:34 Rake edges
58:45 Vertical Walls
1:04:07 Side Walls
1:07:09 Side Walls to Dormer Valleys
1:11:50 Dormer Valleys
1:13:20 Joints in Sheathing
1:18:05 Pipe Flashing
1:21 Skylights
1:22:50 Eave to Wall Kickout

rockies
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# Posted: 5 Nov 2020 19:31
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Also mentioned in the video, a free "read only" resource for the 2018 IRC building codes.

https://codes.iccsafe.org/content/IRC2018

rockies
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# Posted: 7 Nov 2020 18:29
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A resource for small scale farmers or people who want to learn about best practices for growing food.

https://fromthefield.tv/

NorthRick
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# Posted: 8 Nov 2020 13:51
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Rockies, have you started building yet?

rockies
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# Posted: 8 Nov 2020 19:25
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Actually, it's finished

rockies
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# Posted: 12 Nov 2020 19:35
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This video from Awesome Framers on Basic load paths shows you how to properly tie together framing members using metal straps from Simpson Strong Ties (needed in earthquake zones or for wind loads, etc).

Youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDg_Mo6aJAOEnlGI4iilQw/videos

Load path video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1b1HSGYB3g

https://www.strongtie.com/coiledstraps_specialtystraps/cshp_strap/p/cshp

They also have a website.

https://www.awesomeframers.com/

rockies
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# Posted: 12 Nov 2020 19:41
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When attaching a rafter or truss to the top plate the old method was to use a hurricane clip. Now Simpson Strong Ties has improved that connection with their Quik Stik. This allows you to drive a structural screw through the top plates into the rafter or truss much faster (and stronger).

Tim Uhler from Awesome Framers explains how it works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2D6qNpZwrY

https://www.strongtie.com/strongdrive_interiorwoodscrews/sdwc_screw/p/strong-drive-sd wc-truss-screw

rockies
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# Posted: 12 Nov 2020 19:46
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Installing joist hangers can be complicated. These free guides from the Journal of Light Construction will help simplify the process.

https://www.jlconline.com/how-to/framing/joist-hanger-fasteners_o

For decks.

https://www.jlconline.com/deck-builder/joist-hangers-for-decks_o

Installation.

https://www.jlconline.com/outdoor-living/structures-features/framing/fast-joist-hange r-installation_o

You may have to sign up for free to read or download the entire article.

rockies
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# Posted: 14 Nov 2020 19:27
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From Matt Risinger, how to finish off pipe and wiring penetrations through your exterior walls by installing mounting blocks (before installing the siding).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV3zzrRKr7A

rockies
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# Posted: 14 Nov 2020 19:30 - Edited by: rockies
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This is an extremely informative video from a structural engineer in Australia that explains the problems and solutions regarding the use of helical piles, or screw piers. One of the biggest problems is how to design around lateral movement of the metal post.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ArReODc8Ws

BTW, a "waffle slab" is usually a concrete slab with a series of thickened concrete beams underneath but it can also be a series or raised wooden beams supporting a wooden floor like those used in a typical cabin up on piers.

rockies
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# Posted: 14 Nov 2020 19:34
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A very nice small home that isn't built on a trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=is+this+the+best+size+of+a+cabin

rockies
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# Posted: 15 Nov 2020 19:13
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Here's a video on the principles behind "Passive House", which is a series of guidelines on how to design a building to be up to 90% more energy efficient. Although you may not be building to their standards they offer practical advice on how to tighten up your building envelope.

This video is put together by the BCIT High Performance Building Lab in Vancouver, BC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz6qomFM_dw

rockies
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# Posted: 15 Nov 2020 19:14
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A fun DIY project to heat water if you're off grid and don't want to use propane.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9BQGamXLMk

rockies
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# Posted: 26 Nov 2020 19:22
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A useful video on how to properly firestop your building.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzDQHs6zt6k

rockies
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# Posted: 26 Nov 2020 19:25
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Tips and Tricks on building better beams and girders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4n9wfSKuYw

rockies
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# Posted: 26 Nov 2020 19:29
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All of the building codes for stairs in one video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBtiS904I4A

rockies
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# Posted: 26 Nov 2020 19:39
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Actually, this whole channel is pretty good. if you want to know how to build something better ask the people who build custom quality homes about the tips, tricks or methods they've used over the years as well as the mistakes they've encountered and how to fix them.

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

rockies
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# Posted: 27 Nov 2020 19:17
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A good building channel with practical advice.

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

rockies
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# Posted: 27 Nov 2020 19:24
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Another good channel on calculating costs on construction called How to Build Your Own Home.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl5suH4eBJI80raP0d1yb5A/videos

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