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    Home Depot calls them smart blocks is one place,...

    Home Depot calls them smart blocks is one place, probably can find them cheaper somewhere else.
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    They are definitely covering a gap with that...

    They are definitely covering a gap with that chinking, I think the question is are they covering a problem? I believe that if this vertical support is stable you are OK. Did you try to shake the...
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    Andrew, There are several of us members in...

    Andrew,
    There are several of us members in Colorado, some finished, some building and some getting ready. See you on the members side in a few short weeks.
  4. I have Hughes Net Satellite Internet Service...

    I have Hughes Net Satellite Internet Service since 2013, the speeds are reasonable for me. All we really do is email for business and I sometimes have to do pretty large downloads of data, but I do...
  5. "I get that this is going to be hard, but we're...

    "I get that this is going to be hard, but we're willing to make sacrifices to achieve our goal."

    As long as that is your mantra, you will get it done.
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    I would just make a door out of plywood and...

    I would just make a door out of plywood and attach log siding to it to blend in with the rest of the wall.
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    I would agree with that! We live in our paid for...

    I would agree with that! We live in our paid for house we built with our own hands and are frequently visited by the people who love our house who told us we could not do this while we were working...
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    What is???

    What is???
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    Education is expensive, no matter how you get...

    Education is expensive, no matter how you get it......
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    We are in Colorado, but way north by Steamboat...

    We are in Colorado, but way north by Steamboat Springs. There are a few people that have built down by Pagosa Springs and Durango area. Hopefully they will chime in over the next few days.
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    I found a way to keep my property taxes low when...

    I found a way to keep my property taxes low when I retire. Here in Jackson County Colorado, they forgive 50% of your taxes if you have lived here 10 years or more and are over 65. My taxes are...
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    I would bet the city clerk does not know what she...

    I would bet the city clerk does not know what she is talking about. They just spout what they usually get when a contractor builds a house. You are an owner builder and do not need a license. Try...
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    I always tell people that kit homes are...

    I always tell people that kit homes are assembled, disassembled, moved to a site, reassembled and then are finished. My house was built on the site and I bet no one could move it, or take one log...
  14. Thread: Energy efficiency

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    Go talk to the building department. Tell them...

    Go talk to the building department. Tell them you want to buy land and build a log home, see what their reaction is. Just remember, they may sing a different song when you actually start the...
  15. Thread: Energy efficiency

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    We have a 24'x24' two story house in the Colorado...

    We have a 24'x24' two story house in the Colorado mountains. Temps below zero are common in December, January and February. We had -34 F just the other day. Last winter we were gone all winter on...
  16. Thread: Peeling Logs

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    Those are what I used for the majority of peeling...

    Those are what I used for the majority of peeling my logs. Just sharpened them to a chisel edge.
  17. Thread: Introduce yourself

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    Just remember the old adage, "You can do it fast,...

    Just remember the old adage, "You can do it fast, cheap or good, just pick two." If you build fast and cheap, you will lose quality, if you build cheap and good, it won't be fast and if you build...
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    Yes, they are just 2"x1/4" angle iron welded...

    Yes, they are just 2"x1/4" angle iron welded together. I will make a change on the next set, instead of angle iron across the bottom, I will use 2" strap. No need for the flange on the bottom.
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    Ours is 24 x 24.

    Ours is 24 x 24.
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    Time to spare? Go by air!!

    Time to spare? Go by air!!
  21. Thread: March Class

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    I have found in my life on many occasions that...

    I have found in my life on many occasions that the only thing stopping me was me. If you want it you will find a way, there is always a way.
  22. Thread: Howdy from VA

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    And you forgot the most important step - Take the...

    And you forgot the most important step - Take the class with your wife. It will help you design a better house also.
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    Here is my Harbor Freight sawmill. I have...

    Here is my Harbor Freight sawmill. I have installed it on a small harbor freight trailer and put jacks in the corners to stabilize it all. Work great for me. I had some trouble with the blade...
  24. Jason, never say never. I thought I would never...

    Jason, never say never. I thought I would never be a part of an HOA either. But like most things, there are good and there are bad. The HOA that we are a part of is never intrusive in the lives of...
  25. Thread: New Member

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    This system frowns on cutting trees in the...

    This system frowns on cutting trees in the spring, I wonder how many other things you will do outside the system before you take the class? There are many ways to skin a cat, but if you plan on...
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