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    chemical treatment for logs???

    Ok, good points. But how bout we address high humidity. I've made many a mid morning, even near noon walk in the woods where I am going to build and vividly remember all the foilage still being very...
  2. Thread: Curious

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    Curious

    Haven't been yet, but fully intend to. It's my understanding that the course is not to make a carpenter/plumber/electrician/mason/roofer out of you in 2 days, but to teach you the basics of this type...
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    Exceptional Log Home Award: Jeff Cooley

    Impressive. He did a great job of blending the metal and wood contrast so they compliment each other. Beautiful chinking job caught my eye right off.
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    Log home maintance

    Don't some crawlies/flying critters like the way linseed oil makes the wood taste?
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    Hurricane Katrina logs

    Some of those wide bottom logs look like cypress or big cedars.
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    Hurricane Katrina logs

    I remember reading that Georgia Pacific was going to reopen a plywood mill to use those downed trees in Miss. If I remember right, they were predominantly loblolly and shortleaf. The loblolly on my...
  7. Thread: Clearing Land?

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    Clearing Land?

    A few things to consider, if you haven't done a lot of work with hoes, excavators or small dozers. Small dozers are good for roads, brush, and saplings, but simply don't have the weight, track...
  8. Thread: Earth tubes

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    Earth tubes

    "nosebleeds"?
    Unsure of what that means in this context.
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    Earth tubes

    Propane is the odds on favorite to replace HFC based refigerants once R22 is completely banned in home A/C and refrigerators, with ammonia to be used more and more in the big chillers.
    One of the...
  10. Thread: Earth tubes

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    Earth tubes

    Thoughts? Is this viable if one can overcome the humidity/condesation build-up?
    (the guy 'appears' to have something to sell, but I'm just concerned with the concept. No freon and no hi wattage...
  11. Thread: Solar Incentives

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    Solar Incentives

    Glue?--ya mean formaldehyde? I work for a company that deals almost exclusively in products made from glued up wood-byproducts, such as waferboard, MDF, and particleboard. The formaldehyde is an...
  12. Half Log or Full Log - Seems to be a question of religion

    Thanks for that info kahle!! That govt entity has changed it's name in recent years I believe, but they are still the primary source for most accepted standards. * As I understand it, the full NIST...
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    Leaking & heating costs

    Thermal mass as insulation is only part of the equation. Air flow and good but subtle circulation is about 1/2 as important as well.
    Air leaks can rob effeciency from even the best insulated homes,...
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    Introduce yourself

    All depends on how closely spaced your trees are and the maturity/growth rate of them. If they were all planted or naturally germinated at about the same time, they will be mostly about the same...
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    Small anxiety in beginning

    Sorry--I gots to build an outhouse 1st thing. ;)
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    Small anxiety in beginning

    I kinda think it errs on the + side of things. I ran the numbers on a 5/12 pitch roof and asked a friend here locally what he thought of it and he asked what I was going to do with the extra 4 1/2...
  17. Half Log or Full Log - Seems to be a question of religion

    I didn't keep it's url, but I read a study just the other day by Texas A&M Univ's Forestry Lab giving a R rating for solid wood logs/inch. Unfortunately, I don't remember exactly what it stated and...
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    Small anxiety in beginning

    Not sure if this will help the anxiety, but there is a rough calcuator for various construction, such as concrete foundations, interior walls, roof areas etc. Gives you a ballpark figure on how much...
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    Our timetable has changed-advice solicited.

    Things have changed since I made my 1st post here-some ways good-others bad. My 87 yr old father, who lives in East Texas has become ill, and has been hospitalized for some weeks now. Long medical...
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    underground home and logs

    I wish I could help you on that one, but I really have no idea, other than what I have read here on this site. And, the opinion seems to be that foks are often better off using concrete, due to it's...
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    underground home and logs

    One of my uncles (now deceased) once built a stone house on the side of a hill in NE Texas, with about 1/2 the home "inside" an excavation in the hillside. I was only in it on a few occassions, but I...
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    Small anxiety in beginning

    Flbeaver,

    I'm not quite as 'experienced in years' as you are, but share some of the same concerns. I'm 55. Nor have I built a log house, but it's been my experience since my 'post 50 year mark',...
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    Felling trees from a safe distance (humor)

    If he would wrap the det cord with something, it wouldn't have taken as much............

    SIX wraps?

    Judging from the # of trees down in one of the pics, I'd say he went thru about 3 miles of...
  24. For those who cut their logs from their property.

    I've kinda wished for a fast moving brush fire on our place at times, except for the loss of the buildings and other damage. And, that's one of my biggest concerns. With the S.H. National Forest...
  25. For those who cut their logs from their property.

    Mine is a mix, pine & hardwood, but down here, the pines seem to crowd out the hardwood except in the river bottoms. The hardwood is mostly pin oak, elm, hackberry, white oak with a few cedars.
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