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    Building season is pretty much year round...

    Building season is pretty much year round depending on your location and what phase you are in. If wet and rainy like here in the winter it can get pretty muddy, so recommend stacking logs and doing...
  2. My understanding is that it is a bad idea due to...

    My understanding is that it is a bad idea due to condensation. Below air temp liquid running though the floor causes condensation.
    Another option: http://www.mb-soft.com/solar/intake.html
    I know...
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    Well worth it and seem like a good set of plans. ...

    Well worth it and seem like a good set of plans. I think even if you are building in an area that doesn't require plans they are worth it.
    No complaints. Made some changes to the plans based on...
  4. I am not an expert but when I looked into a...

    I am not an expert but when I looked into a couple products that either came on metal roofing panel or that you could add to a metal roof and were flat against the roof like that they produces far...
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    Not recommended. Takes off a lot more than just...

    Not recommended. Takes off a lot more than just the bark and in my opinion makes the logs look funny
  6. Thread: Breaker Hammer

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    recent discussion: ...

    recent discussion: http://community.loghomebuilders.org/showthread.php?12174-Demo-Hammer-Rotary-Hammer&highlight=harbor+freight
  7. look into ground source heat pumps as an add on...

    look into ground source heat pumps as an add on if you have the land. Can do most of the work yourself.
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    We had to do a loan for the land but the house we...

    We had to do a loan for the land but the house we are paying as we go. One thing to keep in mind is that building it on your own you may be able to pay as you go.
    When you buy a house for $150,000...
  9. Our plan is to put in radiant floor heat off a...

    Our plan is to put in radiant floor heat off a ground source heat pump. Have a guy that is going to design it for us to install.
    Will have tubes imbedded in 1 1/2" light weight concrete on top of...
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    I had intentions to keep track of all my cost and...

    I had intentions to keep track of all my cost and started a spread sheet that lasted for the first few months. Now several years later and about 1/2 done I have no idea what I have spent. I am...
  11. Thread: Purchase land?

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    My thought is to wait. Land will still be there...

    My thought is to wait. Land will still be there and who know what you'll learn or how plans will change with the class
  12. Thread: vegas

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    There have been more than a few times I have...

    There have been more than a few times I have wondered the same thing. I still love working on the home and now that the roof is done if feels a lot better
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    1)Depends on how straight they are and what style...

    1)Depends on how straight they are and what style you use to build. I am on west coast and building with doug fir so have no experience with oak. Maybe someone else can answer that.
    2)If you do a...
  14. It is hard sitting and not doing anything, but...

    It is hard sitting and not doing anything, but don't buy logs or do pretty much anything before taking the class.
    It is pretty hard to budget and plan without knowing what you need and how to do it....
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    Our logs sat for about 1 and a half before being...

    Our logs sat for about 1 and a half before being stacked. The sun was more of a problem than the rain and I live in western WA. Had some full logs warp due to sun. Did not turn as much as I would...
  16. Thread: Shed Question

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    Where I am it is 200 sq ft or under need no...

    Where I am it is 200 sq ft or under need no permit, but the skid thing is a no go. In order to be mobile must have wheels and towable to forgo the permit requirement if above 200 sq ft.
  17. I don't buy it either. First I don't buy that...

    I don't buy it either.
    First I don't buy that you cant legally build a log home. I would like to see the actual law/building code that says you cant do this. In my experience building inspectors...
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    My suggestion is to not buy anything before class...

    My suggestion is to not buy anything before class especially something big like a telehandler.
    Look but don't buy. The class and then the info you get on the members side may change your plans....
  19. The foundation was the part I was most worried...

    The foundation was the part I was most worried about as well. We did a crawl space.
    I had 3 books
    The Essential Guide to Foundations
    Foundations and concrete work from for pros by pros
    ...
  20. Thread: rake windows

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    My advise is not to buy anything before the class...

    My advise is not to buy anything before the class regardless of the deal. Your plans will totally change.

    Brad
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    I am just under roof now so foundation, peeling,...

    I am just under roof now so foundation, peeling, staking and roof had taken a little over 2 years. I work full time and work on it some weekends and usually take a couple weeks vacation to work on...
  22. Thread: log size

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    A bit small. With 11" butts your tips are going...

    A bit small. With 11" butts your tips are going to be small. My smallest tip was 12" with most of my butts around 14-15"

    Brad
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