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    Need a urinal for that new log cabin...?

    He needs to make a tribute to Little Shop of Horrors!

    http://www.lion-king-broadway.com/broadway/images/shop_of_horrors.jpg

    You could tie the motion sensor into the soundtrack from the movie; ...
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    Battery Alternative

    I service the fire alarm systems for Microsoft here in the Seattle area; one site (a 200,000 sq ft server farm) uses a flywheel to bridge the time gap between utility loss and generator start. The...
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    white cedar vs white pine half-log siding

    Cedar is naturally bug and rot resistant. If you can afford it, that's the ticket.

    Greg
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    The Climate Energy Micro-CHP System

    This is the system I'm waiting for (probably for awhile), when the price goes down..

    http://www.whispergen.com/

    It uses a stirling engine, about the size of a dishwasher, and almost silent. ...
  5. Thread: how many

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    how many

    Use a board ft calculator (available online); a truck can haul about 5000 BF of Western Hemlock, according to my guy; confirmed by a couple others.
  6. Thread: Why I do it

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    Why I do it

    Holy cow.. $450 per square foot gets you an unfinished interior, no heat, insulation, interior doors, wheels, nuttin. :? There's a sucker born every minute.. I recently downloaded an audio book...
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    I took the solar leap!

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the tax incentive kicks in only if it's professionally purchased and installed. I hope that's not the case.. Very cool purchase!

    Greg
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    chemical treatment for logs???

    I love so-called "expert" opinions. All the things you have mentioned are either impossible, prohibitively expensive, will ruin the logs, or cause halitosis. :evil:

    Sun (UV) will...
  9. Thread: Curious

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    Curious

    An analogy comes to mind. If you're standing in the dark, construction knowledge wise, a two day class is like a flashlight that enables you to find your way around. The "years" of education in the...
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    Exceptional Log Home Award: Jeff Cooley

    I first noticed the chinking job; fabulous! It looks whiter than the stock mortar recipe; it's also perfectly adhered to the top and bottom log. Do you know if that's a redone mortar job, or a...
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    Masonry heaters

    call 911 and tell them you smell gas; the gas company WILL come out.
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    wooden pegs??

    Yeah, I had a heck of a time getting the nuts to start on 'em..<img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/4/4_1_107.gif' border=0>

    What use are you contemplating?
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    alternative insulation

    The log cabin I lived in for 5 years in Funter Bay, AK had moss insulation in the floor and ceiling. It was still there 50 years later (behind shiplap to keep out critters). I've started a few...
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    Masonry heaters

    Yes, I have seen them designed and used on the web; sorry, I can't remember where; it's been over a year since I found it. Stainless steel coils, thermosyphon into a tank, then a heat exchanger...
  15. Thread: Wind power

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    Wind power

    That's one heck of a windmill, bud.. I'd use a laptop if you're going to have hinky homemade power, at any rate. That way, when the inverter trips out for whatever reason, you don't have to reboot...
  16. Thread: Wind power

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    Wind power

    BUMP! $38 for 700W surge low enough for ya?
    Greg
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    Chinking Costs

    Yep, it can be backer rod, but the taught method is to use fiberglass to pack the gaps between logs. I'm not sure yet what material I'll use. The reasoning and methods are covered in the class. ...
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    Chinking Costs

    I've not heard of anyone hiring it out, but for $5.00 per foot, I'll quit my job and fly out to wherever you are! :wink: In my limited experience, you can chink about 1 foot per minute, including...
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    Wood-fired boilers

    Sparky: I believe I used www.heatload.com but I also I saw this one, not sure if it's good or easy (you've gotta be one or the other, ya know...) :twisted: An almanac or the Weather Service site...
  20. injury liability when acting as general contractors

    I plan on getting general liability insurance for the project AND a hold-harmless agreement through an attorney. I'm no lawyer, but if I understand correctly, no hold-harmless will withstand...
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    How about Mulch?

    Quote for today: "What you need for invention is imagination and a good pile of junk!" or "Why, I have not failed! I now know 1000 ways that it (the light bulb) won't work!" Thomas Edison..
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    Wood-fired boilers

    $6500 for a gas furnace? RUN AWAY! I learned this trick from an elevator conversation with a HVAC salesman. I went down to the local Carrier warehouse, asked for their "scratch and dent" section,...
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    Wood-fired boilers

    I saw this at the Seattle Home Show last year, several sizes were available. I would burn anything! Had gas/propane/electric backup, and a large water mass to absorb fast fires. Pretty cool - you...
  24. I must be nuts, Can I really build a house?

    Welcome, Emily! You seem to share many of the ideals of this group; hard work, hope, and perseverance will get you there. Please allow me to get a little philisophical and share my favorite quote: ...
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    log species/size questions

    The Forest Service allows 10K Bd Ft per resident per year, green timber of any species, anywhere in the Tongass Forest. Hoonah has 75% Western Hemlock and 25% spruce, but Thorne Bay, nearer you, has...
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