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    Log screws vs rebar

    Can I use log screws instead of rebar? Advantages vs disadvantages. Will be building a B and P cabin this next summer, 24 x 24 with a 6' wrap around porch.

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    Depending on the features of the screws, you might end up with settling issues.

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    Do you mean 'lag' screws? If you mean for pinning the logs, you would've needed 25"+ long lag screws for my house. And that would be insanely expensive. I paid $700 for all the rebar to build a 2 story 3200 sq ft house, and I still have enough left over for a garage. No. use rebar. much cheaper. much stronger.

    update: I found "log screws" on ebay- but they are like $1 each, and only 10" long. for a 40' long wall, you'd need 20 per log, and twice as many logs to get to height. so that would be 64*2 logs in my house, that would be 20x64*2 = $2560.

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    All the rebar for my foundation and the rest of the build was free. Lag screws are fine for several parts of the build. I have about 50 in mine.

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    Cheapest place around here to buy nuts, bolts and screws is TSC. Rebar is also really cheap, or free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dayita View Post
    Can I use log screws instead of rebar? Advantages vs disadvantages. Will be building a B and P cabin this next summer, 24 x 24 with a 6' wrap around porch.
    Clearly you have not taken the class...
    1. lag screws that are long enough will be very expensive.
    2. use big logs because they have better insulation values.
    3. rebar will hold the logs in-place just as well or better than ANY screw.
    4. rebar is much faster and easier to install than amy screw.
    You need to take the class... all of this suff is covered.
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    Thank you.

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    Thank you for the tips and advice. Like the videos too.

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    How I hope to find the golden egg that has free rebar. Thank you for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dayita View Post
    How I hope to find the golden egg that has free rebar. Thank you for the info.
    yeah. me too. construction sites, craigslist, etc. but not the big box stores. But mine wasn't that much. I paid $700 for my rebar- probably about $0.21 / ft. I ended up with about a half mile of rebar, and I think I have enough left over to build the garage. can you imagine the cost of a half mile of screws?

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