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    Welcome Brett, A couple of areas that would...

    Welcome Brett,

    A couple of areas that would not hurt is on the subject of "frugality" and "self sufficiency."

    Heck, there may even be some entertaining novels/books with good characters that...
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    Mowing Fields

    Speaking of mowing, there was an analysis done between the power of a gas mower and a scythe in productivity. The results after several repeated tests found that a competent worker using a scythe...
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    slip form house

    There are several books published over the past 30 years on using the slip form method for the home owner in house building.

    One of the books is titled, "Build your own stone house" by Karl and...
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    Logs

    Welcome APGBalboa,

    Where abouts are you looking for land?

    Finding logs will be one of your least worries in WA. The class will show you what you need to know. Also, the local lumber industry...
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    Log Table over 40 years old

    We have a similar and heavy log table at my family home. It is about 40 years old. The wood was sealed with a thick wax like substance after it was built. We've had minor checking over the years...
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    Flooding

    I'd also research if the location had any recent flooding. The structure looks as though it is ready for a tear-down. I don't like the dark staining up the walls--kinda like what's left once the...
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    Long shot?

    I could be taking a big guess, but it looks to me that the builder may have been trying to solve for taper on the larger logs. On some of the pictures, it almost looks like the taper on the larger...
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    Outbuildings

    LeighG,

    I believe that a few members have build log outbuildings over the years. Perhaps another member knows of some links.

    Historically, most homesteaders would not have considered putting...
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    Logs

    Straight is good. But, as is often quoted on these forums, "Use what you got or can get."

    The prices you've quoted sound resonable. However, with current building being on the down side, it is a...
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    Class information

    Valley,

    The class is the best way and quickest for getting good information on the building processes and methods preferred by the LBHA. I will say that the information is not secret, but the...
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    Boom truck?

    With the LHBA's preferred building methods you don't need a boom truck. In the class there is a section on lifting mechanics and some pretty sound ideas on how to get things done without spending...
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    Piece en Piece

    That sounds more like "piece en piece" construction.

    I don't have one of Mitchell's books, but I assume he is pinning to the verticle logs, correct?

    I believe we had at least one member that...
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    Post and Beam

    Hello Valley,

    The LHBA's preferred building method uses stacked logs rather than joining and pegging.
    The issue of the drying time of the green logs are not of that great importance to our...
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    Speaking of security.

    I think the best advice so far has been to befriend your neighbors and watch out for each other.

    Something to think about too is the remoteness of where you decide to build.
    How will you deal...
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    Strength of Materials, Loads and Applications

    fishandfly,
    I apologize if you feel frustrated by my fellow travelers.

    So, to the heart of your last posting, in my experience all the members I know are rather empirical. None would take...
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    Kitsap?

    Are you looking to build in Kitsap?
    I'll extend the same offer to you. If you build before me, please don't hesitate to give me a hollar.

    At present I'm living in an old house in PT. Something...
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    Orgnized Crime

    StressMan79,

    I just reread this thread and you mention "methheads" in passing. I see you are from Mukilteo. Out here on the peninsula it is pretty much the one thing that keeps crime escalating...
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    Battery Parity and Exchange stations

    Klapton,

    There actually quite a few schemes that have been suggested by action groups that are along the same lines. But, the main problem is the division between government regulation and the...
  19. Thermal Mass

    Welcome Sully,

    When speaking about energy efficiency in log home building, "Thermal Mass" is what is of concern, more so than an R value. Log homes are different in this repsect from stick frame...
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    Ready?

    wenzel_777,

    I think everyone has their own comfort level.
    Some people build with tons of dept, others completely dept free.

    In my case, for any project, I weigh the time that I can spend on...
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    Often too much that isn't needed/used.

    That reminds me of when electronic calculators were finally affordable for the average family--something like $300us for a plug in desktop model ?with eight digits( if I remember correctly) --there...
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    Strawbale

    One of the complaints I've heard of more than any others with Strawbale construction is moisture in the walls. When it gets in, it takes radical surgery to fix the problem. This, I assume, would...
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    Gladiator

    Welcome!

    I think you answered your own questions. It has all to do with the materials and methods you choose to build and availability of resources.

    What will decidedely make your home more...
  24. Thread: Reading matter

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    Log Building in Europe

    Not too sure of schools in Portugal nor Spain.

    I've always wondered what a "cork" log home would be like. Probably quiet?


    Dick Gmbh in Germany (woodworking and musical intrument making...
  25. Thread: Aspen Logs

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    Welcome!

    You can use most any species to build with.

    In these forums you will mostly find species that happend to be ubundant in the different locals where many of the builders happen to be living or...
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