Monthly Archives: June 2013

preliminary floor plans are in!

We received a copy of the preliminary floor plans from Battle Creek Log Homes today!  Woo Hoo!  Now to review and make any changes we feel necessary.

 

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trail happy

A major reason for purchasing a piece of land the size we had, was so that we would have plenty of room for riding ATVs and dirt bikes.  We now had the land, but it was completely wooded, so a trail would have to be cleared before we could make use of it. Dave was completely psyched when one of our neighbors put him in touch with a fellow who lived nearby that might be able to help us out.  He happened to own a John Deere 333D excavator with a Loftness Carbide Cutter attachment that will tear down trees and grind up anything in its way, creating an 8′ wide path as it moves along.  Though it looked like a lot of fun to use, Dave opted to have Todd do the job for us.  Dave had been down the weekend prior and marked the area for our trail and, having received word that it had been mostly cleared, we were anxious to drive down to the lake and check it out.  Todd had said he still had a bit of clearing left to do, but the trail was mostly complete.

Check out this video clip of a carbide cutter in action….how much fun does this look?!  (This was not filmed on our property.)

Undaunted by the fact that it had been raining for days and days and knowing that the ground would most likely be a bit muddy, we headed down early Sunday morning with the hopes of doing a test run.  We also wanted to see how the new dock had faired with all the recent rain.  We were not surprised to find the water spilling over the dam as we drove up to the lake.

Happy to find that the dock had withstood the high waters, we turned our attention to what we had really come down to do.  We suited up and hopped on our vehicles.

We  crossed over Colemans Lake Rd and headed over to the other side of the property to see what we would find.  We drove directly into the entrance of the new trail without considering that we might want to check it out before bringing Max along on his dirt bike.  Probably not an awesome parenting decision.  The path was extremely slippery, very rough, and still had stumps protruding from the ground as well as broken branches hanging down from the trees above.  Max lasted about half way into woods before refusing to go any farther.  I had been following behind on my ATV keeping an eye on him and could see that he was having difficulty, so was somewhat relieved when he wanted to turn around and go back.  Dave, too, was happy enough to take his own dirt bike back and trade it in for the ATV.  We rode Max back to the truck where he happily sat playing on his iPad while Dave and I went back to check out the rest of the trail atop the much more stable ATVs.

We had much fun on the ATVs, but definitely need to wait till the trail is cleared completly before taking the dirt bikes back out!  Once we’d explored as much of the trail as we could, we headed in, cleaned off as much of the mud as possible and called it a day.

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Let the building process begin!

Let the building process begin!

The contract has been signed! Next step, collaborate with Battle Creek Log Homes designer to come up with the perfect log cabin.

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play time

Having spent all Saturday and Sunday working on the new dock, we were looking forward to going back on Memorial Day to test it out.  So, Monday morning we loaded up the dogs, picked up Max’s BFF, Chris, and headed down to Ford for a day of fun at the lake.

The boys wasted no time and headed down to the dock….

Dave hopped into the one man kayak to try a little fishing…

Having tired of the lake, the boys put on their dry clothes and took out the ATV and dirt bikes…

Time for lunch so we headed up to Waffles Ridge….

After a full day we packed everything back into the shed and headed home.  I do believe a good time was had by all!

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no dock? no problem, we can fix that

One thing I’ve learned through the years, living with Dave “Just-Frame-It-Up” King, is that much can be accomplished on one’s own with the right amount of research and planning, the right tools and materials, as long as you break it down into simple steps.  The successful building of our dock on Memorial Day weekend was just one more example that has reenforced that lesson.

Day one:

We drove down Saturday morning, feeling pumped and ready to get to work, thankful that the weather was supposed to be warm and sunny all weekend. We stopped in Petersburg to pick up supplies at one of our most favorite stores- The Home Depot.  I remember as a kid being dragged into Hechinger’s, which was my dad’s favorite home improvement store, and thinking there could be no place worse on earth to be.  Unless, of course, it was the fabric store with my mom, but I digress.  I find it ironic, now, that I can spend hours perusing the isles of Home Depot, thinking of all the projects that we may want to undertake, much like my dad did back in the day. (And yes, I do the same thing when I go to the fabric store these days.)

After loading the lumber into our van, we continued on down to Colemans Lake.  We were a little bummed that the sky began to cloud up as we approached the lake, but no worries, we have learned that it is always breezy at the lake so had packed extra layers just in case it was a little chilly.  And thank goodness, because, sure enough, when we pulled onto the property, it was completely overcast and a bit chilly.  Knowing some of us were going to get wet, we were hoping for warmer temperatures, but we would continue on with our project even so.

We unpacked the van and operation build-the-dock began.

Once the frame was built, we walked it over to the lake.  The next step was to put 2 x 4s out into the water, to act as temporary supports for the frame, until we could get the posts in place.

Next, we took a ladder out into the lake so that Dave could use it to stand on while he drove the posts into the lake floor using a sledge hammer.

Corner posts in place, we were able to get out of the chilly water and work from dry land.  Wouldn’t you know, at this point the clouds pushed off and sun finally made it’s way to where we were working.

We decided this was a good stopping place, so we packed the remaining supplies and tools into the shed, with plans to return the following morning and pick up where we left off.  We were very pleased at the progress we’d made and extremely happy that it had all gone smoothly and according to plan!

Day 2:

After picking up more lumber at Home Depot, we returned Sunday morning to finish what we had started the previous day.  We were happy to see that the dock frame was still standing when we arrived back at the lake. The plan for the day was to use the chainsaw to remove the top of the posts, making them level with the frame, in order to be able to lay down the floor boards.  We also wanted to attach cross beams under the deck frame to create more stability and then, after placing the floor boards, stain the dock.  Though still a bit breezy, the sun was shinning brightly so it was a perfect day to be working outside.

After the last post was topped off, Dave and Max carried the floor boards down to the lake and began attaching them to the dock frame.

After construction was complete, we stained the dock so it would be ready for us to put it to use on Memorial Day.

We wrapped everything up at that point and headed for home, looking forward to returning the next day to make good use of our newly constructed dock!

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