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day 18…windows, we have windows!!!

First thing on today’s agenda was hammering down hundreds of metal plates over the wires along the second floor so the tongue and groove flooring could be put back in place. Dave pitched in and helped so that it would move along a little faster…this time, unlike the caulking incident, Miguel seemed happy for the help.  🙂

Once the wiring issue was taken care of, it was onto the windows!

Max had come down with us and spent the first half of the morning working on homework. When it was time to clean up, we all pitched in…there was sawdust and wood scraps everywhere so I picked up the broom while Dave showed Max how to blow off the sawdust with a leaf blower. He was supper psyched when Mr. Lipham let him switch out our puny leaf blower for his giant one.

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day 17…Dave discovers that the wiring hasn’t been completely covered with protective metal plates…up comes the recently placed tongue and groove of the second floor

Dave’s BFFs, Dan and Steve, along with Dan’s son Matthew, met us for lunch at our local haunt, El Caporal, then drove out with us to check out the progress of the cabin as neither one had been down since we’d started the log construction.

Dan, Steve and Matthew took off to the other side of the property to do a little target practice while Dave went up to the second floor to check things out.  He soon discovers that the the tongue and groove flooring has been nailed down directly on top of the wiring that runs between the t & g and the first floor rafters without first putting down the protective metal plates.  The purpose of these plates is to keep the wires from being damaged by nails when the flooring is placed.  Without them, not only is there danger of one of the wires being damaged, but we also won’t pass inspection without them.  Dave calls attention to this error to Mr. Lipham, who promptly has the crew remove all the flooring and put the plates down over the wires.  And there’s another day lost.

While all that craziness was going on, I took my camera for a walk.  It’s been a full year since we first set eyes on this place and it’s beauty still astounds me. I find myself taking pictures of the same spots over and over, but with each season the colors and the lighting changes and I just can’t resist trying to catch each different setting on film. I particularly love the bright green moss that grows along the rock ridge and between the gnarled roots of the old beech trees.

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day 15 and 16….t & g ceilings and…this is why wiring a log home is different than your average house

We both missed going down last Thursday to check out the progress on the cabin and were completely astounded when we arrived Friday at the site of the great room ceiling! We’d seen countless photos of the interior of many a two story great room in our Log Home magazines but were still unprepared for what we walked into that morning…it was simply breathtaking.

Most of the crew worked outside putting up more log siding, finishing off dormers and laying down more roofing felt. They’d been working particularly hard so we thought we’d bring in pizza for lunch.

Although some of the first floor wiring had been done, we hadn’t witnessed first hand just quite how difficult some of the wiring would be. As I had mentioned in a previous post, all of the wire has to be hidden in window and door frames, across the first floor rafters and under the second floor t & g, and also up over the roof for the second floor ceiling lights and fans .  This requires drilling through the heavy 12″ timbers and running over half a mile of wire, all to be connected down in the basement.(I’d somehow turned off the autofocus on my camera so some of the photos are slightly out of focus. Boo.)

Andy had to leave at the end of the day to drive back to Alabama and I must admit, we were sad to see him go.  He has added such a positive energy to the work site, constantly laughing, helping everyone out and keeping the entire atmosphere upbeat.  Before he left, he told us not to hesitate to call if we need help while we’re finishing the inside of the cabin…we may just have to “create” a problem so we can call him to come help us out!  ;-D

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day 14…closing in the front dormers, framing windows and placing more t & g on the roof

Another unusually chilly and windy November morning on Colemans Lake. I spent most of my time sitting by one of the two fires we had going!

The crew continued to put down the tongue and groove on the roof and to close in the front dormers today.

While most of the crew worked up on the roof, foreman, José, and our multi-talented electrician, Andy, worked on building the frames for the wall of windows in the great room while Dave and Mr. Lipham discussed our ideas for our fireplace.

After helping with the window framing, Andy does a little more wiring while Carlos, Nelson and Mateo start placing the tongue and groove roof around back.



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day 7…back on track

Having recovered from the previous day’s setback, our Battle Creek crew was back in action early Wednesday morning.  We hadn’t stayed long enough Tuesday to see the three newly replaced beams running the length of the first floor ceiling, so were thrilled to see how awesome they looked.  The two 12″ x 6″ beams on either end that will be supporting the second floor bedrooms are lamibeams, while the middle beam is solid timber.

With the first floor framing complete and the temporary flooring back down on the second floor, with the help of one of the other crew members, Andy was able to begin running the electrical wire to the two floors.  As they are working with log walls that will remain exposed, the wires need to be run down door frames and across the top of the heavy timbers.  Channels need to be cut into the wood before the tongue and groove ceiling and the flooring goes down…the wire will then run along the channels and be hidden.

Outside several of the crew members were going to town on the front porch…

while others continued framing the roof and dormers along the front of the cabin.

Around back we had yet another group working on framing the roof over the great room. A slight dilemma occurred when the heavy timber peak was put in place and it wasn’t level. After a brief discussion, the solution was offered by Andy, our electrician- Lift the A-frame and place two 2″ x 8″ s on top of the log wall to bring in up to level.  Yep, definitely thinking Andy knows a little more about building log homes than just running the wire! I think I forgot to mention in the last post that it was Andy who discovered the lamibeam/timber mixup the previous day.

After talking to Andy a bit, he told me that he has built log homes before and knows how to do a bit of everything that goes into building a house.  However, as much as he loves running wire and building, he only does it on the side.  His real life occupation is owner of a Sears store in Alabama.  When I mentioned this to Dave, he replied, “hmmm, Mr. Lipham has a son who owns a Sears store.  You don’t suppose…..”  So it turns out that Andy is actually Mr. Lipham’s son and has been building log homes with him for 10 years.  That explains alot!  And what a great team they make…we are fortunate to have them both on our team.

By the time we pulled out, the cabin had taken on quite a transformation from the previous day and once again, we were completely amazed and thoroughly impressed be everyone involved in making it so.

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