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Old 10-12-2011, 11:04 PM   #5701
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Out of the whole load of wood I found two boards with end splits. Fortunately, a few of the boards will be oddball lengths, so I was able to get rid of almost all of the split.

The wood could be usable...you need to clamp the split closed and add a scab to it to keep it intact. The scab needs to be treated wood as well.
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This stack is the joists for the 30' long side section of the deck. I stacked it like this to make it easy to treat all the end cuts at the same time.
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When we were installing the water tank, we had to dig the ground out an extra 10". Our concern was whether or not the joists would clear the tank on the high side. Made it with less than 2" to clear.
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Here's the back section of framing going around the corner.
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This is the 30' long section. Actually, it's longer than that if the angled sections at each end are included, but the water side end isn't done yet.
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The boss was concerned about access for the tank cleanout, so I was going to put in an oddball spaced joist...but I think there's room to undo the lid and tip it out. So tomorrow the regular spaced joist will go in.
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Shot of the deck framing from the front side.
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Once again I managed to miss the best of the sunset, but this was here as I arrived home.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:10 AM   #5709
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That is a really interesting place to work Keith, the folks are going to love being there especially after you get all your work done on it. We do appreciate you posting the pictures for us to enjoy, thanks buddy.
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One more small problem sorted out today...there was no clearance for the deck boards under the spring. Even after winding the nut up tight, it didn't quite make it.

So the nut/washer/spring assembly was removed, and a hole was chiseled in the log from below (great fun) to allow the spring to recess itself.

It is wound up tighter than a drum now.
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I should have mentioned this yesterday but forgot to take a pic.

If you're doing something like this yourself, you often need a third hand.

In this case, installing 10' long deck joists without a supporting beam directly underneath was the problem.

Nailing a temporary lumber support at the top of the posts solved it quickly. Sit the joist on the board - nail the opposite end - and you're good to go.

This was the last support piece I needed right at the far end of the deck.
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At this point the framing was essentially complete, with the blocking being the last thing added.

The section over the water tank has curved sections cut out of the blocking, as we are going to add a pond liner membrane in that area to get rid of the rain water. As it is now, about 200 lbs. of water sits on top of the tank caving it in somewhat.
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View from the front end of the finished framing.
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I have a few random questions...

How often does the log cabin owner have to "re-stain" the logs? Is there lots of upkeep on a log cabin in general (besides the regular upkeep of a "normal" cottage)? I assume this pond membrane will be tilted away from the home to run the rain water away from the cabin, but as waters scarce on the island (meaning no running water), wouldnt he want to use that rain water to complement his water tank supply?

Just wondering, and thanks as always for sharing Keith.
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Starting to add the first of the outside framing on the long side of the deck. Checking to see how close we are to level here.
Great Picture ! It looks like you have some nice skills !

Thanks for sharing ( My son also liked the picture )


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