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Old 10-14-2011, 09:45 AM   #5716
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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.
Bonjour sbmfj, this cabin has a treatment made specifically for logs...it's a Cetol product.

As far as I know it was applied very shortly after the cabin was put up, which was in mid 2005. It still looks pretty good to me. Knowing Cetol products fairly well, I would think it will last about 7 years before needing a re-coat, so a couple of years to go yet.

The cabin owners are strictly weekenders and have no garden to water. The tank is 800 imperial gallons, about 1,000 U.S gallons. Since we moved it just a matter of days ago it is already more than half full. I doubt they will have any problems with consumption.

When I get to the membrane part I'll get some pics and show you what we're doing.

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Man - go away for a few weeks and there's just no end of this thread to catch up on, I'm exhausted just from reading about all the work you've been doing!

I hope the folks with the log cabin realize how lucky they are to have you working on it, I don't think you're capable of doing anything less than a stellar job. I bet I could learn more about woodworking and craftsmanship just from hanging around you for a week than I could from reading a whole stack of books
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:02 PM   #5718
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Well, if you have nothing to do for a couple of weeks...
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Well, if you have nothing to do for a couple of weeks...
Ha - if you weren't on the wrong coast you'd probably never get rid of me
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Ha - if you weren't on the wrong coast you'd probably never get rid of me
Well, I don't know, this is the right coast, you're on the left coast, right?
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I grant you that I am on the sinister coast; however, you, Sir, are most decidedly on the wrong coast
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I grant you that I am on the sinister coast; however, you, Sir, are most decidedly on the wrong coast
Tell me that about next May, when you are still digging out of the snow!
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This weekend the owner brought the new supervisor up...just to keep an eye on things.

Fortunately, she (Maggie) has taken a real liking to me. It could end up costing the owner money, as she wants to be right in front of me at all times looking for pets. But she's an absolutely lovable dog.
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After considerable discussion between the owners - with me trying to keep out of it - the wood shed location seems to be settled.

The square end boards show where the end of the shed will be. Once the Bobcat has done it's good work, that will be up right away.
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Early this morning, 7 am, the official temperature at the Nanaimo airport - which is directly across the water from us - was .6C. That's point 6, just a trace over 33F. Pretty cool for mid October here.

When I got back from town today the Hibiscus were making a determined attempt to bloom. Seems odd considering the cool nights.
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What we do look forward to every year is the euonymus alata turning bright red. After a few cool nights the leaves turn very quickly.
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They're pretty, especially the bright red. It reminds me of Burning Bush, except that it's shaped a little different. Have you thought about propagating it to have a few of its 'babies' in the yard of the next house you buy/build?

Will the door to the shed be accessible from the deck?
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They're pretty, especially the bright red. It reminds me of Burning Bush, except that it's shaped a little different. Have you thought about propagating it to have a few of its 'babies' in the yard of the next house you buy/build?

Will the door to the shed be accessible from the deck?
I doubt we'll worry too much about the plant. Just get a new one if that's what the missus wants.

There won't be a door on the wood shed, just an opening about 4 or 5 feet wide.
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Great Picture ! It looks like you have some nice skills !

Thanks for sharing ( My son also liked the picture )

Hi Wethead...for some reason I didn't see your post before, I'm sorry about that. I always like to reply to anyone who is kind enough to take the time to post on this thread.

So thank you for doing that. More to come for sure.
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Instead of the pond liner membrane to cover the water tank (the easy way) the customer decided he wanted me to cut and fit treated plywood between the joists and caulk it (the hard way).

The plywood was cut wider than the joist spacing so that it would be forced down into a curve.
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