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mountainart
Thu May 21 2020, 05:35PM

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Will make the lamps hanging off of the downstairs and upstairs staircase centers look somewhat like this. Will probably use slightly amber colored seeded glass for the panes.
Imagine these going up around about 8 feet upon the center trees in the previous page post pics. .
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Sun May 24 2020, 05:58PM

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Have to agree DooHickey! I found the comments from cornbread and Ssj funny as they took me back to the, others might think crazy and unfair, additional things I’ve asked and received from my husband. These are not domestic disputes. They are obviously loving interactions in solid marriages.
The title does invite other’s experiences.
It doesn’t say “watch what I’m doing”.
A little levity can be welcomed on a thread.
As for Mountainart there couldn’t be a more appropriate handle for him. I’m so excited about his details I brought this to my husband’s attention telling him I knew he would find the details on this build fascinating. We have been building another home for a very long time. He too is a perfectionist and does all the work himself but also holds another full time job so it’s weekends and after work effort. I think all of us would love a viewing of the, so well put as “magical”, real log cabin Mountainart is creating.
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Well I’m taking a breather from working on my house. Might sneak over to see MntArt’s work...

Darn it, hit reply too soon...

@mntArt, I saw in pictures you’re using what looked like rebar to secure your post, how exactly did you secure the log posts? I’ve actually got thousand more questions, and might wait for the in person visit
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Sun May 24 2020, 07:46PM

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Yes, the #6 (3/4") rebar spikes are spaced between 12 to 16 inches, going through each course below. Every course I alternate the spikes so they do not hit, whenI predrill the 3/4" holes to spike into. Super strong, same method of construction as the ravine cribbing used to make the platforms for trestle bridges for railroads in the 1800's.
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Sun May 24 2020, 08:32PM

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For the vertical log posts, 4 pieces of #6, 2 foot long rebar pins, epoxied and log ends epoxied. Forms join as strong as original log to lateral shear.
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Mon May 25 2020, 10:02AM
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So did you use the same method to secure to foundation? That was where I was actually trying to wrap my head around the whole house as I’ve seen many old log cabins having the problem with the foundation to logs.
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Tue May 26 2020, 09:07AM

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We hung antique lamps in our downstairs mineshaft hallway just for fun last night, great old mine vibe..... the final lamps we will hook up will have more of a black iron gothic with seeded glass look.

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Tue May 26 2020, 09:55AM

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Logs are affixed to foundation via #6(3/4") rebar. Set down to lower horizontal double rebar running in bottom perimiter of foundation runs, 32 to54 inches below grade. Rebar holdfasts stick up 8" above concrete foundation top. Total length of each rebar stay 4 to 6 feet .

Logs are carefully suspended above top of rebars, barely touching, then we draw magic marker circled around rebar ends where they touch the logs. Log then lifted off rebar and turned upside down on ground, then we drill the holes in the logs matching the holes. Rounded the edges of the holes a little so rebar would slide in easier. Then turned log right side back up, lowered onto foundation, and pounded log onto rebar until it met concrete(had to use full force of tracked forklift pounding on logs to get it to go down fully.. Concrete top surface purposefully left rough and gravelly texture to provide additional mechanical locking on interface, once 5 or 6 courses of upper logs weight forces final settling onto concrete foundation.

Each of those rebars has a yeild strength of around 60,000 psi, and lateral shear at the log concrete interface every 18" o/c is more than sufficient for structure calculated for a san andreas type event lateral oscillation lasting a few minutes. Because foundation and house was designed deliberately on a "castled" or crenellated shape, the minimum 6 foot lateral shifts in the foundation shape, with logs on all runners, ensured that the engineered risk of overturn rated 0.

The last pics show the inside of the upslope rebar, #6, for the rear house wall/retaining wall. Gridded into 10"10 grid, caged at every corner/intersection, laterally tied in. Final thickness of rear wall 18 to 28 inches thick, depending on vertical elevation. Rebar cage biased towards downslope side of retaining wall to put rebar in tension to minimize stress expansion cracking.

Last pic shows inside of upslope house wall as seen from inside of the wood forms. Very massive monolith!

All in all, we poured 225,000 pounds of 4200 psi concrete



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Just finished the major components for the Resolute desk I am building along with the rear wall of the oval office. We are making it for a friend who is producing a Reagan movie (Dennis Quaid will play Ronnie). Hand sculpted components which I made molds of and cast in resin wood. Now on to finishing the seams and gaps, then on to paint/final scenic.

We are assembling the set on our upper floor, looks kooky from the street when people drive by and wonder "What the heck are they building up there?





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This thread was getting buried under the Cvirus and J4 blither. It needs to be renewed.

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