No shortage of things to do. But today it is not very good weather to work. 5" snow Wednesday, Temp 6F on Thursday Morning and freezing rain and snow today. Doubt that I could even get to the cabin today. I sure hope this is not the beginning of old man winter as I still have lots to do. Well I can at least bring the project up to date from my last post.
Working on running the electric wires for the cabin portion. I went ahead as I laid the cabin up to pre-drill the locations for switches(high) and recepticles (low) . I am sure I have forgotten a few but will cross that bridge when I come to it. Been inserting the insulation board midways in the gaps of the logs. Also installing the chink wire (1/4" rabbit wire or hardware cloth). So far just the exterior wire and the insulation board has taken 70 hrs. I can probably look at another 50 hrs to do the wire on the inside. Sure hopes that the chinking goes a little faster.
Got the well drilled in Mid August. 220 ft. Hit water at 190 with 10gpm. Pretty good considering that I was about 75 feet from a serious revine(Virginia). But If I hadn't I could only blame myself because I was the one that "witched" the location.
Well I started on getting the block laid for the retaining wall. About 300 I think. I was lucky to find a neighbor in Va. that just retired as a block layer in April. 72YOA but you would never know it. Did a bang up job at 1/3 of the price for a full time mason. Stair stepped the wall to conform to the landscape. I then formed up the caps and hand poured them. Took about a week for both sides to build the forms and pour. Tried to make all the steps about the same (2-1/2 blocks) so that I coould re-use the forms from one side to the other. Worked out pretty well. I guess I did a fairly good job as the mason stopped one day and asked where I bought the caps at. Ha. Ha. If you notice there are two step backs in the wall to the left. The first is the location for the generator and the second is for the propane tank. Each section is 4' deep. The generator section will have a roof built over it that will correspond to the look of the cabin. Regulations prohibit the same for the tank. I set them back so they wouldn't be struck by someone backing up to the basement door.
Then I switched my attention to back filling and laying the drain lines. I had the lines stubbed off at the basement end and water would sometimes saturate the block walls. Well I extended them on outside walls and ran additional ones on the inside walls to their intersection at the end of the walls where I tied them together and ran away from the cabin.
Well it is Mid Oct and a friend brought his dozier and we fine graded the yard surrounding the cabin to pitch the water away from the cabin. Also installed Sch 35-4" pipe from the basement to the well to run the well line through. The pump was something I didn't need right now as well as the septic. Had to save something to do later.
That little angel above the wall is my 5 YOA inspector Emily