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General Forum / Re: Can't get there from here. Crossing 20' stream?
« Last post by NathanS on Yesterday at 05:51:14 PM »
If you could truck/tractor materials across either during summer when the creek is low or winter when it's frozen, a seasonal cabin without easy access sounds nice for security when you're not there and solitude when you are.

Just for fun - Persians, Greeks, Romans all built pontoon bridges in antiquity.. they are still sometimes used today in the military and otherwise. Anchor your boat with the front facing up stream, lay planks across, tie it all together. Not a permanent solution but you could use it to get stuff across, potentially for cheap.
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General Forum / Re: Can't get there from here. Crossing 20' stream?
« Last post by JRR on Yesterday at 01:37:03 PM »
If allowed, the easiest would be an array of drain pipes covered with a few truck loads of large stone ... to get the water overflow shallow enough for the likes of a Jeep.  Will require an occasional cleaning.
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General Forum / One Story Cottage Roof Question
« Last post by maggiethecat on Yesterday at 12:16:01 PM »
Hi everyone, I am considering the One Story cabin. However I would like to change the roof pitch to 4/12 instead of what's on there. How would I accomplish this and are there instructions for this in the plans? Thanks!
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General Forum / Re: Can't get there from here. Crossing 20' stream?
« Last post by cbc58 on Yesterday at 11:50:30 AM »
We are lucky, in GA, to have several excellent State and Federal Parks.  I've visited only a few of them.

Just curious, having seen photos of Dukes Creek ... how do you compare to your creek?

The stream is very similar to Dukes Creek.  I've come across a number of lots like this and have always passed on them because you couldn't get to the other side without a hassle... if at all.  A lot of what you can do depends on where on the property it is and what can be seen from the road.   

Wonder if there is any kind of cork screw contraption out there that moves along a screw line...  bet someone has theorized that.  I did see some motor driven trams on a small scale.  They make trams for lake property that allow you to up and down a steep hill.   Another idea (which might not work) is to get a huge stone or cement block and drop it into the center of the stream using a huge excavator, and then run planks on either side.  The military I am sure has this type of access figured out... 
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General Forum / Re: Can't get there from here. Crossing 20' stream?
« Last post by JRR on Yesterday at 11:30:27 AM »
The bad ideas keep coming:  I have seen this somewhere;  a person set up a raft/boat that was pointed upstream.  The contraption was secured with cable that was anchored several (hundred?) feet away to point in midstream.  (A bend in the creek helps this concept)   The raft had a rudder and swung from one side of river to other using flowing water as propellant.
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General Forum / Re: Can't get there from here. Crossing 20' stream?
« Last post by JRR on Yesterday at 10:59:12 AM »
If it is to be a week-ender sort of place, and the water is suitable for crossing with hip-waders ... you might consider installing a temporary tow rig/cable and using a white water styled rubber raft. Those rafts can be pretty tough and you could walk away leaving nothing behind after each visit.
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General Forum / Re: Can't get there from here. Crossing 20' stream?
« Last post by JRR on Yesterday at 10:46:31 AM »
We are lucky, in GA, to have several excellent State and Federal Parks.  I've visited only a few of them.

Just curious, having seen photos of Dukes Creek ... how do you compare to your creek?
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Owner-Builder Projects / Re: Okanogan 14x24 by a lurker :)
« Last post by OlJarhead on Yesterday at 10:25:43 AM »
Next cabin trip this coming weekend!  No plans!  Just go, check the place out, hang out and enjoy it and who knows?  Maybe do some cleanup or just walk around and enjoy the place...no idea really :D

Meanwhile for those of you who want or have a sawmill for your cabin build, here is a mod you really want to do!
https://youtu.be/aXbZ2V4rhcU
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General Forum / Re: Can't get there from here. Crossing 20' stream?
« Last post by cbc58 on Yesterday at 10:11:51 AM »
JRR - thanks for the info and ideas.  That's a pretty interesting concept though I don't think I can put something in the stream bed (or would want to).   A contraption that rolls across with spoke wheels is a possibility but it would depend on a lot of factors.  That GA park is beautiful.

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General Forum / Re: Can't get there from here. Crossing 20' stream?
« Last post by JRR on Yesterday at 08:21:23 AM »
Your creek may be similar in flow to Dukes Creek in Georgia's Smithgall Woods State Park.  Four of their rental cabins/lodges are accessible only by crossing Dukes Creek.  There is an elevated foot bridge.  Other than that, you drive across the creek.  The paved roadway leads right up to one, of several, natural flat granite shelves along the creek.  They improved the situation by laying down reinforced concrete "planks" ... each approx. 12 ft. long by 1-1/2 ft. wide by several inches thick.  The planks are gapped by a few inches, this allows a good bit of water to flow below the top surface of the planks.  But usually there is a few inches of water flowing above the planks, making it look a bit treacherous. The girl passengers always scream as I dash across.  It can be a bit nervy crossing, but thinking rationally, you realize there is little risk of being swept downstream.  Unless the water gets high enough to hit the rocker panel, there is little sideways force.

You would think a photo of a car crossing the creek would be interesting.  But if you look at the Kazillion photos at their website ... not one such photo!  In fact, you have to look down over several photos to finally see just one of the pavement ending at waters' edge.

I wonder if you did something to improve the surface of your creek bed, you might not be wiser to design an open spoked wheeled wagon that can be guided along a steel cable, but pulled across with in-place pull ropes.  You might have to have steerable axles at each end, but other than that ... you might have a load bearing functional solution.  Just thinking.
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