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Referral Links / Re: Truss Calculators
« Last post by Medeek on Yesterday at 10:27:06 PM »
Version 3.0.4 - 10.23.2021
- Added error checking code into various HTML menus for roof and wall materials.
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Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on Yesterday at 12:29:51 PM »
Version 2.4.6 - 10.22.2021
- Added two additional advanced options for in-wall columns: Top Plt. Cut, Btm Plt. Cut.
- Added two additional parameters into the Columns tab of the global settings.
- Fixed a critical bug with the wall copy tool that was created with the prior update.
- Added error checking code into the rectangular wall edit menu for sheathing, cladding, and gypsum materials.
- Added error checking code into the window edit menu for the shutter material.



With the in-wall columns I've also changed the draw and edit tool so that the columns can be drawn at the end of the walls, there is no longer the one-stud limitation, not even sure why I added that in originally.
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General Forum / Re: 12' High Log Walls?
« Last post by NathanS on October 21, 2021, 07:08:32 AM »
Don P is the one that may be able to best answer that question or offer guidance.

Down the road from me is "Loknlogs," which has sold log cabin kits for years. I also watched one go up this summer. I think they pressure treat the logs for rot resistance, they seem pretty nice.

My thought is that the corner joints where the logs overlap will be responsible for resisting most of the outward thrust of the rafters - and the logs in the middle of that 20' length are going to have a substantial amount of lateral pressure pushing them outward. You could probably calculate the horizontal thrust to test for deflection, or even failure, of an 8' x 8' beam. I would think fully scribed logs or properly placed lengths of rebar through the logs helps transfer some of that pressure to the floor diaphragm, but I don't know that much about log construction.

I think the trick would be to make the ridge a load bearing beam, so that the rafters have no outward thrust. Otherwise it seems like the logs would be fine. Considering you have the means to raise all those logs for the walls, setting a heavy ridge beam is something you may already be set up to do.

Sounds like a cool project.
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General Forum / 12' High Log Walls?
« Last post by IHDiesel73L on October 20, 2021, 07:15:03 AM »
I'm going to be constructing a 16' x 20' guest cabin/office on my property.  No construction code to worry about, etc...  Cabin will be four season use, heated and cooled with an 18K BTU mini split supplemented by a wood stove.  Water and power will come from the main structure and waste will be tied into the existing septic system. 

I was initially thinking of building it exclusively from locust from my property but am leaning away from that just due to the logistics of taking down the amount of trees needed at once, etc...  I had a thought recently about buying wholesale logs and building a log cabin, which is not entirely unexpected since I grew up in one:





That's me on the floor at about four years old with my dad in the background-he and his cousin did most of the work.  My parents bought a kit through Lincoln Logs out of Lake George, NY and built that log Cape Cod about 35 years ago and are are still living there today.  They of course bought an entire kit complete with windows, doors, fixtures, etc...but I'm looking to put up a simple 16' x 20' box.  The catch is I need high walls in order to have a standup loft.  Any reason that I cannot stack 8x8 logs 12' high?  I would be using 8x12 locust beams from the property to support the loft and 8x10 locust rafters for the roof.  Here is a simple sketch:





I figure the process would be to anchor the first course of logs (with some kind of rot resistant sill underneath) to the concrete pad and begin stacking to build the 16' x 20' box.  At the the appropriate course the logs would be notched to accept the 8x12 locust loft beams, and then the stacking would resume to a height of 12'-0"  At that point the logs would be capped off with a locust 2x8 to provide a bearing surface for the 8x10 locust rafters.  The loft and ground floor flooring would be 5/4 locust boards.  Locust would be used wherever else it would be needed as trim, framing, etc...of which there will be minimal need.  Again, my biggest concern is building log walls this high-my parents' place only has log walls stacked to 8'-0" and then everything above is stick frame platform construction with log siding.  Thoughts?
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Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on October 18, 2021, 11:02:36 PM »
Version 2.4.5 - 10.19.2021
- Added a "Stud Ply" parameter to the Walls tab of the global settings.
- Enabled double and triple ply studs for rectangular walls.]





**!!! WARNING !!!**
This update will require that the user delete and recreate their wall presets for rectangular walls.  This update does not affect other wall presets or door and window presets.
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Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on October 18, 2021, 02:02:16 PM »
First look at a couple of multi-ply stud walls:



Now I just need to do some further testing to make sure all of the other algorithms work correctly with this type of stud configuration (ie. windows, doors, insulation, blocking).
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General Forum / Re: Wood Fired Hot Tub
« Last post by Turneka on October 13, 2021, 03:33:45 AM »
I`ve bought my fiberglass hot tub with external heater from this seller https://www.wildtubs.com/product-category/hot-tubs/ and using it already 5 years. Had no problems with it, No require any fixes or anything. So there is no doubt that wood fired hot tubs is a good choice.
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Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on October 12, 2021, 05:18:18 PM »
Version 2.4.4 - 10.12.2021
- Fixed a minor bug with trapezoid and pentagon windows when utilized with the "No Framing" mode.
- Enabled an option for "zero" start and end wall studs for all wall types.

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Owner-Builder Projects / Re: Okanogan 14x24 by a lurker :)
« Last post by OlJarhead on October 11, 2021, 09:47:54 AM »
Cool and it looks clean!  Out here they did a job and left a lot of slash which caused a beetle problem!



Meanwhile, I did this video to share our last cabin trip!
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Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on October 09, 2021, 09:14:40 PM »
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