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« Reply #225 on: February 09, 2008, 09:10:37 PM »
A SNOWMOBILE?  hmm

Sounds like fun.

You must be smokin' that money --  that's really fast.
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« Reply #226 on: February 13, 2008, 09:32:20 PM »
Could you use this, Don?

Snowmobile Forum

http://bb.bbboy.net/alaskagoldforum-viewforum?forum=5
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Re: My 14 x 26 plan
« Reply #227 on: February 13, 2008, 09:42:23 PM »
I dunno?  ???  I'll see. Thanks.

I ordered a Clymer manual to help me figure out the innards of the beast.

The guy I bought it from had a slightly newer and very much hot rodded one that would be worthy of the Hot Rod Page.... ported polished, triple cylinder with three individual tuned pipes... droool. Way too much power for me at this stage of my learning curve.


You seem to have an "alaska" thing going on....
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Re: My 14 x 26 plan
« Reply #228 on: February 13, 2008, 09:58:41 PM »
I joined the prospector forum, which is similar in quality to ours as far as helpfulness and etiquette goes.  I noticed other stuff we could use there and linked us to them in the building forum.

Here is a link to all of their forums in case you get an air boat or something.  They also have people from around the world on there.  Even Mongolia teaching us geology as it applies to gold mining...much of it is similar to my area and methods that can be used here.
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Re: My 14 x 26 plan
« Reply #229 on: February 14, 2008, 06:57:34 AM »
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Re: My 14 x 26 plan
« Reply #230 on: February 14, 2008, 07:04:01 AM »
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Re: My 14 x 26 plan
« Reply #231 on: March 02, 2008, 06:01:37 PM »
Two weeks ago I finalized the cabin plan, the layout, and started on the final construction drawings.  :)

So tonight we're sitting here and K. puts her book down. She's silent, just a little quiet throat clearing. Quiet. She's going to say something, I know it, but I remain quiet, studiously ignoring the indication that she has an idea about something.

Yep, there's a modification.  ::) The cabin gained 32 sq. ft. of interior space and lost the small porch. There may be a larger porch to come.

The plan will not be done until the place is built.  ;D
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« Reply #232 on: March 02, 2008, 07:15:06 PM »
As soon as you said the "F" word... finalized, I knew what you were going to say next.  There is never any question. d*
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« Reply #233 on: March 02, 2008, 07:19:33 PM »
I'll probably end up doing "as built" drawings, just in case I'm ever asked to produce the plans.  ;)
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« Reply #234 on: March 02, 2008, 07:28:04 PM »
Two weeks ago I finalized the cabin plan, the layout, and started on the final construction drawings.  :)

So tonight we're sitting here and K. puts her book down. She's silent, just a little quiet throat clearing. Quiet. She's going to say something, I know it, but I remain quiet, studiously ignoring the indication that she has an idea about something.

Yep, there's a modification.  ::) The cabin gained 32 sq. ft. of interior space and lost the small porch. There may be a larger porch to come.

The plan will not be done until the place is built.  ;D

So what's wrong with that?   ;D heh
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Re: My 14 x 26 plan
« Reply #235 on: March 02, 2008, 08:06:51 PM »
So what's wrong with that?   
???  I don't need any practice drawing.

I have to adjust my materials lists. Again.
It's a good thing I laid them out in an easy to modify spreadsheet.  :D
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« Reply #236 on: March 03, 2008, 02:49:50 AM »
So over the last two weeks the cabin is growing a bit over 2 sq. ft. per day.  By this time next year it will be a house, sometime after that a McMansion.  It's a vicious cycle  c*

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« Reply #237 on: March 03, 2008, 06:55:16 AM »
By this time next year it will be a house, sometime after that a McMansion.  It's a vicious cycle  c*
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Re: My 14 x 26 plan
« Reply #238 on: March 03, 2008, 03:38:20 PM »
MountainDon:

When I was designing my house I was my own worst enemy. I would have everything laid out to scale and then walk my wife through the floor plan and elevations. Great, she would say, I love it!

Then I would go off, think awhile, and come up with another idea. I'd draw that one up... Great, she would say, I love it!

Finally, about the 4th or 5th redesign, she asked if we were really going to build a house or just keep redesigning.

If I'd married someone more "visionary", or "fussy"  ;) - I might still be designing that house.
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Re: My 14 x 26 plan
« Reply #239 on: March 03, 2008, 07:29:22 PM »
Hi Don,

If I can distract from your adding on a bowling alley,  ;D  I have a couple of questions about your awesome gazeba.  First, did you end up using any kind of material to close it in for winter?  Second, does that chimenea warm up the area significantly? 

Thanks,

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« Reply #240 on: March 03, 2008, 10:07:23 PM »
Hi Pritch. Thanks for the kind words about our gazebo. We like it a lot too.

The chiminea has worked out quite well. It throws off a good amount of heat. The chimney draws well and never smokes back at us once it gets warmed. We're very pleased with the way it worked out.

No, we didn't do anything to enclose the gazebo over the winter. This is the first winter and we thought we'd just see how things went.  As it sits the aluminum screening  stood up to a couple good wind and rain squalls through the fall. We haven't been up since the snow in December. We got a snowmobile a short time ago to enable winter trips up there, but other things have conspired against us making us making the trip up.

We do have some roll down plastic "bamboo" shades on the south side and part of the east wall. They don't block out 100% of the wind but do cut down the drafts when it's cool out. They're also handy for shielding against the sun. You may not have noticed them but the below link has a view of the one on the east side. Scroll down to the first picture past the bear poo. 
http://countryplans.com/smf/index.php?topic=2335.msg35882#msg35882

Thanks for looking. Don

Dang! Looking back at my pictures makes me realize how much I miss being up there.  >:(
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« Reply #241 on: March 09, 2008, 03:44:41 PM »
Things came together today. We made a trip up to the property with the snowmobile. We drove the Jeep part way down the main forest road; about 2 miles south of the FS locked gate. The FS road was cleared by the pumice mine down the road. Ordinarily it's not easily passable in wintertime.

Our neighbor had made a pass down our road with his skid steer last week. We backed up the road a little ways and off loaded the Polaris.



We got our share of snow up there at 8700 feet  :)



The bird feeder sits on a 16 - 18" stump





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« Reply #242 on: March 09, 2008, 04:28:33 PM »
Looks cold to me Don. You can keep the snow. This is the first year that I remember that we haven't had out fair share of it.  I know we decided to share it with people that don't normally get snow.

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« Reply #243 on: March 09, 2008, 05:00:29 PM »
Things came together today. We made a trip up to the property with the snowmobile. We drove the Jeep part way down the main forest road; about 2 miles south of the FS locked gate. The FS road was cleared by the pumice mine down the road. Ordinarily it's not easily passable in wintertime.

Our neighbor had made a pass down our road with his skid steer last week. We backed up the road a little ways and off loaded the Polaris.


I hope I have a lot less at my place when I go up after the 14th of Mar. I will have the tractor with a snow blade to clear any if needed. Then I can get those posts in the ground to start building. Mark

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« Reply #244 on: March 09, 2008, 06:21:00 PM »
How was the snowmobile, Don?
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« Reply #245 on: March 09, 2008, 07:11:51 PM »
The snowmobile ran good.  :)  Once I remembered how the gas tank, on-off valve worked.  :(  backasswards from the ATV and motorcycles of the past.  Brain fade. Noisy sumbitch tho.

But that was okay, the faster we went the farther back behind the noise was.  ;D

The snow was good, firm enough to hold us up. 4 foot drifts in a couple places. There were also a few spots where the sun had melted through enough to leave bare dirt, but we got over those in a big hurry.

The hardest part of the whole thing is getting it off the trailer. It's a '94, no reverse. I'm thinking of getting a small ATV winch and mounting it to the trailer front end. Then I could pull it on backwards and drive it off. Have to figure out something for the windshield though. I imagine that sitting backwards it would be quite a drag at 70 mph and MTL be ripped off.  ::) 

I could also try that with one of my come-a-longs, but I left them both in the RV and forgot to pick them up before leaving.  d*  A dedicated snowmobile trailer might help as well. I have a plan in my head for one with a rotating bed; drive on, rotate, drive off. (I don't need another project.  d*)

Great news! The two small PV panels are working well enough that both batteries were as close to full charge as their age and previous abuse will allow!!

Also great news! The RV roof bracing works. There's enough snowload on top to compress the rear springs about an inch. Didn't mark/measure the front.

We couldn't see the trash trees, slash, etc. in the burn pile for all the snow on top.

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« Reply #246 on: March 09, 2008, 08:00:00 PM »
Sounds good, Don.  Woodpile still looks like wall material to me.
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« Reply #247 on: March 10, 2008, 05:48:52 AM »
Yeah, I agree it does look like a wall. Dunno if it'll ever be one though. The votes are split.


BTW, the temperature was 38 - 40 F
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« Reply #248 on: April 04, 2008, 04:33:51 PM »
OK! This is it!! I have closed the book on plan changes!

I am going to begin making the materials lists. I told K this was it. No further changes will be allowed to the basic structure, size, window placement, etc.  :o

 ::) ::) ::)

I'm going to wait a week or so before I actually begin compiling the list though.  8)
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« Reply #249 on: April 04, 2008, 04:46:37 PM »
Whatsa matter, Don.  Getting out of touch with your feminine side? hmm

Closed to changes -- who ever heard of such a thing? [crz]
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