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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #125 on: October 24, 2008, 05:21:08 PM »
Done for the winter.  Thanks for all the helpful feedback and ideas!!!


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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #126 on: October 24, 2008, 07:26:55 PM »
Looks great Curt and glad we could be of assistance.  You have just made some bear a happy camper this winter. heh
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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #127 on: November 09, 2008, 05:56:27 AM »
Curt, how did you install the ridge cap for the metal roofing? Did you work it from one end to the other and stradle the ridge? Pete
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« Reply #128 on: November 09, 2008, 08:29:30 AM »
Yep.  Just started at one end and worked towards the other, stradling the ridge as I went. 


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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #129 on: November 09, 2008, 08:33:10 AM »
Now that you mentioned it, that is how I did the one on my RV garage with a 12/12 roof.  I wasn't concerned about scratching the sheeting either as I used rusty old corrugated metal for that ancient look.
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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #130 on: November 09, 2008, 08:58:08 AM »
Thanks for the info and the picture. That is what I thought. Did you rope yourself off????
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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #131 on: November 09, 2008, 10:30:08 AM »
Roped off, but it was a little tricky.  Roped off to one side and I hoped, that if I fell, it was down the right side.

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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #132 on: January 18, 2009, 12:03:55 PM »
It's been a couple of months.  Hope everyone is well. Can't stay away all winter.  What are you guys using to heat your projects while working in the winter?

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« Reply #133 on: February 07, 2009, 12:39:13 PM »
Is anyone working on their projects over winter?  What are you guys using to heat your projects?  Or am I the only one that hasn't installed his fireplace?

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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #134 on: February 07, 2009, 12:56:58 PM »
Winter is time to catch up on some of the at home projects neglected over the spring, summer & fall.

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« Reply #135 on: February 08, 2009, 03:38:51 AM »
I have been trying to get some things done on the inside since we have 3 feet of snow on the ground. Thankfully I am off of a road that the State maintains and plows. I got some insulation done, most of the loft floor done and the stairs built. Pete
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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #136 on: February 08, 2009, 09:30:29 AM »
Going to do the electrical and insulation this month.  I was going to install a plastic vapor barrier over the insulation, but I noticed some guys have paper backing on their insulation.  Does this suffice as a vapor barrier? 

On an unrelated note regarding cedar siding - does the outside window and corner trim go on before or after the siding?

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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #137 on: February 08, 2009, 09:50:16 AM »
Pete I think we have just drifted onto Alberta Curts original posting.  Sorry Alberta I was just following suit.  You can blame it on Pete.  ;D.  I will try to re-direct my responses to the N.Pa. site.  Opps.

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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #138 on: February 08, 2009, 02:52:05 PM »
Sorry, I didn't mean to Hijack your thread. I moved it over to my thread. Pete
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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #139 on: February 09, 2009, 07:12:41 AM »
Is anyone working on their projects over winter?  What are you guys using to heat your projects?  Or am I the only one that hasn't installed his fireplace?

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Some are working in the cold.  BK has tried some heaters - propane shop heaters I think - but they are not melting the ice inside his house so it still has to be cold --
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« Reply #140 on: February 22, 2009, 07:56:26 AM »
Another question.........

I'm going to get started on the loft railing soon.  I had planned on the design below.  Has anyone constructed a similar design and are there any issues with privacy in the loft? 

The other option I was considering was a pony wall.


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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #141 on: February 22, 2009, 11:53:54 AM »
I can see the issue of privacy being an issue "depending upon" the people involved. With younger kids probably not an issue unless the sounds, light, etc from below keeps them from being able to get to sleep while the older folks are still up.


If the space is for occasional guests, the lack of privacy may help keep them in the occasional category.   ;)
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« Reply #142 on: February 22, 2009, 01:50:10 PM »
Curt not exactly sure of your floor plan but it appears to be a catwalk(right) from the stairs with the main room off to the left aginst one wall(ceiling).  Correct me if I am wrong but the only privacy that you will need will be  the view from the ground floor?  There are several options available.  A pony wall as you state, a couple set of bifold window shutters, Frosted solid or design etching in glass or plexiglass.  The list goes on.  But I would think of a screen effect before something permanent.  I mean something that could be changed fairly easy and not take away from the big picture. 

As for my loft I am not putting anything. Of course my two loft rooms are at 90 deg from each other so the short log wall extension will block 75% of the view from one to the other. I have the fireplace flue in front of the one loft and the loft bathroom wall to the other looking from the living room   I guess if one would want complete privacy they could change in the bathroom or out in the woods.  ;D

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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #143 on: February 22, 2009, 04:18:02 PM »
Glenn, your happy bear camper comment under the photo of the large opening to the house was hilarious  rofl

Alberta, the place is coming along really nice!  :) 
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« Reply #144 on: February 22, 2009, 09:43:36 PM »
I was just thinking it looked inviting... if I was a bear.
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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #145 on: February 23, 2009, 07:14:38 AM »
It looks like opening of a  "4 STAR" bear cave.

Alberta...looks you you guys got some good work accomplished this winter. Can't wait to see spring progress!  :)
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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #146 on: February 24, 2009, 04:37:55 PM »
Thanks for the feedback everyone.  Our plan is to go with the railing.  didn't want to mislead anyone, the last picture I posted was not our cabin, rather the style of loft railing I wish to have.  I wish mine looked that good.  Oh....and I dind't leave the doors off for the winter!!!  No bears spending the winter in my place - yet.


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« Reply #147 on: April 10, 2009, 03:53:48 PM »
Does anyone know if a ground rod is required for solar power/generator?  If required, what size of ground wire?  I thought I'd ask before calling the inspection group on Monday.

Any insight would be appreciateed

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Re: 1 and 1/2 Story 20x30 Alberta Cottage - Pictures Added
« Reply #148 on: April 10, 2009, 04:41:47 PM »
Grounding for a PV system is required by the NEC. In fact there are several groundings, which do you mean? The PV panels/array? AC/DC? The distribution panel? Other equipment? Is this a stand alone or a grid tie system?

Array panel grounding requirements depend on location of panels; ground level, pole or roof top; some require GFCI protection.

The DC side ground can usually be 6 AWG, bare or green only. There are a few cases where the DC ground must be the same size as the battery cables.

The AC side will be the same as any regular grid tied power system.
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« Reply #149 on: April 10, 2009, 05:41:15 PM »
Wow.  I don't know the answers to most of those questions, other than its off the grid.  I was only referring to the electrical within the cabin as I wasn't going to be installing the panels and equipment until next summer.

I think I have some homework to do.........

Thanks for your quick feedback.