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General Forum / Re: Can I change the Little House plans to 16x24?
« Last post by Don_P on Today at 04:46:26 PM »
Smiley's, tags, its all gone here.

Knowing our driveway, you'll get a kick out of this. We had a pretty good snow a week ago. With Michelle still not 100% after knee and hip work, hiking in snow was out. I had already made backup plans. This is my email to my Sis.

Trying manual entering quote tags
We got Michelle down to the road and off to work today. I got plowed out and back up to the house, ran a load down to her car and came back up for her. ZZ Top was playing the "How how how" song as we loaded her on the armrest of the dozer, I spun it around and presented the sorta plowed 30% grade. "Have Mercy" left her lips, and away we went  :D

edit; Well, that worked at my end, trying img tags, I had no joy on this the past 2 days

Sawed these posts out last week for a shed, one is a corner post the other a midwall post.  Horizontal boards will stack in the grooves.

Hmm, still no joy there. The tags and img link are all here in the reply window but nothing in the viewed thread. That's what I keep getting.
General Forum / Re: Can I change the Little House plans to 16x24?
« Last post by MountainDon on Today at 04:30:42 PM »
;D   :)   :(   ;)
General Forum / Re: Can I change the Little House plans to 16x24?
« Last post by MountainDon on Today at 03:25:24 PM »
Hmmm.. The smileys have disappeared. ???  I have the keystrokes for that one memorized....  The icons for them are not displaying; that needs to be addressed.
"Thumbs Up" to Don_P

General Forum / Re: Can I change the Little House plans to 16x24?
« Last post by Don_P on Today at 10:59:47 AM »
It looks like I'm talking to myself. So to continue a conversation with the smartest man I know.
This is a perspective view from my first plan attempt.

This is non prescriptive but goes a long way to meeting the intent of the foundation requirements in the code. There is a braced "core" that anchors the building and through the floor diaphragm, the piers that support the rest of the structure. I have built this and it works. I wouldn't do it there there are high winds, seismic, etc. In this particular instance the building official chose to require an engineer if we went that route.

The quick calculus in my head was to think about whether it was smarter to hire the engineer to say I was right. Or, would that cost about the same as putting in a full basement.

Here's what we built;

and a good bit of the rough framing exposed in this shot
The end rafters are not in yet. count from the right hand rafter going left, you have a good sightline on rafters 3 &4. trace them down to the wall, notice they "stack" directly over the wall studs. You cannot see the 16' floor joists on the main and loft floors but they are also in exactly the same plane as the rafters. Everything "stacks" wood on wood over wood whenever possible.

Ahh, my feet have finally returned, off to the shop.
A little 2nd hand knowledge of exactly that, and in that area. An engineer's seal was the path forward, they chose a different direction.  You've obviously got plenty of vertical capacity. Weak in lateral bracing, racking, so that needs to be developed in the design somewhere.
I have been researching building with vertical logs on the the internet and was lead here through a pinterest link.

Some background:
We are purchasing 30 acres in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan.  25 or so acres are wooded with pine that was replanted in rows decades ago, the other 5 are hardwoods.  The pine trees are tightly spaced but look to me to be easily large enough to build with.

I am trying to find plans to build a vertical log cabin that will pass muster with a building inspection.  Something around 800-1000 square feet.  The plan would be to use logs harvested from the property.  I am hoping the folks here can help point me in the right direction.

Help!  and thank you!
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: Okanogan 14x24 by a lurker :)
« Last post by Adam Roby on Yesterday at 06:36:29 PM »
+1 liked.

That would make a beautiful electric guitar. 
General Forum / Re: Dog damage to wooden door
« Last post by Adam Roby on Yesterday at 06:23:48 PM »
I have not been impressed recently with the quality of metal traps sold at the big box stores, most of the time I just go with the PVC ones assuming it's in a place that isn't visible. They too are thing, but I find they hold up and seal better than the tinfoil ones.

I would have preferred replacing it all with PVC, but I wasn't sure how to marry it all together.  All the PVC that was there was glued so much it could not be removed without a saw, and there was no room to cut and then reattach anything without opening up a wall.  I may remove it all and do it over come spring, see how well the silicone is holding up.
Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on Yesterday at 05:40:57 PM »
Version 2.7.0 - 01.23.2022
- Enabled custom materials for cavity insulation.

This update was per customer request.
General Forum / Re: Can I change the Little House plans to 16x24?
« Last post by Don_P on Yesterday at 03:57:54 AM »
This is non prescriptive but is using methods that I believe an engineer could seal if the building inspector required it. The posts rise from large piers (overturn resistant wide). The posts rise, unbroken from pier to top wall plate. The wall sheathing provides bracing for the posts. This is "post frame construction". At 16' wide you can make it with 2x12 joists and no mid girder or piers. That can be done either way, weigh foundation costs vs bigger framing costs.

Hmm, image isn't posting for me, this is where I've put the file;

Saw another pic while filing that. This is a 16x28 we built a couple of years ago. We sawed all the framing, floor and roof sheathing and siding for this job. It is on a full basement which put the washer/dryer, water heater, heater, etc down there.
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