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Owner-Builder Projects / Re: My 15.75 x 30 Jemez Cabin
Last post by MountainDon - April 30, 2022, 04:43:01 PM
Another year, another fire... with others in between 2017 and today.

Last Friday, the 22nd, a fire started 1 mile south of us. The winds were exceptionally high that day, with gusts recorded to 62 mph. By some combination of hard work spent thinning trees, removing ground clutter and maintaining a more or less clear ground area around the cabin and plain dumb luck and good fortune, our cabin did not burn. Pretty amazing!  The two sheds burnt as did the screened gazebo. The fire was hot enough to melt the chiminea in the gazebo. A couple of other cabins on neighboring lots burnt to the ground. Going by the pictures we were sent the fire was on the ground and did not jump to the tree tops. We cannot go for a look ourselves as the area is still considered an active fire. Overnight it grew from 7,000 acres to 15,000 as it moved eastwards away from our location.

By some strange coincidence, after much thought, Karen and I had decided that very morning that we would list the property for sale. At 3:30 in the afternoon the fire broke out. It is now over 7000 acres and still burning. Poor timing. The market is so hot right now it would have likely sold within days.




General Forum / Re: Garage Ideas
Last post by Don_P - April 29, 2022, 09:51:30 PM
Having just poured 2 and staring at a third, get the power trowel! My arms were screaming after the first one. I sent everyone home after placing and did the second myself with the power trowel. Yes if he is close and sawing, and can do 22', get him to make a nice straight screed and go full width. You will need a couple of guys with rakes tending that long screed, that's 4 minimum. Rent a bull float as well and used it immediately behind the screed then get off it till the bleed water evaporates and it can take the power trowel.

I was using some poplar framing we sawed today. With plywood prices we're doing diagonal board sheathing. Basically higher grades, if not siding or trim, down to #2 is framing. If a log opens up ugly we start sawing 1x sheathing. A roof allows a minimum of #3 sheathing, a wall can use as low as #4. We tend to be more like a grade above each category and #4 is kindling but that gives an idea of a potential log sort and uses.

You bring up a good point. A prescriptive foundation is based on frost heave potential, as is a frost protected. If someone is in a gravel pit or obvious no frost heave potential, depending on frost depth locally, it may be worth having a geotech look at it in terms of a shallower foundation.
Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
Last post by Medeek - April 28, 2022, 08:12:44 PM
Version 2.8.6 - 04.28.2022
- Added the CMU CORE framing mode for concrete block wall construction that includes sheathing, cladding and gypsum.

I've had quite a few requests recently for a CMU option that also included all of the sheathing and cladding options.  This new update hopefully addresses that need.
Referral Links / Re: Foundation Plugin for Sket...
Last post by Medeek - April 28, 2022, 01:01:51 PM
So I drew this with the column and new grade beam module:

My oldest son then asked me, "What is it?"

My answer was, "I don't know, it's whatever you want it to be."
General Forum / Re: Garage Ideas
Last post by NathanS - April 28, 2022, 09:52:10 AM

That little tractor-backhoe can dig! Some final checks and then hoping to backfill before rain on Monday.

There is an exception in the code for "ancillary structures" that allows a 600 sq ft slab without frost protection. Well, by removing all the expansive soil and backfilling with clean round stone I have eliminated 2 of the 3 requirements for heave. But it's not in the code, so it's not real!  d*

I am really tempted to try to pour the slab with my wife and dad. I was looking at some YouTube's ;) and a super plasticizer appears to take the backbreaking aspect out of it. I wonder if I screwed a few boards together we could screed the whole 20' width at once or better to do 10-12' widths at a time? Anyone want to talk me out of it? My neighbor is cutting all my framing lumber and offered to help, he has done a few slabs and wants me to rent a power trowel.

The plan is a 20x30 main area slab with no posts in the middle, 16' wide garage door (portal framed), 2' of block and then 8' framing for 10' ceilings. Both sides are getting 10' wide lean-tos. I am orienting the ridge mostly East-West with the idea that we will put solar panels on it for a grid-tie with battery backup system. Can't bring myself to put panels on the standing seam main house.
Referral Links / Re: Truss Calculators
Last post by Medeek - April 27, 2022, 08:16:14 PM
Version 3.1.4 - 04.27.2022
- Fixed a minor bug with the advanced options for scissor trusses.
- Updated the scissor truss module so that raised heel trusses are properly rendered/drawn.

General Forum / Re: Offgrid Home for sale
Last post by MountainDon - April 26, 2022, 08:32:57 PM
The closest category we have here would be the "Land, Buy, Sell, Find" topic. I think you could post there.

Your place?
Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
Last post by Medeek - April 26, 2022, 05:16:09 PM
Medeek Wall Plugin Tutorial 29 - Why a Wall Plugin?
General Forum / Offgrid Home for sale
Last post by Dave Sparks - April 26, 2022, 01:08:21 PM
It has been some time and I wanted to ask where I could post a link to a home I have for sale please.
Thx.  --Dave
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: 20x 30 1 1/2 story- in Lac...
Last post by sharbin - April 26, 2022, 09:50:52 AM
Quote from: sharbin on April 26, 2022, 09:00:12 AMThanks MountainDon.
I will try to follow your instructions, although I do not see any "ADD FILES" button, but I will figure it out  ::)
I just saw the "Help" section that shows where the "ADD FILES" button is located.... However, I do not see that... I only see "PREVIEW" and "POST" buttons.
I am using Chrome browser on a ChromeBook... maybe that is the culprit.