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Owner-Builder Projects / Re: 20x30 in NE Wisconsin
« Last post by Nate R on October 12, 2020, 01:42:11 PM »
Don't worry, if you're like me this will just be the first of many little slips  :) Important thing is to not let it get to you, they happen, you've just gotta learn from them and move on. Looks like good progress so far.

Thanks! Definitely been trying to keep to the mantra: "I'm building a cabin, not furniture.." It doesn't have to go together perfectly, just pretty well.  d*
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General Forum / Re: Staircase roofing ideas...
« Last post by JRR on October 12, 2020, 10:54:01 AM »
I could with a #2 and sheet of paper ... but not too well on-line.  Perhaps someone else can lend a hand.
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General Forum / Re: Steel is currently cheaper than engineered lumber
« Last post by Adam Roby on October 11, 2020, 05:24:58 AM »
I wonder if this is because of a shortage of wood, due to Covid?  In my area, you can't find anything at the big box stores to build with.  Pressure treated lumber has been out for months.  With everyone staying how and not being able to travel for vacation, they're all staying home and building decks or whatever.  I had redone my decking in the spring at home and kept the old wood (previous owner did not use pressure treated so the ends all rotted).  I cut off the ends and built my daughter a small play house in the back yard.  This fall a section of stairs (platform area) at the cottage was in need of replacing but I couldn't find any wood locally to do the repair.  I had to dismantle part of her play house (mostly used some leftovers) to rebuild that section.  Once they replenish the stocks I'll have to remove and redo it all with pressure treated, but at least the concrete is poured and is safe for the winter.  My daughter was not too impressed but is understanding.
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General Forum / Re: Staircase roofing ideas...
« Last post by Adam Roby on October 11, 2020, 05:14:46 AM »
Rather than bending the plastic, it might be wiser to cut into strips and shingle the strips to approximate a "bow".  Would leak too badly to be a good house roof, but a walkway cover .... who cares!

I can't quite picture what that might look like.  Can you please do a rough sketch? 
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Referral Links / Re: Medeek Electrical Plugin
« Last post by Medeek on October 10, 2020, 11:59:55 PM »
Version 1.2.0 - 10.11.2020
- Added a "Refresh Licensee Data" button within the License tab of the Global Settings.

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General Forum / Re: Staircase roofing ideas...
« Last post by JRR on October 10, 2020, 03:30:32 PM »
Rather than bending the plastic, it might be wiser to cut into strips and shingle the strips to approximate a "bow".  Would leak too badly to be a good house roof, but a walkway cover .... who cares!
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General Forum / Re: buying land
« Last post by Adam Roby on October 10, 2020, 06:36:30 AM »
If you are far enough north and haven't committed to any land purchase, I can sell you my property at an extra special member's only price.  :)
I have a 7.5 acre lot in Churubusco NY.  No utilities, ROW access from a main road.  Since the pandemic I haven't been able to get down there to do any cleanup, so it has probably been taken over by nature by now.   

I have another lot up the street with a small cabin, haven't been there in a year now.  4 wheeler, tractor, trailer, camper, all in the back and I have no way of knowing if they are even safe... for all I know they have been stolen or the place has burned down.  Still no signs of the border opening up... so it will likely be another 6 months before I can get down there.
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Referral Links / Re: Foundation Plugin for SketchUp
« Last post by Medeek on October 09, 2020, 07:34:48 PM »
Version 1.6.2 - 10.09.2020
- Added a "Refresh Licensee Data" button within the License tab of the Global Settings.

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Owner-Builder Projects / Re: 20x30 in NE Wisconsin
« Last post by pmichelsen on October 09, 2020, 10:19:51 AM »
Then we found the gable end walls did NOT line up with the end truss……I had chosen to use math when framing instead of removing the trusses from their strapping and laying one down to use as a template….that was the wrong move. Had to fix the walls in place by removing the top plates and cutting some of the studs.

Don't worry, if you're like me this will just be the first of many little slips  :) Important thing is to not let it get to you, they happen, you've just gotta learn from them and move on. Looks like good progress so far.
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General Forum / Re: buying land
« Last post by NathanS on October 09, 2020, 06:53:46 AM »
The property is in NYS.

I found a parcel that has a perc done already.  It's going to require a  mound septic.  The perc test showed 1' of topsoil, then 1' of sandy loam, then mottled clay below that.  So the septic is going to need to be raise 18" - 24" above the native soil.  That doesn't seem like a deal breaker, it's a real nice piece of land, at a good price.  But I don't know much about septic systems.

No covenants, no restrictions, no sold mineral rights, no utility (or other) ROW.

Not sure what else to look for.

Sounds like Mardin/Volusia fragipan soil series.

You don't want to apply for a mound system, you want an engineer that will design a "shallow trench system" which may be what you're describing, that doesn't require any special approval.

If this property is in the Chenango/Otsego or surrounding area I can recommend a engineer.

For a shallow trench system you want your excavator to regrade the land - if you're on a slope, push the soil from behind the house in front of it to create the additional depth, without having to bring in too much fill. In 2016 a regular septic system here would cost 5k and a shallow trench 7.5k. A sand mound would be a disaster because of all the fill that needs to be brought in.


In another month or so you will see how wet the land gets if you're not in a rush to buy. Hardpan soils are fairly challenging, all things being equal I would go for soil series like Chenango, Valois, Howard, Lansing, Scio.. some of this is from a farming context though. Lots of variables.
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