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Offline MountainDon

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Re: 28 X 40 California Redwoods
« Reply #150 on: November 21, 2018, 03:05:28 PM »
Sorry to hear about being broken into.   I hope the perpetrators do get caught eventually.  The 2 guys that broke into our cabin were caught, we got lucky. One is serving time in a state pen while the other got off drugs and is working and making an attempt at restitution.
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Re: 28 X 40 California Redwoods
« Reply #151 on: November 21, 2018, 05:12:25 PM »
Sorry to hear about the break ins... its a topic that angers me to no end.

Has anyone ever build good hiding places to store stuff when you are away?
I was just thinking when I redo my cabin to add a fake wall, maybe 2' offset that is accessible by some hidden door, like move a sofa and press the wall and a hidden panel opens.  Keep all the expensive tool there.  If someone does break in, they might think you bring stuff in every time and not dig around too much.  Maybe lock the door but leave the curtains open, so when they look they see nothing, no electronics or tools, maybe make them think twice about breaking in if there is nothing worth while to steal. 

I have a small car port, planning on parking the tractor there.  Currently there is a huge pile of old wood.  I was thinking to build in a hiding place for the generator in there, and make it look like a big pile of old wood, but lift up on a specific plank and the lid opens to reveal the hidden genny.  Some of you must have implemented some of these techniques before?

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Re: 28 X 40 California Redwoods
« Reply #152 on: November 22, 2018, 09:17:32 AM »
The new basement that I'm adding will be my secure storage, and where I keep all of my tools.

But I'm doing a hidden wall like you're suggesting at my home, behind it is where I will store my gun safe and other valuables. I have a built in bookcase designed that will open with a small room behind it.

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Re: 28 X 40 California Redwoods
« Reply #153 on: November 28, 2018, 06:49:22 AM »
Spent the weekend up at the cabin and finally had a chance to go through everything and really see what was taken. Looks like it was about as I expected:

Blower, line trimmer, battery charger, gas cans, 2 cycle mix, tree pruning equipment, etc.

They also took random stuff like a roll of big contractor debris bags.

It seems like one of the main targets in the garage was my Yamaha Zuma. I didn’t feel like insuring it anymore so I’ve kept it up there to mess around and do stupid stuff with. I had a cable running through the rear tire that was locked to the frame and I parked it with the steering locked to one side. They cut through the cable but weren’t able to break out the ignition to free the steering. Looks like they used a jigsaw we had in the garage to try and cut the ignition. Never ceases to amaze me what thieves will do. Oh and they stole the shroud that covers the battery for the Zuma.

They messed with my Bobcat a little bit, but I have a lock especially designed for skid steers on it, so they really couldn’t do much there.

After my buddy’s son was up there it looks as though they came back as the latch that locks the garage was so mangled I could barely get the padlock out. I’m guessing they were coming back for the Zuma.

I replaced the latch and added a second one to the other side of the door.  I also added a bunch of blocking to reinforce the door, at the end of the day if they really want to get in they’re gonna get in, hopefully this is a big enough deterrent.

When I’m up there for NYE, I’ll bring the Zuma home, repair it and sell it.

They didn't steal either of our plug in electric blowers so I used one of them to clean off my roof, let me tell you that will be the last time I use one of those. A little too dangerous with the cord being a trip hazard, I had to watch myself very carefully so that i didn't end up over the side, with the deck gone it's a lot farther to fall.

All in all it wasn't too bad, and we still had a good trip. My daughter did great on her first long car ride (was about four hours) and seemed to acclimate to cabin life quickly.

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Re: 28 X 40 California Redwoods
« Reply #154 on: December 01, 2018, 02:23:53 AM »
So sorry about your break ins. I'm lucky that I haven't had that problem, at least not yet. I do keep a couple of trail cams there - one in plain sight, one more hidden. At least that way I know when I've had visitors. We're off-grid with no cell coverage, but at our new place and eventual retirement home, I have a couple Blink cams installed and I get alerts with video whenever there's motion detected. Definitely worth the couple hundred bucks.

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Re: 28 X 40 California Redwoods
« Reply #155 on: June 01, 2019, 10:18:17 AM »
Spent Memorial Day weekend up at the cabin, I switched jobs a few months back and went from unlimited PTO to five days a year. So my cabin work time will be greatly reduced, but I was able to start digging out for the new foundation/basement. Still have about 2/3 of the way to go and I'll need to dig the perimeter another foot deeper for a footing, but it's a start. The plan is to head up again in a few weeks and dig the rest.

All in all it wasn't too bad digging. I started out at the edge and dug a trench to my final depth for the slab floor, and then just started digging my way under the cabin. When my buddies saw these photos the light bulb clicked on as to what I did last year. They all had trouble grasping why I had installed the temporary posts so deep.






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Re: 28 X 40 California Redwoods
« Reply #156 on: August 14, 2019, 01:34:07 PM »
Work has been slow on the new foundation, with the new little one it's not quite as easy to just go away for the weekend and work. I was able to sneak up one weekend in July and my father came up to lend a hand. I had him man the Bobcat while I dug, it worked out pretty well, and I think we were able to get about 90% of the digging complete. I didn't want to remove too much dirt before I'm ready to pour, starts to get a little sketchy working under there.

The plan is to head up for Labor Day and finish digging, form the footing, and pour the footing the Tuesday following Labor Day. After that I'll be able to set forms for the stem walls and then get those poured. I probably won't pour the floor until next year, but as long as I get everything framed in this year I'll be happy. We've been working on getting all of the rebar cut and bent ahead of time, so hopefully getting the footing ready will go quickly.

I was also able to finally get my posts for the gazebo welded up, I'm hoping to pour the footings for those when I do one of my foundation pours.









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Re: 28 X 40 California Redwoods
« Reply #157 on: August 15, 2019, 08:38:59 AM »
I can sympathize with slow progress.  I'm planning on getting back out to finish the roof next week.  It's like watching a glacier flow...
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Re: 28 X 40 California Redwoods
« Reply #158 on: September 05, 2019, 05:26:11 PM »
Well it was another productive work weekend up at the cabin, got up there Friday night around 11:00, took a bit longer since I was towing the trailer and I saw many people towing being pulled over so I set the cruise control at 55 and parked in the slow lane the whole drive.

I spent Saturday and Sunday digging out more to prep for my footings, the goal this trip was to pour the footings that my stem wall will sit on. Monday I had to do a bit of final trimming to fit the forms in just right, but we got all of the forms and rebar in place. I was ready for my concrete Tuesday morning, or so I thought. Before dinner we spent time getting everything cleaned up so that the next morning our focus would just be pouring concrete. After we got everything cleaned up I noticed one of the forms seemed off a bit. Pops and I talked about it a bit and he shrugged it off saying our footing was 18” and the stem wall is 8” so we had some wiggle room. I was tired and hungry so I brushed it off and made dinner.

After dinner I went back out to take final measurements so that I could confirm the amount of concrete I needed in the morning with the yard. Once out there with a clean head I looked at the form I felt was off again. It was way off. I grabbed my plumb bob and took some measurements, immediately I realized what had happened. When we were setting one of the forms we measured 13” the wrong way, so one of my footings was out 8” the wrong way which put all of my vertical rebar way out of line. So all Monday night I couldn’t sleep thinking I might have to call off the concrete to fix this mistake. Which would have made this a wasted trip really, as I took a day off specifically to pour concrete (I only get 5 vacation days a year and the concrete company is only open on weekdays).

Tuesday morning as soon as their was enough light to see I said **** it, I’m fixing this. Concrete was due to arrive at 8:15am, I started working around 6:45am. With 20 minutes to spare I got everything dialed in and back in line. Also lucked out and had an amazing driver that was willing to think outside the box and we were able to chute everything in. I thought I was going to have to wheel barrow some of the concrete to the back footings.

Now on my next trip I will extend my verticals up add in horizontals and then build forms to pour the walls. For the walls I will be hiring a pumper so it will be a whole lot easier. All that I will have to do is run the vibrator and screed/edge the top of the walls. This project is getting closer.

I'll post some more pictures after I visit my parents this weekend. My mom took a bunch of photos, and she was also a huge help looking after our daughter with my wife.

Onto the photos:

I'm not shrinking I just keep digging deeper:



A foredog's job isn't easy:



Concrete (the piece embedded behind the verticals is a keyway that will act as a water stop when I pour the stem walls):





 

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Re: 28 X 40 California Redwoods
« Reply #159 on: September 18, 2019, 08:46:35 AM »
Heading up the first weekend in October on the list of things to accomplish:

- Strip the forms from my footings
- Get my horizontal and vertical rebar in place for the walls
- Form three of the walls
- Move one of my temporary posts that ended up being right in the way
- Setup a game plan to form the last wall

If I get all of that done in two days I'll be one happy camper. After that I will shoot to get back up there at the end of October to dig out the dirt against the existing cabin foundation, form the last wall against the existing foundation, and then pour the walls. It's amazing how fast the money seems to disappear as I'm buying materials for this "little" project. It's going to feel real good to have this one wrapped up, though I'm not going to pour the floor until sometime next year.

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Re: 28 X 40 California Redwoods
« Reply #160 on: October 07, 2019, 05:53:44 AM »
Another successful weekend working at the cabin, unfortunately I wasn’t able to get away as early as I had anticipated on Friday so I didn’t get up there until 9:30pm Friday night. However my dad had gone up Thursday afternoon, so he was able to get things prepped for us (stripped the forms on the footing, got batter boards in place, etc). So Saturday morning we were able to hit the ground running. The first thing we did was to move one of my temporary posts so that it was more out of the way. Then my dad started tying rebar while I built the forms.

I’m using snap ties coupled with Jahn A brackets to hold the walers, so far I’m liking this method. It makes putting a wall together go pretty quick. Especially since I had predrilled all of the holes in my plywood, so all I had to do was cut the plywood to the height I want my wall, oil, and set into place. What made it even better was that my wall is five feet on one side and three on the other. So one cut and I have to halves of the form ready to go.

I’m planning one more trip at the end of the month to dig out along the existing cabin foundation and form the final wall. Then I will pour the walls, but as I mentioned I’m hiring a pumper for that, so I’ll just be running the vibrator.

Here are some pictures from the weekend…

Half of the forms in place with snap ties, and the rebar for the tall part of the wall:





My dad tying rebar on the lower sections of wall:



Starting to set the forms on the inside:



Forms for the three walls pretty much complete:







A look at the snap ties and rebar:



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Re: 28 X 40 California Redwoods
« Reply #161 on: November 06, 2019, 05:21:28 AM »
Another successful trip and pour up at the cabin.

The goal for the weekend was to dig out the fourth wall (against the existing foundation) epoxy rebar into the existing foundation, build my grid, form, and then pour all of the walls. Well my dad was concerned that I was too ambitious and we wouldn’t be able to do all of that in two days. So he went up a few days early and knocked out what he could by himself. He even spent his 72nd birthday up there by himself working.

We got everything knocked out and I even had time to clean up the grounds and do other maintenance I’ve been putting off the last few months.

Monday morning the pumper showed up at 8:15 and the concrete truck got there around 8:40. By 9:30 both the pumper and the truck were doing there washouts and heading down the road. Couldn’t have gone better, all I had to do was run the vibrator and then screed/trowel the top. Feels good to have this one done. Still to do will be to pour the floor and frame the walls the rest of the way up.

Some pics of the process:













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Re: 28 X 40 California Redwoods
« Reply #162 on: November 06, 2019, 05:10:05 PM »
 :)   Doing good.

Any fires near you?
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Re: 28 X 40 California Redwoods
« Reply #163 on: November 13, 2019, 09:04:59 AM »
:)   Doing good.

Any fires near you?

Closest fires were about an hour and a half south of me. Spent part of the weekend cleaning all of the roofs and doing some defensible space clearing. I'll do a bit more over Thanksgiving, but CalFire knows us and knows that I keep the area clear so they've told me if there is a fire they will do their best to defend it. It also helps that we're on the river.

 

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