Friday, September 22, 2006

Log Home Update: Part 43: Multitasking

After my wife and I spent a few days settling into our Adirondack cabin, I went back to work on the log home this week. That’s the primary reason I’ve not been posting during the week.

I found lots of progress was being made on a multitude of areas. While I was busy with the move out of NJ, the kitchen cabinets and all the fixtures for the bathrooms were delivered. Several projects, insulation, varnishing ceiling boards, and wiring were begun. Rob brought his bulldozer up and graded the property.

This week:
The propane tank, a thousand pounder, was installed by the heating company. They should be back soon to actually connect that bad boy to the heating system. And that will be welcome news if the weather keeps getting chilly.

Insulation in ceiling 01
Adam insulated the cathedral ceiling…
Insulation in gable walls.
…and the gable walls.
I did the laundry room…but I didn’t take a picture of it.

Adam and the wires
Adam continued to chase the wires for the alarm system, electrical system, phone system and smoke and CO detectors. There is close to a mile of electrical wire alone in the house.

Polyurathane gets applied
Darryl (Don’s brother-in-law) and Braun (Adam’s wife) worked daily to varnish (actually polyurathane) the tongue-and-groove boards that will become the ceiling. A mass production system in the basement made it possible to do forty boards a day. (That includes sanding the raw boards, applying a first coat, a light sanding once that dries and then a final coat. Drying racks and heaters helped speed things up.

Drying rack
Two drying racks like this half-filled one held close to forty boards from 10 to 16 feet long.

Don worked on completing the plumbing and laying out the upstairs bedroom. This bath requires a platform under the shower, tub and toilet since the floorboards also form the ceiling for the first floor.

The week ended with a visit by the building inspector who okayed the rough wiring. Now those boards can be applied to the ceiling and sheetrock can be installed.


Anonymous said...

Whoo hoo! I always look forward to your updates.

Gun Trash said...

A mile of wire? At the price of copper wire today that's a small fortune right there! Just last Friday I picked up another 250' of 12/2 for this garage project and was shocked, flabbergasted, dismayed, etc. etc., at how much the price has risen since I bought the a similar roll about a year ago. $45 higher! Unbelievable.