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    Gold Member lutt's Avatar
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    Default Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Wish I could be there to help you burn, I like to burn brush piles. Espicially when the weather has been faverable for burning.This is a great thread, I love land clearing and cutting timber, the house build is gonna ice the cake. Looks like things are going fairly smooth for the time of year. Good luck,keep the pics coming and fire in the hole. LUTT

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    Default Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Fire-roasted weenies and beer at midnight! Priceless.
    "Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end ..."

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    Default Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Just heard the local weather forecast for Wednesday, heavy rain in the afternoon. Get it all burned tomorrow and the rain on Wednesday will put the remains out. The downside is you will have more mud to deal with. Rick

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    Default Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Yeah, heard that too... Good for keeping the fire safe, not so good for not making a mess. I might just leave my tractor over there tomorrow so as to not track a bunch of mud back down the private road. I hate leaving it sitting outside, but a few days won't hurt it.
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    Default Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Minor update. We did not burn today. Are planning to get it started tomorrow morning. Instead, we cut down a bunch more trees and have another, oh 30 tons of slash and stumps to burn tomorrow, not to mention another load of full length trees to haul. We plan to light the fire around 9am. I'm pretty sure that by the time the heavy rain arrives in the afternoon, it won't be putting out the fire!

    Btw, that load of logs tipped the scales at 91,000 lbs! Driver is trying to take the back roads as much as possible making the run to the mill. Almost like old school bootleg runs!
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    Default Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    pclausen,

    Well question, how was it determined to drill at that location. Was it predetermined there was water to be found?

    idaho2

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    Default Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Great question with a great answer! So when the well driller came out to check out the site, I told him approximately where I wanted to well. Proper setback from the road, distance from the house, etc.

    Now this guy has been drilling wells for 20+ years and is pretty much a 2 man operation. Anyway, we're walking through the woods, and he just grabs a branch off some random sapling, and snaps it into a Y resembling shape. He then peels back the bark back into "handles" at the tips of the Y that he will be holding, in such a way that the bark forms a spring suspension of sorts to the rest of the stick, if you will.

    He then walks very deliberately in straight lines towards the location I suggested and past them. Making passes about 60 degrees apart, so about 6 "marches" total. To my amazement, I could see the stick that he held very loosely in his hands in the bark "suspensions" clearly turn down towards the ground with varying intensity as he made his approaches. And no, his hands did not at all move with the stick. So after a few minutes, he determined the best spot as well as a 2nd and 3rd less favorite spot. They were all within 10 feet of each other. We went with his #1 spot.

    Being a big time skeptic of everything that cannot be scientifically proved, I jokingly asked him if dowsing really worked. He said that, over the last 20 years, having done about 800 wells, he had only drilled 2 or 3 dry ones. Sure, a few only flowed 3-4 gallons and he had to go down past 400ft, but still , that is a pretty impressive record, and this well was right up there. I mean you could hear the water flowing!

    Interestingly, the neighbor's lot is now on it's 2nd well. The first one dried up back in 2002 (I think that was the year) during the big drought we had. He had a new well dug, and they went to 400 ft before he got 3 gallons. Someone else drilled that well.

    Believe it or not.... I wish I had video taped it. It was so obvious how the stick would point down as he walked in his straight lines, and not his hands....
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    Default Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Haha. Yeah seems like dowsing is one of those things that you just have to suspend your disbelief for and go with it. Somehow it works.

    Glad to find a thread about building a house with superior walls for the foundation, as that is our current plan as well. Seems like a good product and system. So I'll be watching this with great interest! When do you plan to start the actual foundation excavation?

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    Default Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Weather permitting, foundation excavation will begin by the end of this week, or early next week. The walls are scheduled to be here next week. They were ordered Monday and lead time is typically 8 or 9 days.
    JD 5085M w/ H260 MSL Loader, Frontier AV20G Grapple, Frontier AP13G Pallet Forks, Woods BH1050 Backhoe, Woods SG100 Stump Grinder, Woods RM990 Finish Mower, Woods RB850 3 Way Hydraulic Blade, Woods LR108-2 Rake, Maschio H205 Tiller, Bush Hog 3209 Cutter, Vermeer 906 Chipper, Valby SGR76 3pt Grapple, Shaver 601H Post Digger, Tufline 8' Disc Harrow, Vicon Vari-Spreader MK-II 400, JD 45 16-3 Bottom Plow
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    Default Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I am really enjoying this thread, for several reasons! The fact that you get to use that beautiful new tractor in that environment is awesome! The pictures are just fantastic. I will be following this thread as you progress. I am a contractor in my second life and am very interested in how your contractor does with his timeline, especially at this time of year.
    Wishing you the best of luck with the weather and your contractor. Thanks for sharing.
    Mike
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    Just built a set of pallet forks for the loader.

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