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

    We have that thread already.

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/related-topics/267509-so-whats-everyone-drinking-tonight.html
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    To that good advice I would add that the vent piping should be cleaned out periodically. You can buy tools to do this, or disassemble if that works.

    To some extent, the amount of lint that...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Liquid fabric softeners do leave congealed gunk behind, at least the brand my Mom is addicted to does. :laughing: I could see hair and fabric lint collecting on that.

    Stu, I thought the pic you...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Stu,

    You could replace the trap with a cleanable trap--if that isn't one. Use the cut where that fernco is installed to put in a clean-out wye?
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    The house is shaping up. The fascia trim looks much better. Sorry about the shipping bolts and nail through the drain pipe--you'd think they could miss that.

    Anyways, getting your Mom moved in is...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Peter;

    Thanks for the stump grinder video, I see how it works with the swinging action now.

    I am just beginning a 15-18 acre woods-to-pasture project this summer. Next year will be the year for...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Peter;

    What do you think of the Woods stump grinder? How does it get re-positioned for the next pass on the stump?

    I have a bunch of stumps in my future and I am wondering what your take on...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I think I can picture it.

    There would be two lengths of angle iron, both parallel to the door rail. They would be bolted to the two trusses that bracket the end of the door rail. One of those...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    The garage door hangers look pretty much standard fare to me. They look "bent" I think because they had to anchor them in the nearest truss to the end of the rail maybe?

    I'm impressed you got that...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    No, it's not "Deere". To be correct the sentence should end with "John Deere tractors." :) But that's not the way I talk. :D

    I'm sure he doesn't want the column removed, but he would like it even...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Maybe. One thing is for sure, concrete block columns are cheaper to repair than John Deeres.
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    It would be because now, the dumpster truck cannot get reasonably straight in front of the dumpster. His pulling cable would be at a 45* angle and probably not made for that alignment.

    I bet the...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I see they are still at it. Check out these classified ads for "kueche" (kitchen sets): Kueche Küche - neu und gebraucht kaufen und verkaufen
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Peter,

    The easy install (and uninstall) of kitchen cabinets from Ikea goes back to their European roots where it is/was not uncommon for the kitchen cabinets and appliances to be treated just like...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Our kitchen wall cabinets go to our 8'-6" ceiling. It just stuff up there that we seldom use but don't want to part with. Let the kids deal with it when we keel over, that's my motto.

    I think the...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I think "issues being raised" is the entire point of the criticisms. Yes, Peter is fully capable of dealing with it, but the salient point is, he shouldn't have to. Since when is the owner the...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Eddie & MarkV:

    It was the builder who said he could do it in 90 days after the foundation work was complete. To me that would be amazing, but I know it is barely possible with good subs, an on the...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    That's because you aren't cooking pasta or borscht for a family of twelve. :p

    I liked to visit old castles in Germany. They often have complete suites of armor standing in the great hall. They...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Not really. My Dad was 5'-6" on a good day and my Mom is well under 5' now (she's soon to be 87). So, do the math, 25" of base cabinet + 18" of tall pot = 43" or 3'-7".

    That's elbow-shoulder...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I've seen very low base cabinets in the 25" range, put they were very old, in Europe. Picture an old granny standing about 4'-5" stirring a pot that is 18" deep.:stirthepot:
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I shrank 1-1/4" since the '80's.

    For an average height adult, the bathroom vanity height is either low enough to make your back sore, or high enough to make the water run down to your elbows and...
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    It is a shame. I think some of the subs really don't know what quality is, and no one is teaching them either.

    The problems in the kitchen cabinetry began with a lack of coordination between...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    That is disappointing Peter. What brand of cabinets are those?
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Yeah, I would say you are dedicated to your wood floors. Not that there is anything wrong with that. :laughing:

    I agree with BuilderML that your case is likely more the exception than the rule.
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    It's called a "yard hydrant" or frost-free yard hydrant. There is a thread here somewhere about them. IIRC Woodford is a good brand, but that's sketchy.
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Wow, you are one of those "power shoppers." :laughing: That is the sort of shopping that gives me a headache--besides feeling "poorly" in general.

    I would leave some more space between the...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Follow that with the DIY Homeowner's special over-sized switch plate and we are good to go. :laughing: Nah, I think if they clean up the box opening a bit, get everything straight, patch in a bit of...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Peter, Sorry I jinxed you by wishing you slow and gentle rains :laughing:, but the seeding did come through pretty good all things considered.
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I think I would let the grass get established, then patch in the run-off grooves/areas with loam and seed that in the fall when heavy rain isn't likely. In the meantime, you could put down thick...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Grey and blue tile join: How about five midnight black tiles?

    Is the water on the basement floor coming from above? It looks like there is an area in the middle that water dripped down on maybe.
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Looks good Peter, heck of a day's work! May your next three rains be slow and gentle ones. :p
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I don't think the chimney cap looks bad, it sort of comes with the territory when burning wood. The alternative, a masonry chimney, would be a lot more expensive, and they aren't exactly beauty...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I have to say I am not a fan of wooden decks, even those with non-wood flooring.

    They are expensive to build, labor intensive to keep looking good, and all eventually will need repair or...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    What else would be nice instead of regular outdoor stairs to the basement level is to terrace that slope off the patio. A couple wide short steps, a terrace, repeat. Makes a nice setting for...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Coming along Peter. The grading looks good. Nice contours. You must have fired the "no-class" loggers?

    What is your plan for the sloped space below the deck at the corner of the house? I was...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Sunshine is powerful stuff, whether it is in politics or business. My message to the builder would be "Don't build something you wouldn't feel comfortable being displayed to the public" if he...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    That's a fair point of view. The devil in me says maybe social media will run the riff-raff out of the building trades. :devil:

    Think about the continuing and ever present shoddy building...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    It doesn't really cut much ice to tell you he will fix the problems, there shouldn't be problems such as his crew created. Especially in the case of the sliding doors where the trim and possibly...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    REVEAL! That was the word I was looking for, not relief. Thanks.
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    There is a popular trim style that uses butts in this area, and it's not new. Or butting to a rosette as you said earlier. But in either case, plain butt or rosette, there is usually a relief of...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Peter, It looks like I have been working on your house. :laughing: It's pretty rough.

    The sliding door looks like maybe it wasn't shimmed and trued up when installed? The front door, pretty much...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I don't think I would travel over the installed septic field with your tractor.

    I don't know what to say about the trim. Using MDF in that style results in exposed ends which may be hard to make...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Yep, the 2x4's would still be embedded in the concrete and it would be a pain to cut out the plywood, but doable. Not sure how much pain it's worth to get the wood away from the concrete at this...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    In post #781, page 79, it looks like there is a concrete wall behind the PT plywood in the stairway. I would remove the plywood, clean up the concrete face and skim coat it.
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    The color scheme looks good to me too.

    Is there concrete behind the PT plywood? I didn't go back and look at the forms pics.
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Peter,

    On the track lighting in the T&G ceiling, sorry, I forgot you were having track lighting there. I am not sure if the electrical code calls for extensions to the boxes. Maybe one of the...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Peter, You probably want to take a careful survey of all the electrical boxes, lights, etc., it isn't uncommon for one to get sheet rocked over.

    Also, where you will have T&G on the ceilings, the...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I agree with Ron on the turn around location. I thought it odd that the parking area was going in front of the patio too. Since Ron can be blamed for opening this can of worms, I will chime in....
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    The plain, window-less OHD looks pretty bland IMO. :laughing: I am sure Peter is tired of this, I would be. But, as someone hinted, the plain door is not the "best foot forward" as one approaches the...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I figured that must be the plan. I think it is a really good idea and necessary. The house is coming along nicely. I know time is short and such, but I wouldn't rush the interior work. I think the...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I figured that must be the plan. I think it is a really good idea and necessary. The house is coming along nicely. I know time is short and such, but I wouldn't rush the interior work. I think the...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I like the second pic, full facia wrap above the OHD.
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Are the sonotubes in the slab outside the garage man door for stabilization, anchoring?
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I understand about hating to trim grass, that's why it shouldn't be planted :laughing:

    Anyways, I think the sidewalk from driveway to patio should be brought out away from the wall to leave a...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    That they will, if allowed.
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I think the open triangle is going to be okay. It sort of begs for something ornamental to make it look not so much an open void. You'll know it when you see it. :D

    Here, I know the phoebes would...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I like the lower wall much more. It is a bit "strong" looking now, but with a finished grade and plantings, I think it blend well and not be over-powering.

    I would pick a rock color that foliage...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I tend to agree with Stu. It's plenty high. It will look shorter when the finish grade is done, but the distance from the top of the blocks to the extension from the garage seems crowded looking from...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    It wasn't my intention to start a disagreement on drip edge techniques. :)

    The trim coil "Z" is something I had never seen, I'm not a roofer.

    I can see how it has aesthetic appeal, the exposed...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    It does, thanks.
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    What are the pros and cons of that method?

    I am having trouble seeing the advantages :)

    These are the things that would worry me:
    The shingle edge looks a bit ragged.
    Wind-driven rain could...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I have some of that too on trim coil that is wrapping door casings and other trim. It may also come (my theory) because the framing lumber inevitably shrinks forever after new construction but the...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Pete,

    I had 3 Velux skylight windows that must have been very similar to those you linked, although mine were in 1995 and who knows where quality goes over time. They cranked open. I had Anderson...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Pete,

    How chilly do you think the garage would be without heat? Sometimes it's nice to have a area to keep things cooler than a typical basement, but never freezes. Oddball things like a place to...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Just out of morbid curiosity I googled "compacting #57 stone" last night. It is a long-discussed topic in construction apparently. Sort of like R1's vs R4's :laughing:

    In your case Obed, some...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    So, what is the best way to put flashing on the deck-wall connection? Will they spray foam in the basement behind the deck intrusions?
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I don't know if I can buy that, that washed stone will not compact. I think it will just because the vibration makes it fit together better, and fit up against the surrounding walls better. It could...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Interesting roof/eave comments Eddie.

    I can believe that a hip roof minus eaves is the most wind resistant. There is bracing in all directions and nothing for the wind to get under. Those...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    :dance1:
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I would put the dryer vent through the exterior wall on the right in the picture, if it is one. Dryer vents should be short and easy to clean the lint out of. I hate the way dryer vents exit dryers....
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Seeing the support posts in the basement reminded me of our former house which had hemlock posts supporting a loft. The builder warned us they would "check" (split). They did after about 2 years. A...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I'm not sure if snow and cold hangs around long enough to have a problem with ice dams in Pete's area. Watching the build in mid to late winter, it doesn't seem like it. I was surprised to see they...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Inserts do need fans to kick the heat out into the room. The fans cans be noisy enough to bug some people. I would look for a quiet fan, and a fan that can be easily cleaned/maintained or replaced.
    ...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Here is a product that may be related to a "floating" tile floor: Untitled Document

    I have seen references to isolation membranes in the instructions for thinset and tile installation, but usually...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I see you've met my Mom. :laughing:

    The post you made about the gradual decline in dexterity is worth remembering. The majority of elderly folks do not go from just fine to bedridden. There can be...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Tile is hard to beat for a home with dogs, I know this, so don't ask how. :laughing:

    Like mentioned, there are ceramic tiles available that are non-slip. Some are textured but smooth, some have a...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I've been deleting the dups, but it is a pain.

    The yellow pine makes for a really solid floor with very little or no bounce in it. I don't think it shrinks when drying as much as spruce (I think...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Stop depressing me. :laughing:
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Oil and hydraulic fluid is easy for me, just leave it at the town recycle shed and people with waste oil furnaces are glad to get it.

    Antifreeze, nobody wants. I asked at the Ford dealership,...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    It's sort of silly. Conscientious people will do the right thing. The others will dump it somewhere anyways. What happens to the salt and silty sand that runs off the road surfaces in spring? It ends...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Hmm. Learning something new there. Thanks. And thanks for the illustrations RadioMan.
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I second the don't back fill with clay thought. Gravel or course sand would be my choice, something that water moves through quickly and down to the perimeter drain. I second the sand fill for the...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Really appreciate your photo documentation of the wall placement. Almost like being there and very educational.
    Thanks.
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Ooh, that's pretty. Never lived in that area, but after traveling through one summer, I've always thought the VA climate where you are tucked up against the Blue Ridge, and up off the coastal plain,...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Nice work. Nothing like a clean building site. I think it sends a message to those who come to work on the house, that neatness counts.

    One thought about the trees, some usually get snapped off by...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    I don't think you would ever regret having the two-car garage. There are several reasons, as mentioned, why you may come to regret the one-car garage choice.

    I put an over-sized one-car garage on...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Leaf blower would help, no doubt. I've not had a lot of luck with diesel fuel getting green wood going. If you can get a small hot fire going that builds a bed of coals, then you can put green wood...
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Fire-roasted weenies and beer at midnight! Priceless.
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    Re: Building a stick frame house in the woods in 90 days

    Nice! It's going to be close. Figuring Feb.-Mar.-Apr for the 90 days, doesn't leave much time for the foundation work.

    You could pack your Mom up, leave her goods in storage, and send her on a...
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