My Industrial Cabin Build

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We broke ground on the homesite this weekend.
As many of you know, I have been building an orchard in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. 55 acres purchased in last summer 2015. We had 20-25 acres logged, leaving us with an inordinate amount of slash and debris. We have 3 acres of Apple trees in the ground right now, with the eventual goal of opening a Cidery and producing craft hard cider.
We built 1/2 miles of road and a bridge to reach the home site. and for the last couple months, I have been staying onsite on the weekends in a camper that we put where we will be building our barn/shop.
I have had the drainfield marked, and analyzed (I think that is the correct word. We dug 5 large holes and they studies the rock to make sure it would work. ) I have had the electric company come out and do a walk thru with me for the power lines to be brought in. I received the contract with he electric company on Friday and gave them a quick read thru Friday night.
I have had the contractor who will put in my foundation come up and tell me what he needs me to do to prepare the site for him to come in and do the footings and foundation.
And most importantly, My home plans were drawn up by an architect friend who designs fantastic homes and buildings and the plans were submitted to the county for approval and building permits. Last weekend it was too wet to do much work on the home site, so we burned a couple piles of slash instead.

This weekend we dug up and moved all the stumps that were in the drainfield. And started digging up the stumps in the homesite.

Before and after on the homesite

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Looking down toward the drainfield. Lots of stump piles to deal with.
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Lovely, my cousin is up there and her husband built the house by hand and I told her to get a tractor and clear out the woods so she can plant and grow her own food, but nothing yet.
 
  
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I think I read somewhere on this site that carpet padding can be used to help keep you from slipping on a metal roof.

I am certain I would trip over that and tumble right off the roof.
 

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I wear good tennis shoes on metal roof.

Maybe a couple dabs of the rtv sealant will keep the bird screen from rattling.
 
  
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Well I picked it up. Lets see if I can get it back home.
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I put ip a video this morning that includes bringing home the propane tank.

 
  
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Same thing here. been raining for three days and will rain for another three. My son is home on military leave so I am being lazy and not working on the house today. He is going shooting with some friends tomorrow so i will be in there doing some electrical work.
I ordered the dryer box that I will install in the wall behind the dryer and in researching the way to install it, the dryer box website links to some UL 1 hour firestop specifications. Every other instal instruction I have found, both in print and in videos from builders don't use any insulation at all. I am torn on it. I am thinking about the way that you are not supposed to use insulation the chimney penetration thru framing because it actually builds heat up instead of releasing it and that can cause fires. In the dryer installation they don't worry about heat building up, but are more concerned with a fire being started from lint buildup and spreading to the rest of the house. Maybe 1 hour is designed to help you escape but it certainly doesn't sound like it would make a difference to the survival of the house.
I also noticed that if you are doing a renovation, they don't reference insulation at all. they don't seem to care, only with new construction so it is definitely confusing. This is just one of many things in the building of the house where it seems that things are never done the way "it is supposed to be done".
 
  
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beautiful picture, by the way. back yard or park?
 
 
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