Sunday, October 26, 2014

End of my rope...

At this point the logs are up over my head and work must be done from ladders and scaffolding. Very time consuming and a real pain! Work goes on but slower and slower the higher I go.

As the walls go up the 10 foot ramp incline becomes steeper and steeper. The logs become heaver and heaver. No chance now of being able to pull the 200 - 300 pound logs up without the help of my block and tackle.

This brought up another problem solving/learning opportunity. How to get more pulling distance out of my block and tackle. Rigged with 100 feet of rope I had only a 25 foot pull. Two anchor points would do the trick but there would need to be a way to tie off the par buckled rope and hold the log midway on the ramp while re-rigging the block and tackle for a second pull.

A short piece of chain was used to anchor the rope par buckle which is under the considerable load of the log being pulled up the ramp. Once the block and tackle is loosened the chain takes the load and then the block can be lengthened and re-hooked to the remote anchor in the ground away from the cabin for the second and final pull bringing the log to the top of the cabin wall. Tricky but easy!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Getting a log off the rack

In the process of building a cabin there are many parts of the process that may go unappreciated by those outside of the actual process. This post is to give one of those small but very necessary parts of the process credit. That of getting a 4 to 5 hundred pound 20 foot pine log from the rack to the actual cabin wall.

This log needed to be moved across the pile first. To do that a set of tie rods was used to stabilize the log and then the handy man jack raised each end until planks could be placed under the log.

With the log rolled across the planks into position and now onto rollers the log can be easily pulled from the rack on these rollers.

With the log pulled from the rack the log mover can be positioned over it.

The log mover is attached to the log at its balance point. Making lifting with the ice tongs a one handed job.

Then the log can be easily rolled into position for raising up onto the cabin wall using the rope parbuckle.

Run through this process just 18 more times and the walls will be complete! Note the rough opening for the door has been cut to allow entry to the inside for log work.