Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Log Cabin Disassembly

The cabin building process in reverse has begun. It took three trips and about 15 hours but the cabin pieces are all racked at their new home and ready to be reassembled!

It got pretty late but we got the job done. Tom, the new owner has a nice spot by a spring on his hobby farm picked out for the cabin to sit on.

After removing the roof rafters and front porch it was time to use the jib crane to pick off the wall logs. Here Tom picks the first of many. Note: Taking down the jib crane and support bracing was a project in itself and required considerable planning and effort.

One down and 53 to go!

Keeping in mind that each half dovetail joint is unique and the cabin will only fit back together one way mixing up logs is not an option and must be avoided. I have found the use of playing cards cut in half to be the best way to accomplish this task. One suit for each corner. Simple but most effective.

Tom and Charlie made short work of the walls but we decided to make two trips, this was a good call. Tom was nervous about the load on the trailer and Charlie pointed out that the pile of logs on the trailer was getting pretty high which would soon require considerable effort to load the twelve remaining wall logs and 14 foot Oak 8x8 sill beams.

The last of it for awhile.

To keep myself busy until Tom gets ready to reassembly the cabin I decided to start making preparations on my EV conversion project. Over the next several months I will be transplanting the components of my 1980 Dodge Omni EV to a 2001 Dodge Caravan. The uni-body frame of the Omni rusted out and I got the Caravan for $200.

The Omni has been parked for the last two years and I started having trouble getting the 96 vdc battery charger to keep the pack charged up.

Whoa! Now I know why.

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