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!