Friday, November 27, 2020

Roof is on. Cabin buttoned up for winter

 It took a few months but the electric service power is finally in. 

I have a new appreciation for electricity coming from the grid. Although a lot of time and effort went into planning the circuits, running the wires and hooking up the outlets, switches and lights it will be well worth it. No more noisy, polluting generator. Multiple convenience outlets to plug into with minimum extension cords. Very nice. Those against renewable energy power should have to go a few days with just a generator to power their house or business. 

So with 100 amp service and 6 circuits way over kill for a tiny 12 by 16 cabin with a loft but fun.

After some serious measuring and planning the roof tin and trim was ordered and shipped out in some nice protective box pallets (that they charge for but can be returned for credit) from Menards. Full length 16 foot sheets. Requiring 3" long screws because of the 2" of Styrofoam on the roof for insulation.

Pre-drilling the sheets for screws and using the half of the extension ladder with the hooks made the process of putting on the sheets tolerable. But roofing is still a "younger mans" job! 

Pictures of the cabin roof from the back and the front. Turned out very well. After putting on the ridge cap I now know what a turkey wishbone feels like. 

To help keep the snow and weather out over the winter I wrapped the cabin in plastic. This way I can heat it to take off the chill while I install the windows and door and do some trim work on the gable ends.

Happy Thanksgiving 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The Cabin is in the details

 With the stairway to the loft complete and the loft floor in I had a platform to work off from to close in the area between the top of the cabin walls and the roof.

Note: The blue outlet boxes are for the circuits that will be ran to the 100 amp fuse box. This will be the next step in the process and some new learning as to how to recess the boxes and make the wire runs for the 6 individual circuits to power up the cabin.

The gap between the roof and top logs is the width of the 6x6 rafters and needs to be sealed and insulated well. Wiring to loft outlets and light fixtures will also be run in this space.

The first step was to cut and fit the bottom piece as shown on the right side in the picture. This required a bevel cut at an angle that matched the roof pitch. Next the vertical piece was fit so that it butted up against the bottom piece and also was beveled to match the pitch of the roof. The triangle area behind these two pieces will be filled with insulation and make a nice seal to keep out the cold.

View from the loft looking at the stair well. The gable end will be insulated and covered will 1x 6 tongue and groove pine boards.
Here is a picture looking up from the main cabin floor toward the bottom of the loft floor. There will be a railing along this edge but this area will be left open to the roof. A ceiling fan will hang down in this area and help move the air down from the ceiling.

Next, wiring, windows, doors and roof steel.