Your Log House
The On-Site Manual For The Do-It-Yourselfer
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Illustrated Glossary of Terms

  1. Introduction
  2. Why a Log House?
  3. House Design
  4. Traditional Principles & Contemporary Design
  5. Log Acquisition
  6. Getting Started on the Building
  7. Organizing the Site and Equipment
  8. Foundations
  9. Timber Layout
  10. First Logs & Floor Joists
  11. The Chainsaw
  12. Setting Wall Logs
  13. Openings
  14. Framing Walls
  15. Building the Roof
  16. Round Log Piece-en-piece
  17. Stair Planning
  18. Thermal Resistivity of Wood

• Includes 15 House Plans!

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7. Organizing the Site and Equipment

Site development can be complicated and expensive. Usually, inordinate expenses or time losses occur in situations where the builder does not know what lies below the turf, salal, weeds, moss, and cranberries. Especially on hillside, cliffside, and waterside properties do the problems of site development rear their ugly and expensive heads. Often the site development alone can make the ultimate cost of the building prohibitive.

In addition to the problems inherent in conventional construction, log construction has its own considerations in site development. Since some kind of mechanical means will be required to assemble the log house, consideration must be made early in the game. If the site is blessed with some sturdy trees, capable of handling a high-line rigging to lift logs from the log deck to the house, leave those trees standing and situate the house accordingly. If there are no convenient trees, it is possible to raise a couple of cull logs for the purpose of suspending the high-line. Usually, it is possible to scrounge many of the parts needed to rig up a high-line,
especially in logging areas of the country. The items needed to rig the system described are illustrated above in Figure 5.

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