Got the stair railing installed (hard) - still need to do the balcony railing (easy). Not screwed to the posts yet; still deciding how to attach. Made from 1/2" rebar painted flat black and 2x4's for now. I might change the rails over to oak if I can get enough milled and drying, but we want to move in sooner rather than later.
You have to test your DWV system for leaks before it will pass inspection, or sometimes the inspector wants to see it tested. Either way, there are two ways to test - a pressure test with air (less messy, more expensive test equipment) or just silicone little caps on all the drain openings or place rubber plugs in them, then fill the whole system with a garden hose (usually through the vent on the roof). While building my system, I put a little T-connector with a removable plug right before the system exits the house to the roof just for this test so I didn't have to climb on the roof to test it. Then you plug the end, and fill it with water and check for leaks. Probably over a hundred gallons for mine.
I milled some red oak into 5"x5" (newel) posts and 4"x4" (guard rail) posts, and am test fitting them in place. I cut down through the floor - these posts will be bolted to the 4x12 joists and the side of the stair stringers to make them extra secure.
This is the last time I'm sanding these logs. They've been peeled, powerwashed, sanded, buffed, and now I'm sanding them one more time. If we could've built faster, I would've peeled them, then poly'd them. But it took over a year to stack them, and they got a little weathered in between.
This RPSL is one of 3 that support the 70,000 lb roof. It's about 20" diameter, and about 27' tall. It is secured to the log wall with eith 1/2" all-thread pieces about 36" long - one piece of all thread, every other log. In this video, I show how to countersink the nuts and washers without removing the all-thread.
Walking up the stairs I finished. blog: https://loghomejourney.wordpress.com/2022/02/12/stairs-part-iii-putting-it-all-together/
- Oak treads from a "curb find" tree
- 3"x16"x16' live edge Oak Stringers from a tree I slabbed
Goes along with this post: https://loghomejourney.wordpress.com/2021/12/18/restoring-an-old-wood-stove/. Very easy to do. I couldn't find very many videos on this, so I made one. You can cut mica with scissors.
I couldn't believe it when I saw a video of a guy in England cutting bricks with a chisel - but it works.
I'll throw in a dog freaking out in the background for no extra charge.
I haven't posted a video for a while - I was using a Pinephone (linux) - waiting for video to start working on it, but gave up and went back to an android camera for videos. Chinking is done, outside is done, 1st floor framing is done, working on the chimney for a wood stove, brick hearth, and stairs.
Hospital admin claims "we need to be more scary" about covid. Huh? So it IS just FearPorn. lol. original source (unless it gets removed): https://twitter.com/i/status/1436466927703138308. This was in North Carolina with a marketing director and doctors. Oh, and they discussed counting recovered patients as active covid cases. Stay away from hospitals. More info in this story: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/leaked-zoom-video-exposes-hospital-officials-discussing-covid-19-scare-tactics
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Friend of mine from college.
CBS news - I stole this clip from someone else (not sure why folks only post to fb?)
Only rescuing people vaccinated against Covid
I go through the steps to apply traditional cement mortar / chinking to a log cabin - insulation, nails, mixing the mortar using portland cement, sand, and lime. Then I apply the chinking and clean up. Nice finished chinking will last a lifetime and looks beautiful on natural raw logs. Here's the blog post: https://loghomejourney.wordpress.com/
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