Log Home Pictures from 2024, Part 1 of 1

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2024 started off by continuing work on the biggest project at the cabin to be undertaken in the last several years: facing the foundation with the beautiful gneiss stones that have been waiting in piles all these years. Last year ended with a proof-of-concept project that ran through the months of August, September, and October. During that time I proved that at my age, I should be capable of installing the gneiss facing on the entire cabin foundation wall. In addition to the stones I have laid up so far, I have made a plan for providing the scaffolding and tools necessary to gain access to the entire wall and have begun fabricating and assembling those tools. The general idea is that I will work on those items during the winter when it is too cold to mix mortar and I will lay up the stones when it no longer freezes during the night.

2/9/24 This picture is messy but it shows a lot. It shows an early step in the transition from an unworkable mess of clutter, to an organized work environment with uncluttered access to the block wall supported by a a sturdy scaffold system complete with an accessible mortar board and lifting devices for heavy loads. The starts of parts of the system are visible in this picture. Starting in the back, at the far right, you can see a "before" picture with a board pile that will have to be moved out away from the wall just as they have been moved in the center of the picture. That leaves a 3-foot margin for the scaffold planks. Since the first courses of stones are low to the ground, the scaffolding is not necessary at the beginning. But as the wall grows, the scaffolding will have to follow. To start with, short 2x4s will act like railroad ties running under and perpendicular to the planks. You can see four of those "ties" under the two planks near the top of the picture. As planks are added, they will be joined end-to-end by z-brackets which are flexible and which bear heavy loads in one direction. That will allow the planks to be supported by scaffold frames once they get up off the ground. You can see the first of five such frames already in place in the foreground. This winter, the "ties" will be put in place and the planks will be fastened in a long chain with z-brackets but left lying on the ground. They will wait in that position until spring when work can resume laying up stones. That work will be done from the scaffold deck and as the wall grows, the planks will be raised and scaffold frames will be installed under them to hold them up. They will move up from there.



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