One-man off-grid log cabin build. Kinda like a Dick Proenneke thing, but less bucolic, and more instructional, with homemade tools and techniques.
Rough guess: more than half of our members maintain a "build a log cabin" dream. I know I do.
Debarking logs with a pressure washer - GIF
Logging truck rear steer dolly - GIF and photo
‘‘Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.’’
Fresh episode. I like the log ramps he uses to send cut logs to the cabin. And the various guides for cutting the logs too. 10:05 video:
Max Egorov asks whether to depend on wedge or lever to raise header at occasion of installing pin hinged door. Found link and he'd acquired plenty of responsible replies.
My experience says plan to implement both. I wedge and lever frequently, yet they don't seem interchangeable.
Working against considerable weight is a lot about timing and agility. The advantage in levers gains by distance from fulcrum at operators end, and/or reducing space from load to pivot. Power diminishes with each degree higher initial position.
So, I use wedges of two varieties to 'park' a load, while preparing a new bite for the prybar, depending on shape/ weight of object. Version 1 are simple inclines, which allow minute increments of adjustment. Oak from scrap pallets for larger sizes, aluminum for smaller; both have tendency to grip floor and object as they are soft without deforming. Version 2 are made simultaneously, two matching wedges just like adjustable parallels. I use a short [6'] fiberglass fishing rod blank to manipulate wedges while I manage the prybar. By combining the two, takes advantage best qualities both offer.
What I do avoid is knocking wedges in to impart lift, often become increasingly hard to remove. When called for though, I use what pipefitters use, flange separators, quite similar what used by timber cutters known as 'felling wedges'.
Since I retain all my limbs and respective appendages, system works well. Especially that nearly everything I do is unaided.
...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...
The same guy posted a video of a homemade wire clamping tool, plus you get to see more shots of his cabin. 10:35 video:
The more of these wire clamping tools I see being posted here the more I think I need to take the time and build one for myself.
Never try to tell me it can't be done
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