Closing In the House and Preparing For the Subcontractors
Log Home Diary Entry #26
Log siding is used on the exterior of the house in non-heated roof areas. Although some of this had previously been installed, the rest is now complete. At the same time, wood doors, wood windows and wood sliders are ready for installation. Care is taken to see that each buck is level, plumb and square prior to being nailed in place through slots into the end of the logs. Windows are positioned in the openings from the exterior and made plumb and level with wood shims. Then they are nailed into place through the face of the window and into the window buck. Doors receive similar installation treatment. A groove (called a “kerf”) is cut above the windows and doors to accept a drip cap flashing to be installed later.
With the house now essentially closed in, it is now time for the power-washing inside and out. The rationale for this was explained in Entry No. 25, as this is clearly a departure from conventional construction protocol. This particular event went so fast that we missed it. Actually, the logs were in very good shape to begin with, as we had taken steps to cover all building material with heavy gauge construction plastic early on in the process. This was a cautionary step to help protect our investment in case we had any unforeseen delays along the way — and, boy, did we have them, as previously discussed. This bit of effort on our part paid dividends, so we patted ourselves on the back.
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