Small Wood Cabin – Step 7: Side wall and purlin illustration

Have you ever wanted to build yourself a small wood cabin or log cabin? Give yourself that sense of accomplishment and joy that you completed it. Well we found just the project for you. This cabin is actually quite simple to do and doesn’t require a lot of money as well. Sounds too good to be true? Here are the steps required to build this beautiful small wood cabin!

Small Cabin - Step 7: Side wall and purlin illustration

Check out this side wall and purlin illustration for details.

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Small Wood Cabin – Step 6: Adding on a 4 foot porch

Have you ever wanted to build yourself a small wood cabin or log cabin? Give yourself that sense of accomplishment and joy that you completed it. Well we found just the project for you. This cabin is actually quite simple to do and doesn’t require a lot of money as well. Sounds too good to be true? Here are the steps required to build this beautiful small wood cabin!

Small Cabin - Step 6: Adding on a 4 foot porch

Small Cabin - Step 6: Adding on a 4 foot porch

Here is where it started to get complicated for me. I was looking for a 12×16 cabin, but once i looked at it I decided I wanted the whole 12×16 for floor space so i added a 4 foot porch to the 12×16 to make it a 12×20 total building instead of a 12×12 inside living space.

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Small Wood Cabin – Step 5: Setting the rafters

Have you ever wanted to build yourself a small wood cabin or log cabin? Give yourself that sense of accomplishment and joy that you completed it. Well we found just the project for you. This cabin is actually quite simple to do and doesn’t require a lot of money as well. Sounds too good to be true? Here are the steps required to build this beautiful small wood cabin!

Small Cabin - Step 5: Setting the rafters

Small Cabin - Step 5: Setting the rafters

Small Cabin - Step 5: Setting the rafters

Small Cabin - Step 5: Setting the rafters

Small Cabin - Step 5: Setting the rafters

1st picture: shows the rafters being set next.

2nd picture: shows the rafters on and the starting of the purlins being put on the top of the rafters for roof support. This is what the metal roofing is screwed to.

3rd picture: shows the tails all cut to 9 inches long and shows the steel roofing over hanging the roof by 2 inches to support the facia boards.

4th and 5th pictures: show the roofing installed.

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Small Wood Cabin – Step 4: Making the angles for the top and bottom of the rafters

Have you ever wanted to build yourself a small wood cabin or log cabin? Give yourself that sense of accomplishment and joy that you completed it. Well we found just the project for you. This cabin is actually quite simple to do and doesn’t require a lot of money as well. Sounds too good to be true? Here are the steps required to build this beautiful small wood cabin!

Small Cabin - Step 4: Making the angles for the top and bottom of the rafters

Small Cabin - Step 4: Making the angles for the top and bottom of the rafters

Small Cabin - Step 4: Making the angles for the top and bottom of the rafters

Small Cabin - Step 4: Making the angles for the top and bottom of the rafters

1st picture: shows using a quick square. Put the pivot point at the top of the board and turn the square until the 5 on the * COMMON TOP CUT* line graph lines up with the outside of the board. Then draw the line to make the angle.

2nd picture: Once you cut your first angle then you have to measure from the tip of your cut down the length of the rafter to get your measurement for the seat cut. Once you have that measurement then you put the pivot point on that mark and turn the square until you get your 5/12 angle again. Then measure up that angle 2 1/2 inches and draw that line.

3rd picture: shows taking the edge of the square and lining it up with the 2 1/2 in line and turn the square until the tip is lined up with the edge of the board. Then draw that line.

4th picture: shows the angle seat that I just drew cut out.

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Small Wood Cabin – Step 3: Setting the center rafter board

Have you ever wanted to build yourself a small wood cabin or log cabin? Give yourself that sense of accomplishment and joy that you completed it. Well we found just the project for you. This cabin is actually quite simple to do and doesn’t require a lot of money as well. Sounds too good to be true? Here are the steps required to build this beautiful small wood cabin!

Small Cabin - Step 3: Setting the center rafter board

This picture shows the center rafter board. I measured over 6 feet to the center. The roof is going to be a 5/12 pitch roof so the rafter board had to be 30 inches to the top of the board.

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Small Wood Cabin – Step 2: Drilling and planting the posts

Have you ever wanted to build yourself a small wood cabin or log cabin? Give yourself that sense of accomplishment and joy that you completed it. Well we found just the project for you. This cabin is actually quite simple to do and doesn’t require a lot of money as well. Sounds too good to be true? Here are the steps required to build this beautiful small wood cabin!

Small Cabin - Step 2: Drilling and planting the posts

Small Cabin - Step 2: Drilling and planting the posts

Small Cabin - Step 2: Drilling and planting the posts

Small Cabin - Step 2: Drilling and planting the posts

1st picture: shows my ford tractor and my neighbors post hole digger he let me borrow.
2nd picture: shows the posts planted and the bottom 2×10 stringers.
3rd & 4th pictures: show the upper 2x10x12 and the 2x10x16 upper stringers being nailed in at 7 feet 8 inches.

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Small Wood Cabin – Step 1: Floor Illustration

Have you ever wanted to build yourself a small wood cabin or log cabin? Give yourself that sense of accomplishment and joy that you completed it. Well we found just the project for you. This cabin is actually quite simple to do and doesn’t require a lot of money as well. Sounds too good to be true? Here are the steps required to build this beautiful small wood cabin!

Small Cabin - Step 1: Floor Illustration

Here is the 12×20 floor plan showing where the 4x4s and the floor joists would be located.

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How To Build A Strawberry Tower With Reservoir

Hot To Build A Strawberry Tower With Reservoir

If gardening is your suit then you will want to built one of these strawberry gardens built into a tower. Whats even better is it even has a reservoir for water storage.

Materials and Tools Required:
- 5 gallon plastic pots: They will be around 11″ diameter by 13″ height. Try to find sturdy ones with drain holes on the very bottom. If you happen to find some pots with drain holes are on the side, just punch a few holes on the bottom. You could even use a bucket as well.
- Get out you Milwaukee 1.25″ Hole Saw and a drill
- Also grab yourself a 1 liter plastic water bottle, and a very sharp tool that you can use to punch holes. Remember only the top pot will actually need a reservoir. Make sure that your bottle is about the same height as the pot.
- Get your best potting soil, and make sure you add 1/3 of worm castings and compost. And don’t forget your strawberry seedlings.

Instructions:
1. Draw yourself out 12 equally spaced holes within the side of each of the pots, and take your drill and drill the holes with the Milwaukee 1.25″ Hole Saw attached to a drill.
2. Start to prepare your reservoir by cutting the bottom of the water bottle first, and then poke some small holes on the bottle cap and on the sides all the way to the top. Make sure you leave the cap screwed on firmly. As you know this will allow the water to slowly seep through all the holes slowly.
3. Put your reservoir in the middle of a pot, once again, and remember only the top pot in a stack needs a reservoir.
4. Slowly add soil and strawberry seedlings. Make sure you add yourself a layer of rocks or pebbles at the top of the pot so that this holds the soil in when we water. If you notice the soil washing away add another layer of rocks and pebbles or even sand to keep the soil in place.
5. Repeat the same steps with the lower pots, and make sure you leave out the top bottle reservoir that you built and the rocks. You can start to stack your strawberry tower together now.
6. If you want to be able to move your tower in your garden then you will not need a center pole through the middle of the posts for stability. But feel free to add one if you are not planning on moving it. You can also divide this tall tower into shorter ones if you like.
7. Make sure for the first week that you leave the tower in shade and you water it a lot so that the plants are able to recover from when you moved them.
8. Also you need to make sure you water with good old compost tea every couple of weeks in order to keep the strawberry plant growing.
9. You are done enjoy! Perfect addition to your garden.

How To Install Windows Properly To Stop Water

How To Properly Install a Window

I have always found that windows do a lot for a home. They help let in air and light into your home. They add a tonne of visual character to the outside of your home. But there are downsides if they are not installed properly. Water can find its way into your home and also cold air in the winter if not sealed properly. This can also cause some rotting to happen around the window over time. So lets go through the steps to properly install a window.

First of all lets look at Windows frame and rough opening as the following diagram displays.

How To Properly Install a Window - Windows frame and rough opening

Instructions To Protect Against Water Infiltration:

1. Measure your rough opening from all angles (Top, Bottom, and Middle)
2. If you notice that there is a opening larger than the difference between all three widths or notice one of your measurements height measurement of the opening is more than 1 inch you will need to cut some tapered filler strips from you stock of studs and nail them to the sides that are not level.
3. The outside dimension of the window should only be about 1 half an inch shorter and 3 quarters of an inch narrower than your smallest width/height measurements.
4. If they are not then you will need to order a new window to fit these dimensions or you will need to re-frame your window again.
5. Now its time to keep the water out by cutting your self-adhering water proof membrane or builder’s felt.
6. You will only need about 6-inch wide strip of the self-adhering water proof membrane or about 9 to 12 inch wide strip of about a 15 pound builder’s felt give or take.

How To Properly Install a Window - Steps

7. Make sure it is about 18 to around 24 inches longer than the whole windows width
8. Also make sure that the top edge of the membrane/felt does not go above the edge of the opening otherwise you will have problems.
9. Along each side of the opening cut yourself 2 more strips of membrane or felt about 1 foot longer than the entire opening height.
10. Make sure they are center and hook them up along each side of the opening of the window and also make sure they are completely overlapping the strip under the window.
11. Along the top cut yourself another strip of membrane or felt 1 foot longer than your window width
12. Make sure it is center and attach it across the top of the rough opening and also make sure it overlapped the 2 side strips.
13. Make sure your seams never face upward at all to prevent water from getting in.
14. Now you can start going through the steps of installing your window without having to worry about water

How to Plant a Privacy Barrier

How to Plant a Privacy Barrier

Question:


What should I plant to get a very low-maintenance screen of evergreen trees for privacy as well as a sound barrier?

Answer:


There are quite a few choices of evergreen trees to choose from but I would sick to Arborvitae as they have a huge range of growing conditions from Zone 2 (Very cold areas up north) to Zone 6 and 7 which means full sun. Also you do not have to worry about pruning the tree on a regular basis to keep its shape on the top as well as bottom.

If you would like to get some privacy from your neighbours, roads or buildings right away what I suggest you do is start with some quite mature shrubs or trees so around 6 feet in height some green foliage and make sure they have moist roll balls. Once the specimens hit their full maturity they will be around 15 feet tall which is the perfect height for privacy. Make sure when you plant them you keep them just fall enough apart that they do not grow into one another which can stunt their growth quite a bit.

How to Plant a Privacy Barrier Steps

Instructions:


1. Draw out your lines with spray paint on your dirt and make sure the holes for the trees are about 2 to 3 times the size of the root ball
2. Again make sure the trees are spaced out enough so they will not grow into one another.
3. As you dig your dirt out to keep things clean use a tarp to transfer the soil with a spade shovel preferably.
4. Lay the whole tree down on its side in order to take the root out of the tub
5. Stand the tree up up gently with it root ball in the trench. If your tree just happens to have burlap just roll it into the trench and then cut off the fabric
6. Make sure you turn your trees best side to your yard as this is what you will be looking at
7. Start to measure the placement of your trees from root to root to make sure you have enough room between each tree
8. Get our your cultivator and start carefully scrapping across the top, sides and bottom of each of your root balls to start to expose the tiny roots that will allow them to absorb fertilizer and water.
9. Get out your wheelbarrow and mix together 2 parts excavated soil or top soil and 1 part compost then use this mixture to back fill your trench back up to grade again.
10. Make sure you form a pretty deep soil dam around each tree and make sure it is wider than the diameter that the root ball was.
11. Fill all of you deep dams around the trees with water and make sure you wait until it is absorbed and then repeat.
12. Once all absorbed rake away the dam that you formed and add your 2 – 3 inch layer of mulch but make sure you keep the mulch away from trunk to prevent any type of rotting
13. Through out the first growing season make sure you water your trees once a week at a minimum of course unless it rains then you can skip a week.
14. Pay close attention to your soil around your trees and if it is kind of sandy and there is no rain for 2 weeks water or if you soil has a lot of clay water it every 4 weeks.