Vern and Sara Street

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Before we 

Level plot -start

Existing pump house

Clean up plot
Cut trees

Digging the footer
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Did this in August
Okla heat!

Rebar ready -
Bring on concrete

Footing ran!

Pouring Piers!

Piers Complete!
We need logs!

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Oh!  Here's the
logs (3 loads)

Unloading logs -
The Okla way.

Two stacks of
logs - 94 total.

These are white
pine - avg 12in.

Time to get the
first log - finally!
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First log is on
the piers!  only
63 to go!

Four logs up!

One big load of

Testing the HarborFreight
demo hammer

Testing the Dewalt demo

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Cutting more
rebar! Takes a
lot of rebar!

Working on
round 5!

Sara and the
Wheelhorse moves cutoffs

Raising the Lifting

Seven rounds up!

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Ten rounds up! "Bear" is checking roof design! A rebar "Quiver"

A view from the
top of 10 logs
See the rebar?

10 high with
rebar waiting
to be driven.

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Fred Casey drilling with "Hole Hawg"

Fred moves along level 11 after drilling.

Chuck - ready to drive rebar -
Round 11

Driving rebar in
round 11 using demo hammer.

Vern, Sara, Chuck and Fred

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Setting a log on round 13 with Sara & Coby

Lift w/ FEL to round 9 and then straps to 11

Setting log in place - notice black clouds!

Time to cut Temporary Door

Slightly leaning -
but will work

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Slide RPSL under wall

Now it's inside  the building

Starting to raise

Almost up!

Sara holds it against wall!

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Chain hoist the
RPSL up above the rebar

Set it down on
the rebar

Use a plumb bob
to true up RPSL

Now, bolt to the
wall log.

West RPSL now

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Go get the Ridgepole Lift little end up on the walls Now, push it until it teeters and pull over to other side Now lift it up to the top! Now, climb up and rebar to RPSL!
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It's done!  An adrenal rush delux! Sunset view in Oklahoma! Install the
center RPSL

Finally got it
in place!

Three RPSL's
in place.

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Install the 2nd
floor Girder

Almost in
all the way

Inside view of
2nd floor girder

It's almost in
far enough.

RainClouds again!

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Time to cut some 24ft rafters Move it over to the house. Lean it up on the building. Pull it up to the top of RP.

Now, chain the bottom to cap log.

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Drill and bolt at the top. Duplicate and now we have two sets!

Cut more rafters

Place block on bottom for stop

They break when you drop them!

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Jimmy cutting all thread 22 rafters up! West end view.

Rebar the Rafters
to the Cap log

Raise the S. Porch support

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Almost up! Get it Straight! Now rebar some
rafters to it.
Build a walkway
to the roof

and start the

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Decking with

Yea!  I found the top!

Decking complete -South side

Frame in the
North porch
North Porch
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Build a walkway to
North side
Decking Complete
Both sides
Now I have to
build a roof on top of the Decking!
First, sleepers
are installed
North side ready
for insulation
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Install the
facia boards
and trim
Yeah! The metal
has arrived
Putting up metal
over double bubble radiant barrier
More metal 
on North Side
My friend Randy
Titus helping with metal install
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Insulation installed - ready for metal Metal on South side! Okla Ice Storm
took the day off
Okla Ice Storm
my front yard
Okla Ice Storm
Neighbor's home
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Roof finally
Time to do the floor joists Randy mounts more hangers Putting down the sub floor More sub floor
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Floor complete! Now, start hanging 2nd floor joists Bracket to hang joists on wall 2nd floor joists

more 2nd
floor joists

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Girder support Bracket 2nd floor decking Vern & Sara on  2nd floor loft Sara checking out temporary stairs Looking down from 2nd floor
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Ready to raise 3rd floor girder Attaching 3rd
floor joists

Steve M. Checking out 3rd floor


Loading the last
of the 2X12's
Lifting 3rd floor decking up.
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Vern waving from 3rd floor

View from 3rd floor Sunset from 3rd floor

Randy working
on  East gable

East gable
framing complete
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OSB board
West end gable
framing started
Cutting Windows Windows in west side Windows on East side - start board & bat
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Windows w/
door - west side
Completed West
side - board-bat
Completed b&b
East side
Starting walls
Bathroom/mud room
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Chinking under
stair landing
more chinking starting the
Setting the Stair
rails and landing
Placing the
stair threads
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Main Staircase
to second floor
Never have
enough ladders!
Long ways up
to board/bat inside
Cutting front
door w/ guide
A door at last!
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Cutting and
framing windows


Framing bath


Looks like a
cabin in the woods!
Backdoor w/
Dog-on  good
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Preparing Blaster for corn cob blast About 10 minutes on wall Corn-cobbed
& ready for stain
Sanding the logs
removes fuzz
Starting the Stain
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East side Stained


Electrical Wiring under way Main panel ready to wire


Mounting an outside box on log wall Mounting an
inside box on
log wall
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Cutting insul.
w/ electric
Spraying on
Sara's new
(old) sink
Unloading our
100 year old
floor planks
Sara stuffing
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New (old) floor
is down!
around RPSL
Grandson Aaron
Randy working
on plumbing
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Family chinking
Signing name More artists
signs the log
Rear of house
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Front of house
West side of
Sewer line being
Building front
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Front door w/
Front door
Cutting big hole
in roof for
Attaching the
Lots of stove
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Inside of stove
pipe box
Pex plumbing
good stuff!
Ceiling Fan
Floor tile
going in
floor insulation
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Putting the
wood up on
Bathroom wall
Tile complete
in bathroom
Threading Pipe
for Gas
Cedar slab for
eating bar
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Planing more
Hand Rails
going up!
Handrails -
spindles later
Making rails
on table saw
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More Newyear
Board/Bat on
bird blocks
Walls finished
w/ board/bat
Wildfires are
very scary!
2nd floor
sink cabinet
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Staining 2nd
More 2nd
floor stain
Used the paint
 crew airless
Complete tile
Tile around
the sink base
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Sanding the
2nd floor
2nd floor
Rough in
Rough in
upper cabinets
Cabinets faced
need doors etc
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Moved in -
left critters in barn!
Closet work Upstairs bath
works great!
2nd floor
more upstairs
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Office area -
2nd floor loft
more 2nd floor
2nd floor bath