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Old 02-19-2019, 04:19 PM   #151
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Great job!! Looks amazing and youíre doing an awesome job of documenting your progress !
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:30 PM   #152
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Love it! You could take a heck of a shot from that back porch. Maybe a small shooting bench with some of the leftover lumber... :-)
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:06 PM   #153
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Congrats! I wish I had your talent and dedication.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:20 PM   #154
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Where are you staying while there during the construction?
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:19 PM   #155
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:58 PM   #156
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Awesome start!! Iím definitely following along for inspiration.


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Old 02-20-2019, 09:43 AM   #157
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Where are you staying while there during the construction?
I have a 2004 5th wheel trailer that my family and I used all the time when my children we young. Since we stopped taking the trailer out on vacation I decided to just take it out there and leave it to stay in for the build. It is pretty large with 6 beds and is in really good shape. Right now it is placed about 40 yards from the build site, ran on solar power. Once the cabin build is complete I plan to keep it out there for overflow if needed. I plan to move it to a spot I found about 100 yards from the cabin that is secluded, so If my wife and I have guests that want to have privacy they can stay in that if they want.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:48 AM   #158
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I have never thought of that but it makes perfect sense. I honestly wasn't looking at that I was just choosing the best looking side. And when I read you post I had no idea what you were talking about, but after looking at the ends of the boards in the pictures I can see the "cup"

Should I go though and flip them around, assuming I am gonna stain them and MOST of them will be under the covered porch?

Thanks for the input, will look at that for sure the next deck I build.
I would not worry about it too much, but over time the boards will bow/cup up. If just a few, you may go ahead and flip.The other way the grain gives the board more strength.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:15 AM   #159
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Looking good, your place is going to last a lifetime. Definitely digging the silo latrine. Best of luck I’m sure when it’s all said and done it’s gonna be amazing.
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Old 02-26-2019, 02:51 PM   #160
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I would not worry about it too much, but over time the boards will bow/cup up. If just a few, you may go ahead and flip.The other way the grain gives the board more strength.
Good to know, you learn all kind of things on TBH.

wlee15- just curious did you consider going with Trex instead of wood?

My deck is buckling pretty good now that it is 10 years old but then again the construction was pretty bad at best.
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Old 02-27-2019, 05:10 PM   #161
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I could fall off that porch!
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Old 02-28-2019, 10:15 AM   #162
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Good to know, you learn all kind of things on TBH.

wlee15- just curious did you consider going with Trex instead of wood?

My deck is buckling pretty good now that it is 10 years old but then again the construction was pretty bad at best.
Trex was an option but it was out of my budget right now. I am literally trying to keep the entire cost of the cabin build under 10K. At this point I think I will be about 2K over budget when its all said and done.
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Old 02-28-2019, 10:35 AM   #163
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I could fall off that porch!
Eventually there will be railing around the entire porch so hopefully this will prevent anyone from falling off. I decided not to put on the side porch railing yet so they wont be in the way while we are putting on the roof and sides of the cabin. After the cabin is dried in I will add the railing along the sides. The front porch railing is in place though.
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Old 02-28-2019, 10:51 AM   #164
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Last weekend Andy and I went back out to complete the framing...... and I can officially say we are done welding on the the structure!!! We will need to break out the welder again after we are dried in to finish the railing around the porches.

First we worked on the side framing on the cabin itself. We added 2 cross members angled at the roof line for the side wall to terminate to at that top then added vertical supports between the center of the cabin and the outer edge. One of the challenges we had is that on the non loft side of the cabin, the welder leads would not reach. We had the suspend the welder from the center beam high enough to reach.... PIC 1

We then added the roof supports over the front porch. PICS 2&3

We also cut 5/8" solid bar to form 3 horizontal rails centered to the front porch railing. PICS 4-6

We also cut down the deck boards to length and routered all the edges on the from of the porch.

Now all we have left is to do some grinding on the porch railing and Paint what we added, then install the Roof, side panels and Windows to get it all dried in.....

We plan to have a "raising the roof party" to entice some of my friends to come out and help with that portion of the build. This will be done the weekend of March 23rd. Pray for good weather and light winds!!!!!
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Old 02-28-2019, 02:47 PM   #165
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Trex was an option but it was out of my budget right now. I am literally trying to keep the entire cost of the cabin build under 10K. At this point I think I will be about 2K over budget when its all said and done.
Man that would be amazing to build a cabin like that for $12K !
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:13 PM   #166
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What a spot to hang out! Well played sir!

Roofing actually goes quick.


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Old 03-04-2019, 06:46 PM   #167
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Pretty awesome!
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:45 AM   #168
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Very quick.......... I might have missed this in previous posts, but are you planning on skinning the walls with sheet tin also?

I have enjoyed keeping up with all the welding rods you have burned.........ha

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Old 03-05-2019, 10:21 AM   #169
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Old 03-05-2019, 10:25 AM   #170
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:12 AM   #171
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Old 03-06-2019, 02:55 PM   #172
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Very quick.......... I might have missed this in previous posts, but are you planning on skinning the walls with sheet tin also?

I have enjoyed keeping up with all the welding rods you have burned.........ha

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Actually I plan to skin the exterior with plywood then Tyveck covered with Cedar tongue and groove siding.

I got a deal on both the plywood and siding. On the plywood I bought a bundle from Lowes, regular price for all the sheets was around $1200.00 I offered them $100 to take it off of their hands, the counter offered at $140.00. (Pic1)
The siding I got from a lumber company that was going out of business. they had two large bundles (8 footers and 16 footers) I offered them $400.00 for it all. They agreed. After I bought it I counted the pieces and calculated what it would have cost me buying new. I was shocked to find out it was over $14,000.00 worth. Man I was lucky to find that deal. (pic 2)

On the inside I am going to do the same but I will have a rusty tin wainscoting from the floor up to chair rail height. Cedar siding from there up to the ceiling. and new corrugated shiny tin on the ceiling. I bought the rusty tin for $100.00 from an old farm house that was sold to a developer. I think I got about 30 8 foot panels.

This is the reason I will be able to have this cabin built on such a small budget. We find deals and build based on what we have on hand.

Another example is the shower house silo; I got that totally free along with another larger Silo that we will make into a storage building. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but took them out there and as we were building got the idea to add it on the deck and make an shower house/bathroom, which gives us more livable space in the cabin. It is now absolutely the focal point of the build, it will totally make the cabin feel rustic which was what I wanted.

Overall I want the look of an OLD cabin. not a steel building, But I wanted it to last longer than a stick built or prefab shed cabin. I hope I am doing things right to accomplish that.
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Old 03-06-2019, 03:43 PM   #173
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Actually I plan to skin the exterior with plywood then Tyveck covered with Cedar tongue and groove siding.

I got a deal on both the plywood and siding. On the plywood I bought a bundle from Lowes, regular price for all the sheets was around $1200.00 I offered them $100 to take it off of their hands, the counter offered at $140.00. (Pic1)
The siding I got from a lumber company that was going out of business. they had two large bundles (8 footers and 16 footers) I offered them $400.00 for it all. They agreed. After I bought it I counted the pieces and calculated what it would have cost me buying new. I was shocked to find out it was over $14,000.00 worth. Man I was lucky to find that deal. (pic 2)

On the inside I am going to do the same but I will have a rusty tin wainscoting from the floor up to chair rail height. Cedar siding from there up to the ceiling. and new corrugated shiny tin on the ceiling. I bought the rusty tin for $100.00 from an old farm house that was sold to a developer. I think I got about 30 8 foot panels.

This is the reason I will be able to have this cabin built on such a small budget. We find deals and build based on what we have on hand.

Another example is the shower house silo; I got that totally free along with another larger Silo that we will make into a storage building. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but took them out there and as we were building got the idea to add it on the deck and make an shower house/bathroom, which gives us more livable space in the cabin. It is now absolutely the focal point of the build, it will totally make the cabin feel rustic which was what I wanted.

Overall I want the look of an OLD cabin. not a steel building, But I wanted it to last longer than a stick built or prefab shed cabin. I hope I am doing things right to accomplish that.

Dang! You sure did hit a lick on that material.
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Old 03-06-2019, 03:51 PM   #174
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Looks solid!
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Old 03-06-2019, 04:33 PM   #175
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:22 PM   #176
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You've done a great job and I can't wait to see it finished!
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:34 PM   #177
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Thats awesome
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Old 03-08-2019, 09:35 AM   #178
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Man, you sure are doing things right.
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Old 03-08-2019, 10:07 PM   #179
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Great deals!! Awesome build so far
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Old 03-11-2019, 01:31 AM   #180
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I am so into this build. I can't believe that you found such a great deal on the cedar siding
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Old 03-11-2019, 01:29 PM   #181
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I am so into this build. I can't believe that you found such a great deal on the cedar siding

I couldn't believe my luck either.
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Old 03-11-2019, 01:55 PM   #182
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Took a trip out on Sunday to do a few things. Turns out the Section of land to the North of me is being developed, and the developer has about a 60acre tract that will line up with my property. I spent 2.5 hours walking the property and really liked what I saw. I am in negotiations with them to purchase it. Pic 1 shows the new lot in blue, my tract is in RED location of my cabin is in the white squares. Luckily my neighbor next to me plans to purchase his adjoining lots as well, and we all have the same game management plans. There are some stunning views from the hilltops of the new subdivision. There are new tracts surrounding mine that will be available soon, so If you want to be neighbors it would be good to have like minded owners working together! Send me a PM and I will give your details.

After walking the new land we decided to do touch-up grinding, and complete the paint on the structure and railing. We got it all done and now we are officially ready to dry this thing in!!

The plan is, as I have stated before, get the roof on and as much siding done the weekend of March 23rd.

thanks you all for the kind comments throughout this journey.
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Old 03-11-2019, 02:06 PM   #183
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Looking freakin good man!!!! I am jealous!!
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Old 03-11-2019, 02:55 PM   #184
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Absolutely beautiful!cant wait to see the finished product.
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Old 03-11-2019, 03:00 PM   #185
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Awesome progress, good luck with buying the new piece!
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:43 AM   #186
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Good luck with the purchase of the land. That would be awesome to have.
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Old 03-21-2019, 04:22 PM   #187
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Heading out to try to get the roof up this weekend. I have about 9 others coming out to help me on Saturday. If the rain holds off we should able to get the roof and some if not all of the siding up. Praying the the rain stays away! Will send out updates when I get back!
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Old 03-21-2019, 04:41 PM   #188
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Good luck this weekend. Loving the build.
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Old 03-21-2019, 06:49 PM   #189
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Good luck on the weather. Donít forget the pictures for this thread!!!


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Old 03-25-2019, 05:30 PM   #190
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We drove out the ranch early Saturday AM. The weather was great, overcast most of the day, and partly cloudy in the afternoon. Several guys had to drop out last minute, so it was Just Andy and I along with his son (15), my Son(17 and 2 of my sons buddies (16&17). I was worried that us old guys would have to do all the hard work on the roof because the boys are so young, but it was good to have the youth around to keep us motivated.

We started out with putting on the osb. We used the loft as the staging area to get the first few sheets up. I went on top to secure osb. It was a completely different experience screwing in the roof than we had with the deck. We used pan head self-taping screws, BUT they would not work. I do not know why but we just couldn't get them to go in no matter how we tried; impact, regular drill, slow or fast it was not good! Only about 1 in 5 would go in. Luckily we had several drill bits the right size to drill pilot holes, but it was going to cost us a lot of time. I started off on the steep side of the cabin, and got all the all the sheets installed. (pic1) I then moved to the front of the cabin, placed all the osb. We trimmed the osb for a nice finish (pic 2). Next we installed drip edge on the front and back. Tar paper was then rolled and stapled to the OSB. (pic 3)

That process took much longer than I thought, we started at about 8AM and it was 2:30 by the time we got the osb and tar paper done. I did not think we could get the rest done by the end of the day.

My son and his buddy volunteered to do the rest of the top side work. (pic 4 & 5)They did all of the steel roofing installation with our supervision. After they got the panels on each side done I was completely exhausted and said we would finish putting on the ridge cap in the morning. (pic 6) My son and his friend said they didnít want to wait until morning, they wanted to say they got it all done in one day. (Pic 7) So we guided them through that process including the foam between the ridge cap and panels. (Pic 8)

Only thing that we did not get done was installing the rake. We have to get the fascia boards installed before we can do that.

All in all it was a good day, and I am so proud of the way all 4 of the young men worked. We enjoyed clear sky's and lots of meteors that evening during dinner and treated them to smores! (pic 9)

Sunday morning was wet so I am extremely happy my son insisted on getting the top side done Saturday because there was no way I would have let anyone try to work on that wet roof.

I think we are just 1 long weekend away from having the cabin completely dried in!
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Old 03-25-2019, 05:46 PM   #191
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Looking great! Getting closer!
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Old 03-25-2019, 06:12 PM   #192
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Looks Great!!!
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Old 03-25-2019, 09:21 PM   #193
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Looks great!

Can your son and his buddies come to my place to do some work? I'll pay them with all the Smores they can eat!
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Old 03-25-2019, 09:45 PM   #194
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Fantastic!! Great to see those boys getting it done, hope you fed them well!
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Old 03-26-2019, 04:54 PM   #195
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Glad you had good help! Can't wait for another update.
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:44 AM   #196
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Coming along nicely. Fantastic build.

Oh... I could still fall off that porch!
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Old 03-28-2019, 11:22 AM   #197
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Coming along nicely. Fantastic build.

Oh... I could still fall off that porch!
Are you saying you could or you want to? ?? lol

thanks for the kind words everyone. Hope to get out there again the weekend after next.
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:38 AM   #198
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Friday 4-19 I headed out to the cabin by myself to see what I could get done. In San Antonio its Fiesta season so all of my friends and family members had events to go to. I decided to forgo the Fiesta events this past weekend and decided to try to get some work done. With Easter being on Sunday I had to be back home Saturday evening so I left early Friday morning. I arrived at the ranch at about 10:30AM.

I decided to try to get as much exterior plywood hung. When we did the roof one of my sons friends had already installed 3 full sheets on the back side of the cabin. Without my supervision he didn't do it the way I wanted it done. So I first had to remove 2 full sheets and reattach them using screws. The wind was gusting pretty bad so I though that I would not be able to handle getting this done alone. To my surprise, by 1PM that day I had installed 9 sheets. (basically the first 8' of the back and 1 side) (pic 1) I was able to use C clamps to help me hold it, and since I was working from the ground it really wasn't THAT hard. After a quick lunch I began on the west side of the cabin. I got the first 4 full sheets installed in no time, then worked on the next level up to the roof line. Working from a ladder and the scaffolding proved to be much more difficult and the wind gusts really picked up. Then I installed a few of the 28" tall sections left on the back side of the cabin. I was beat and called it a day and enjoyed a cold one on the front porch! (Pics 2 - 5)

On Saturday I finished the back side and cut out the 4 window openings on the walls. (pics 6-8) I started to work on the upper level of the East side of the wall but the wind was crazy and I still had to somehow tyveck all 3 sides. I decided I would not have the time to get that side done all the way up.

When I bought the Tyveck I choose to go with a 9' roll for the bottom and because all four sides of the cabin are taller I got a 3' roll for the difference. Well that WAS a great Idea if you have no wind and have more that one person. It was a complete cluster F***! If someone was there to video me they would make a fortune on the those funny video shows! Trying to install it one side at a time was impossible. What I had to do was staple the top corner on the side at the 9' mark. I had to put like 20 staples there to get it to hold. Then I rolled it out all the way around the back side to the front of the other side (almost 60ft). This made for an awesome Sail. Long story short I got it done but it is a bit wrinkly. After getting the Tyveck installed I thought I had the strength to get the 4 windows installed. I managed to get one of them installed but as I was taping the edges I began to cramp up almost falling off the ladder in the process. I was so dehydrated and sun/wind burnt that I had to drink 5 waters while sitting on the deck for an hour before I could get up. I decided I had done enough and cleaned up the scraps and such. (pics 9-10)

I am confident that I can have the cabin dried in with one more weekend of work (with help of course).

Last Pic is view of the cabin from the parking area.
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