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After reading our post the other day, I thought maybe I should add a few things. From other posts that I've read, we're doing things a little differently than most. First, we are our own general contractor. My husband is the one who has done all of the planning for our home. We have designed it ourselves and will be building it by ourselves for the most part. We are not using a log home package either. Once again, Hubby has done a lot of leg work and we're buying all of the supplies from different businesses - mostly to save money. Some parts of the big plan may come back to bite us in the butt, but it will still be our home in the end - no one can say they have one just like ours. I'll keep writing about the good and the bad and maybe this will help someone else along the way. The excavators started on the driveway on June 17 and we're hoping to be in the house by September - no small fete from what I've read from other builds. Our basement walls are to be delivered July 16 and the logs are to be here the 26th. Will hopefully have pics soon!

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Comment by Terry & Shelley S on July 19, 2010 at 10:41am
Wow! You have a great site. Love all the trees. Sounds like you're gonna be busy for the next couple of months. Please continue to share pictures of your journey with us! Congratulations and best of luck to you.
Comment by kent ifland on July 19, 2010 at 8:31am
I used an 18" ship builders auger bit to drill my holes for electrical. I made a mark on the floor where I wanted the wall outlet and then used a square lined up with the mark on the floor to mark the location on the top log I was going to drill. My logs were 9" and stacked to 8" so I drilled two logs at a time. All the lower outlets were fine but on the outlets above the countertop in the kitchen and bathroom I had a heck of a time getting the wood chips out of the hole when I went to run the elecrical wire. When I would drill the higher logs, the chips would fall down into the previously drilled hole and hang up there. One of the holes I was able to clear by connecting a piece of flexible tubing to the air hose on my air compressor and pushing that up into the hole from the basement. Wasn't so lucky on the other holes. Finally bent a corksrew shape on the end of a piece of stiff wire and would screw it into the hole and then yank on it. Finally got the holes clear using a combination of the wire and air. I would highly recommend "rodding" the chips out of the hole after each drilling session.
As far as layout of the outlets, if you follow the rules of the NEC on spacing, you will be legal and there is nothing to stop you from adding more outlets than the NEC requires if you see any possible need for them. Don't forget provisions for your wall or overhead lighting as well as switch placement. Another think to remember is smoke detectors, as they must be wired so that if one goes off they all go off.
Also, if you are going to have a sound system you need to think about speaker placement and other cabling such a television, network, phone, thermostat, etc. With the advent of wireless communications, not many people using the wired network or the wired security system tho.
Comment by Jeff and Cheryl Smith on July 18, 2010 at 9:23pm
D-Logs. we are as well doing the construction ourselves with help from family and friends. We did hire an Amish builder to help with construction. The electrical planning seems a little overwhelming, don't want to forget anything.
Comment by Diana Osborne on July 8, 2010 at 7:14pm
Good Luck! Looking forward to the pictures and your experience!
Comment by kent ifland on July 8, 2010 at 10:02am
What type of logs are you using? ie, D-log, round-round, swedish cope, etc? I am just finishing up my home and I did virtually all the construction myself. I hired a crew to pour the basement walls after we formed them up and a crew to place and finish the basement floor. Also hired a crane and crew to place the jumbo sips for my roof and I farmed out the metal roof installation, as I am too danged old to be crawling around on an 8-12 pitch standing seam roof.
Everything else, including wiring, plumbing, carpentry, tile, etc we did ourselves. Inspector passed it all. I ordered random length swedish cope logs with saddle notches already cut to save time. I let all the logs in the door and window openings run wild and then cut out the openings later. I did find a few things I would do differently that would save time and increase accuracy. (I'm a little anal about doing it right). Will be glad to pass on anything I learned if it applies. Kent

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