Posts Tagged lumber

On a roll! – June 21-23, 2010 (Trip 17.1)

Posted by Justin in Building, Each Trip, Full Account, Video Posts

Cabin Foundation Cross-members

My first order of business, before moving up towards the roof and other VERY important aspects of any dwelling, was to reinforce the foundation. I must admit, bracing my underlying posts is something I should have done prior to working on my first floor, let alone the first floor walls, second floor walls, second floor, […]

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My Official Start of Summer – June 18-21, 2010 (Trip 17)

Posted by Justin in Each Trip, Full Account, Video Posts

For months I’ve been talking about spending the summer at the cabin so that I could push the building process along at a much faster rate. And here I am, updating my website from the comfort of my four walls with no roof. How am I updating my site you might ask. Well, a summer-long […]

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Charles in Charge (Trip 11)

Posted by Justin in Each Trip, Full Account, Supplies & Tools

Chuck and friends loading up the lumber

I had the good fortune of having help to haul lumber out to the cabin in the fall. Charles Wood insisted he could grab a couple of pals, load up their vehicles and make a quick, easy run out to the cabin with building materials. Charles had a six wheeler, and the other two had […]

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Dimensional Lumber, Cost vs. Quality

Posted by Justin in Cabin Tips

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be picking up more lumber from Spenard Builder Supply in Big Lake. I’m reminded that while building the cabin the last few trips, I’ve been eager to give some good advice about dimensional lumber. My first purchase of lumber was cheap, leftover stock from a lumber yard that Spenard Builder Supply bought […]

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The Neighbors are Awesome! (Trip 10)

Posted by Justin in Each Trip, Full Account

Breakfast at the Berg Hunting Camp with my new neighbors

This had to be the most eventful trip to the property I’ve had to date. I arrived to the parking lot late on September 17 after picking up lumber from Spenard Builder Supply, unloading and loading at my boss’s brother’s place in Trapper Creek, loading up ATV and getting fuel. Then, as usual, I had […]

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Staged for Construction (Trip 6)

Posted by Justin in Each Trip, Full Account, Site Prep & Surveying

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It was finally spring, and I had work on my mind. No, not magazine work and writing, nor web design or anything I do to make a buck; I’m talking about construction. I was itching for that first strike of my new hammer to a nail, feeling my saw rip through some lumber and watching […]

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The Winter Lumber Haul (Trip 5)

Posted by Justin in Each Trip, Full Account

Loading lumber and concrete at Spendard Builders Supply

On April 18, 2009 I rented a U-Haul truck and then made my first purchase of lumber from Spenard Builder Supply in Anchorage. That was a great feeling, to look at the stack of raw materials that would soon become my wilderness haven. At that moment, I knew I was on course, and that nothing […]

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