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5 years 22 weeks ago, 2:07 PM

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Has anyone had any dealings with these type homes. My wife and I are thinking of building one in the next two months and I wanted any information that might help with plumbing, and wiring, and what to expect.

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 3:02 PM

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A log cabin is very nice and they cost some money to have build. The plumbing is hidin in your cabnets and the wires are hidin behind the trim in the rooms. Most of the log cabins will run you around $150 a square feet to build. Might be cheaper now since the house maket sucks so bad now.

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 3:34 PM

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the biggest thing Ive seen issues with is plumbing runs and wiring runs. Just be sure to plan ahead for both. You can route your wiring in wall just be sure to use conduits in the walls and you'll have to probably drill and route out your outlet boxes. Plan for things like satellite television, replacing plumbing, phones, internet and networking. The important thing to remember is your walls will be solid... no possibilities of removing that piece of sheet rock to re-run a cable line or replace that faulty electrical circut. Roomy conduits and lots of junction boxes is what you want.. Good luck and since your log home will be susceptible to fire, plan ahead for this also with a good clearing around your home and under-brushing depending on your location..

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 3:56 PM

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Nitris re: Log cabin

Most wiring will be run in conduit in the slab or under floor for raised foundation. They then come up through your partition walls.
Here is a site with some rudimentary ideas for you.

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/ho_log_cabins/article/0,2037,DIY_13947_227...

5 years 22 weeks ago, 4:14 PM

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I'm a journeyman electrician but have never wired a log cabin and was wondering what to do. Thanks for the information very useful.

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 5:03 PM

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my son is a journeyman electrician in California works out of Alameda County Hall. East side of Bay Area. Now I know how you can afford all them guns.

5 years 22 weeks ago, 8:37 PM

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I had a log home before I got married and my wife wanted to be near a Mall. Very easy to run wire. Never had any issues . Lots of trim and waynes coating. Just had to Thompsons wood/oil seal every year to keep the finish. Some guys offer stain services near the country but its expensive or cash only sometimes....

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 5:09 AM

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For the out side logs

couldn't I clear lacquer coat the logs, and or what might be the best lacquer??

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 7:26 AM

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I think the oil sealers look nicer, last longer and are easily recoated. Lacquer can chip and peel and that means sanding or scraping. The logs (IMHO) look better oil finished and then they patina to a rich color.

5 years 22 weeks ago, 7:53 AM

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Oh. We're not talking about Lincoln Logs, are we? Nevermind.

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 8:00 AM

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I planned on building a cabin in northern NV and spent quite a bit of time researching them. Use a finish made for the job. You need to protect the outside from sun, moisture, & insects.

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 8:05 AM

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careful of the products you use some promote log rotting. Also consider your landscaping. Bushes or shrubs that need lots of water keep away from the exterior otherwise you will have to do some log replacement(Chinking)in 5 to 10 years. when you select your exterior sealer make sure you back brush it on after it has been sprayed which it the fastest aplication to seal the exterior. as you probably know they are extremly efficent for cooling and heating. I have built and remodeled several log cabins and homes.

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 8:25 AM

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What about the inside

Once the sealer has been applied to the inside is it nessary to have to repeat it again? another question on the receptacle outlet with solid walls were do you put these?? code requires one every 6 feet per room, is it possible to drill through the solid boards from the bottom and cut out for a box installation? How are they installed in the ones you guys have worked on?

I have always installed a receptacle in sheet rock walls never tried anything with solid walls. I'm a commercial electrician.

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 8:50 AM

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Nitris : inside cabin

for sealing the inside again its related to the product and style you want.
But here again make sure you back brush to seal it all. On the exterior inside walls the wiring runs thru a channel in the logs called starter logs the outlets are notched out and drilled for the box the inner walls contains most majority wiring. plan very well with your electrician.

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 8:59 AM

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I'm also the builder. Getting a kit and putting it together,Might have more questions as soon as I get the logs. Here's the cabin:

http://www.logcabinhomes.com/PDF/BlueridgeI.pdf

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 9:08 AM

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LOL sorry didn't know. nice plans I'm sure it will be awesome. Roughly you get a 1/4 inch for the wiring to the box

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