Thinking about building a Log Cabin?

Written by Jack Hudson

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Aroundrepparttar outer edges of your cottage build a form as shown inrepparttar 118018 picture atrepparttar 118019 side. I assume that you didn't knockrepparttar 118020 walls of your trench in; if you did, be sure to clean them out again. You are now ready to layrepparttar 118021 reinforcing down. The usual procedure is to use wire mesh weighing 40 pounds per 100 square feet.

If you can't get it,repparttar 118022 best substitute that I have seen is heavy turkey wire (welded type). Roll outrepparttar 118023 mesh. Put some small rocks under it so that whenrepparttar 118024 concrete is poured,repparttar 118025 mesh will be inrepparttar 118026 slab. Alongrepparttar 118027 bottom ofrepparttar 118028 trench use two %-inch reinforcing bars. You're actually building a concrete beam aroundrepparttar 118029 perimeter ofrepparttar 118030 building.

You are now ready forrepparttar 118031 big pour. By this time you will probably be willing to call for transit mix. When you ask for this prepared mix, tell them you wantrepparttar 118032 kind that reaches a minimum compressive strength of 2,000 pounds per square inch in 28 days. If you are going to mix your own concrete, use I part portland cement, 2 parts sand, 4 parts coarse aggregate, and enough water to make it sloppy.

The actual water content should not exceed 7|/2 gallons per bag of cement. The table will help you to figure how much you will need. The thickness ofrepparttar 118033 concrete slab should be a minimum of 3 inches. After you haverepparttar 118034 framing up, you will want to add one more inch of smooth concrete for your final finish (I part cement, 3 parts sand).

You can also add color to this batch if you don't likerepparttar 118035 natural gray ofrepparttar 118036 concrete. There you are. Except that you should also put some 6-inch stove bolts alongrepparttar 118037 outer edge ofrepparttar 118038 slab, about 8 feet on center, starting roughly I foot fromrepparttar 118039 corner, to fasten your sill. If you are going to userepparttar 118040 cottage year-round and are building inrepparttar 118041 northern states, insulaterepparttar 118042 outside perimeter with Fiberglas boards.

If you userepparttar 118043 slab described, be sure thatrepparttar 118044 soil is porous. Heavy clay or stiff soil will requirerepparttar 118045 building of foundation walls torepparttar 118046 frost line to prevent heaving.

About the Author: Jack Hudson is a writer for and These two sites work collectively as a resouce for the planning and building of log cabins as well as choosing from different house plans. Visit one of these sites for informative articles as well as free TIPS for building a log home or choosing a house plan.

How to Care for Laminate Flooring

Written by E. Timothy Uy

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6. Buy doormats for doorways that lead torepparttar garage or outdoors.These doormats will trap grit that can gradually cause light scratching onrepparttar 105562 laminate floor's surface.

7. Put easy-glide protective buttons onrepparttar 105563 feet ofrepparttar 105564 furniture.

8. Use dollies when moving a large piece of furniture or a heavy appliance across a laminate floor or else you could leave a scratch by getting tiny peebles caught under a furniture foot or a wheel.

Take common-sense precautions to protect your floor when working with sharp or heavy objects.For example, put down a thick tarp or a carpet scrap to protectrepparttar 105565 laminate floor when installing a ceiling fan and using a drill; you can damagerepparttar 105566 floor by accidentally dropping it.

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