I am going to be building a cabin this winter and all my research pointed to building on cribwork. I bought railroad ties and cut them up into 4' sections and treated the cut ends.
Cabin size: 24'X24'
Cribwork: 5 railroad ties high. 3 on the bottom layer and 3 on the top layer and 9 total stacks
Beam: 4X12X12 spliced together to make 3 main beams 4x1x24
Should I pound rebar through the cribwork to stabilize it? Some say yes and some say no.
Attatch main beams to crib work with angle iron?
Ideas on how to shim for settling? Cedar shims?
I bought 6 of the DB-138DB1 duckbills to pound in the ground and attach on the ends of the 3 main beams.
Here is a rough draft picture with the ties 24' apart in only one directions and missing the bottom layer of 3. Any advice would be apprecitated.