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    Default Best books on cabin construction?

    Hi all, have been reading the forum every once in a while but finally wanted to post a thread. I am looking for a good comprehensive book (or books) that will help me look at the right things when planning my goal. I live in a dry cabin in Fairbanks now and want to get some land and build my own. Now, this is a long way off. I'm a youngin. That also means i'm broke.

    But if I'm going to do this, I want to do it right. If I can have every piece of the process already mapped out in my head, it will make it that much easier when I can afford it down the road. Everything from site selection, to foundation choices, to fine interior woodwork, to just plain inspiration.

    Any recommendations are appreciated.

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    I hope they send you a commission. I just bought 2 of them.(already have Tom Walker's book).

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    Here is a free pdf. I have a bound hard copy that the Alaska Housing Finance Co. was distributing about 10 years ago. Now you can download if off their website. It is a great resource for log construction.

    http://www.ahfc.us/files/5613/5716/0...n_logmanlo.pdf

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    I've a friend who is in the construction business, and he told me to get "Smoley's Trusses and Framing" for lear ing how to design and build your own roof trusses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkwarthog View Post
    Here is a free pdf. I have a bound hard copy that the Alaska Housing Finance Co. was distributing about 10 years ago. Now you can download if off their website. It is a great resource for log construction.

    http://www.ahfc.us/files/5613/5716/0...n_logmanlo.pdf
    Great resource! Thanks for sharing. I wonder how much gravel is recommended underneath the post and pad foundation referenced on page 26. I think I am going to do a foundation like that for our cabin when my wife and I finally get all of our materials out to our property. Does anybody know what kind of gravel is recommended and how many inches of gravel is recommended for a post and pad foundation? Also, should the gravel be spread completely underneath the structure, or just underneath the pads?

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