Off Grid Cabin Build | How to Install LOG SIDING | Episode 16

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this is homestead where I heard this

morning working on our cabin we're going

to be beginning the installation of the

log siding the first thing you have to

do is come in and work where all of your

studs are at in your walls because when

you know you don't want to be able to

just fly would you want to make sure

your nailed all the way into they stood

so this is the first step in getting

ready to put log siding on all right

we're at phase 2 of installing the log

siding what we've done log siding is six

and three-quarter inches wide we came

from the bottom of our plywood here

we've measured up six and three-quarter

inches and we put a mark and what from

this mark

all the way up to our soffit work at the

top got that measurement brought it over

to the other side of the wall come from

the top down made a mark measured from

that mark to the bottom luckily we were

exactly the same as we was over there so

what you want to do is you want to pop a

chalk line across the wall then that

will be the top of your first log that

you install now if you start this log

off right the rest of them you shouldn't

have any problems with but periodically

you will want to measure up to the

soffit work at the top because you don't

to get all Kel torini as you go up and

we're get on each side of the window

here we will be measuring each side of

the window as we go up to make sure that

we're staying the same on the window as

we work our way up it so this is phase

two of installing the log siding all

right guys our first piece here is 118

inches and 5/16 of an inch

we want to make sure we get a good tight

fit because it's possible that it could

shrink and we don't want the apse at the

end for water to get in behind we also

don't want it so tight that if it's

moisture in it it swells so what we're

gonna do is when we cut this first board

we're gonna go ahead and put the sealer

on the ends of the boards so that

moisture doesn't get in on the hands of

it to help start deterioration so we

will be sealing the ends of every board

that we put up and the lip edge as we go

so that we don't have to worry about

moisture getting up on or something and

damaging it okay guys we're looking at

our lumber and you know when you get

lumber you always have issues with it as

much as we paid for this this section

right here is broke out of it right

there the lip is broke off they'd have

been the tongue side it would have been

okay but the lip side you know we just

paid for one foot of lumber here that's

gonna be totally useless to us so all

that has to be taken into consideration

here's another place right here

we're the company when they banded it

down they damaged it so you know that'll

be a place that we'll have to not use so

when we cut this piece off this piece

will have to be used to just go in a

little tiny places somewhere that we

have will have to be set to the side and

that's one thing when you're doing this

kind of work you've got to be always

conscious of where your pieces of wood

can be used so that you don't waste

anything because every piece you waste

is money that you just wasted so we're

gonna talk to if we can't make this

happen okay when you're marking and

cutting anything like this you always

want to cut from the backside because

your circular saw blade is turning in a

counterclockwise motion around like this

and when you're cutting from the

backside what this does is it always

pulls the grain up inside the wood and

you don't have a fuzz out grain if you

cut it from the other side you're going

to end up with a fuzzy edge on it if

your blade is the least bit dull so

we're going to cut our from the backside


okay another thing I want to mention is

the way these boards are made the

company took note of how the grains was

in the wood so that it's always shedding

water it's never holding water the

grains are not turned in the other

direction that's one thing you want to

make sure of whenever you deal with a

exciting company that they actually put

the grains in the right direction when

they mill this lumber out here that's

very very important as far as the life

expectancy of a piece of wood okay guys

I've got some nails here in my hand

these are nails I bought probably 25

maybe 30 years ago I was in construction

business in the beginning of all things

in bulk and I just have them stocked in

the shop these are siding nails I've

done lots of research on this log siding

here and there seems to be a an array of

different ideas out there as far as the

best way to install this I think it

depends on what company that you're

talking to I've checked with some

companies and they said oh no they don't

use nothing but the 3 inch deck screws

so I went boating bar to 3 inch deck

screws well I looked at another company

and another company says oh no don't use

anything but two and a half or three

inch staples 1/2 inch crown staples and

I was like well I'm not buying a gun

just to do this job so I kept looking I

come across another company that said oh

you know you only want to use ring shank

or twisted galvanized nails two and a

half inches to three inches home make

sure they go into the stud and only nail

an inch and a half up from the bottom of

your board here never put them in the

top so I still have the three inch

screws I put a screw in something I

don't like the big old hole that it

leaves those in you put them every 16

inches you've got these roll holes up

and down your walls I don't like that I

don't have a crown stapler I'm not going

to buy a $600 gun just to do this cabin

with then have to buy the staples on top

of that I already had two galvanized to

snails in the barn I can drive these in

they won't discolor the wood and I can

take a nail set and I can go ahead and

set them in the wood just a little bit

if I need to because we're not painting

it we're actually putting a clear wood

finish on it we will come back once we

install this and sand out anything that

looks dirty or dingy and put the CW help

on so it looks like the ring shank nails

us they'll be the way we're going we're

just going to be careful with the hammer

and not leave elephant tracks in it

that's gonna be a big issue so we've got

the first one cut we're gonna try to go

through there see if we can't get

several of them cut before we actually

install anything so we go ahead and

paint the ends of it with a sealer



see where people's footprints is where

they've actually stepped on all right

guys we've got a couple of boards cut

now this this board here is our very

first board that's going to go at the

bottom alone toward the ground area

we're 16 inches above the ground with

the first board but because it's the

first board we're gonna also seal the

backside of it as well as the ends and

the front and everything just because of

water splattering back up on the ground

now what we're going to be using here

I'm going to be using the CWF clear wood

finish UV treated this is a four-year

one we're gonna take this it's we don't

we didn't want to tent to it or anything

like that so we just wanted a clear

finish so that's what we're going to use

and guys you just have to bear with us

out here this morning at 7:25 this

morning and it's already in the the heat

index is already around 100 so I don't

know how much longer we're gonna be able

to stay out here how many boards we're

gonna get put up because it's just

stifling you can't hardly breathe

with the humidity like it is this wand

was behind the camera and she can't

hardly breathe

I'm already soaking wet and I've only

been here like 25 minutes working and we

all know how long we're gonna be able to

do this so just fixing to show you what

we're gonna do here we're gonna get this

all stirred up make sure that it's

started good

you guys know me I ain't wasting nothing



alright guys we've got the first piece

installed now you noticed I drove the

nails on the bottom side here my

understanding on this is you do it under

the bottom side because the water is it

pours off you drive them up in a little

bit of an angle any water drains out so

nothing you don't put them up here

because you did water would go into the

wood down here it sheds the water and it

doesn't seem to be an issue as you know

as far as a life expectancy the wood is

concerned and you use galvanized so that

you don't have streaks warming down your

wood now we're gonna come back once we

finish sealing this and it drives and

we'll nail set all these and get them

out of the way but before we put the

next piece just to make sure that our

wood has a good long life we're going to

do each piece as we put it up now this

may not be the rules but it's my rule

because I'm all about preserving what I

do so we're just going to put this stuff

on here all on that tongue up there

we're just gonna pile it on soak it in

real good go ahead just do the whole

piece of wood in the event that any kind

of discoloration takes place from

between the two times that it's done

because I can already see even where

we've done the edges there's a touch of

the discoloration there I've learned

that in the past and working with wood

you come back and try to stain something

later or put a clear wood finish over

you will see where you started and

stopped between two to it so we're just

going to go ahead and do it as we put it

up may take us a little longer but you

know what you really don't matter

because it's dark







it's too hot too hot to smile oh yeah we

just checked and he made it the idea to

see Mexico it says 99% run yeah it is so

hot we're sitting here just sweat poor

off of us but we had the generator doing

with the man keep us cool while we

finish this wall we have our first wall

on the cabin completed with the logs so

woah man job it's awesome guys it looks

good we like it we like it with the

gingerbread trim so we're gonna continue

on yeah it's uh if it we just cool off

you guys almost like a hundred degrees

right now there is 853 when we finished

we can't stay out anymore now it's just

we're burning up and we're on the shape

and we're in the shade yeah and it's in

there's no wind whatsoever it's

perfectly calm our first wall yeah this

is it number one

thank you guys for detail homes dude