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This is how the doors are framed. Windows are similar. Note, there's no top lintel. There's no need since it's a solid log anyway. And the doors and windows are never nailed to the top and only nailed to the side boards which are separate from the logs. This is because all logs eventually settle and shrink as they dry, which can crack windows and prevent doors form opening

Even "well dried" logs do settle as more moisture leaves them over the years

This is how the roof rafters are attached to the top log on the walls

The angle is 45 degrees for both cuts in this case, but it can be any angle you like (preferably above 25 degrees to easily shed snow and rain)

This style is very popular with log home "kits". They do let you build quicker, but the logs don't typically last that long

This lets moisture get trapped between the logs (note the "well" channel in the middle) which can lead to rot. You'll be spending a lot of time, effort, and money on surface treatments with this style. The treatments themselves aren't that great for your health or the environment

The traditional method needs no treatments since the log dries completely after each storm

The reason why the cut log ends extend beyond the actual joint slightly is to let it wick away any moisture from between the logs

If water gets into the joint, the exposed end eventually dry faster, which will then draw the rest of the moisture from underneath the covered part

A very (very!) old cabin that's still standing, made in the traditional gapped log fashion

This one has had a couple recent modifications made to it

Here's a traditionally made log style tiny shed with that gap preserved. The gray/brown stuff is cement with lattice mesh backing

There's a layer in front, insulation in middle, and a layer on the inside

Some cabin designs don't have the gap between logs. I've been told by a professional carpenter that this prevents proper drying of the logs and can lead to rot in years or decades. The lack of a gap can also lead water into the joint via capillary action (wood is fibrous after all)

The "gapped" logs can apparently last centuries

Closeup look at the joinery between logs in a cabin. This is the half-angle joint. It's popular because it sheds rain and snow more easily because of the angle, preserving the wood from rot

The gaps between logs later get a mesh lattice fastened and cement applied (that's the yellow/brown stuff you see in new log homes)

I鈥檓 told this is a rude gesture in parts of South America

Makes it all the more appropriate to be given by the prototype of our future robot overlords

These kinds of little games can be fun, but they are a great way for a third party to gain personal information about you

If you don鈥檛 want to leak partial details of your real name and birthday, best refrain from participating

Never mind Facebook, the people who share these may be friends and family who are unaware of how much information they鈥檙e giving away

One thing I don't understand is people complaining about graffiti on trains and walls but they couldn't be bothered a bit by ads being everywhere in our daily life actively and literally trying to manipulate everybody's thoughts and actions. But it's legit because that access to your brain is bought with money.

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I didn鈥檛 know New York had a history of Bigfoot sightings

I鈥檝e never seen or heard a bigfoot in all my time outdoors. I鈥檓 half relieved and half disappointed

Anyone here interested in eastern philosophy and meditation practices? If so, follow me. Tons of info to come.

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