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Old 09-30-2015, 09:43 AM   #1
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Bought a very run-down and very rustic cabin recently. It was a little lopsided due to a tree growing into it for many years.

So after the come along chain broke, we went to Plan B. Line up the Sportsmobile!

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Old 09-30-2015, 05:21 PM   #2
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You gotta give us more than that!

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Old 09-30-2015, 09:35 PM   #3
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When it's done I'll bring the beer
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Old 10-01-2015, 12:09 AM   #4
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:13 AM   #5
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You gotta give us more than that!

It worked a like a charm! Cabin is now pretty straight. If I can keep it that way after we release all the bracing is another story..
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Old 10-03-2015, 03:47 PM   #7
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Now you just need another SMB to go camping in, or are you going to let it sag back every time you unhook and leave?
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Now you just need another SMB to go camping in, or are you going to let it sag back every time you unhook and leave?
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Old 10-06-2015, 10:37 AM   #9
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Now you just need another SMB to go camping in, or are you going to let it sag back every time you unhook and leave?
Ha! No, it's all shear walled and now standing mostly straight all on it's own!

And while I didn't get any action pictures, I did use the SMB winch and hi lift jack to situate and level my new garage:

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Yeah, I tried that. But it didn't work for me. But I was stupid, because I had the roof redone with 4x8 sheathing installed over the skip sheathing after removing the old cedar shingles and nails and nothing was going to straighten the now locked in place by the roof, parallelogram back wall which I wanted to be square before installing the rough sawn cedar 4x10 sheet siding.

Here's the trick I used: Make sure the bottom of your wall is bolted to the foundation, put a 3/4" bolt in the top plate, put a chain on the bolt, hook up the chain to a good quality cable come-a-long (with a solid steel ratchet), run a 1/2" cable to a tree (about 100 feet away) to a 2" nylon tow strap around the tree, and tighten with the come-a-long every couple of months. With the wind action on the tree, in just two short years the wall softened up enough to square it. And once the 4x10's cedar sheets were installed, it was locked in place square.

There is a moral in this story, somewhere...

BTW, wouldn't change a thing. But in a few months you will likely want to change the title to this thread to "Living for your cabin..."
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