Re: cabin life
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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