Hold tight…

We are on a wild ride now. Despite the quiet blog, work on the cabin has been pretty bold this month (except a work-vacation trip that ate up a bunch of the beginning of the month). We did something we don’t usually do – hired a contractor to help. After doing our research (when we learned that what we need to do is called “holding” the structure), we decided we should get some quotes on having someone ELSE level and jack up the cabin. We haven’t ever done this particular job before, and the vertical log construction isn’t well-documented. Plus, buying supplies and jacks for a one-time job started to look expensive.

We got a really good quote from a local guy who was solidly recommended at the respected local lumberyard. Everything he said jived with what we had independently found out, and he had some great ideas we hadn’t thought of. We feverishly (but carefully) pulled up flooring (we will re-use it) to make space, cleaned up the area, and got some debris and shrubs out of the staging area. Still, handing over that initial check (lots of overtime went into the funds for this!) made us squirm. Then they didn’t show up to start on the first day…a nervous phone call…they were on the way after gathering up supplies all morning and some family commitments (it’s a weekend after all).

Today was day 2, and progress looked really good. Got an un-solicited call with the contractor checking in, and asking us a few questions (about old pipes in the cellar, etc.). We are on a roll now…

Here are some before photos, and photos after day 2. We think the “before” photos speak for themselves. The one fallen corner of the cabin needs to be raised about 5″. And some of the old piers are a study in precariousness.

In case you still don't believe that leakage around the chimney was the major problem, here's proof: this is a plant that is growing INSIDE the house, under the roof, in a nook of the chimney. Nice.

In case you still don’t believe that leakage around the chimney was the major problem, here’s proof: this is a plant that is growing INSIDE the house, under the roof, in a nook of the chimney. Nice.

There's no floor in the dining room (the low corner) or kitchen any more. But, at least the crew can stand up in the cellar to work!

There’s no floor in the dining room (the low corner) or kitchen any more. But, at least the crew can stand up in the cellar to work!

This would be gorgeous rock artwork in the garden, or on a trail But holding up the middle of the great room, and at a beam joint no less?!

This would be gorgeous rock artwork in the garden, or on a trail But holding up the middle of the great room, and at a beam joint no less?!

This is the naughty corner. When this is all done, we expect to see about 5" of light at the top of the block wall. Fingers crossed.

This is the naughty corner. When this is all done, we expect to see about 5″ of light at the top of the block wall. Fingers crossed.

Another careful balancing act. Also on the main beam.

Another careful balancing act. Also on the main beam.

Before view of the left side of the house. This is where most of the action will happen. (Little bits of action elsewhere).

Before view of the left side of the house. This is where most of the action will happen. (Little bits of action elsewhere).

Hey, one person once tried to fix the issue! Not the greatest implementation, though.

Hey, one person once tried to fix the issue! Not the greatest implementation, though.

And after Day 2…it’s pretty amazing to see some actual construction at the house, rather than deconstruction and garbage removal. Exhilarating.

Woo hoo! A concrete pad! Lightbulb (more trash in the cellar - we didn't get it all) for scale.

Woo hoo! A concrete pad! Lightbulb (more trash in the cellar – we didn’t get it all) for scale.

And another pad, off in the distance!

And another pad, off in the distance!

And another one. There were 5 pads after day 2. Sweet!

And another one. There were 5 pads after day 2. Sweet!

My personal favorite. Work with what ya got.

My personal favorite. Work with what ya got.

Because all the supplies were going to be there, the contractor agreed to jack up the other end of the house that had sagged (but not so badly) while he's there. So cool. It's pretty amazing getting help.

Because all the supplies were going to be there, the contractor agreed to jack up the other end of the house that had sagged (but not so badly) while he’s there. So cool. It’s pretty amazing getting help.

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