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How to stabilize a tongue and groove second story of a home

In Fairbanks, Alaska, we are fairly minimalistic people and often this is applied to homes. In this home the second story is 1 1/4″ plywood and 2X6″ tongue and groove over two log walls and three log beams.

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The floor is a bit bouncy, as planned, but there were measures taken in advance to deal with it. The first was having several trusses engineered to attach some hardware to.

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The next was having some receiving plates made to support steel rods that go through the beams.  Last week I posted pictures of these plates on our Facebook page and asked what they were for. Lots of great responses to that question!

Here are the receiving plates installed. Click here for a better image.


The exposed nut washer and some threading

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Now the support rods running from the roof rafters down through the interior closet and bathroom walls into the floor below.

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Once the nuts were tightened, we were on to stocking sheet rock and doing the vapor barrier for the lid.

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Dormer bathroom added to 30 year old home in Fairbanks

fairbanks remodel expertsDay 1 from the inside (the roof came of first…see that post here)

Fairbanks alaska home renovationsFraming in the dormer as seen from the hall

Fairbanks contractor for additionsCouple days into the project, the roof on the dormer side is being sheeted and insulated (link back to see this)

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Above the now insulted wall from the hallway and below the shower (the roof is dried in, vapor barriered, and insulated)

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Preparing another curbless shower stall for tile

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I know, you have seen a ton of photos of this window from the hall, bear with me, please.

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Freezing rain, steel trusses, and hard workers.

The guys are keeping in good spirits despite the cold temperature.  After numerous delays, the trusses arrived, were installed, and now the meticulous process of the associated framing is going on.

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This is the first time any of us have done a roof like this. I give full credit to the crew and homeowner, George, because it’s tough enough to spend the entire day working with steel outside at 10F and they have dealt with this while I have been out of town

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Double wall construction on a new home in Fairbanks, Alaska

This is progress on the home we started framing in Fairbanks nearly one month ago.  There was a mix up with the truss order so the project has been idle for the last few weeks.

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Framing a home on a block foundation. Fall/winter 2013.

October is actually one of my favorite times to be working outside in Fairbanks, Alaska.  Generally, for the last few years, the first two weeks of October have been stellar weather.  So far, it’s true.

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Well, on day two we had some snow.  See how the thickened slab below the lines we snapped stayed warmer and melted the snow.



Bruce and George check variation in the concrete slab while I shoot the laser.



Furred out walls in front of concrete block complete, now for interior walls.






DSC02442Now the stair well is obvious as is the opening for the support where the masonry stove will rest.

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Building a log home (Part 1- The Plan)

Stick framing a second story on a log home is going to be an interesting project this summer.  In this first phase we will take this house from it current state (below) to a finished roof.  It will be double wall construction with one foot of cellulose insulation in the walls (r-38). Good thinking for Fairbanks, Alaska winters. There will be more details about the walls and roof line in future posts.

This scan of the basement floor plan shows the shape of the foundation.

This home has an insulated concrete form (ICF) foundation under the log structure.  The logs were cut and stacked offsite before being delivered and re-set on the foundation.  Tom Sorensen, local expert log builder, and his crew  stacked these logs.

The ICF’s and logs from the west.

Logs walls from interior (below). Note the joints in the prow (angled bay, right photo)…these are not easy to produce and you can hardly slip a piece of paper between the logs they are so tight. Tom, Justin, and Jeremy built tight log structures.

A couple shots from the top of the log wall.

The 2X6 structure in the above photo supported a tarp system to keep the logs from getting weathered and will be removed as the second story floor goes down.  The log beams running perpendicular to the long floor support beams are for the stair opening.  Brady, one of Tom’s hands, does some touch up sanding in advance of the floor going down so the grinder does not hit the tongue and groove (T&G) ceiling.

Above is a nice shot of the prow I mentioned before.  This bay will have a nice large window in it on both floors.  Again you can see the perpendicular beam that will support the floor around the stair opening.

We will be laying down the floor in the coming days so we can get the measurements for the roof trusses.  I will update this project weekly on Thursdays as we get into it.  Please feel free to leave comments here or on FB.

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