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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:56 am 
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As you can see, we’ve tried to salvage as much firewood as we can out of the trees that have been cut.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 2:46 pm 
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you sure been busy


So when the trails getting made? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 6:39 pm 
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When clearing select trees on the property, I noticed that I had a tree that was a little too close to the power line. It wasn’t in the power line but it had limbs growing close to it. I’d rather cut a tree than be responsible for a future power outage, so I got out the chainsaw and assessed the tree to be sure it would fall away from the power line. Most ponderosa pines grow straight up, but this pine was leaning towards the power line.

I’m no lumberjack, but I’ve had a chainsaw in my hand ever since I was 12 years old. I wasn’t sure if I could notch the tree enough to compensate for the lean, so I got out two logging chains and tied the chain to a nearby pine that you see in the photo. Sure enough, as soon as I cut the notch, the tree started leaning more towards the power line until the chain went tight. At this point I knew that I was potentially screwed if I didn’t do something pretty quick. Keep in mind, my wife is standing there giving me the evil eye. :shock:

I knew the logging chains could hold the weight, and I was fairly confident that my rigging job would hold together; although, I always plan for the worse case scenario. Anyway, I immediately thought about the winch. I got the Jeep and drove where I thought I’d be free from the tree fall. I had a tree saver strap in my off-road gear bag. I placed the strap as high on the tree as possible, spooled out the line, and latched the hook. We put the Jeep in neutral, applied the brakes, and let the Warn M8000 do the work. The M8000 spools fairly quick for this application, so I tapped the button on the remote and slowly leaned the tree back the other way until it gracefully came tumbling down. I looked up to make sure the wife was smiling, then I knew I was in the good. :mrgreen:

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Nice use of the winch (and nice story). I actually thought I was going to use my winch for something somewhat similiar this weekend, but it didn't pan out that way.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:22 pm 
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So when the trails getting made? :lol:


Well, you bring up a good question. :mrgreen: We’ve been out mapping most of the old logging roads and other forestry trails. I can get my Jeep down some trails and other trails have gotten overgrown. There’s a lot of really good wheeling here. I’m planning to ask the forestry division for permission to trim branches. I’ll try to get some pics the next time we go wheeling. Right now the monsoon season is here so we have to be careful where we go.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:19 am 
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Our goal was to trim and cut all the trees that needed to be cut on 5 acres by the end of August. We still have 5 acres to go, but at least we reached our goal. Now we’re in the process of hauling all the branches to the community burn pile.

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We had rain off and on this afternoon due to the monsoons. We enjoyed the temps in the 60's.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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A lady in our subdivision snapped this photo. Her female dog was outside barking up a storm and treed this male mountain lion.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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Here’s an updated pic of our log home plan. Although not finalized, it does show the walkout basement.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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We finally made a decision on a log home company. In the beginning, this was a difficult and time consuming process. In the end, the decision was clear and rather easy to make.

www.lazarusloghomes.com

There are many reasons why we choose Lazarus Log Homes. I will highlight some of my interesting findings.

The US department of energy proved that thermal mass homes out-performed R value homes in all seasons.

Many log home manufactures use pine. Depending on where pine is harvested, it often times grows too fast which means that the wood is soft and has more open growth rings, which consequently causes more shrinkage and settling. Lazarus uses fire killed, high elevation, low rain, short season, trees. This means that the trees have tight growth rings from an older shorter tree with 8%-10% moisture in the log. Many log home companies kiln dry their logs, which causes movement when the logs continue to dry. I‘ve been in several logs homes and seen how much they have twisted, moved, and cracked a year or two after they were built. With kiln drying, you get about 15%-16% moisture content. Double kiln drying can get moisture down to 13-15%. Lazarus logs are very stable at 8%-10%.

Lazarus has built over 300 log homes. According to the owner and President of the company, they have had no issues with their homes. I did find out that they have a BBB A+ rating with no documented complaints.

Lazarus uses their own unique system to seal up around the bucks, floors and roof. An independent party did a test that looked at thermal and air infiltration under negative pressure. They tested a 8” log home package in Michigan. The independent company said that the log home out performed nearly all of the framed homes tested. Living here in the mountains, I can testify how sealing up the logs around windows, doors, floors and roof greatly affects the performance of the log walls. Good windows and doors don’t mean anything without a good seal.

Anyway, I say all of this because a few of you have expressed some desire to build a log home. I’m passing the info forward in hopes it helps you make a better decision.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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NICE!!! Can you buy me one?


In this economy, I’m having a hard enough time trying to squeeze a construction loan from a bank. Six years ago if you walked into a bank and said, “I need a construction loan", the banker would say, “No problem, how much do you need?” Let me tell ya, those days are over. :banghead:

I found that very few banks are doing construction loans, which really narrowed my possibilities. The bank who said they would work with me is requiring a lot on my part just to make it happen. Image

I shouldn’t be complaining. I’m happy to have a good job and the opportunity to build a home. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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Looks like a great place to live!


There are a lot of beautiful places in the United States. We chose this area because we love the climate, the high desert feel, cooler temps of the higher elevation, and the mountains. It's the best of both worlds.

And yes, it’s a great place to live.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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I have one more 5 acre lot for sale if anyone is interested.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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Are there any squaches out there? I looks like a very squachy area.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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Are there any squaches out there? I looks like a very squachy area.

Can't help myself watching "finding bigfoot".


HA HA, that's hilarious…. :ROTFL: Yes, we are very squachy out here. The Navajo and Zuni most definitely believe in Big Foot. Once you see us on a map, you'll realize how remote we really are.
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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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Kasmir Jones wrote:
Are there any squaches out there? I looks like a very squachy area.

Can't help myself watching "finding bigfoot".



I have never been to NM, so no..... Image

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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I have one more 5 acre lot for sale if anyone is interested.

I would if I could...But I have this place I won't be able to sell this summer... :banghead: Not looking forward to renting from Japan! :furious:

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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The garage and guest home have been finalized. The logs are 10” and the doors are 9’X8’ and 18’X8’. Sarah is still working to finalize the upstairs floorplan.

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Here's the main floor. Other than windows, this plan is fairly finalized.

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