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"The Place: Our cabin in Missouri"

Discussion in 'Homesteading' started by Dadio, May 3, 2014.

  1. Dadio

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    A little diary of what we've been doing out at the land we bought and on the rehab of a cabin.
    What we started with:
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    A recent pic from summer 2015:
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    Updates (beginning May 2014 and continuing most weeks) posted throughout the thread.

    From May 2014:
    After years of dreaming and saving, we closed on a little over 40 acres of land on Friday May 2nd 2014. It's a mix of hardwoods with some cedar (juniper), a few cut over clearings, a wet weather creek and a very rough cabin. The plan is to add to this thread from time to time, including the rehab of the cabin, but for now:
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    After further research, looks like "Virginia Spring Beauty"
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    A very, very generous member sent me a couple axe heads - the one on the dark handle is what I did with one of them. Lots of old fence on the property, but I found a good use for this section:
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    Yellow Stargrass (thanks for the help with the ID!)
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    Hopeful sign of things to come:
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    First camp
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    Congratulations!

    I am looking forward to your future updates-
     
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    Very nice! I'm excited for you, bro! Looking forward to the updates...
     
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    Sounds like a site for a meetup!

    Congratulations to you and your family. Do you get a mule with your 40 acres?
     
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    Lots of old tires, but alas, it appears to be mule free. I could certainly use one of the Kawasaki variety, though.....
     
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    Awesome man! Congrats. That is an excellent looking bit of land.
     
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    Congrats on the land, the pic of the trail through the woods really speaks to me!!


    Larry
     
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    Dadio, that is so cool. I really envy you.

    That is one of the few passable excuses I've heard for missing a meet, my friend.
     
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    Lots of work to do out there. I have to stop and remind myself that I've (hopefully, and the Good Lord willin') a long, long time to get it done. Stayed out there today until I ran out of water. I drank over a gallon and was still dehydrated when I got in the truck for the drive home. Extra water, and slow down a bit - those were the big lessons of the day. I need to remember that I bought it as a place to relax and recreate, not as something else to work on. In two weeks my son and a couple of my best friends will be coming in to help me get a jump on the cabin rehab - a new roof, framing in some windows, maybe get a start on new siding. We'll see. Best part is just them coming up.
     
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    Anyone know this one?
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    Hard to tell but looks like a buttercup (ranunculus) to me. I am by no means an expert though.
     
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    Very cool. Congrats!
     
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    That's awesome !! Congrats.. :dblthumb:
     
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    Dreams do come true, congrats. The place looks great. Happy day
     
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    Congrats buddy!!:dblthumb:
     
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    Living the dream, dadio. My similar dream was just delayed a while. Update a lot so i can live vicariously through you until i get mine. Congrats and enjoy
     
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    You lucky Guy, I know where there's 30 acres they want $35,000 and I just don't have the money it has a well , septic and elec pole already up anyhow Good for you !
     
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    Lucky dog good for you man :)
     
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    Congratulations, bro. I'm green with envy.

    When's the first meet?:5:
     
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    Here are some "before" photos of the cabin. It's made of rough cut, full dimensional oak lumber, and is 14X24 with a concrete floor. At one point it was someone's home - there's an old fuse box in it although there are no utilities at present. As far as I can tell, it was always a dry cabin, and the plan is to keep it that way for a couple years at least.

    Step one is to empty and clean it out. There are remnants of cardboard and newspapers that were used for insulation still stuck to the studs, and an old woodstove that needs to come out. Someone had stuck some windows in the sides but didn't frame them properly, so those will come out, new framing will go in, and then I'll insert the salvaged windows.
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    Right now, I'm thinking I will close in these two doors and add a door to the other side facing the woods and opening to a future porch or deck.
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    Roof repair, a metal roof, and the window/door framing is on tap for mid-May when my buddies come in for a few days. Then siding, insulation, and interior finishing over the course of the summer. As much as I'd love to use cedar siding and stain it, T1-11 is more likely with my budget. There's a color called "Forest Service Brown" that looks appropriate. We will just have to see.

    The goal is to have it weather tight and modestly comfortable by deer season. Getting it livable is a high priority for me so that I can get Momio to enjoy the place. By the fall I'll also get electricity installed, and I'll keep an eye out for a small wood stove as well. As with all plans, it is very much dependent on getting the three essentials in place - time, money, and motivation. I'll take you all along for the ride, though.
     
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    Congrats, have your own "Place" is a wonderful thing.
    You are starting your journey.

    We call our land and cabin "The Place" as well....the name given to the original trailer on the land that we use for deer, turkey hunting, duck hunting, fishing and so forth....by friends that would ask, "Are you going out to your "Place" this weekend.......That was in 1989....and the name stuck.

    I like the cabin, has possibilities.

    PS Gonna need a sign....this was given to us by friends......
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    Love that sign! I'll see what I can scrounge up when we get the cabin liveable.
     
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    Very nice looking place you have there. Looking forward to see how the cabin restoration comes along.
     
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    good place, any fishing waters around?
     
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    Congrats. Thanks for sharing
     
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    Very jealous! Coincidentally I have a similar dream (I'm sure a lot of us here do) and actually looked at a potential piece of property today - not what I'm looking for unfortunately. Looking forward to the updates!
     
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    It's close to the Lake of the Ozarks. On a smaller scale, there are some Mo Dept of Conservation areas nearby with some ponds. We looked at some lands with established large ponds, but the details weren't right.
     
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    Congratulations on your place, it looks really cool. It is so nice to have a place to get away to. I read so many posts on here of people not being able to do this that or the other because of the areas they have available to them, it is nice to have land you can do whatever you want to one because it is yours.
     
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    congrats. :)
     
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    Congrats on a nice piece of ground. What part of the state you in?
     
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    Im in the Boonslick area, and the land is an hour south southwest.
     
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    congratulations on living the dream.
     
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    Congrats, looks perfect and I have no doubt you will love it...enjoy.
     
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    Congratulations on your Place! Here's hoping y'all have many great years
    and build wonderful memories there.


    Your yellow flowers may be Yellow Stargrass (Hypoxis hirsuta)
     
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    I think you're right! Good match with the foliage. Thanks!
     
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    Very nice
     
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    Congratulations! The good Lord ain't making any more so buy property while and when you can. Looks like a great "place".
     
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    Dadio's flower.jpg
    Dadio's wildflower

    I'm quite sure that that is ​yellow stargrass a/k/a common goldstar (Latin name: hypoxis hirsuta).

    Here's my picture of it from my wildflower album:

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    Pipsissewa's yellow stargrass 5/30/2009

    Almost identical pictures!

    Congrats on your new land. You and the family are going to love it! Keep us posted. :4:
     
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    "The Place" 5.18.14 Update

    Update as of May 18, 2014

    Wherein your intrepid new landowner examines more closely the state of the cabin and cons family and
    friends to help out, with some significant improvement to the structure at the cost or more cash than he planned and the death of several arachnids. Plus the temporary maiming of one said friend….

    Lots of change over the last couple weeks. We’ve had beautiful weather; somewhat cool for this time of year in Missouri, and that has been a Godsend for us working out at the place. We’ve got a few goals for the summer, including getting better access to the cabin from the easement, a new roof, siding, and strengthening the structure.

    Last weekend, my daughter and I went out to clean up the place a bit, focusing on getting rid of most of the newspaper and cardboard insulation. Dusty, dirty, and tedious work.

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    Found a date of March 1960 on one of the newspapers, so that’s a reasonable estimate of the timing of the attempt at insulation. I suspect the cabin itself is older, but have no way of knowing that. Doesn’t really matter. Anyway, here are a couple shots of an ad and article.

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    My daughter quickly found her calling as a fire tender, so most of what we pulled down was disposed of that way. We bagged the rest.
     
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    The next day I went out and mowed the clearing, I don’t have a rider, but that’s on the list It’s too hard to keep the trees, and more importantly, the ticks at bay with a push mower. Just as an aside - Ticks have been an enormous annoyance out there – every single outing is followed by tic checks and we’ve pulled off a couple dozen, easily. Not fun. Let’s just say that I’ve seen my friends in a whole new light. No pics of this – and trust me, both you and I are happy about that.

    Thursday, Friday and Saturday I was joined by a couple old buddies and my recently graduated (!) son. We put in three solid days of effort, and got a lot accomplished. The old converted oil barrel woodstove was rusted out and right in the middle of the cabin, and it had to go. Didn’t take much persuasion. I had planned to leave the shingles and just add metal roofing on top, but once there we saw that there were four layers of asphalt shingles, and we decided to strip it back to the tar paper. More work, but it was the right call. We estimated we took at least a thousand pounds off that roof.
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    While my son and buddy were working on the roof, my other buddy and I went to work on a rotted sill and poorly structured window. All the windows in the place were installed using the “cut a hole in the siding and stick it in” style of backwoods engineering. Every place they stuck a window in, there’s a portion of rotted sill underneath. I bought a sawzall for this project, and that thing was a wood and nail eating machine. I specifically bought one that could run off of an invertor from my truck, and that turned out to be a good thing, because we could not get my generator to start the first day. (Halfway through second day it fired right up and ran like a champ the rest of the time. Bad gas is all I can figure.)

    Chapter 2: Blood in the foothills…
    Take one tired and impatient friend, add a very sharp handsaw, and you get to use this:

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    And then you get this:
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    Keep a good FAK, people! It’s a nasty cut. After the adrenaline drop and momentary panic, said friend decided that he didn’t need the ER. I’m still not sure, but I don’t have a friend named “Stumpy” yet, so I went along with his choice. Actually, there were no tendons or significant blood vessels involved, and the bleeding stopped pretty quickly, and he’s a grown-ass man and is capable of making his own decisions on this type of thing. We changed the dressing that night and the next day and it looks to be a clean cut. He promises to get it checked out when he gets home. We soldiered on.
     
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    So, back to the story: cut out the old sill, placed in the new pressure treated sill with the gentle persuasion of the poll of my new old axe (Thanks again, Larry!). Demoed the old window opening, framed up the window and got it installed. No pics, but look around the room you’re in, and take a look at a window in a wall. It pretty much looks like that. Meanwhile, we’re cutting lengths of tin and tossing them up to the roof crew. Added some collar ties to the rafters, stripped most of the asphalt siding. The people who built this place must have been paid in nails.

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    That’s about it for now. Three days got us a somewhat cleaner, definitely stronger, much drier cabin (from the roof) and much less weather tight (from the ripped off siding) cabin. This morning, I brought Momio and my daughter out to check out the progress and retrieve the power tools (I can’t lock the place yet, and I’ve got some scratch invested in decent tools). We cleaned and straightened out the place and burned some of the wood from the demo – wow, you season some oak for a half century and it burns hot and quick!

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    Lessons: Keep the FAK stocked, because when you need it, you need it. We used the existing trails to get to the cabin, and while you can get a full sized extended cab 4WD truck up them, it’s not a feasible long term solution. I’m going to have to find someone to scrape out a better option. Also, puling the hundreds of nails that held the cardboard insulation to the studs is a no-go. I’m going to sawzall the faces of those studs clean, and sister 2X6’s to each one so I’m not constantly frustrated by hitting nails when I install whatever wood/drywall we decide on for the walls. And, good friends are worth their weight in gold. And my buddy Marty is at least worth his weight in gauze and wound wash and betadine. Seriously, you might send some good thoughts and prayers his way.

    While you’re at it, my 95 year old grandmother had a series of heart attacks this week and was taken off life support in expectation of the inevitable. Then she pulled through anyway. Tough old bird! But she’s not out of the woods yet, and we covet your prayers if you will. Cabin fixin’ will likely take a breather while we attend to more important things. Tune in next time!
     
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    Funny that you came across a newspaper with Oscar Robertson in it. He is pretty much a living legend here in Cincinnati as far as basketball goes. Thanks for the post.

    Than old buildings been standing a long time. It will be fine while you tend to friends and family. We'll be thinking of you all. Take care.
     
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    Prayers for your Grandma, bro. She may have more good to do on this earth.
     
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    Prayers sent. Thank you for the update on "The Place".
     
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    Prayers sent for your Grandmother, and your family.
     
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    5/26/14 Update

    Much of this week has been focused on my grandmother, but there's been some progress with the cabin as well.

    First things first: I took my wife, son and daughter, as well as my mother, to visit with Grandmother. She's not doing particularly well, appears tired and weak, but has a great spirit. She and my wife had a good talk and we did a bit of reminiscing. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of their border collie "Toby", and of watching Grandma make chicken and "dumplings", which were really large egg noodles added to the meat and broth from a whole boiled chicken. We had that meal last night for supper, just to keep it in mind. She was at her home when we visited, but was returned to the hospital with congestive heart failure and limited kidney function. I don't think she will see her 96th birthday, but she's tough and may surprise us all yet.

    Anyway, back to the cabin progress: My son and I used an axe, line trimmer and loppers to clear out the path to the cabin, trying to make it more obvious and to clear out some obstacles. Right now it takes a circuitous route to avoid a wet weather creek/gully between the ridge top at the easement entrance and the next ridge where the cabin sits. I really need to get a dozer out there to cut an line and bury a large culvert, but it's not in the cabin budget right now.

    The indian corn and beans I put out a couple weeks back are up and doing well. We planted blueberry bushes and raspberry vines as well this week. Blackberries and gooseberries are already in abundance. We pushed back the woods a bit more around the cabin, setting the push mower on its highest setting and just powering through the weeds and light brush, and using the line trimmer around trees and stumps. It's more an attempt to reduce the population of ticks we come in contact with than aesthetics, but it does help the appearance of The Place as well. Our other main tick eradication method is to bring a half dozen home with each of us after each outing, which is effective, but slow. OFF and permethrin must help, but certainly aren't 100% effective. The ticks are truly on a population upswing this year. There are a couple five lined skinks around the place, and we hope they just stuff themselves with those critters each night.

    The big project was to button up the last couple pieces of tin on the roof - I'm very happy to have that completed! That shiny metal reflects a lot of heat. It's already hot and airless in the afternoons, but the inside of the cabin is much cooler. My buddy left me a large military style water can, and we bought a five gallon container with a spigot, so between those two and several one gallon jugs, we try to keep a decent supply of water around there. I've been guzzling water at the first sign of thirst.

    That's about it. Sorry for the lack of photos - I realized I left the SD card in the computer at home, so no joy. I'll do better next time, promise.
     

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