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The Log Connection March Newsletter
CONTENTS March 1, 2012
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Home of the Month: Birch Bay Loading and Shipping Your Log Home Free Desktop Calendar of the month
 
NEWS THIS MONTH:
In our part of the world--western Canada--the winter of 2011-2012 was again forecast to be colder, wetter, and stormier due to a second straight year of our old friend La Nina. As opposed to El Nino, which brings warm, wet weather...or is it the other way around?
 
In any event it has turned out to be a fairly decent winter here. The mountains have enough snow to keep the skiers happy while the valley bottoms are mostly dry and bare. And when it does snow, you can always look at those who have it worse (Cordova, Alaska) ...or from the skier's point of view, those who have it better (Revelstoke, B.C.)
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Home Plan of the Month: the Birch Bay.   Click here to see more...
 
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Loading and Shipping Your Log Home

One aspect we have not seen discussed very much is how your log home gets to you. Very few companies can include the cost of shipping in their log package price due to the variables that change too often. But your builder will arrange for the transport and ensure that the log package is complete and shipped properly.
 
One critical piece of information that you will need to give to your log builder is: can highway transport trucks make it to the job site? Just because a dump truck can make it doesn’t mean a transport truck can.
 
There is one way to determine if the trucks will make it. Take a 100’-00” tape measure and pull it out fully extended. Then you and a partner walk the centerline of the path, with the tape stretched between you, that the trucks would take. If the tape stays over the driveway all the way to the house site, then the trucks can make it too.
 
The next thing that the builder will need to determine is how many transport trucks will be needed to ship the log package. There are several things that must be factored into this. How many logs are there, what size are they, what species are they, and how dry are the logs? This will determine how much weight needs to be moved. Your log home designer and log builder will have worked together to ensure that there are no issues with over length loads.
 
The trucks are going to be loaded in reverse order. The first truck loaded will be the last one to arrive. As the logs are loaded care will be taken to ensure that the logs will arrive as clean and mark free as possible. The loads should be wrapped with plastic before the trucker uses his usually dirty straps and tarps to secure the load. The last truck loaded will be the first to roll out and the trucks should be spaced apart so that they do not all arrive at the same time. In the cost of shipping there should be allocated time for unloading, make sure that you get what you pay for. Hiccups do happen, your contractor should have a place that the last few logs can be moved off the trucks and kept clean and off the ground.
 
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Monthly Calendar
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Stephen Hancock
President, The Log Connection
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