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Patrick Keller
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Hello folks... just wanted to share the progress of our new, yet-to-be-lived-in home... comments and feedback are appreciated!

Nearly free, mostly natural, home
 
Jay C. White Cloud
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Good Day,

Your progress looks great! I did have one question, the roof looks, form the photos to be below a 1/3 pitch. How is "wall thrust," and "pitch failure," dealt with? I'm not an engineer but build and teach traditional folk timber and stone architecture from the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

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Jay
 
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Jay C. White Cloud wrote:Good Day,

Your progress looks great! I did have one question, the roof looks, form the photos to be below a 1/3 pitch. How is "wall thrust," and "pitch failure," dealt with? I'm not an engineer but build and teach traditional folk timber and stone architecture from the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

Regards,

Jay


Thanks for your input, Jay. Unfortunately, our crappy point and shoot camera doesnt really deal with perspective well, but the roof is, in fact, greater than 1/3 pitch. The horizontal wall caps are just over 8' at the top of the log, and the ring in the centre of the roof is just below 15'. We did get a bit more drop than we hoped when we pulled the charlie stick, and honestly, the snow load around here can be intimidating. Our plan is to retain the snow/grasses, etc. rather than shed it, and we plan to have several permanent supports inside which will double as the loft support. All this is just a way of saying, I have my fingers crossed!
I'll post more pix as the winter progresses. So far, it's had several feet of snow accumulate, as well as several large persons and materials pounding around on it, without a hitch... still, nature can be cruel!
 
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Thanks for the reply back so quick! I'm sorry if I got you to worrying. I have seen some of the reciprocal roofs not fare to well with time if they do not have any internal structure supporting them or aren't "jointed" and banded well with greater than 1/4 pitch. I do wish you all the luck in the world and please keep posting. If you think I can offer any advice, please ask.

Regards,'

Jay
 
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