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#65851 - 05/14/06 08:16 AM Log Cabins
Peter Salegna Offline

Registered: 05/10/06
Posts: 19
Loc: norwich,conn, USA
I will be wiring my first log cabin this summer any tips or ideas on how to do it.

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#65852 - 05/14/06 08:21 AM Re: Log Cabins
iwire Offline

Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4343
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
Run away as fast as you can.

I have never done one but all that I have read and have seen on TV about doing so is bad.

I hope your doing it T&M.
Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician

#65853 - 05/14/06 08:40 AM Re: Log Cabins
The Watt Doctor Offline

Registered: 12/23/01
Posts: 443
Loc: Mont Belvieu, TX
I've never done one either, but the first problem that comes to my mind is how do you get the receptacle covers to "flush up" on the round logs. The log cabins that I've seen aren't "real" log cabins they just look as if they are. I would have to know more about the construction of the cabin. By the way, fresh air and a cabin in the woods is just what The Watt Doctor ordered.
Good Luck,
The Watt Doctor
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Channelview, TX

#65854 - 05/14/06 11:24 AM Re: Log Cabins
e57 Offline

Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2837
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
If I think about it for more than a second two words come to mind - "FLOOR OUTLETS" - all floor outlets. That and low voltage controls for lighting. Two items that would make your life a lot easier.
Mark Heller
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#65855 - 05/14/06 12:12 PM Re: Log Cabins
walrus Offline

Registered: 07/25/02
Posts: 671
Loc: Bangor Me. USA
I've never done a log cabin but know many guys who have. Its my understanding that the logs are drilled as they are put up for electrical. At least thats how its done in Maine. Maine has several large producers of log homes and they are all over the place up here.

#65856 - 05/14/06 01:15 PM Re: Log Cabins
renosteinke Offline
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Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 5305
Loc: Blue Collar Country
I hope your customer likes pipe & surface mounted boxes.

I hope you have a real long drill bit, and are real good with a tape measure.

#65857 - 05/14/06 01:37 PM Re: Log Cabins
capt al Offline

Registered: 06/20/04
Posts: 203
Loc: Norton, Ma USA
Reno, why should Peter's customer like pipe and surface boxes??? The two log homes I worked in have no exposed electrical. It takes a lot of work but can be wired like a conventional home.

Peter, the number one task you should plan on is: lots of lay out time. Start planning your circuit paths now. Also plan on being on site everyday with the building crew. Like iwire posted I hope this is being done Time & Material.


#65858 - 05/14/06 01:43 PM Re: Log Cabins
Peter Salegna Offline

Registered: 05/10/06
Posts: 19
Loc: norwich,conn, USA
The home owner is planing on drilling and pulling My main job is layout, service, and termination. All ceilings are exposed with tongue & grove Great room is 32' x 22' his wife does not want pendant lighting. Outside walls are round logs, bottom course has flat side (for outlets) everything else is gouge out with router and pray.

#65859 - 05/14/06 02:04 PM Re: Log Cabins
LarryC Offline

Registered: 07/05/04
Posts: 782
Loc: Winchester, NH, US
Remember as the logs dry out, the walls will shift and move. Be carefull with clearances.


#65860 - 05/14/06 02:23 PM Re: Log Cabins
Redsy Offline

Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 2138
Loc: Bucks County PA
"The home owner is planing on drilling and pulling", you say!?

All the more reason to either run away, or insist on T&M.

Like the old saying goes...

Labor rates:

$65.00 per hour.
$75.00 if you watch.
$85.00 if you help.

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