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Log Cabins #65851
05/14/06 10:16 AM
05/14/06 10:16 AM
Peter Salegna  Offline OP
Joined: May 2006
Posts: 19
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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Re: Log Cabins #65852
05/14/06 10:21 AM
05/14/06 10:21 AM
iwire  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,391
North Attleboro, MA USA
Run away as fast as you can. [Linked Image]

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
Re: Log Cabins #65853
05/14/06 10:40 AM
05/14/06 10:40 AM
The Watt Doctor  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 435
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
Altura Cogen
Channelview, TX
Re: Log Cabins #65854
05/14/06 01:24 PM
05/14/06 01:24 PM
e57  Offline
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,876
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
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
Re: Log Cabins #65855
05/14/06 02:12 PM
05/14/06 02:12 PM
walrus  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 680
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.

Re: Log Cabins #65856
05/14/06 03:15 PM
05/14/06 03:15 PM
renosteinke  Offline
Cat Servant
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 5,316
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.

Re: Log Cabins #65857
05/14/06 03:37 PM
05/14/06 03:37 PM
capt al  Offline
Joined: Jun 2004
Posts: 206
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.


Re: Log Cabins #65858
05/14/06 03:43 PM
05/14/06 03:43 PM
Peter Salegna  Offline OP
Joined: May 2006
Posts: 19
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.

Re: Log Cabins #65859
05/14/06 04:04 PM
05/14/06 04:04 PM
LarryC  Offline
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 783
Winchester, NH, US
Remember as the logs dry out, the walls will shift and move. Be carefull with clearances.


Re: Log Cabins #65860
05/14/06 04:23 PM
05/14/06 04:23 PM
Redsy  Offline
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 2,056
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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