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Hello All,

The Saturday June 25th and Aug. 6th Chinking Parties were a success, with both parties we finished a total of 6 rows on the sunrise side and 1 on the sunset side.

There will be 1 more Chinking Party this summer 2016,

September 24th, Time: 10:AM to 4:PM

Lunch will be served: @ 1:PM and we will have Burgers, Dogs, Chips, Salads & Drinks


Water, Power Drinks and Snacks will be provided throughout the day.

Above is the slide show for the June 25th and Aug. 6th Chinking Parties 2016.

Below is the last Chinking Party we had last year 2015.

If you would like to join us for this party or would like more information.

Email us @: ribbonevt@yahoo.com

Thanks, Chris, Brenda, James and Jade “The Rivers Clan”



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Hello All,

We were unofficially in the house as of fall 2014. We had most of the utilities in, kitchen cabinets, sink, counters, microwave, cooking stove, dishwasher, chest freezer converted to refrigerator, the down stairs bathroom sink, tub, toilet, the washer and LP dryer, direct vent LP wall furnace, phone, large 58" 12V ceiling fan in the 28ft. living room, all doors and windows, and all the downstairs walls were framed and mostly skinned with the drywall. We had two more chinking parties and then had the coldest winter in many years, three weeks with temp down to 30 below zero every day and or night. Now we normally get -30 below a few days in the winter, but not three weeks. We burned 4.5 cord of wood at the Log house, due to the fact we didn’t have all the chinking in place we were a little drafty in spots. All the inside chinking was done, but only about 10 of the 80 outside rows had been done. It was a good thing we still had the little house down the hill as a fall back. Temps sometime got down to 45 degrees at night inside the log house. We are lucky no pipes broke. They did freeze at times, but never broke. We also ran the LP wall furnace a lot and went through a lot of gas. In the spring 2015, we started the upstairs framing and sheetrock for the walls, at least one side anyway. Early summer was the attic floor and pull down stairs. Mid-Summer we had another Chinking party and I started to finish the driveway (still not completely done). One problem I ran into was a large bolder right in the middle of the driveway, silly me, I thought it was going to be large, but not that large. (6’ X 8’X 10’) I had rented the biggest mini excavator I could get my hands on, but couldn’t even move it, so I remembered a trick, one of the old timers told me about, when he ran into a big bolder. He said dig a hole next to it deep enough to push it into and lower it so it is out of the way, so I did! The hole was about 4’ deeper than the bolder and I finely got it into the hole by digging under the bolder and pushed it in. In the fall of 2015, we put in the internet run from the small house, (cable TV will be in next summer) and we had two more chinking parties and completed about 40 outside rows. I don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have help with the chinking from all our friends at the chinking parties. We tried to make the house less drafty by putting down some large area rugs and caulking around all the windows and bucks. Also on most of the tops of the inside chinking where the logs had shrunk and or the chinking had settled and made gaps, anywhere from 1/8” to 1/4”, we [put grey caulking and this helped a lot. We found this works much better than trying to use mortar in these gaps. We moved all the animals up to the log house, (chickens, ducks, geese, bunnies and the dog). Placed a wind barrier around the bottom of the house using 6 mil black plastic until the rock walls are put in, hopefully summer of 2017. That is all for now, hope all your projects go well. Thanks for all the help and support, will try to keep the site updated.



“The Rivers Clan”



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