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#25179 - 08/22/17 09:02 PM Re: The Old Shack. Update. [Re: redsnow]
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Almost finished with the roof painting job, it was toasty up there the other day.



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#25180 - 08/24/17 01:59 PM Re: The Old Shack. Update. [Re: redsnow]
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It almost breaks my heart for you to call that the "shack". It looks like a fairly substantial structure, and was obviously erected by folks of at least modest means. I make the assumption that this was the original farm house, and these folks must have derived a moderate income from farming.
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#25181 - 08/25/17 06:42 AM Re: The Old Shack. Update. [Re: redsnow]
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I honestly don't remember who it was that first used the term Old Shack? I think it was the man that had the place rented last.

I remember in the original thread I mentioned that the guy said that the floors were "springy" and all. He said that the old house wouldn't be standing for many more years, etc. I'll try not to talk bad about the man, he kicked the bucket a while back. But talking to him was like talking to a telemarketer in person. Years ago he'd pester Dad, Dad was getting up in years and Dad would just tell him, "You'll need to talk to the boys."

I remember one time the man came to me and offered to buy the house, I think it was $10,000 that he offered for the house and property right around it. I know he wanted the little field above the house too. I thanked him for his offer, and told him that we'd just hang onto the place.

You see, Dad rented the place for $500 per year, and the other guy was to do the up-keep. There were busted/cracked windows, roof was rusty as hell, and the wall paint was flaking off. Remember, they'd cut the drain line off under the kitchen sink, so all of that water drained right under the house. I wish you guys could have seen the house before.

I never measured it, but I'll bet there was at least 8" difference between the high and low side of the kitchen floor!

If you look at this last picture above, I need to get the rain water drained away from the house. A guy gave me an estimate for rain gutter the other day, $835. The biggest problem is that "valley" from the peak of the roof, out across the bathrooms. If it rains really hard, one downspout won't carry all of it. I've been thinking about pouring a little concrete slab, and slope it away from the house, maybe 3' x 5 feet.

The King family did have cattle and they raised chickens commercially. I'm not sure, but I'd guess back in the 40's or 50's, give or take. They weren't rich by any means. Like most folks of the time, I'm sure they worked hard, made a living and that's about it.

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#25182 - 08/25/17 12:14 PM Re: The Old Shack. Update. [Re: redsnow]
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Yea, I tried 'cottage', 'cabin', and 'shack' on your digs. None seemed to fit. To me it looks like 'the old HOUSE'. Just sayin'. smile

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#25183 - 08/25/17 09:02 PM Re: The Old Shack. Update. [Re: redsnow]
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#25184 - 08/26/17 06:40 AM Re: The Old Shack. Update. [Re: redsnow]
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It is an old house. Mom's home place is across the river and up near the top of the mountain to the west. According to Mom, her house was built in 1910, and the King's house was built before then.

If you look at this picture above, section 1, is log. The logs go up about halfway on the left top window, from there up, it's framed. The house was built in 3 sections, 3 rooms upstairs and 3 down. I/we built section 4, the bathrooms.

Talking about the King family, years ago there was a smallish barn below the house, and another hand dug well. I remember when they tore down the barn and dozed the well closed. Back in the 70's Dad had cows up there. And I remember a small chicken house that was built above the house, back somewhere around 100' from where I was standing when I took the above picture. It was nothing but a crumpled up heap, in my early memories. Dad had a John Deer 1010 dozer, the remains of the old chicken house was pushed into a big hole and buried. That's been a long time ago.

I'll get us some new pictures next time I'm up, since the fine folks at Photobucket gave me the shaft. I'm not paying that $400 per year!

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#25185 - 08/26/17 09:26 AM Re: The Old Shack. Update. [Re: redsnow]
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In the fore ground, it looks like a cable is lashed onto the bottom of the tree. What's that all about? Keeping something straight, or are you about to do your own Franklin lightning experiment?? grin

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#25186 - 08/26/17 11:37 AM Re: The Old Shack. Update. [Re: redsnow]
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No, it's rope, I've got my ladder tied off with it. Look at the first picture above, the roof is just too steep to walk.

All I need to do yet is the front side, up top, and about 2/3's of the front porch. A thunderstorm shut me down again the other day.

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#25189 - 08/27/17 12:36 PM Re: The Old Shack. Update. [Re: redsnow]
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So it did start out as a log cabin. We have a few of those in my neighborhood, that were like wise covered in clapboard later in life.
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#25191 - 08/27/17 09:22 PM Re: The Old Shack. Update. [Re: redsnow]
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Yes, the original part is log. The walls in that section are give or take 10 inches thick. If it's not raining I'll get us some new pictures tomorrow, since Photobucket went to hell on us.

I'd never heard of the term "story and a half" before, I'll guess years ago, they had some kind of loft or attic room upstairs? Probably with a steep roof and wooden shingles.

My Granddad's barn and shop building had a wood shingle roof, pointy as heck. But it'd turn most of the rain.

The oldest section of Mom's home place, it's log.

The oldest section of Dad's home place, it's log too. My brother lives in that house today.

All 3 houses have one thing in common, the stairways are all steep and dangerous, almost like climbing a ladder.

That's one thing about the King's house, there's no wasted space. There is a closet under the stairs, there's a closet over the stairs, and a little cubby hole at the bottom overhead. (Tall folks will bonk your head there if you're not careful.) And a small little pantry shelf built into the wall in the kitchen. And another little closet built upstairs in the corner room. It is a neat old house, very crafty engineering.

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