Weird thing, though, was how surprised this one guy (log home vendor) was when he asked if I was doing this by myself. I responded, "well, sort of, but not really 'cause I'm hiring all my childhood friends to do the heavy stuff", but anyway, he didn't listen to a word I said. He kept saying "Wow, you are so interesting!!!!!...I never expected to meet anyone soooo interesting here today."
He couldn't believe a girl could/would get involved in building...huh? so he quickly raced to my rescue and said he would come out to the property and use his compass and orient the house (as I had mentioned southern exposure for passive solar) and mark off the building site, etc.
I thought it was so funny. Yet not.
BTW, I was a girl scout and, as you know from previous posts, I mark out everything quite effectively with all my color coded string and flags. lol
(I moved into the color coded string after I had so many strings running around the property I quickly realized that using white for this and yellow for that, etc. simplified everything.)
Then when I asked what wood his company used for the homes and he said all white pine. Surprised, I said, "for the rafters? because the tensile strength of white pine is not recommended for rafters."
"Oh", he said, "well, no, gee, you've done some research, no, we use Douglas fir."
A hah! Just as I suspected.