Quiz: How much do you know about log cabin kits?

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About This Quiz

There may be no more iconically American home than the log cabin. However, they're not just for frontiersmen of the past. Many people today build log cabins, and the added convenience of log cabin construction kits has opened this type of building to more people. Take this quiz to see if you're ready to build your own log cabin home.

How large are today's log cabins?

Log cabin kits make building larger and more complex versions of these homes, many of which are 5,000 square feet (464.5 square meters) in size, possible today.

Which of the following is a characteristic of modern log cabin kits?

These kits often have full walls with holes already cut for windows.

What are Lincoln Logs?

Many adults of today have nostalgic memories of the Lincoln Logs toys of their childhood. There is even a manufacturer of log cabin kits named for the toy!

In addition to the cost of the house itself, what other financial issues might affect the type of log cabin you decide to build?

Different types and sizes of houses will lead to utility bills of varying expenses. Even if you can afford the house itself, you also need to make sure you'll be able to support it later.

What is the best method for joining structural logs in a log cabin?

Notching logs allows them to be joined in an airtight manner. It also creates a more even weight distribution throughout.

What shape is the notch in a Scandinavian chinkless log cabin?

The rounded groove is thus fitted to shape the top of the log it sits on top of, creating a tight seal between them.

What potential problems come with the Canadian chinkless log cabin's V-shaped notches?

If the logs split, they become structurally less sound. Such logs are also more susceptible to termite attacks.

What would you find in the walls of a log cabin using the chinked method of construction?

In chinked construction, the logs are not uniform in shape so there are going to be various air spaces between the logs. These are filled in with a different material.

Where in a log cabin would you find a saddle notch, dovetail or butt-and-pass?

These are all different types of building corners where the logs of each wall meet.

Why does a two-story log cabin usually cost less than a one-story log cabin of the same square footage?

Roofing materials are among the most expensive supplies for a log cabin. A two-story home will have about half the roof size of a single-story house with the same square footage.

How environmentally friendly are log cabins?

Log cabins are made of wood, which is a renewable and recyclable resource. Log cabin manufacturers also often engage in reforestation efforts to further minimize their impact on the environment. Energy-efficient appliances are commonly added features, as well.

Why are log cabins useful for small or oddly shaped lots?

Log cabins do not have to be large or regularly shaped. They are easily adaptable to nearly any sized lot.

How inexpensive can a log cabin be to build?

In addition to the low cost of a log cabin kit itself, you can also save money on labor for construction if you assemble it yourself.

Which of the following is true regarding a machine peeling bark off logs for a log cabin?

By making the logs uniformly smooth and round, machine peeling can help them fit together more easily. However, by removing the bark, the process also removes the logs' natural protection against rotting.

Which option is a nice compromise between building a log cabin from scratch and building one using a full kit?

A walls-only system is one that gives you just that -- nothing but walls. They come in a standard size, which can be assembled in any configuration you like.

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