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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Well, if you read part one first, I left you waiting, along with me, for the parts to repair my Pacific Yurts yurt to arrive.

As promised by Pacific Yurts, the bundle of replacement rafters and various assorted other small parts arrived a week and a day after I first called them and screamed, “Help!!!”.

Then it promptly got cold.  Real cold, at least for Georgia.  Highs in the 20’s and lows in the low teens with two nights in single digits.

Too cold to be repairing a yurt roof.  If fingers didn’t freeze off, then the glue to repair the holes in the roof fabric wouldn’t stick…and I really didn’t want to have to fix it twice.

So, I waited for a break in the cold.  And waited.  And waited some more.  I didn’t want much…just lows in the 20’s and highs in the 40’s…and that is not unreasonable in January here in north Georgia.  Heck, the average high in January where I live is 55 degrees…and I figured with AlGore’s Global Warming we could hit the average easily, right?

Has anyone else noticed all the global warming conferences are held in the coldest weather in years if they aren’t cancelled outright due to cold and snow?  You would have thought that would have been a clue that Gore’s Global Warming wasn’t gonna help, right?  Well…not exactly, despite my wishful thinking…

Anyway, after what seemed like forever, but that was actually only 5 days, the weather cooperated and we got to work on repairs.  Now, when you consider that the top40 feet of an 80 foot pine had hit the house, you would expect the repair job to be, well, extensive and time consuming…but remember what you read in part one of “Yurt-1, Pine Tree-0”, and, if you have looked into yurts at all, consider the simplicity of construction.  The total repair time on the yurt was 10 man hours, not counting removing the tree and two minor repairs to the interior that were related to my interior finish, not specific to the yurt…a track light I had over the kitchen area attached to a rafter and a horizontal 4×4 that was supporting the bathroom ceiling rafters/loft floor joists, which took an additional two hours.

To summarize the whole experience, an 80 ft pine tree falling on a 30 ft diameter Pacific Yurt resulted in:

4 man hours, two dollars worth of chainsaw gas, and a quarter’s worth of bar oil to remove the tree.

8 days wait to get 11 rafters and other minor parts shipped from Pacific Yurts in Cottage Grove, OR to Jasper, GA, at a total cost of $480.22.

10 man hours to remove and replace 11 broken rafters and repair 3 large and 5 small holes in the roofing material at no cost (it’s good to have friends as it took 2 people 5 hours).

15 minutes to move a track light from a broken rafter to a new one.

30 minutes to replace the broken 4×4 loft support.

Total of 14.75 man hours of labor and less than $500.00…to recover from what would have been a major disaster had it been a regular, code-compliant, stick-built house.

Any questions on why I love my Pacific Yurt?

(Pictures will be posted later this week)

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  1. Please post those photos! What an amazing story…. I am buying yurts to run as a very small scale campsite and found this site as I also hope to live in one myself. I’m in the UK and it is terribly difficult working out where you can put one, all the different district councils have different approaches and rulings. My plan is to set up a ‘temporary’ campsite and later when the locals have got used to them, apply to have one built to live in.
    Keep up with the blog, many thanks, Kate

  2. Hi Kate…thanks for the kind words on the site,and pics are coming…eventually. I’m just slow on getting graphics up, as you can see. (This post is over a year old…LOL).


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