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Rocky Mountain Mammoth Mine, Boulder County, Colorado--Restoration Work on the Cabin, Part 2

Domestic buildings are of two principal sorts: folk houses and styled houses. Folk houses are those designed without a conscious attempt to mimic current fashion. Many are built by their occupants or by non-professional builders, and all are relatively simple houses meant to provide basic shelter, with little concern for presenting a stylish face to the world.

Virginia and Lee McAlester, A Field Guide to American Houses, 1984


On Friday afternoon, August 2, 2013, I was able to go home that night knowing that I could bar the door and windows on the addition of the cabin at the Rocky Mountain Mammoth Mine site. Brian and I met the goal I had set, that all the structural and siding repair work was to be done by the end of day, August 2. The sill timbers are in place, the floor is down and repaired, the shear and siding is back up and repaired and the "back door" is fixed and swinging on its hinges. Boy, was that a good feeling. All that is left to do on this addition is to fix the roof, but that will be done when we fix the entire roof.

Tomorrow, August 6, we will start work on the original 1898 cabin.




The floor joists in bad shape...



The flooring down over new floor joists and sill timbers. Notice the strips of coffee can metal that I put down over gaps in the flooring, just like the original!





The shelving before I took it down to fix the floor...



The shelving after I put it back up after fixing the floor.





The coal burner in place over original rotted flooring and floor joists...




The coal burner back in place.


I hope that it all looks that same as it did when I first got into the work, just is I didn't put down any rotten wood!


The west elevation of the cabin, all nice and tidy.

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