"I've noticed that, on the Cabin Masters' equipment, it's stamped 'MEM'. But otherwise you go by 'MCM'. What is the difference?"
We’ve had some amazing conversations on the From the Woodshed podcast. This list below is a compilation of all the episodes, their guests, and some of the interesting fan questions that Chase and Ryan get asked regarding Maine life and the show itself. Easily click the link to head over to our Youtube page to watch each podcast and hear their answers.
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"I've noticed that, on the Cabin Masters' equipment, it's stamped 'MEM'. But otherwise you go by 'MCM'. What is the difference?"
"When you bring in an excavator to completely tear down a cabin, why doesn't the excavator drop the debris directly into a dumpster? It looks like, to drop it nearby and then turn around and pick up the debris and take it to the dumpster, seems like a waste of time."
"As the Cabin Masters series and the Kennebec Cabin Co. get bigger and bigger and more well-known, what are your strategies for keeping that special feeling that fans have of a personal connection with you all?"
"Everyone in your core group has had a cabin on the show but Jedi. When will you do a cabin for Jedi?"
"Is there a structural purpose to put sheathing boards on an angle? Sometimes they're horizontal. Ryan's brother's camp downstairs was horizontal, but the upstairs was angled."
"What was the name of the log cabin caulking compound for both outside and inside? I think you mentioned it on the Teresa Secord program."
"With Dixie's new ski shop venture, is he leaving the show?"
"Most of the cabin that you transform have the the interior protection of pine boards. Do you ever protect those finishes with some sort of sealer or transparent stain to protect them? It seems to me that unprotected pine would get awfully dirty, awfully fast, and be difficult to clean."
"Why do you use pine boards instead of plywood on roofing?"
"Do you travel from home to the job site, each day, or do you stay in hotels nearby, or in a motor home?"
"Of the hundreds of exterior doors you've installed, why are none of them installed to swing outward?"
"I saw a post that MCM built a duplex, and it's now for sale. Did you have a separate crew for it, and how long did it take you to build, and what can you tell us about it?"
"Do you ever consult architects on your projects, or do you all do all of the design yourself?"
"When you do a steel roof, why do you put the roof screws in the valleys of the steel, and not on the peaks of the steel?"
"I understand that most rot is from excessive moisture, but how does dry rot occur?"
"I watched one of your shows and noticed you used some type of foam beneath your round cement pads. Could you tell me what type of foam that is?"
"What's the depth of the frost line you have to deal with in Maine? I see you have been using drilled metal posts lately."
"I have watched your show ever since the beginning, and I've seen you stain some of the pine planks that you've put on the walls. I've noticed in most of the houses, they don't look like they are stained. Do you treat the wood with anything? I've been trying to find out what is the wood like years later if you don't stain it or do anything to it."
"What is the funniest thing that has happened to you on the show?"
"What is the diference between a camp and a cabin?"
"Why no screens in windows or insulation?"
"Since you are working on several camps simultaneously, have you had to expand your team?"
• To Chase: "Do you always find what you're looking for in your truck?"
• To Ryan: "What is the most unusual thing you have autographed?"
• "Heads, shoulders, knees, or toes?"
• "Why do you use pine for the builds?"
• "Who's a better framer between the two of you?"
• "Has the permitting process ever pushed back a project timeline?"
• "If you had to put roots in another state other than Maine, where would you think would be the best to build cabins and live?"
• "Is the amount from the cabin owners the total budget, or is that just what they put in?"
• "Refrigerator doors: Why are they backwards?"
• "Gutters: Why don't you use them more, to redirect water away from the cabins to prevent rot?"
• "How many projects do you work on in each round, and how long does each one take?"
• "How many guys/girls are on the building crew behind the scenes?"
• "Will there be a season 8?"
• "I have a cabin on my property in South China, Maine, that was used as a logging camp cabin many years ago. How does one determine to preserve a cabin, refurbish a cabin, or destroy it? How far gone is too gone?"
• "I live on Aroostook River in Wade, Maine. My backyard is very uneven. I would like to have a deck, firepit, hammock, and barbecue on the deck, possibly built-in. Do you have any suggestions on how I can do this, especially evening out the yard and making it 'no maintenance'?"
• "What is the best beer in Maine?"
• "We just got our first puppy, a yellow lab. Any tips for training a young pup?"
• "I am from William's Bay, Wisconsin, a small village on the shores of Geneva Lake in southern Wisconsin. My home was built by my Great Uncle just after WWII, mostly of salvaged lumber that was available at the time. My question is regarding a Z-back door that I have on the lean-to garbage shed on the back of my garage. This area sees standing water and heavy rain, and snow builds up against the door at times. I've replaced the rotten corner boards with Aztec PVC with hopes it will last a long time. But the door has me stumped on how to be best repaired. The vertical T-and-G [tongue-and-groove] at the bottom of the door is rotting. On the backside is a horizontal piece of wood to hold the vertical pieces together. How can I repair this without replacing the entire door?"
• "Chase, I read that you graduated from College Of The Atlantic. Do you attend any alumni events, or speak at the College? My stepson is currently attending school there."
• "My son, 26, was recently provided land with 52 acres of wildlife in Casco, Maine. As a young adult living paycheck-to-paycheck, he's willing to put in the manual labor but doesn't know where to start in terms of building his homestead over time. What advice would you give him?"
• "I have a small cabin, about 500 square feet, with five roof structures on it. The plan is to take off the smaller roofs and consolidate down to two larger roof sections with a small bump-out roof for the kitchen. Two questions for you: What would you consider an adequate middle roof pitch for shedding snow?; The cabin was built in the 1930s with 1930s framing ingenuity, and only has 80 inches for ceiling height. I'd hate to start completely from scratch with new framing, and would rather save the historic look inside the camp. Is there a way to do this and get 8-foot walls?"
• "I have a three-season cottage in New Hampshire I am finishing a porch at, and I'm using pine in the interior like you so often do. Do you use a shiplap or a toungue-and-groove? Also, what do you use for a finish when you leave it natural?"
• "Kim Drew (NELMA), if there's one piece of advice you could give your clients, what would it be?"
• "This is our beautiful log home out on Toothacre Island at the southern end of Mooselookmeguntic Lake. We pretty much got it for a song and it's really amazing, but it has a couple of issues. So, it's just a little bit too big. Here you see a newly-built deck that will eventually be our power deck, and hold things like batteries and maybe gas canisters, maybe our generator, if we can figure out how to get that fixed. And so the biggest problem you can probably see there's a little bit of sag in the logs in the back, and the main reason for that the former porch used to be attached right to the house back here under this green tarp area. And so snow accumulated there, and we got some pretty big issues with some rot. So we have maybe 5 or 6 rows of logs here that have to be replaced out to about that point somewhere. And over we have the logs all ready, and beyond those we're lucky, we carried all that pressure-treated lumber a couple years ago before the price of wood went through the roof. And so here we have to replace these logs, we have a little sill plate issue as well, and the entire lower part (I don't know what that's called), that bows outward all the way underneath the door and out towards that front porch. We understand that the underneath part of the house looks pretty good, and that there's not any rot under there. So we have two people that have different ideas about how this should be done, but neither of them are available to actually do the work, so we would like to do it ourselves. So we're looking for some help with, what should we do first? Should we take out the door frame section?"
• "If you could set the standards for cabins made going forward, would they all have poured concrete basements? A lot of the issues you guys have to deal with is rot. For cabins that were built on poured concrete basements, do you guys faind that those are in better shape in terms of rot?"
• "Did Chase ever make bedrooms for his girls in the house?"
• "I have a couple camps on East Grand Lake in northern Maine. Both have big screened-in porches. What is the best way to cover up the porches to keep the snow out, and pollen before camps are opened? Is there a material you can recommend that can withstand the below-freezing temperature and wind on a lake? If I were to make panels that are to be put up and taken down seasonally, how do you attach them so they're easy to install without nailing them to wooden supports? Should I use bolts and wing nuts, or hanger things?"
• "I am trying to decide on a gas fireplace, or to put in a wood stove. It would be on the south side of the cabin, and I would take out the window where the flag is. There's a garage right outside the window. It's an 845 square foot cabin. What are your thoughts?"
• "We just purchased butcher block counters for the kitchen. I know we have to seal them. But do we have to mineral oil them first and then seal them, or is sealing them enough?"
• "How has your Dad or Uncle being a Maine Cabin Master affected all of you? Do you like the fame it has brought to your family?"
• "I met both of you this summer at The Woodshed, and one of the things I asked Chase was, 'How do you get rid of a black walnut tree naturally?' It's been cut back as far as they would go because the tree has grown over the fuel line. So we cut it back, and Chase and I talked about using copper nails, which I did, and it grew back. I put about ten copper nails into it, and as you can see [in the video], it's come right back. And the reason that I can't use poison on this is because over there's the well, and we're about 200 feet from the well (I guess). So, any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Let me know what you think."
• "A year ago I bought a camp in Maine. It's just over a half acre with 600 square feet mobile home that was built in 1960 on it. At some point, a peaked metal roof was added over the trailer. Since then, I've found out that it was an illegal lot. The trailer was moved there after the town set a minimum lot size of one acre. I worked with the town, and for now they've designated the lot as a personal camp site, which allows the current trailer to stay. The problem is that I can't replace it with anything other than a true camper, RV, or camp trailer. I can try to acquire enough land to make it a full acre, or I can rebuild the current trailer. My question is this: Do you guys know how much of the trailer I can rebuild before it's considered a new structure? Can I strip it to the chassis, or do I have to leave the exterior walls? The downside of rebuilding the trailer is that my insurance company would never recognize the value as anything more than a 1960 mobile home, but it may be cheaper than trying to acquire another half-acre."
• "I'm planning on replacing crumbling poured-in-place concrete posts supporting our porch with 18-inch-diameter 6-inch-thick precast concrete pads. I've noticed on your projects you put rigid foam insulation and crushed stone under these pads. I could not find anything about this online, so could you provide specifics as to types and thickness of insulation, and type and depth of stone?"
• "How can you do what you do on a camp for such a small amount of money, and still get a salary and pay your workers?"
• "How do you keep the wood-boring bees out of the pine?"
• "I'm a retired contractor in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Over the years I've done a lot of the same type of work you do. Do you ever have to deal with building inspectors?"
• "My friend has a real log home built in 1951 from hemlock found on the property. She wants to fill the space between the logs and some of the horsehair is showing. Some of the log spacing is still nicely filled and she is wondering what the recommendation is?"
• "What can I do to repair this cement? [There were photos.] It looks like it's really thick, but it's really only 3" or so. Any help would be greatly appreciated."
• "We have a large number of native rocks from Alabama collected from the streams and woods. How can we sort them to build a fire pit or patio? What is the process?"
• "When you do your pine walls and ceilings, do you leave drywall behind it or not? Can you put regular or spray-foam insulation behind the boards? Could I also use cedar for the scent, or would the cedar be overpowering?"
• Jen asked "What do you do when you get home from vacation and your septic is frozen up?"
• "As a lifelong Texan, I find myself fascinated with the pitfalls and issues which plague your job sites due to Maine's frigid winters. How do you keep costs so low when you're dealing with posted roads, blizzards, frost in the ground, etc.? Also, how does a cabin owner winterize cabins especially when they might not be there to address frozen pipes and such?"
• "Planning on making a trip to Maine to hit up The Woodshed. My wife and I love seafood. What would be the best time of year to come to Maine?"
• "Ashley, where do you get your inspiration for some of your special project creations on the show?"
• "Ashley, when you were little did you know you wanted to be a designer, or did you want to be something else?"
• "Ryan, What's up with the IT Men? Will we see them soon?"
• "We purchased an antique pair of skis online that we originally planned to nail criss-crossed onto a wall as a decoration in our place in Bridgton right near the Twister Camp. But when we got the skis we saw that they were such beautiful pieces of wood that we did not want to put nails through them and diminish the quality of the skis. Do you know of any type of product that would secure the skis to the wall without having to damage the wood? They are heavy.
•"I was wondering what kind of product you use on shake shingles to make them look new again, or at least give them some semblance of looking nice. I've attached a photo of the side of my house for reference as to what to use. I'm in North Carolina, and we don't have too much harsh winter here. I would appreciate you letting me know as to what product to use."
•For Chase, "What system do you use to take care of gray water? Also, what kind of toilets do you use? If you use an incinerating toilet, what is a good brand?"
•For Ryan, "What's your favorite Grateful Dead song? What's your favorite Phish song?"
•"I have a small camp on a pond near Bethel that's been in my family for a while. It's fully insulated, all one floor, and totally usable during the winter. It's heated by a single propane Rinnai that does a good job of heating the whole place as long as you leave the bedroom doors open. I plan to move there full time in a couple of years, and am concerned about having just the single heat source in case of failure or the cost of propane getting even higher. So I'm wondering what you would recommend for a secondary heat source. Many split heat pump, or something else, or should I swap out the propane heater for something different as the primary?"
• "I've got an old crawlspace with some pipes underneath that freeze often. What can I do about this?"
• "The other guys have long hair. Why doesn't Chase join the club?"
• "Do you ever disagree on stylistic elements of the cabins, because you have different tastes?"
• "I have a camp in the Adirondack mountains in New York. It is elevated much like the camps you restore, and I need to replace some supports. I noticed you use 6 x 6, or is it 8 x 8, on precast cement round footings. Are these poured footings below the frost line, or precast versions which you sit on leveled gravel? The show doesn't go into detail I realize to fit into the hour format."
• "We are putting in a foundation under our camp in Denmark, Maine. It's within 40 feet of a pond and sits very high on the water table. We are opting for a radiant floor slab foundation. Should we go with a 4-foot frost wall, or we read about the frost protected shallow foundation types being used in Maine. Is that a better approach to ensure frost protection in an area like ours with a high water table?"
• "Regarding the walls and ceiling woodwork, are you using white cedar tongue-and-groove 3" or 4" width with random lengths, and if you do a whitewash stain, do you always completely stain before installing the lumber? Where do you purchase your cedar?"
• "How do you supply water sources to the camps, and what are the factors that make you choose which way to go? Is it the proximity of the water, availability of septic, county rules, or money?"
"I have recently purchased a camp on the lake that I spent all of my summers at during my youth. When the camp was purchased, the existing heating system was fueled by kerosene, and the heating ducts were located in the ceiling of this one-story cabin. During the process of raising the camp to replace the rotted foundation, I had a flat fuel tank installed under the camp and insulated, thinking we could use regular heating fuel which costs less than kerosene. My question is, what is the most efficient manner to heat this cabin? Heat pumps have been recommended to me as being a very efficient manner to heat our camp in our efforts to winterize, which would allow me to fall back on regular heating fuel as a backup source. However, I'm questioning if I would be better-prepared for the northern Maine winters by having some type of wood-burning source for heat, or considering solar, or anything else you might recommend."
"How do I jack and level a large 150-year-old farmhouse?"
"We recently purchased a seasonal cabin in the Belgrade area. We've never lived on a lake or in Maine. We aren't sure what we can and can't do near the water. Currently, the view is obstructed by large pine trees on the edge of the lake, and lots of smaller bushes in-between the lake and the cabin. What can we do to open up our view?"
"Why do you guys never flip the refrigerator doors over in any of your episodes?"
"It sounds like you guys have some time off this winter. Do you have any vacations planned with your families? Do you guys do vacations together?"
I'm putting in a three-piece shower unit but I have a window. Can I cut out the fiberglas around the window and seal it?
Can I put tongue-and-groove knotty pine in a bathroom at our cottage, and does it need to be white-washed? Would I need to do anything special if I'm putting it over drywall?
We would love to hear your advice on how to address some significant cracks in our foundation and cellar floor. We have a seasonal home on Long Pond in Somerville, Maine, and it's about time we got some expert advice.
I want to use the same tongue-and-groove boards that you use in all your projects. Where can I get them? The project I want to use them for is to do interior wall coverings and ceilings in my garage. Can they be used if there are rooms above them, and if they can, what thickness should they be?
How come Chase got rid of the whiteboard in the episodes? I love and miss it.
My question is, do your dogs ever get slivers in their paws from wood scraps?
"We'll be building a timberframe/post-and-beam cabin next spring in Montana. The main timbers are hemlock and will remain indoors, much like the framing of Ryan's house. How do I treat the frame members? I've been told boiled linseed oil is the way to go. Not wanting that gray weathered look if I can avoid it."
"I have a question in regards to the paint that is used to paint the floors. What kind of paint is used, and do you need to put a few coats of poly on top?"
"In From The Woodshed episode 303 you talked about how you don't like the Cabin Masters' Tips ads that run on DIY, those being the stair stringers, the cedar shakes with Dixie, and the high school physics. If you could create three Tips ads to replace those, what would those tips be?"
"Is there any old terms from your Grandpappy or crazy uncle used back in the day, like for an example, 'Oh, horsefeathers'?"
"We live in Alberta, Canada. I saw you put tongue-and-groove knotty pine on bathroom walls. Should I Varathane it before putting it on bathroom walls at a cottage?"
I live in England in a Victorian workers' cottage mid-terrace, and I just wonder what product you use on your roof. I have a slate roof currently, but I want a product that will be long-lasting and affordable. I want it to last my lifetime. I figured since you are working on cabins in remote areas with harsh weather, you might have a more substantial product.
We have a log cabin in east Tennessee, and used a wood-burning stove for heat in the dead of winter. We've decided we need a larger stove that can burn for more than 12 hours so the cabin doesn't cool down as much in the morning. Our search for a larger stove has not gone past the brochure stage of looking, and we are seeking advice from other wood burners. Our cabin is three levels of 1,200 square feet per level and an open floor plan between the main floor and the upper floors. Our current stove is in the basement and will heat the entire house once the cold air is removed. Is there a brand or style of stove you would recommend?
Given the rural nature of most camps, is there ever any issues with fire codes? Is water available to be pumped from lakes or ponds? Our home's in the mountains of Idaho, and I had to prove our volunteer fire department had the equipment to pump water out of the creek as there were virtually no fire hydrants in the area. How is fire protection handled around the lakes?
Sometimes you use pucks, and sometimes you use posts when adding or fixing foundation issues. What criteria do you use to make that decision?
"I've got an older home with spray insulation, your go-to from what I've seen. I currently have regular R-grade. What can I do to beef up my insulation value?
"I am purchasing 10 acres with a house from my grandmother, which has been in my family for almost 100 years. The house was built in 1945 and three bedrooms plus living room have hardwood oak floors. In some areas over the years, oak planks/slats have separated a bit between each other. I'm wondering if you could advise me in the best possible way on how to fill those small gaps and refresh those nice floors?"
"I'm always curious at the end of the project when they are about to show the owners the finished project, Ashley says to Chase 'Let's go get changed.' Exactly where do they go to change? Wondering where they go as they aren't close to home."
"I purchased a pine log home in North Stonington, Connecticut, about 4 years ago. I had a contractor from Maine come down and sanded the house to the original wood with hand sanders, and applied Q8 log oil. The house looked amazing. About 12 months in I had started to get some mold on the house and I've done a bunch of spot-checks with multiple products to try to remove the mold, and they all either removed some of the stain or caused streaking. I've debated using weather-seal stain that has the sealant in it so it would be easier to wash the mold off in-between applications, but not sure if that would adhere properly since Q8 was already applied about two-and-a-half years ago. I have also heard that oil-based stains with sealant have their own issues years down the line. I have also been advised never to use a top-coat over the stains, when that breaks down moisture and mold could start growing underneath, and then then the house would need to be sanded/media-blasted again, and I don't want to do that again."
"We have a camp on a lake on MDI (Mount Desert Island) with lake-drawn water. What are the pros and cons of leaving the water hose in the lake all winter? Our family has done that for years, but now as new owners we are not sure what is best."
"My question is, what is the best way to go about making sure that you are getting a handyman/carpenter/contractor who actually has the skills you need? I've been burned a couple times, and am leary of going ahead on a couple of more projects that need to be done?"
"What do you do when you're not filming? Are you still working on cabins?"
"Would you guys consider taking your show on the road, and coming to Alabama?"
"I'm an author, and I am writing a scene where the characters need to get spray paint off of cedar shake shingles. What would you use to remove the spray paint?"
"If you weren't doing the show, what would you be doing?"
"I live in upper New Hampshire, and have an unheated covered deck with 3/4" plywood floor, not pressure-treated. We enclosed the area to create a very nice porch, and want to finish the floor. The plywood is in good shape, but was never sealed above or below. When the weather is damp, the floor creaks as you walk on it. Then, when it's dry, there is no noise. The plywood is glued and screwed down. My question is, should we seal or paint the exposed floor and plywood under the decking, before putting in a floor?"
"I have a circa 1964 camp on Cobbossee in Litchfield, Maine. Several years ago I had insulation blown into the walls, attic, and underneath the camp, which is on pillars and posts. The underneath portion is enclosed in plastic. I have been told by several Mainers that this is not a good idea. Your thoughts?"
"Being the downhome folks you all are, did it take you, collectively, long to learn, and get used to, being in front of the camera, and learn all the signals and the camera talk?"
"When you are evaluating a property, TV or not, how do you determine if a camp is too far gone for a renovation and should just be replaced?"
"How do you keep all the dogs from running off at all these camps? Do you bring food and water dishes for them?"
"Who is better, the Grateful Dead, or Phish?"
• "I have a cabin in the Adirondacks that currently does not have running water. I would like to put in a system that would pull water from the lake. Do you have any recommendations on the best way to do this? We would like to use it for showers, toilets, and the kitchen. We are not expecting to use it for drinking."
• "I want to build a small greenhouse in my yeard, but due to the price of lumber I'm looking for some ideas incorporating used or less-expensive materials, not lumber. Any ideas?"
• "With all the different towns you work, who keeps up with the zoning and building codes?"
• "How is it decided, your method of transport to a new camp you'll work on?"
• "I had a workshop for my wife built for her custom dollhouses and stained glass about 15 years ago. We questioned the gravel pad it was built on but was told it would work. Within the first few months the foundation sank on the back-right side, and as a result the front doors would not shut. We called the company that sold it to me and the did a series of band-aid fixes, and went as far as to call the original builders who were contracted out to fix the problem. The builders came out and jacked up the shed on the front-left corner. We were able to shut the front doors for about 6 months before it got worse. We called the contractors to look at the issue, and they could not figure it out. We have an idea that includes bottle jacks, pylons, and steel beams after I put the bricks from the first level corner, but not sure if this is the best approach, thinking that it might damage walls or windows."
• "We have recently demoed our kitchen and dining room. The kitchen is close to its completion. We have chosen to use a natural brick backsplash in the kitchen area. What do you suggest that can be used to protect the brick and not be too glossy? We are also thinking that people may want to paint or do German schmear in the future, so we would love something that may work for all future applications."
• "Here are some pictures of the stained cedar claps on our camp located on Clearwater. Immense mold on the north side of the house. Should I have the house re-sided, or can someone clean it and restain?"
• "I have that fake wood decking, both the front and back stairs are made out of it. The stuff gets so hot it'll fry your feet, and during a slight rain the stuff becomes slick as ice. I've seen many a mailman go down. I've tried mixing some sand into some poly and putting a coat on, and that worked for a season. I also bought some anti-skid tape, and that was a complete fail. Any ideas to make the steps a little safer?"
• "The Kennebec Cabin Company method of using pine for walls, is that similar to shiplap? What's the difference between the flat-side look of pine wood walls?"
• "Love camera angles when you throw stuff out windows, etc. Just how many cameras get broken or you go through?"
• "We recently bought a small camp in Casco, Maine, that needs a jacking and leveling due to many years of frost-heaving. I've watched all of your episodes over the years, and you frequently show the jacking and leveling process, but can you please explain how you install the piers for the foundation? I've seen the cement pads that you use, but how do you prepare the ground to accept them?"
• "We recently purchased a lakefront cabin in Pennsylvania. It is a rustic seasonal camp which currently has no running water. What is the best way for us to get water from the lake to use for things like flushing toilets and taking showers? Are there purification systems available that would make the water safe to drink?"
• "How do you all keep the bugs like mosquitos and ticks away while you work? You guys seem like you work on some remote deep-woods locations. The bugs never seem to bother you."
• "Since the design and building are done without plans, how do you determine how much wood and missed building materials you will need to complete your vision?"
• "My house was built in 1945. My question is, how difficult is it to repair or replace the soffit and fascia board around the house? Does it all need to be replaced, or can I replace some of it? How do I tell?"
• "How do you jack and level cabins without doing structural damage and breaking windows? Have you ever had any real significant problems doing it, and how did you resolve it?"
• "Favorite '[Grateful] Dead' album, and favorite non-'Dead' album?"
• "I'm not the handiest person in the world. We have a wooden table in our kitchen [that] we eat all our meals on. It is about 20 years old. We love it, but the table surface looks old and dry. How can I spruce up our beloved table?"
• "I am redoing my laundry room. I want to keep the ceiling exposed with the rafters showing, but I want the walls sealed between the rafters. My question is, how can I do this easily and imexpensively?"
• "My uncle built my house just before WWII, stick-built with a lot of recycled fir and pine. He made a Z-back door that now has rotted at the bottom. I would like to repair rather than replace it. Any advice or tricks of the trade to repair the door?"
• Maggie was asked "Did you volunteer for this position?"
• "Watching your show we have seen you use ClipStone behind a woodstove, and was wondering how you frame out the thimble woodstove chimney, and prepare it for the ClipStone?"
• "We are remodeling a cabin in northern Minnesota. The ceiling is going to be vaulted. There is a free-standing brick fireplace in the middle of the cabin. There is nice brick in the cabin and on the roof. The area betwwen the current ceiling and the roof is just cement block. What can we do to cover the cement block so it looks nice? The cabin was built in 1965, so we won't be able to match with a brick veneer."
• "My daughter's house is about 100 years old, and the indoor flight of stairs squek unbelievably. Is there any way to fix this?"
• "I notice a lot of cool t-shirts worn by the guys on Maine Cabin Masters. My question is, do you have a box full of t-shirts that you all share, as I'm certain I've seen the same distinctive t-shirt being worn by different team members?"
• "I see that you use sprayfoam insulation. I'm curious how you would replace or repair an electrical wire as it is stuck in the insulation?"
• "My street is between a saltwater tidal marsh on one side, and a beach at the end of the street. My window issue is escalating, and I'm wondering DIY or go get a pro, and PVC or pressure-treated? I'm leaning toward PVC, but if I do it myself, how?"
• "South central Alaska, I have a 24' x 24' addition to the house, I have 4-by-12s on a helical pier system, I have plumbing and sanitary sewer I'm going to run underneath it, how do I keep it from freezing? I've got about a 42-inch freeze depth here."
• "My wife and I are renovating our camp near Kane, Pennsylvania. We've installed pine shiplap in two rooms, and like the whitewash look. Would you describe the process you use to apply whitewash, and the products you prefer?"
• "I'm always amazed watching how you raise cabins out of dirt and reset them on concrete cookies with new supporting structures. I've not been able to find these concrete cookies. I was wondering if you could suggest a different way to support the framing for an 8' x 10' building? The structure will be under 120 square feet so I don't need a permit. I want to make sure I have a solid base for the building. Any ideas would be helpful."
• "We have a concrete pad that is half under a screen porch and half under a deck. The part that's under a deck consistently gets green mold on it, and we pressure wash it all the time and try to get rid of it. Is there anything else we can do?"
• Chase & Ryan: "Why does Ryan have such a wonderful Maine accent, and the rest of the guys and Ashley don't show any accent even though they were born in Maine?"
• "What kind of screws do you use in the projects?"
• "When Ashley was on the podcast with Mary Engelbreit, it looked like she was wearing a new ring, Ryan. Did she finally get a wedding ring? What's the story about why she didn't have one?"
• "Ryan, who is pictured in the green 'Steal Your Face' shirt?"
• "I have a home in Pennsylvania. What is the best way to insulate the floors?"
• "Saw an episode where you sprayfoamed and covered pine tongue-and-groove. Trying to do it, but read it needs a fire retardant. Is the pine ok?"
• "I volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in Florida, and I want to build a tortoise cabin. Bumble is a three-footed red-footed tortoise. He lost one foot in a dog attack. It doesn't get very cold here, but I'm trying to incorporate a heated floor for him so he's comfy in the winter. I'd love to hear if you have some ideas for Bumble."
• "I noticed Ryan and Ashley have lost a ton of weight. Do you want to touch on that?"
• "Would you cut your beards and hair for charity?"
• "What is the one hobby you've picked up during Covid?"
• "We have an issue with ice buildup directly over our front steps. It's at a junction where an addition was made to the original 1800s house in the 1970s. About 5 years ago we had the entire house reroofed, and at the same time increased the insulation in the attic. The interior walls of the house where the build-up is have also been insulated. We are at a loss as to why this happens. We figured you may have some ideas as you experience the same types of weather we do in central New York."
•"I would like some info on a good composting toilet. I need one, I'd like to make my choice once and done."
•"With all the rot caused by water on wooden structures, why don't you use guttering?"
• "I am looking for some suggestions on repairing a rotted rim joist, sill plate, and subfloor on the gable end of my 700 sq. ft. cottage. The rotted area is on the gable end of the cottage. I am concerned about supporting the structure which is probably being held toether over the rotted area by the wooden siding. The former owner apparently cut away a large part of the rim joist for some unknown reason where a masonry porch used to be. I've seen many understuctures that were rotted and repaired on the show, and thought you might have a quick suggestion."
• "We recently bought a 117-year-old home, and the living area is all original wood. It is what I describe as 'old library floors.' I love them but the problem is, I don't know what to clean the old grime off with. I really don't want to sand them because it's a beautiful color. Any suggestions would be appreciated."
• "We have a camp in Winthrop and it needs a new roof. It is a 3-season camp with insulation in the walls and roof, but not underneath. Would it be a bad idea to put a metal roof on it, as I have heard you talk about problems with humidity build-up. Would sprayfoam insulation under the cabin help?"
• "The question I have is white-washing, painting, or leaving it alone. It's a big debate in our house. We've been sanding logs and clear-coating them, and we're still trying to brighten the cabin up a little more. We're not sure if we should paint in-between these logs (on the ceiling) or whitewash to brighten, and the stairwell which is the front entrance should be white-washed, and if we did white-wash, would we need to sand it down first because the upstairs is new wood and was recently replaced."
• "Have anywhere earned their Dumpster Wings lately? If so, what have they found?"
• "I own a small lake cabin in the upper peninsula of Michigan, that was built in 1933. We have issues with red squirrels in the area occasionally finding their ways into the cabin. Do you have any advice for making the cabin less attractive as a cozy, winter nesting location for the red menace?"
• "Is Ryan the only DeadHead in the group?"
• "My wife and I want to cook a Maine-themed meal for the night of the new season premiere. But, we don't like seafood. What are some of your favorite Maine dishes that we could cook that don't have seafood in them?"
• "When you leave the walls open, I noticed that electrical wire are left exposed. Should they be covered?"
• "I purchased a summer camp on Norway Lake, and would eventually like to retire there. In order to make it 'year-round', do you have a put a foundation in? And if so, would a crawl space be adequate to protect pipes, or is a full basement needed?"
• "My cabin is located in south-central Alaska. I'm trying to find a way, and different ideas and designs, to enclose the undercarriage of the cabin. Also to have a swing-door type so I can drive my snowmobile in. If you've got any ideas, I'd appreciate it."
• "If you had to fight off a gang of evil carpenters from another dimension, what would the superpower be of each Cabin Master?"
• "Update on the rat in Ashley's car?"
• "Who does the drawings on the plans during the show?"
• "If you were designing a camp from the ground up with a reasonable budget, what would it look like?"
• "Do the cabin owners get to keep the home furnishings?"
• "What type of wood do you use for plank floors? I love the color and the knots, and I am hoping we can install some in our vacation home."
• "Do you have any ideas to insulate and close off under high-exposed pier and beam cabin? I'm located in Alaska where it's extremely cold."
• "Do you guys do other jobs besides cabins? I have a big piece of property in central Maine that I would love to build my forever home on. It would be a year-round house But I'd love it to have a cabin feel."
• "What is the one tool you can't live without?"
• "My wife and I recently purchased our dream cabin in West Virginia because we love the show so much. However, the cabin was renovated with pine board ceilings and some of the boards are warped, and pulled through the nails. Any tips/tricks on how to repair?"
• "My question stems from the Bullpen episode. In the initial run through the camp, there were IU magnets or push pins in a frame or two. What are the family connections to Indiana University? As an Indiana native, I'm curious."
• "You show a lot of year-round upgraded renovations but you never show what the heating is or how the het is set up. I don't see furnaces or baseboard heaters, a wood stove occasionally, but that's it. What's your heating of choice?"
• Chase mentioned "A lot of viewers notice, when we install fridges, maybe half the time the fridges are oriented so they don't open in the right direction."
• "Construction is a dirty job. Who does all the laundry, and how many changes do the guys go through?"
"I would like to know what you want viewers to learn or take away from Maine Cabin Masters or the podcasts?"
"We have a camp on a tiny private island in Damariscotta Lake that has been in the family since the 1930s. We are considering moving an 1815 Cape & Jefferson to a piece of property in the Chimney Point Association off Bunker Hill Rd. to have a place on the shore with lake access. Our question is, what would be the best way to move the house? The two options we see are, along the road with the need to move the power lines, or float it down the lake."
"Why don't you insulate any of your cabins?"
Maggie had a letter with photos: "I had a bit of trouble while constructing my gingerbread A-frame cabin. Who else to call but the 'Five Amigos'? Please review the photos."
"Do you go to the camps and meet the homeowners prior to seeing it for the first time on TV?"
"Why are there no closets in the bedrooms?"
"Chase's trailer tires are a high risk occupation. Has Chase considered filling his trailer tires with foam, the same type used for tractor tires, or using solid rubber? I ask because if I were in Chase's shoes, having my trailer tires come apart on me would drive me nuts."
"I see Dixie and Jedi using tool belts sometimes, and other times using tool totes. When or why do they choose a tool tote/tool bag vs. a tool belt?"
To Ryan "How many Phish shows have you been to, and do you have a favorite?"
Chase asked Ryan "How many states have you seen Phish in? Countries?"
"What is your plan for celebrating Christmas this year?"
There was no time for questions.
"How do you do things with such low budgets?"
"Where do you guys hope to see yourselves in five years?"
"How have your lives changed most since the start of Maine Cabin Masters?"
"Do you guys actually work on all the job sites, or is that just for the cameras?"
• "Wondering about the Cabin Masters' NFL thoughts about Tom Brady now playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?"
• "Have any of you climbed Mt. Katahdin, and if so, can you describe Knife's Edge?"
• "My son is 15 and is an excellent student, particularly in math, science, and woodshop. He's begun talking about construction trades as a career path. What advice would you give him to help him decide his next steps?"
• "What common trait have you found, with cabins that have held up well to Maine weather?"
• "In the old intro, why does it sound like Chase is asking a question when he says Ryan is a 'voice of reason'? Does he not believe it?"
• "You have a great flag. Why that design by your team? What is the story/history behind it, and where can we get one? It doesn't appear on your site under Merchandise Shop."
• "Can you guys speak on how great a job Maggie is doing?"
• "Do you leave your names, autographs, business cards, date magnets, or pictures, hidden in the walls somewhere so future generations will know you did the renovations?"
• "What's the best way to fix a door that is off because the frame has shifted? The door wouldn't shut, so we took some off the top and bottom, but there's a half-inch drop on the top of the door. The hinge side is fine, but it's dropped a half an inch on top on the other side."
• "I've noticed that you use a lot of 6 inch and 8 inch shiplap boards on the interior of many of the cabins that you save. My question is, how do you complete the corner on the horizontal shiplap. Do you butt-end them together in the corner, or cut a 45-degree angle and put them together in the corner?"
• "I saw one of your episodes Ryan made a comment about sprayng ployurethane on white pine. I have a cabin that I'm building, and the interior is completely 1 x 10 TNG white knotty pine. I would like to keep it natural and light like it is now. Everyone sprays lacquer on this type of interior around here, and after a year it will turn a dark orange color. What would you recommend to keep the original, natural look. I used water-based polyurethane in the past on other white pine, and it doesn't seem to turn the orange color with age. I used foam brushes to put it on. Can you spray water-based polyurethane?"
• "You see other people at the camps working beside the top five of you. How many people besides other contractors like tree removal or landscaping do you work with?"
• "How is Charli acclimating to her new home, and does Gussy still approve?"
• "Does Chase ever lose his temper?"
• "Do you always stain your outdoor decks? What kind of stain do you typically use, and what would you recommend for a west-facing deck that gets full sun?"
• "Do you ever have to take into consideration about black bears being near camps, and if so, what do you do different to the camps to keep the black bears out, especially during the winter when no one is at camp?"
• "I'd like to know how the cabins withstand frost and freeze when the footings are nothing more than those concrete discs. Why aren't 48-inch-deep posts or footings not required?"
• "What are you most looking forward to this season?"
• "Who decides who will do what job?"
• "My husband and I live outside of Anchorage, Alaska, and we noticed that Chase wears an Ivory Jacks hoodie on many episodes. We wondered what is the significance of the hoodie, and can we send him one from one of our area of Alaska to give us equal time?"
• "What is the weirdest or most random item you have found during demo?"
• "Do y'all really get along as well as you do on the show?"
• "What is the best type of flooring for non-heated summer camps that are on pillars, with no basement, and open to freezing?"
• "What did Chase end up doing with the ponies you got from Lance?"
• "Will you guys be putting more deleted and blooper scenes on your Facebook page?"
• "What is a nice area on the lake to buy or build a home for a retiree from New Jersey? Needs to be close to shopping, hospitals, and cultural areas. Any suggestions?"
• "What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a Maine Cabin Masters site?"
• "At The Woodshed, will you be offering beers from Cushnoc?"
• "Have any of the Cabin Masters had any close encounters experience or crossed paths with another reality show ('Northwoods Law') in Maine?"
• "Chase, you have been great saving things used for camps. Has the county ever cited you for having an illegal junk yard?"
There was no time for questions.
• "My family lives in a 100-year-old cabin in Central Camp, California. I'm probably working on stripping and painting the dresser and chest of drawers in the master bedroom. The last chest of drawers I did, I used latex paint, and now when the air is damp, the drawers won't open. What other paint should I use for the other pieces, or should I use a stain?"
• "What cabin had the biggest turn-around from beginning to end?"
• "Your show has encouraged me to trek out and rediscover our family camp in northern New Hampshire, neglected close to 20 years, but home to many wonderful memories. I was pleased to find that it was in much better shape than I expected, but it has a tar paper exterior which I always hated, even as a child. What would you recommend to make the exterior more attractive, but yet affordable and durable for a pond location?"
• "Do a lot of the camps have neighbors that are quite close?"
• "Do people really leave their camps in such disarray, or is it staged for the show?"
• To Chase: "Why did you decide to go to to college at The Atlantic? What did you learn there that helps you today?"
• "Was there a time you regretted that you'd wished you had worn working gloves? Most of the time I don't see any while demoing."
• "For the cabins that are four-season camps and, since most are off the ground, how do you keep the pipes from freezing in the winter?"
There was no time for Project Pointer questions.
• "So Chase talks a lot with his hands. I do too. Is this a family trait? Did he learn this from following his Dad around?"
• "When was the last time any of the guys were clean-shaven? Would they shave it off if they lost a bet?"
• "I was wondering if any of the guys have sore muscles from working so hard every day. Do you come in sore from the previous day?"
• "What are some of your favorite Maine ghost stories?"
• "Can cherry trees really grow in Maine?"
• "How do you go about leveling a large back yard?"
• "What's an alternative to an outhouse when a camp doesn't have running water?"
• "If you weren't Cabin Masters, what other profession would you be doing?"
• "How do you find material in such remote places?"
• "Is it different now that you're more managing, like, three jobs at once rather than just going in to work every day?"
• "What is the most embarrassing thing you remember or know about Ashley?"
• "Sooner or later, all good things come to an end. What plans do you have after the series ends?"
• "I was lucky enough to have a one in my life. Have you ever had a 29-point hand, and if not, what is the highest cribbage hand you've ever had?"
• "What is the earliest you've arrived to a job, and have you ever had neighbors complain about any of your construction builds?"
• "Who would be on the Mt. Rushmore of influential and/or important Mainers?"
• "Ryan, the episode of you riding a horse is hysterical. You said you were scared but I think you were awesome. Have you ridden one since?"
• "How come most times we never see you guys prime the outside of a cabin before you paint them?"
• "When was Ryan's last haircut?"
• "What do you guys drink to stay hydrated? I find that, in hot weather, water just doesn't cut it. Do you guys believe in electrolytes, and substitute sports drinks?"
• "What's the significance of your (Kennebec Cabin Co.) logo?"
• "Do you guys like Moxie?"
• "What are the challenges involved in your line of work?"
• "After all your travels, what are your favorite lakes in Maine?"
• "If you had to build with one material for the rest of your career, what would that be?"
• "I noticed Ryan has a tattoo on his hand. Does he have any others? Does Ashley and Chase?"
• "Is there a way to get one-year-old pressure treated deck boards to stop oozing sap?"
• "You guys inspired us to remodel our bunk room, and we're paneling with 3/4" by 6" white pine. The rest of the camp has no stain or polyurethane. Is it necessary to polyurethane the new wood?"
• Ryan asked Chase "What's the difference between shellac and lacquer? Do you know?"
• "Can you power wash your log home?"
• "How would you describe a Maine winter?"
• "Do you still go 'up to camp' even if it's 'down east'?"
• "Where are some places in the world you'd like to travel to?"
• "Did you build your own home, or did you renovate a home you bought?"
• "I was wondering how many cabins you re-do a year, and how big is your crew?"
• "Does everyone on your crew have construction experience?"
• "Ryan, where/when was your first Phish show?"
• "Do any of you do the hand-drawing plans at the beginning of the episodes?"
• "How many dogs do you guys have, and whose is the oldest?"
• "Crawling under all those camps to jack and level looks dangerous. Do you ever get nervous?"
• "Who's older, Chase or Ashley?"
• "Where does the name 'Kennebec' come from?"
• "What are your favorite places to eat in Maine?"
• "Is there a stain or paint you prefer?"
• "My Dad was born and raise in Guilford and always calls himself a 'Maine-iac' but your opener says 'Mainers.' Which is it?"
• "How do you deal with the black flies and mosquitos while working?"
• "Does it bother Chase's wife, all the stuff he brings home?"
• "Do you have any idea how much lumber you've used over the years?"
• Maggie asked a question directed at herself: "How do you feel when you saw yourself on TV?"
Do the Cabin Masters renovate properties outside the state of Maine?
Tell us more about the Show Budgets?
Why are camps raised off the ground?
Why don't we always insulate cabins?
Where does Ashley shop for furniture?
Who stages the cabins? Do the owners keep the furniture?
Why don't we always insulate cabins?
Where does Ashley shop for furniture?
Tell us more about the Show Budgets?
Why are camps raised off the ground?
Do the Cabin Masters renovate properties outside the state of Maine?
Tell us more about the Show Budgets?
When might we know when there might be a season 5?
We will definitely visit Acadia National Park and the surrounding area. We would really like suggestions on what else we should experience in your state.
We feel the budgets for your projects are ridiculously low. There's no way you could pay your staff, buy the materials, and do what you do. When the owners have a budget, is that just for materials?
I watch with amazement as you speed-drive screws during your work. How do you do that? What driver bit do you use, and what style screw head do you use?
Why are all the camps you work on raised off the ground? I live in Wisconsin, and all of the cabins I know of, including my family's, are built on concrete foundation. Is it because of terrain, or the lack of access to concrete?
On multiple episodes, it does't appear that insulation is used, especially in cabins with open ceilings. How are they kept warm in cold weather?
How do I find out if you've picked my (cabin) application? Do you guys just call or is there a deadline to make those plans?
Do you renovate properties outside of Maine?
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