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{SPEAKER name="Mr. Moore"}
One of the people in our world today who is responsible for holding onto these old buildings is Alan Sligh,
who lives up by Columbus, Georgia,
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and as a young man he's been, he's taken on his responsibility of helping people restore,
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or move, or put back together or save and preserve uh traditional forms of houses.
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Uh Alan, how did you happen to get into this, uh, form of work and how do you feel about it?
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{SPEAKER name="Alan Sligh"}
Uh, well I got interested in it about 5 years ago and went to a log building school
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in, uh, Washington State that taught the rigging and techniques of old style log buildings.
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{SPEAKER name="Mr. Moore"}
And what do you, how do you make your living today? How do you carry this on?
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{SPEAKER name="Alan Sligh"}
Uh, I'm uh what they call a timber framer, which is working with uh
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logs and wooden structures similar to this.
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{SPEAKER name="Mr. Moore"}
Could you describe for these folks, just a few minutes, kind of a typical job, uh,
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if somebody says if I have an old log building, I'd like to have you uh move and retro-fit for modern living?
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Is that sort of what you get to do?
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{SPEAKER name="Alan Sligh"}
Uh yeah.
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The uh, the dog-trot house started as a log structure and uh,
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the South about 1828, when the, the uh Indians went on the Tears of Trail
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they started building these houses and they built uh
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one section first and then add the dog-trot in another room later on.
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And uh, the uh, uh, like I say, some of them were one-story and some of them were a story and a half,
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but the older ones were about the same size as this house.
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{SPEAKER name="Mr. Moore"}
Uh, it seems to me that I remember uh, talking a little about the height of the floor off the ground.
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The distance between the uh, the sills and the ground is about what, like 20 inches or so, or 18?
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{SPEAKER name="Alan Sligh"}
Yeah, well, the standard, the standard, is 18 inches.
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{SPEAKER name="Mr. Moore"}
And why is that? Why is--
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{SPEAKER name="Alan Sligh"}
Well they believe that a termite couldn't climb but 18 inches.
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{SPEAKER name="Mr. Moore"}
Couldn't climb but 18 inches, that keeps them down [laughter],
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and of course you'll have the summer hot weather effect of the breeze coming under the house and keeping the house cool.
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We've talked a lot about dog-trot houses in summer and how efficient they are in hot weather and humid weather,
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but the problem in the winter is something else.
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Davney [Dabney Crosby], I'm gonna call you back for just a little bit to tell that wonderful story about your wife,
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uh, and her experience with uh cool weather on your honeymoon. You want to tell me about that?
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{SPEAKER name="Davney"}[Dabney Crosby]
Uh very well Mr. Moore, uh, that's an experience in my life I'll never forget.
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I lived in a, this was not a typical dog-trot house, but it had a shed room on it, which uh
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you can see the framework if you'll check the house on the uh far corner over your left shoulder, what we called a shed room.
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Okay, this thing uh didn't have an over-head ceiling, you had exposed, uh, beams with just a metal roof on top of this
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and it was real cold back there and it happened to be that we had a real cold winter
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that uh, was extremely cold for our part of the country, and uh not having any central heat uh,
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within this house, uh I went and got my wife and uh, well of course,
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first she chased me around there for a year or two there, then finally she caught me.
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I chased her rather, and finally she caught me, so I just took her home with me there temporarily
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and lived with my parents 'til we could kind of get out on our own.
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But she was uh, she was a little better off financially than I was and she lived in a better house,
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and she wasn't used to living like I was in the type of house I was living in.
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Uh, the flooring in the room uh, I guess it had cracks about this wide in it. You could look underneath
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and see the ground, you know if uh in the daytime you could look through.
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So anyway, we stayed out a couple of nights on our honeymoon
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and when we returned home uh to bring her into my home there, it happened to be about 18 to 20 degrees,
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so the temperature that night on the outside, and it, I think it was about 12 on the inside of the house.
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It was usually colder on the inside, I think, it was on the outside seeming to be.
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Since we did not have central heat, we did not have electricity, we didn't have electric blankets,
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so hey we've gotta keep warm see, and uh I said well, uh this being our honeymoon and all that shouldn't be any problem.
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So uh, mother was looking after us real closely, she put uh 4 quilts, these patch-work quilts I'm sure most of you have seen.
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Mrs. Coffee over there is familiar with those.
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Uh, some of them are pretty thick there, maybe about an inch thick. Uh, I said well surely that'll keep us warm tonight, you know.
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And about 15 minutes I hollered for my mother and she brought in 3 more and put on top of us.
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So we wound up with 7 quilts on our first night in our home uh to attempt to keep warm and we kept warm
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but the next morning, when we waked up, my wife, she yelled for help!
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"What am I gonna...". I say, "What's in the world is wrong with you, girl?"
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She says, "I can't get out of bed!"
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I say, "Well, what's the problem, you know? You're not helpless or something."
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She said, "I've laid under all this cover, under all this weight, until I cannot move anymore. I just need some help."
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So, naturally, I proceeded to take the cover off and get her limbered up and get her out of bed to where she could get on with her daily duties.
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