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House Move

Posted 08-03-2010 at 09:40 PM by cebeling

Hi All,

I've been on again, off again on this site for the past few years as I've had projects and I'm so happy with the help I've had. We're going into the mother of all DIY projects in the coming weeks so I thought I'd start a blog to share with the members of the site....and probably ask a few questions along the way.

My wife and I live in the wonderful city of Fargo, ND. (don't laugh, it's not like the movie...that much) We have 3 small children, 4, 3, and 5 months. And what seems to be an undending craving for "sweat equity" and compliments from our friends. (who could do more than they think if they would just try)

So, what's the project, right?

About 6 weeks ago a realtor friend of ours came to us with an opportunity. A house was being bought out for flood mitigation and was for sale. yada yada, we own the house. We bought a nice lot, .6 acres on the edge of Fargo and plan to move it onto a new foundation over the next 8 weeks or so. I've searched the site on house moving and haven't found a lot so I thought this might be a good contribution to the site.

The house was built in 1987, and is a 2 story tudor with a 3 stall garage - 2800 square feet on 2 floors, 4 beds, 2 1/2 baths. Due to the shape of the house, the garage needed to be removed in order to be moved. The garage is about at a 45 degree angle to the house.

The project includes:
- new basement - flood proof construction methods
- new utilities plumbed to the house
- place house on new foundation
- place garage on new foundation
- connect the two and repair framing, roof, siding and brick
- radiant heat in garage
- reinstall mechanicals
- HVLP paint kitchen cabinets
- granite countertops
- install ~1100 sq feet of hardwood
- retrim main floor
- 1000 yards of fill for elevations reasons (you tube "Fargo Flood 2009" for reference)
- lawn, patio, driveway

We have closing this friday, and I have an untimely business trip the first part of next week. I suppose my background may be helpful - I'm a mechanical engineer by degree and a project manager by day.

So, probably won't have much of entries over the next week, but if all goes to plan we'll be moving dirt late next week. I'll try to post some pics of the before. Hopefully the end result is better than the original!!!

I look forward to comments. Hopefully more encouraging than "critical".

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    I've been playing around the past couple nights with the Fuji Q3 HVLP gun on a couple doors I pulled from the kitchen. Thickness definitely has a huge factor on how well the paint atomizes coming out of the gun. I've been using the viscosity cup (I'm not sure what it's officially called) and comparing that to the manual to try and get close. It seems the wetter the mix the better to prevent any orange peel effect. Right now I'm using a #4 needle and that seems to be adequate. After a coat of primer and a coat of paint you can start to see what the finished product will look like. I think it'll be very nice.

    We closed on our loan this afternoon - it's offically go time.
    Posted 08-06-2010 at 04:02 PM by cebeling cebeling is offline

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