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Old 09-06-2011, 11:37 PM   #16
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What do you mean by "timing"?

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Old 09-07-2011, 07:32 AM   #17
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Timing ...as in doing job "A" before you start job "B". For instance, you wouldn't want to try to do the electric AFTER you put up the drywall, right? I can speak from experience too about living in the home while you are trying to build it. Very difficult, even by one's self, let alone with family.

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That timing is a tad more obvious. But what are some of the other timings that aren't so obvious. Thank you for your input. I really appreciate all the positive comments.
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I am very familiar with the VOBB system.

Dry stacking is not simple and cheap if you want you want a truly vertical or strong wall. If you are building in Atlanta, the freight will raise the cost tremendously over what it is in FL or LA. The freight is something like $2.00/mile for 1000 block. VOBB is not universally available because of the investment in molds and inventory of the shapes required, so there are not many suppliers. Block made to the ASTM specifications are not adequate for dry stacking without shimming.

Dry stacking is not just a fast, simple task of throwing block on to a wall that is set in mortar on a footing.

The concept of a 6" thick wall is great and is something that has not normally been accepted in the U.S., but very acceptable in more developed countries when it comes to design and construction. - Up to 22 story loadbearing buildings, but mortar is always used for strength and continuity.

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Old 09-08-2011, 12:22 PM   #20
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You're post spiked my curiousity, and I came across a site I think might offer some insight http://www.drystacked.com/ (I'm not affiliated with this site, but learned a little about drystack construction from it).

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