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Old 10-23-2011, 01:19 PM   #271
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:51 PM   #272
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Third post was a total of 3.5' in ground with bottom 2' in concrete. Have a bad feeling about last two, as they are larger posts. Done for the day, worn out.

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Old 10-26-2011, 09:56 PM   #273
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The last post was removed today. Post came out without all of the concrete, so broke it apart. Leveled the ground in preparation for the base stone. Will be working until dark Friday getting stone level.

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Old 10-30-2011, 01:47 PM   #274
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Started retaining wall yesterday. I have now completed my first step up excavation. Filled with #53 stone.

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Overall progress, first level of block gets Geo-Grid. Then every other course.

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Review of Allan Block Gravity Wall so far.

I can only imagine if this block was solid, its quite heavy with a hollow core. Stock up on Ibuprofen. Recommendation, spend a lot of time leveling the #53 stone so only minor adjustments would need to be made to the block. I used a string, next time I am going to rent a laser level. Now that I have the Geo-Grid I will only excavate its width plus a foot.

I am finding the "step up" in the curve to be challenging. If you are doing curves, rent a reversible plate compactor. This is what I am going to get for completion. I have three courses in place up to the step, will be filling and back-filling next.
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:33 AM   #277
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Rain, rain go away. Come back another day.

Since it is raining, will try and figure out some math.

Rinnai 75LSi, and master shower.

In order to get a shower temperature based on 103 degrees I will roughly need 3 gallons of hot water for every gallon of cold. In order to flow at 18 gpm would this mean 13.5 gallons per minute would need to be hot and 4.5 gallons cold?

My average water temp from well is 50 degrees so in order to get 120 degree water I need a delta rise of 70 degrees. If I am reading this chart correctly I can only have a maximum flow of 4.5 gpm within each unit before flow restriction starts or 9 gpm max.? So does this mean I cannot exceed 12 gpm in shower without needing an additional Rinnai 75LSi in manifold? Which will be the 13.5 gpm I would need?

So if I am calculating this correctly, total gpm of all shower heads combined shouldn't exceed 12 gpm without having reduced output from individual shower heads in a perfect world.

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Each shower head has max flow rate of 2.5 gpm so would need 22.5 gpm. The default cycle program only has three shower heads on at once so should be Ok?
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Up to the fifth course, this is brutal. Each block weighs 75 lbs. even with hollow core.

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Can't catch a break, got a freak snow storm Tuesday putting 3"-4" on the ground. Rain in the forecast for Sunday and Monday. This wall may not get completed until Spring.

Will it ever dry? I'm guessing compacting soil that contains ice is a bad idea.

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Picture of finished kitchen. Sorry for delay.

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Wow - looking good there. Excellent work on the Kitchen!
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Had a chance to use a 48 x 60 shower. May have to rethink the master shower a bit. Even after water was running a while air still felt cool. As large as it is designed will always need steam to run.
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Forgot to post a picture of where I had to leave off working on retaining wall. With all the wet weather have no idea when this will get finished. Have to backfill the fifth course, then run course six and cap to finish.

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Had a chance to use a 48 x 60 shower. May have to rethink the master shower a bit. Even after water was running a while air still felt cool. As large as it is designed will always need steam to run.
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