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Old 09-07-2011, 05:08 PM   #1846
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Good progress! -

I was wondering about the rear entrance with the cold weather coming during your deployment. It is another phase to see what is created. The slab certainly seems to be well reinforced, but it shows you need an extra area for the excess minimum concrete load and equipment needed. You can always cut off the excess and square it up later depending on your exterior needs.

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The slab will be broken up next year. I want to finish the area between the house and shop with concrete stones. Very common over here. There is actually a drain underneath the slab near the corner. Any ground seep will find it's way there under the slab because of the stones. This slab was kind of a bonus. They were just going to dump it in the yard anyway. They don't take the excess back with them. You take what you ordered. It's cheaper to order more than to run short and pay for a 2nd trip. I will begin framing this weekend. The awning has already been ordered, should be up next weekend. I'm so glad to be at this phase. I've been looking at that ugly wall way to long. dorf dude... ps, yes the slab has dog prints in it! Mia had to leave her mark.
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The concrete settled just below the insulation. I had to trim it off level. Fein Multimaster to the rescue. It made very quick work of trimming it down and taking the raised lip off the concrete. The slab is still too fresh to drill into. I Gorilla glued the base beams to the slab. I love this glue!! I used rest cuts for along the back wall. I didn't want to waste them. I want to put up the rest of the framing tomorrow. In about a week I will set some screws into the slab. Moving forward. dorf dude...
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Scott I haven't checked out your progress in a while. I have to ask you a couple of questions about your stairs. They look a little narrow so I'm wondering why you didn't want to build them wider. I'm also wondering why you didn't use stair stringers like these http://www.ufpi.com/product/wdeck/wd...rStringer2.gif . Those cleats look like a lot of work.

Not being critical, it looks like a good job, just curious.
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Scott I haven't checked out your progress in a while. I have to ask you a couple of questions about your stairs. They look a little narrow so I'm wondering why you didn't want to build them wider. I'm also wondering why you didn't use stair stringers like these http://www.ufpi.com/product/wdeck/wd...rStringer2.gif . Those cleats look like a lot of work.

Not being critical, it looks like a good job, just curious.
Jim, They are a little narrow but 99.9% I'm by myself. They are quite comfortable to walk up and down. I don't have traffic going up and down them. When I will have company then it's going to be 1 at a time. I have a choke point at the bottom of the stairs, see attached photo. This is on the main route to the bathroom. If I made the stairs wider then I would have to detour around them every time. In hind sight I should have pushed the upstairs landing further back and that would have given me more room at the bottom. I didn't use a commercial product for the stringers because of cost and difficulty obtaining them. I have plenty of glue, screws and wood! Thanks for the comments, planning on big progress today. dorf dude...
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Big progress today. Campbell came by and pretty much framed it by himself. I worked on the ceiling beams and helped as needed. His son also gave a hand. Thanks! Matt was bored at home with his broken leg and got started on the cork wall. I'm with holding pics at the moment until it is further along. Here are a couple progress pic's, dorf dude...
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I was at it 11 hours today. Campbell's son stopped by and gave me a very needed hand. Thanks Patrick. He earned some pocket money for that. Beams are in, ceiling is in, light holes cut, insulation is in. I can't complain about that. I've piled things underneath because a storm is supposed to blow through. Here are a couple pic's. dorf dude...
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Some pretty rapid progress there Shu! That's one heavy duty addition you've got up there.

Hope the storm didn't do any damage to that nice looking wood.
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hey DD, you clearly do not subscribe to the theory that tomorrow is another day...

Good progress made.
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hey DD, you clearly do not subscribe to the theory that tomorrow is another day...

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I don't have another day. I deploy on 5 Oct and don't return until Mid Dec. I must get things done now or else it will be winter when I return, not a good time to do construction. I'm not done yet. I still might have something up my sleeve!! Thanks for the support, dorf dude...
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Need to teach Mia this trick http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=a0ZchGqls4M

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Good to see some more progress. I have begun to save bottle tops for you, I will send them when I have a decent amount. Have a look at my carport & workshop project. Its in the early stages now, it will get exciting when I move a old house onto the site in a month or two, then start renovating it.
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I've gotten further with the entry way. It has 6cm of insulation above the "Living area" I don't insulate above the eaves. I actually put 1 layer down in this case because I had some extra. I also had left over radiant barrier foil so I added that too. Can't hurt. Since Matt got started on the cork wall I've been hitting it every day for a little bit. It's starting to look like something. Here are a few pic's, dorf dude...
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The close-up picture of the cork wall is awesome. I like how there is a little space between them and the OSB adds a nice touch for the background. The bottle caps look nice too.

You and Matt got a lot done, considering the small pieces you're working with.

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