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Old 03-24-2012, 03:14 PM   #2101
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I got going on the inside wall above the stairs. My son gave me a much needed hand setting the posts. I also sealed 140 boards that will be the wall. Getting close! Here are a couple pics. dorf dude...
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:41 AM   #2102
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I started getting the horizontal strips mounted. It sure helps that I'm not very heavy. Here are a couple pics.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:58 AM   #2103
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There is just something about building with wood - looks really great.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:02 AM   #2104
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Where did he take the last picture from? The stairs? You look WAY HIGH up haha.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:20 AM   #2105
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Where did he take the last picture from? The stairs? You look WAY HIGH up haha.
It was taken from the ground floor at the base of the staircase. It is about 20 feet give or take. Thanks for following. dorf dude...
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:40 AM   #2106
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That main exposed beam is gorgeous; such nice work!
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:30 AM   #2107
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Thanks for the nice comments. I had visitors yesterday and the comment was made about how warm my house always is. It stays around 72-73F. It is a different type of warmth with the whole house maintaining temp and not just the inside air. I can have the windows and door open for hours and when I close them I still am at temp. It doesn't have to warm back up. So far this heating cycle, mind you I was gone for a couple months, I've burned 2 tons of pellets at a cost of about $750. We had a pretty mild winter this year also. I hear stories of guys buying heating oil for thousands $$. I'm very happy with this system. My solar water should be online in the next couple months and that will help even more. More progress pics in the next couple days. dorf dude...
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:54 AM   #2108
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I rented a backhoe from a neighbor. Campbell drove it. The 2nd concrete wall is busted up. I would have been at it for days with my jackhammer. Mia is not happy that her walking wall is gone. We dug up the 2 tree stumps while we were at it. I'm so glad they are out. Here are a couple pics. dorf dude.
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Strange to see a Bobcat in Germany. I understand they (North Dakota) were bought out by someone?
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:57 AM   #2110
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Not sure on the Bobcat buy out. Being Sunday I had to work quiet. I dug up the front garden and planted 2 Dwarf fruit trees. These are protected from Mia with a fence but she has already had her eye on them. I had to run her off. Last year she killed my apple tree.. I'm half way on the Great Wall of Seugast! I couldn't run the miter saw today. A tip from me. "Do not trust the factory end cuts to be 90 degrees" Always square them up. I have some boards that vibrate if I bang on the wall. I will caulk the back sides to hold them tight. I don't want to hear that buzzing in the future. A couple pics. dorf dude...
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Regarding your dwarf fruit trees, this is the fastest way to get apples.

Point of interest-is Apfelwoi popular in Grafenwohr?

I figure you are pretty close to the old border and unfortunately that was a depressed area back then because of the location. But they are back in the saddle again now.

I used to drive close by from the Frankfurt area to the Prague area. I think I drove past some town called Amstetten or Amsbaugh or something like that? I would take the Autobahn towards Munich, maybe go past Wurzburg, then head east on a Bundesstrasse.
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:34 AM   #2112
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Between Good Friday and Easter was Sat. The only day I could run the miter saw. The big wall is finally done . Here are a couple pic's. dorf dude...
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You aren't allowed to make noise on holidays?


Looking good!
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Looking good!
No way you can make noise on holidays, Sundays either but I fudge on that one sometimes. I'll rip a board or 2 if I have to. dorf dude...
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The European holidays are numerous and refrain from work and noise. I worked with a guy that was employed by a U.S. company that lived in Switzerland and covered all of Europe. - He would schedule his trips during the numerous holidays, so he did not have to work those days. He drove so his wife usually accompanied him on a one week trip since accommodations were already covered. He would take gifts to the customers and stay in their homes and still collect his per diem expenses for accommodations in addition to his daily one bottle of wine that was negotiated.

The technicians (German, Swiss, Italians) that worked with him always found a way to work on holidays and even hired neighbors for "labor assistance". - That may not work in a small Bavarian town though where it is a little different about about noise and activities. When I lived in northern MI, my wife got criticized by older neighbors for hanging out laundry on a Sunday even though she worked 6 days a week.

Dorf Dude - I understand the problems with working and buying materials on a weekend or holiday. You have done a lot considering some of the restrictions, traditions in addition to being assigned elsewhere for long periods. - Has Mai recovered from the loss of the wall? She looked unhappy in one of the photos after the Bobcat did its job.

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