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Old 04-07-2009, 03:37 PM   #211
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I got rid of the nests, 3 in total. He was a very busy beaver! Let the battle begin. I think he will not rebuild but only time will tell. I'm getting prepped to get the radiant barrier up and under construction for the roof tiles up. Pics of course to follow as things go along. Dorf Dude...

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Old 04-08-2009, 02:45 PM   #212
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Mick came over this evening and helped me get 1 side of the radiant barrier up. This is not the norm here. I am adding it extra. It sure can't hurt. We also got the runners screwed down. We only missed with 2 screws into the inside beams. They were both with the crooked beams at the ends, not bad. Still some more to do there but huge progress. Maybe tomorrow we can get the other side done, depends on the wind. Very hard to lay the barrier with a wind blowing. I can not work outside or make noise on Friday or Monday, sacered holidays here. I can work on Sat though. Here are some pic's. It was getting dark by the time I took them. The scraps of spray foam are from around the chiminey. Had to trim it down. Dorf Dude...
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I wish I can get some of those Euro windows here for my basment, my father in law got them in Poland and they used them in the Berlin hotel we stayed at last year on vacation.

I love how they can open to almost every direction tilt from top from bottom open to the right or to the left
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The windows here absolutely kick butt on what is sold in the states. We also have the drop down outside shutters. If you work shift work then these things rock! You can have night time at any time. No need to tape alu foil on the windows, been there done that. My windows also have a slide down bug screen when needed. Thanks for the interest. Dorf Dude...
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The windows here absolutely kick butt on what is sold in the states. We also have the drop down outside shutters. If you work shift work then these things rock! You can have night time at any time. No need to tape alu foil on the windows, been there done that. My windows also have a slide down bug screen when needed. Thanks for the interest. Dorf Dude...

Yes the inclosed shutters is another great thing they had them in Poland made out of aluminum and yes its true it can be night time at any time of the day if you want it to be
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Today we made big progress. Steve came and gave me a hand. Well, he lasted about 3 1/2 hours. The weather here is fantastic! Sunny and in the 70's. The only problem is the radiant barrier is a super sun tan bed. I have a great start on my tan. Steve got cooked even with SPF50 sun cream. I took a few breaks alternating between beer and water. Here are a few pic's. The roof tiles just lay on the latten, I forgot the english for word for latten. It is critical with the spacing of them. The overlap must be even all the way up. The roof tiles interlock so everthing must be square too. Anyway here are pic's. Dorf Dude...
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:39 PM   #217
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We are at 11998 hits on this thread. Who is going to be #12000? I never could have guessed that what I'm doing would be so popular. Today I took my bike out for the first ride in a real long time. Life is finally getting back to normal after the divorce. Here is a pic of the best motorcycle in the world. I am a bit biased of course! My buddy Sid has ridden it in the Alps and would agree. It is a Cagiva Raptor 1000. Forbidden Fruit to you in the states. Thanks for following along, Dorf Dude....
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GREAT job there D.D. Glad it finally warmed up for you. I've been watch ya all along, so I figured I'd make another post to just thank you for including us all in on your "adventure". As you can see, there are a whole $hit-load of us keeping our eyes on your progress. I believe the barrier you are putting down will save you a lot on energy costs through the years. Great idea!

I'll just sit here on the sidelines, as I have been from the beginning, watching your progress. Take care.

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DD glad you took that ride...your 'soul' needed reconnecting with your body...now 'you' are energized! That house will be so incredibly warm, you will be able to heat the whole thing with one 'BIC' lighter! Keep going.....you are on fire..again!
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We got a little further today. Stave came and helped. I had to put his picture up again! Now he is even more famous. We should have it finished tomorrow evening. In the 2nd pic you can see how far out of square the house is. The lats are all the same length and the runners are square to them. Quite a slope. I am throwing out an all hands call for Saturday to get the roof tiles up. If the weather is ok that is. If not then I will have to wait 3 weeks. Work is getting real busy with 12 hour shifts for 12 days starting soon. I got so lucky last fall weather wise I hope it will work out again. One thing I need to deal with before the tiles go up is the temporary center support beam by the chiminey. I need to remove it and put in different temp supports. Once the weight of the tiles is there I will not be able to put a permanent beam in place. They put the current beam where the permanent one needs to be. A shuffle around of sorts. Here are a few pic's for those of you waiting. Dorf Dude...
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Old 04-15-2009, 03:18 PM   #222
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Today Steve and I got the rest of the latts up. It is not finished yet but real close. I have alot of screws still to put in. Screws are definetley the way to go. You can make adjustments any time very easiely. I'm using a Makita Impact Driver. Man this thing rocks!! If you need to run screws get rid of your cordless drill, get an impact driver, and use Torx screws, you will never regret it.

I did not cut the latts to align with the beams underneath. If you cut them then there isn't much end left to run screws into, they will split. It also costs more with the cut offs. I put a reinforcement underneath with a couple of screws. Quick, easy and cheap. I sent an email out today asking for help on Sat to get the roof tiles up. The response was pretty good, should not be a problem getting it done. Pic's of the big day of course. Here are a few from today. As always, thanks Dorf Dude...
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Today I got alot of small details taken care of. Almost ready for Saturdays roof party. I still need to get the main support beam sorted out. It looks to be like an old fashion barn raising from the responses I got for help. I will give my camera to someone and let them document the roof raising. It will be a BBQ with Steaks, Chili and a couple side dishes. You must feed your crew. Weather looks like about 70% sunny with a chance of showers. I will take those odds and push forward. I will post pics of all who have helped unless the are wanted by the FBI! Stay tuned, I'm as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof, Dorf Dude...
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It has rained all day and is predicted for all day tomorrow. This just sucks. I am going to go ahead and see who shows up. I only have this weekend to do it. I will update tomorrow. Dorf Dude...
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We got the roof up! Well 95% anyway. I can knock the rest out no problem. It was raining this morning with the weather forcast predicting clearing up around noon. We got started in the rain on the back side around 10:30. I felt it was better to practice on the yard side before I go public on the front side. We grilled and had chilli for lunch and then got going on the front. The forcast was dead on. It stopped raining and it went really smooth. We were done by 3:00. We ran short on tiles. I guess I put an extra row in that was not calculated in on the estimate. I left the short side on the no show side. I am being watched and judged. All in all it came out fine, not perfect, some rows are off but it is up and won't leak. Good in my book. Here are some pics, I'm actually in a couple of them. I can not thank the crew that showed up enough!! Even in cr@ppy weather. Thanks Guys and Gals and Kids! I will have a party when I get ready to move in and they all will eat and drink on my expense that's for sure. I feel that they must be named, so I won't forget. Steve S, Steve G, Song, Troy and wife and son, Wes and Ma, Charles and Charles II, Dustin my son, Campbel, Matt, Sammy, Cedric, BK,and Mick but he showed up late and didn't do anything today! My next big project will be pouring the concrete floor. I will need some help on that. Enjoy the pic's, I'm going to take a hot bath, Dorf Dude...
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