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Old 06-10-2013, 01:20 PM   #2446
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Time for an update. I gave away the wood pile and that exposed the retaining wall that wasn't really retaining any thing. I didn't want to keep the rocks so I put an online add for "Free Landscaping Stones." The wall was gone the next day and I didn't have to lift a finger. I finally got a rain gutter mounted on the awning at the entrance. What a difference. So much dryer with no splash from the ground. Notice in last pic the splash on the wall where I still don't have a gutter. I buried the power cable to the shop and leveled out the dirt. I've ordered the round stones for putting up a new wall where the old rock wall was. Same one's I used last year behind the tent. I will go much higher and level out behind it. This is going to be pretty big by the time I get done. I still have so much stuff to clean up but no place to store it until I use it. Here are a few pic's. dorf dude...
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:13 AM   #2447
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The Great Wall begins . Today I had the sand, stones, and 20 bags of cement delivered. They wouldn't breakup a pallet of stones so I had to get more than I calculated. I might end up needing the extra ones in the future. 35 Euro for delivery was a great price considering how many trips it would have taken me to get every thing. The truck driver has been watching the build since the beginning, just from driving by. He was blown away and asked if he could stop by in the future. I said sure. Mia claimed the sand pile as "Her's" The foundation row of stones is in and level. I just need to stake it with rebar and then it will not be going anywhere. Here are a few pic's and I hope for great progress over the next few days. I've already got 2 people that want to throw junk behind the wall before I get the dirt in. Aren't walls great for that. dorf dude...
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:59 AM   #2448
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My back is hurting just looking at all that.
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:02 PM   #2449
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My back is hurting just looking at all that.
At least I didn't have to move the wood pile that was there or remove the stone wall. It was cleared for free. I had a clean pallet to work from. Some digging and stone removal but could have been worse. Stay tuned... dorf dude...
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:51 PM   #2450
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2 rows are in. 2 1/2 ft rebar stakes on every other stone with concrete. God I'm sore. Solar update- I read my meter tonight and I'm 5 kw behind my 14 April reading. I need to use more! We've had a couple good sunny days. Hot water is also working great, I've got 60C in the 1000 liter storage tank. More stones going up tomorrow. Here's a pic. dorf dude
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Awesome.

I am feeling for you brother.

Apparently the dog is not as sore in this case and a bit more well rested.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:48 AM   #2452
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3 rows higher. I will now need a scaffold to work from. I plan on at least 2 more rows higher. Getting there. dorf dude...
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Last 2 rows are up. This is finished height, 5 ft. I will buttress the sides to the angle of the hill. It will be clear as I go along. We are having a heat wave, 98 F. My 2 solar systems are working perfectly. I have massive hot water and my power meter has been pushed back 12 kw before 14 April's meter reading. Maybe 6 panels were to many. Her's a pic of the wall as of today. dorf dude...
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Last row is finished! I also set footings for the awning that will come in the top of the stones. I have set the first buttress, all 4 stones are rebar staked deep in the ground. This puppy is not going to move. The old wood shed will have to come down. The only problem is that it's full of wood. It has to come down so the new awning can go in. Time for a wood moving party. Here are a couple pic's. dorf dude....
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DD, went from 'here' to Winnipeg Manitoba, in 35 hours, stripped a '57 Ford..to nothing..put all parts into the interior of the '57 2 door, my friend is having shipped..and..on the way there, missed the 'BAD' weather..and on the way back..missed the BAD weather..what a great "MOTHER NATURE"..lottery win!
That is why we live on the side of a mountain! Are you gonna have a "shent-out" party this year?
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DD, went from 'here' to Winnipeg Manitoba, in 35 hours, stripped a '57 Ford..to nothing..put all parts into the interior of the '57 2 door, my friend is having shipped..and..on the way there, missed the 'BAD' weather..and on the way back..missed the BAD weather..what a great "MOTHER NATURE"..lottery win!
That is why we live on the side of a mountain! Are you gonna have a "shent-out" party this year?
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I will have a "Shent" party when you come over. The Shop-Tent "Shent is now paid for compared to the rent I used to pay for the old shop. Solar update. I've saved 84 Euros in electric, 29 Kw before my 14 Apr meter reading. The hot water has had 131 hours of production. This dual system is working great. There will be no progress this week, I'm on the road for work . Many people would be jealous that I get to go to Italy but I really don't care for it. . I like Germany much better. Schnitzel and Beer is way better than Pasta and Wine. Thanks for following, dorf dude...
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Have an interesting time on your assignment to Italy.

Are going over the hump by road or flying? I drove to Italy via Vienna and enjoyed northern Italy, but refused to drive south of Florence (crazy drivers and bad roads except the big ones). I bailed out and went back around Mt. Blanc (I did not have the time to go through the learning process). We did find some good German "style" food in the north, but beer was difficult unless you stayed in a private place.

Fill us in when you return to see Mai.

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Have an interesting time on your assignment to Italy.

Are going over the hump by road or flying? I drove to Italy via Vienna and enjoyed northern Italy, but refused to drive south of Florence (crazy drivers and bad roads except the big ones). I bailed out and went back around Mt. Blanc (I did not have the time to go through the learning process). We did find some good German "style" food in the north, but beer was difficult unless you stayed in a private place.

Fill us in when you return to see Mai.

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I drove the Brenner Pass. All the Autobahn's are under full construction and thousands of campers and trailers heading south. It took 9 hours of cr@ppy driving with idiots. A couple close calls but safe and sound. I've learned some of their dirty tricks on the road. It doesn't pay to be nice around here. I'm not sure if I will get any "Tourist" trips in for pic's. I just want to go back home. I will get a big greeting by Mia for sure but she is really happy at the dog hotel. Thanks for following. dorf dude...
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I made it home safe and sound. Mia gave me a huge greeting and has been hanging on me all weekend. I will get back on the wall this week. I'm still sore from what I've done already. Solar Update. I'm 43 Kw ahead of my 14 April reading. 92 Euros total production. I'll post pic's as the wall gets further. Thanks for following.
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I've got the 2nd buttress wall in. The neighbors ground is really pushing into my property. This should stop it. I really wanted to procrastinate this one but I dug deep and got it done. Now I can sleep well knowing it's done but my back is feeling it. I will continue to the right 2 bricks high for about 25 ft. They won't stay level. I will go with the lay of the land. Here's a couple pic's. Thanks for following, dorf dude...
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