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Old 05-03-2009, 03:19 AM   #241
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Now it will not be too long to start work inside of the building.

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Old 05-03-2009, 03:58 PM   #242
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Today was the big Dorf party! I forgot my camera 12 hour shifts will do that to you. When your village has a party like this you must go if you want to fit in. Sheet Metal Dude was there with his VERY pregnant wife, as was the very quiet neighbor that my house butt's up to, he didn't say hi. The guy who I bought the place from said just ask and he would help me work on the house. The expensive Architect was also there. Prosted a beer with him. The fire department guys felt it was a new tradition to dunk other fire department guys in the Vil's creek that flows through the dorf. I wish I had my camera with me! Anyway only 4 more days of long shifts and I will have time to get back to house work. Dorf Dude... Sorry no pic's
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:58 PM   #243
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Being spring time we have a lot of pollen, the streets are yellow from it. We also have trees that give off white fluff cr@p. It is terrible! I went to the house this evening and the neighbor called me to the fence. I was being bombarded with white fluff. He said it is my tree giving this junk off. His yard on the weekend looked like a snow field. He could not have his windows open, he said it has been catastrophic! I did not know that my trees are these type. The previous owner promised to take them out but she died 6 years ago. I promised him that this will be the last year this happens. Who would want such a tree??? Here are some pic's. The last one has white streaks which are the fluff. What type of cottenwood tree is this anyway? It will be firewood in 2011. Unfortunate because it gives nice shade in the evening. Dorf Dude...
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:26 PM   #244
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Before you do any cutting, make sure it is legal and permitted.

The Germans protect and are appreciative to some types of trees. If you made a mistake a few years ago, you could be faced with planting some trees elsewhere to make up for what you destroyed.

Trees are not thought of as a short term renewable resource, but a long term asset. It all goes back to the tradition of permanent housing and not the short term concept common in the U.S.

Almost got there last week end, but a trip to either Munich or Budapest fell through. - Maybe another week.

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Old 05-05-2009, 03:54 PM   #245
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Before you do any cutting, make sure it is legal and permitted.

The Germans protect and are appreciative to some types of trees. If you made a mistake a few years ago, you could be faced with planting some trees elsewhere to make up for what you destroyed.

Trees are not thought of as a short term renewable resource, but a long term asset. It all goes back to the tradition of permanent housing and not the short term concept common in the U.S.

Almost got there last week end, but a trip to either Munich or Budapest fell through. - Maybe another week.

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This is "The Dorf". Different rules apply here. If the neighbors are happy then the government is happy. 'Don't ask don't tell' sort of thing. This tree has been the scurge for years. I will get rid of it by next spring, most likely around Feb. It has popped it's last fluff. I might even get free beer for getting rid of it. It is too bad that it must go because it gives nice shade in the summer evening. I don't know why anyone would plant such a tree. The cr@p it gives off is not worth the trade off with the fluff. I can get an umbrella. It is also exactly where I want to expand the shop. So it must go either way. Long shifts are ending soon. It will take a couple days to settle into a normal cycle then back at it. More pic's as things go along. Dorf Dude...

Herr Schu, the "Dew Drop Inn" is always open, just don't know how much of a host I can be.
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Old 05-05-2009, 05:21 PM   #246
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Many times trees are just allowed to grow
Then they get too big & they can't cut them down easily
I had (would have been) a nice Japanese Maple at this house
Someone allowed a Maple tree to grown right on top of it
This blocked one side & caused the tree to only be 1/2 a tree

I planted trees (small) in '04 when we bough this house to shade the back
5 years later they are just reaching 12-15' high
One is a red leaf white birch - the other a quaking aspen
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I just started looking at this thread today. You do nice work and a lot of it!
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Progress is looking good, you sure have undertaken an ambitious project. Its very cool to see european construction in action.
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Old 05-09-2009, 11:13 AM   #249
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I have never liked the wall that was in the kitchen area. It was crooked and just made the area to small. With help from my 2 sons we got it gone! Wow! I shure gained alot of space. Some where I need a kitchen/dinning/living room. It is pretty much a wide open to how I'm going to lay it out. The pellet stove is set and a wall with door is going to go next to it and seperate the enterance from the living room. The stairs will be in the enterance. I still have to knock the walls foundation out. The boys wanted to go home so I will do it Monday. Here are some pic's. Dorf Dude...
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Always seems to make such a big difference when you open up a space.
Maybe you should have tried outright bribery to keep the boys there 'til they finished taking out the foundation for you!
But then, maybe you might not actually have to take all of it out, I don't know. Why do something you don't have to?
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I will knock the complete wall foundation out. I will then have one complete slab for a floor. The boys were too tired to bribe, esp. my oldest. I filled around 150 buckets with plaster garbage and passed them through the window. He then carried and dumped them in the container. I was suprised that he stuck with it. Dorf Dude...
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:38 PM   #252
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Today I got the wall foundation out. It was a type of cement with no stones in it poured directly on top of a real old foundation of sandstone and field stones. I found more burnt wood in the process. When I got one of the field stones flipped over it was burnt on the bottom side. I'm just trying to to figure out the time line of the fire. The burnt wood was above the field stone under the cement. The burnt stone was under the wood. We found the WWI era coin at/above the burnt wood level. Maybe they rebuilt the foundation for the wall after the fire and reused the stone. None of the other ones were burnt. Here are a few pics of the foundation going away, the burnt wood and field stone. I put down mats before I knocked the wall down to catch all the plaster and junk. Thats what you see all white in the pic. The electric jack hammer is the best investment I have made. This thing rocks Making progress, Dorf Dude...
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Since the old house you are working on (100 years old?), is the second or third on that foundation you may need an archeologist or anthropologist to find out whether the first house was 200 or 400 years old. The trouble is, you will just know it is very old, but never be sure how old. At least you know ir is stable.

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I finally got around to setting the ridge tiles today. They will have to come back off when I finish to solar so I didn't finish setting the mesh splash guard. The bird has been around the last couple weeks, flying in and out. Today I heard peep, peep. I found the nest. She built it in a hole in the wall that a beam used to rest in a long time ago. I got a blurry pic of her. She has a redish brown tail and is the size of a sparrow. I didn't stay long and work because I'm catching a cold, sore throat, runny nose ect.. Not a good time for this. I might take a day off work and get some ordering of materials done tomorrow. Here are a few new pic's. Dorf Dude...

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Look'in good DD.

Hey got a question about the electric jack hammer. What brand, model is it? I'm looking to rent, purchase one but haven't a clue where to start.
Electric seems like a better option but I'm wondering if they have the baIIz for old solid concrete walls.

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