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Old 05-12-2009, 11:44 PM   #256
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My jackhammer is a brand called Ferm. They just put their name on the Chinese made tools. I did a search and found this. http://www.amazon.com/Industrial-Gra.../dp/B000K7U3G4

It sure looks like the one I have. I paid 180 Euro for mine. Read the reviews. This thing pays for itself the first time out of the box. I have busted my entire floor out with it. I have a large manure holding tank sort of thing outside. I know this will break it no problem. I just have to remove the wood pile stacked on top of it. They say it can have an earth tamping attachment. Hmm?? I bet I can weld a plate to the front of my bit and save the cost of renting a tamper. I have to save $$ anywhere I can. The funds are running out. It is worth the $$ and you could even rent it out and recover some of the costs. One tip, never lay it down, always stand it up. It is heavy and picking it up will wear you out. Dorf Dude...

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Old 05-13-2009, 12:03 AM   #257
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Sure do wish you had told us about this jackhammer ten years ago! That's when I was trying to remove some rock! I did check out the link, and it sounds good, other than the weak pot metal case. A guy just needs to take care of it well, that's all.
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Old 05-13-2009, 12:08 PM   #258
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I just wrote the same thing on cocobolo's thread, but wanted to tell you nice work and thanks for keeping up the updates! I just found these great project threads last week and it's so cool to see the progress! I'm one of many who are following along and hoping that I can someday tackle a big project like this!
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:45 PM   #259
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Being that I'm home with a cold it gave me time for research and send out some emails for price quotes. I went with 4 cm of Neopor, http://www.plasticsportal.net/wa/pla...eu/neopor_home
This will go on the outside of the house. I didn't feel that a thicker insulation would have been any practical benefit. It's the cheapest also. It is only acting as damper to keep the cold out. A cooler has only a small amount of insulation but works great once it is up or down to temp. My walls will warm up and stay that way without the cold draining the heat, massive storage combined with the slab heat should work well. Much different than stick building trying to keep the heat in. Thermal mass is being used by the Earth Ship builders with great sucess. Check out Mother Earth News. I was subscribed in the early 80's and check their web page quite often now. The next big ticket item will be the thermal water storage tank. I hope to get back at it this weekend if I'm feeling better, Dorf Dude...
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Shu: you sure have had your share of cold troubles. I'm an old (in both senses of the word) Mother Earth News fan. Still have many of the old issues. Loads of good stuff in there. Lots of great changes at your place. That roof looks really good. Like it might last a few centuries!!
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10 months later, amazing job!

I've browsed through many of your posts but I don't know if you touched on (and if you don't mind sharing)... What kind of money is involved here? For the purchase of the land with the "free" house, the remodeling, etc.

It'd be interesting to compare to USD. How much land did you get?
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:11 AM   #262
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The exchange rate at this time is around .72, $1 buys .72 Euro cents. Not good. When the Euro first came around the $ would buy 1.12 Euro. It is approx 9000 sq ft or .21 acre. It has sewer, water and power. Well... the power I had to pay 2200 to get it underground. The architect cost 1600, the roof "complete", wood, isulation and tiles was about 10k. The chiminey was 1800, upper walls 2500. The wall insulation "complete kit" panels, glue, stucco ect.. 2300. Pellet stove was 3300. I'm not sure yet how much the sheet metal work will cost. Of course many little things that just eat up your funds. I also bought any tools needed from my mortgage funds. I have now started using some inheritence money but that is running out fast. I'm lucky that I didn't invest all of it and left some of it in cash. Just like everyone else this market crash has killed me. When I bought this place I thought if I ran short I could just cash in a fund or two. Not anymore. That is why I'm trying to do everything myself. Paying for someone else's labor is wasting money. I might have to go back to the bank and try to get another loan but I really don't want to do that. Stay tuned and we'll see how far I get. I still have to dig the sewer line and water proof the foundation, pour the floor, plumbing, electric, interior walls, upper floor, staircase, kitchen and.... Has anybody won the lottery?Dorf Dude...
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Old 05-16-2009, 02:28 AM   #263
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It will be nice if someone win the EUROlottery .

however seems like you have pretty good challange there working in your home.

I do have a house in Paris France and one in Wisconsin and I do go back and forth so I can see the diffrence there.


If any one want to know the USA and EURO rate conversveration here the link http://www.oanda.com/convert/classic...ersion&lang=en

{ it will work with other type of money }

For the rest of the reader as today I know myself and shumakerscott are famuair with EURO system and few years back it was very nice rate now for last 6 to 8 months it slowly sink to near low level something I haven't see it for while as far for work { empolyment } it is not too bad but we do feel the affection from North America Keep in your mind it is a Globeal event anyway.

As far for get Schumakerscott's house it will take a quite a while to get it done I know sometime it is not easy but it will be done and I am glad he is doing good job so far with his house.

Merci,Marc
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:53 PM   #264
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On Sat I got the back rain gutter and back splash mounted, no pics. We have decided to get rid of every old wall foundation that I can. It will make pouring the slab easier and I will use less insulation. I took half the bedroom wall out, it was cracked anyway. A beam fell on it some time ago. I jack hammered the living room/entry way foundation today. That stuff was tough. In one pic the jack hammer is stuck and I thought of "The Sword and the Stone" I will be King!! It took about 1 1/2 hours just to do that small section. Not the hammers fault, just bad concrete. It would not develope any fractures. It was kind of pourous, no stones in it, lots of dust. My living room floor was 2 layers of this stuff. That should be the last foundation to get rid of. time to finish leveling and get ready for the big pour. dorf Dude...
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Old 05-20-2009, 04:00 PM   #265
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I got the bill for the sheet metal work yesterday. Ow! Damn my funds are getting tight. It is down to what must I have. I need a hot water exchange tank, 1400 Euro. Cement floor with the heating inside, 700 Euro and the tubing is already bought. I need sewer conection, ? cost. Electric? Many other little things that nibble away at the funds. Tomorrow is another German holiday so nothing will get done until Monday. I'm waiting for my water hookup so I can close and level my floors. Then I will get the floor insulation in, set tubing and then pour the slab! As you can see I'm pretty much at a stand still until the pieces fall into place. I will keep going on little things, cleaning up, mowing grass, spraying Roundup so i don't have to mow!! I will also try and get the solar frame mounted this weekend. Of course pic's as things move along. Dorf dude...
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:44 AM   #266
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I got the solar frame work up today with the help of Matt. I had to attatch the stainless strapping to the lats under the shingles. I have not mounted the actual colectors because they will overheat and possibly explode because I don't have the rest of the system together yet. There will be a total of 60 vaccum tubes with 10 sq meters area. They use a heat pipe system. No water enters the vaccum tubes. There is a heat exchanger in the box at the top. I also made a stand for my floor heat tubing so it will unroll nice and straight. Here are a few pic's from today. Dorf Dude...
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Hey Shu, that's a nice clean looking installation so far. Those collectors are about the best type, but a bit expensive aren't they?
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They are about the best there is at this time. I caught what I felt was a pretty good deal off Ebay last year. I got the collectors, pump, differential switch, expansion tank and a couple other odds and ends for 2400. I just need to get my exchange tank and the plumbing in between. Here is a pic of my 600 meter floor heat tubing and the stand I made to dispense it. Dorf Dude...
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Will you have different zones so that you only heat the areas you need at any given time?
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I will have between 2-4 zones. I have not gotten with any heating guy yet. Being that the ground floor will be my main living area I will need all of it up to temp all of the time. Upstairs I hope will stay warm from the convection heat from downstairs. I will have a ceiling fan over entryway to circulate the heat. It was 25C yesterday and the house stayed very cool. This was with all the windows open. I'm still drying it out as much as I can. The final design will come together in the next couple weeks. I want to pour my floor. Dorf Dude...

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