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Old 07-27-2008, 04:35 PM   #16
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I'm going to die at a young age!
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The actuaries would say that, as a non-smoking male in the U.S., I have 22 more years.
I don't know if I should be happy or sad about this. . .

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Old 07-28-2008, 02:21 PM   #17
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Today I got the big beams down. They didn't play nicely but brute force won, a come-a-long. My neighbor came over to see if I was still alive after he heard the big bang and didn't see me. All kinds of old dirt and rat poop ect... came raining down. Now I need to cut them to usable lengths and make firewood out of the rest.
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:38 PM   #18
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I have found my house on Google Earth now how can I post it here? Thanks.
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Old 07-28-2008, 03:24 PM   #19
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With your destructive tendencies, I hope you reassure your neighbors that you and them will not be appearing on
http://www.dw-world.de/

E-mailing Google might help with your file transfer problem.
Since you like to take pix, here's a fellow German photographer of my aquaintance.
http://www.simonpuschmann.com/relaun...mal.php?direkt=
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Why do you reply with Gloom and Doom? You will not bait me. Go away **** head. I hope the powers that be will delete you from posting in the future.
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Scott -

Your neighbors are probably afraid you will build temporary housing like most people do in the U.S. That is probably why they want a "meister" on the job and don't think an American is capable. (Maybe the American mis-spelling of your name is the reason - LOL)

Those windows you have would probably blow the minds of most American builders and especially DIYers. I saw some near east of you in Prague. I imagine yours are basic and not the multiple operation/opening versions. - They can be amazing.

Do you have any idea of when the house was fist built? I imagine you are not the first remodeler.

Keep us filled in with the deveopments and challenges.

Dick (not Schuhmacher or Shoemaker, but in between).
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Why do you reply with Gloom and Doom? You will not bait me. Go away **** head. I hope the powers that be will delete you from posting in the future.
Just kidding. Forgot to put the little round faces in.
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The windows are the multiple opening type with drop down shutters. I can have night time any time! I will not be installing them until the roof is up. I don't want to drop anything and damage them. They are sitting in the barn along with the solar panels and chiminey. Destruction phase is almost over.
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Scott,

Congrats on the demolition but you should put some bracing up on that end-wall. I've seen unsupported masonry topple under strong winds. Good luck with your project.
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The destruction phase is pretty much over. I have had a little help the last couple days. We have gotten all the bad beams out of the 2nd story floor. We have most of the good replacements in place but not set or leveled. Very nice to have help for this. I have gotten the top of the outside walls cemented level. We knocked down 2 interior walls today between the kitchen and living room. I have decided to have an opening between the 2 rooms, a pass through. The stairs are out. I will replace them with a new less steep type. The original angle was steep and dangerous. I am still waiting for my building permit to raise the walls. It sure would be nice to get a roof up. I have many days worth of clean up and cutting of old beams. I would rather build than clean up! Things are moving forward.
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I tried to get a couple of pics from above to show the walls removed. The huge pile of brick has been removed, thrown through the window and then thrown into the container. No other practical way but by hand. It was nice to have a friend help me with this. Next things will be pour footings for the chiminey and support posts, remove any high spots left from the old foundations, level everything out, dig the power and kitchen drain channels. I need a roof! It's raining!
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I have gotten a little further. This wall had the stairs against them as you can see, quite steep angle. It also was not straight with the adjoining wall. We tore it down and I will rebuild it inline with the rest of the wall. I also have poured the foundations for the chiminey and 2 posts that will support a massive beam accross the center of the livingroom. I'm still waiting for approval to start the upper walls. I have been having disagreements with the local building suppliers about radiant floor heat. I will have 2 inches of hard blue foam on the bottom and sides, rebar mesh with the PEX tubing tie wrapped to it. Then I will pour concrete directly on this. They don't do it like that around here. Here is the link where I got my information. www.radiantdesigninstitute.com/ I hope you find this interesting. Regards from the Oberfalz, SHU
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I've gotten further along. The footing for the bathroom wall is poured. It looks skimpy but it is sitting on a huge slab of sandstone that has been in the ground for over a hundred years at least. Needless to say I think it has settled. I have also gotten the footings for 2 of my upright beams poured. They are level and also level to each other. This gives me a great reference to work from the the rest of the floor. It might not make sense right now but as it goes along you will get the idea. More pictures to follow. SHU
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Today I got the top of the end wall leveled. I will put a 4x12 beam on top of it. All the rest of the upper floor beams will be referenced to it. I have gotten the chiminey set and leveled. I have also been cutting up the old beams, boring work. I would much rather be building but things need to get done. I hope you enjoy this. SHU
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Yesterday I was laughed at about the house. I mean real laughter, what a joke of a place. Should have just torn it down. She was an American, go figure. That has really got my defensive "I'll show you" dander up. To bad the person that laughed will be leaving in Dec. They won't see it when I'm done. I see that over 800 people have viewed my posts, WOW! Very few replies though. I hope it is interesting for you all. It is a different way of building that's for sure. I'll keep updating as things go along. Regards from Germany, SHU

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