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Old 06-25-2009, 10:04 PM   #331
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Dorf Dude -

I just noticed the incorrect salutation referring to me. - It is Herr Schu and not Her(or Frau) Schu. I though a person from your area would not make that mistake. I may have to send Michael up to see you. (Ralf could also come but he has no drivers license, but can fly his own jet). - Ferrari really misses Michael and especially Brauwn this year.

Good looking project. I love the way things are and can be done there compared to the limited choices in the most of the U.S. The European windows are really different from what you normally find in the U.S., but then the U.S. construction is quite temporary and not 200 years old like yours or the 300+ year old foundations.

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Old 06-26-2009, 02:45 PM   #332
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I had Dustin help me today. We got 3 windows set. They are absolutely dead square and straight! He was on the level and I adjusted the wedges. I had to break out the elbow breaker on the bathroom window. I don't know what kind of dope the guy who measured the window was smoking, but he should of shared . Tomorrow I hope we get the last 5 in. Dustin is up for it, so it should be no problem. He gets to break the old windows if we get far enough along. The glass will be under the floor slab. Bury all your junk! Here are are couple pics. My son is a Shaggy Dog! Someday I hope he will hate this picture. From the Dorf....
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:56 AM   #333
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We got all of the rest of the windows in! Now I hope that they are plumb and square. We checked my level against a couple others and they all gave different readings. It isn't far off from the most accurate one. Too late now. I had to get the elbow breaker out again for the 2 upper windows. That guy had to be stoned when he measured. We will find out when we hang the windows how straight the windows are. I can't hang them all yet. I have another bird nesting in the house and it has babies already. I hope they are gone in a couple of weeks. Well here are a few pic's. Dorf dude...
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:23 PM   #334
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Looking good! - No, really looking great!!!!

You have come a long way from the first photos.

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Your old picture looks like of Junkies, well its good to remodel it.. and the last picture i saw its fabulous, if you need to decorate your house you can visit our store we have much items there waiting for you at Royal Tara
What I need is some help. I have many extra pairs of gloves waiting for your here at the Dorf Dudes place! The items at your store don't quite go with the theme of my Valhalla Lodge, sorry. Dorf dude...
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:33 PM   #336
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I can appreciate the labor of your project.

Still looking good!
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Are you living in another house/Apt while you are doing the work?

I'm 20' up the back roof, only 10'+ more to go to get my addition dry
We've had A miserably wet Spring
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"Are you living in another house/Apt while you are doing the work?"

Yes, I have been paying double for the last 14 months, rent and morgage. I need to get this thing to where I can camp in it at least very soon. Add child support and that is 3 times payments. Life can sure turn around very quickly. Were going to break 19,000 hits today! Wow. If I could only get 25 cents per hit I could really finish this thing great. I do have a Pay Pal account. I'm making a joke here. I'm too proud to beg. Help seems to come just at the right time, Thanks Billy D, and friends, you know who you are, dorf Dude...
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:23 PM   #339
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Ouch, I had less then 4 weeks of double payments when I bought my 1st house. I spent the time cleaning, fumigating, sanding the wood floors & painting
The rest I renovated after moving in - Lots of fun
But my "mortgage" was only $300 a month
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Ouch, I had less then 4 weeks of double payments when I bought my 1st house. I spent the time cleaning, fumigating, sanding the wood floors & painting.

I only wish I had floors to sand and a toilet to do my business in. Dorf Dude...
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Old 06-29-2009, 04:05 PM   #341
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Today I got the insulation around the 3 upper front windows, also the corner re-enforcement. They made the roll down shutters so tight I had to thin down my 1cm, 3/8" insulation to get it to fit. The guy had to be stoned. That isn't much thickness to begin with. It will be ok because this is only to stop any cold bridges into the house. My clay bricks have a great insulation factor anyway. I hope to have the rest done tomorrow. Dorf dude...
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Hi Shu, I thought you explained what the big tube on top of the window is for, but I couldn't find it anywhere. What is it and what does it do?
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"Hi Shu, I thought you explained what the big tube on top of the window is for, but I couldn't find it anywhere. What is it and what does it do?"

It is the box that holds my roll down shutter. That is what the grey tracks on the side of the window are for. Some times they hide them in the wall but that is alot more work. I needed quick and easy but not cheap, so mine are external. Still look ok to me. I will try and get a pic with the shutter down. There is a band inside that you pull on or drop to open and close them. America should wake up and use these!!! Esp in hurricane areas. I can have night time any time! Dorf dude...
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:15 PM   #344
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I've spent the last 2 days boxing in my window frames with insulation. This is taking alot more time than I expected. It is a must do thing, no cold bridges! My inside walls will have no direct connection to the outside air. On some windows I could use 4cm of styrofoam on others only 1cm. Spray foam has worked great. Just a coulpe shots and let it harden with duct tape holding things. Once hard then shoot more foam, let that harden and repeat for the last time. Trim with a knife and cement the corner protection pieces tomorrow. There was no other way to set this up. The window holes were not very nice to work with, very rough. Here are a couple pic's, dorf Dude...
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The last 2 days I have pushed hard to get the windows ready to stucco. It has been alot of work, takes alot of time. They all needed boxed in with insulation and then all corners armored up. I had to get creative with duct tape and spray foam. I got 95% finished today then a massive violent thunder storm came in. No way I'm on a metal scaffold with lightening! The previous owner was getting more of his wood out today and stopped and watched me working. He called me a "Fachmann" that means Specialist. I told him it was my first time doing it! Just comes naturally. Greg came by after lunch and cleaned up completely inside and out! Thanks for that! The baby bird had its first flying lessons today. Mom wasn't to happy about me being around but she got here baby outside. Then back inside then out. A couple more days and then I will close off the windows. No more nature preserve in my house! I will be pushing hard the 4th and 5th getting the mesh up. Enjoy the pics, Dorf dude...
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