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Old 07-14-2009, 11:48 PM   #361
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Dorf dude -

Are you planning on hanging window boxes for flowers?

I always like the look when you get into the smaller towns in southern and eastern Germany.

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Old 07-15-2009, 01:10 AM   #362
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I asked the neighbors first and they don't care how high it goes. I have them at a disadvantage. They built their terrace on my property! They would have to tear about 3 or 4 ft out if I got picky. It does them a favor too for their privacy. My spacing is 12", that is why I got 45 of them. It should be a very thick wall in a couple years with the help of Miracle Grow. I do plan on having window box flowers in the future. More as the fences go in and the the walls get finished, dorf dude...
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Old 07-15-2009, 04:41 PM   #363
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The UV was kicking yesterday as I was working. I've tried to get a pic of my lobster back tonight in the mirror holding the camera over my head and noticed that I have developed some muscles, even for 115 pounds. No bulk or fat, 100% lean. WOW. I never look at myself in the mirror normally, only for zits on my face. I'm not a poser at all. I just found it shocking. I feel vain even posting this, but it is part of the ever going story, it must be told. Fence pics tomorrow. I got the middle posts set today. Again, not a vanity post, just the facts of this house's journey. BTW all the white in the picture is reflection in the mirror. I don't have any grey hair. dorf dude...
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:59 PM   #364
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In the previous post about my sunburn I checked the UV index for that day, 8. It was a cooker and I'm paying for it. I had sunblock right there. Anyway I got the fence hanging today and should finish it tomorrow. The tensioner pulls the bar woven through the mesh around the back of the pole. This tightens the wire and fence at the same time. I will do it 2 more times, in the middle and bottom. The neighbor with the shed has old doors for his walls. Looks like cr@p. I will plant something to hide it. With the fence up now I can get my dog in the evenings . If you don't know I'm divorced and my ex lives about 5 miles from where the house is. She got the dog because I live in an apartment right now and he is at home at her place.
This evening the neighbor, left side, called me over and explained that my rain gutters dumping water from 20ft is a bit of a problem. They really do gush water pretty good. His bedroom is right next to my driveway and they sleep with the window open. We have had massive storms blowing through around 4am and he says it's louder than Niagra Falls. It also washes my dirt away. I put a temp down pipe on with duct tape. I can't attach to the house yet. More severe storms called for on the weekend. The GP Motorcycle race at Sachsen Ring this weekend might get washed out. My buddy Mick is going and I bet he is sick when he gets back. Here are a few pic's, dorf dude...
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Old 07-18-2009, 01:37 PM   #365
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I finished planting the hedge today. I also finished tightening up the fence. I set the drain pipe in the wall with spray foam. I shot it with alot to make shure it stuck. The nice thing about foam is you can just trim the excess. Yesterday I got to pick up my dog Lucky and had him run around and pee on everything. He has marked it as his place. Here are a couple pics, dorf dude...
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Dorf Dude, wow, now you have lucky!! When , or how often do you get him? Make sure he stays off of that busy road, and I hope you 2 'rebond' strongly...he will know..just all the 'transitions' ..he.. has been through!! In your ..'self portrait' you look as muscular as .."the Great Houdini",...hopefully...you will make..time..dissappear!! Can you 'smell' the finish yet? The rain will pass and you will be in 'more' heat as the season progresses, since we are on a similar Latitude! Cheers
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I got the kitchen drain pipe in. I started to level out the floor. Matt showed up and he helped set the windows in. Actually he set them and I secured the locking pin. They were too heavy for me alone. They sure knock out the street noise! Well worth the $$. I will finish leveling the floor to get ready for the big pour. Here are a few pic's, dorf dude...
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Old 07-23-2009, 02:21 PM   #368
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I've been bust the last couple days. I tried to clean up around the bushes and got eaten up by little black flies. I also discovered a wasp nest in the ground in the back. I tried burning a fire on top but they had other exits. I tried gas soaked rags under buckets covering a larger area. Still have them. I guess spray is next. I received about 2 yards of stones yesterday for my floor. It took about 4 hours but I got it moved and spread. Tonight we got it compacted. I am completely exhausted! Here are a couple pics, dorf dude...
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Dorf Dude -

I hope you survived your sunburn. The manditory Sunday tradition is understood since my wife could never do laundry and hang it out to dry on a Sunday. - That was in both PA and a small town in MI.

I admire your planning, approach, quality consciousness and dedication. Apparently, the German ethnic is having an effect and is a welcome site to see something different than the typical construction that I see/inspect frequently. - Many times I wished I was a German instead of a Luxembourger that has ancestors that were born on the west side of the Mosel River. At least they were wine makers.

I was hoping to get tickets for the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix and use up some free miles, so I could get near your project. Unfortunately, the $250 tickets are not even available to the politicians. I will have to start watching it at 6:00 AM. I will have to follow the internet instead of actually seeing your project. - It looks great and you are coming down the to the eventual completion. At least you will be able to "camp out" in your new home.

How many trips to get the rock into the house? At least you don't have to pour a second floor.

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Shu, if you don't have water restrictions, find the main hole, cover it and put a garden hose under one side and weigh it down with a rock, and let her rip! Eventually it will drown whatever is down there. Had the same problem here, but i lit the rags on fire over the hole, then did the water trick,...gone. 37C here today so stopped building my sundeck until it gets a little cooler in the late PM.
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Hey, looking good! Moving right along. Remember to wrap the plumbing pipes with foam before you pour. And use some expansion joint material at the existing concrete. Do they use plastic under the slabs over there? Be safe, G
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Been awhile since I posted. I have an inspector showing up tomorrow. We cleared out the 2nd floor of it's makeshift flooring. Not the safest. I cleaned up all around. We covered the scrap wood pile, out of site out of mind. Mick helped me set insulation and vapor barrier today. Shooting for a floor pour on Sat the 8th of Aug. I have had an on going battle with Wasp's in the back yard but with a chemical attack I think I finally got them. Here are a couple pic;s, dorf dude.
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WhoHoo! Nice 'tidy up" with 'tarps'...will have to remember that trick! The rest looks awesome..and I like the way it is comming together! Was there a concrete 'pour' under those panels,..or was it going to happen over top of them?
Today 'we' are at a 100F,..USA temps, and I said nope...and crawled into basement to stay cool! What is that 'plastic' that hangs on the edges for? Cheers
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The floor is only compacted rock and fine crushed gravel. I used a straight edge and pulled it out smooth. The plastic is the vapor barrier. I cut it extra long to go up the wall a little ways. Once the floor is poured then I will rip the old walls down. They have a funny smell to them. and it will be easy to clean up with a solid surface. dorf dude...
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Yesterday the inspector went to my apartment as I sat at the house. We will be making a new appointment that's for sure. Today Isaac gave me a hand with putting in the rebar. There was no way I could do it alone, thanks. We also got the heating pipe roll up on the dispensor, I hope it works. I have some help coming on Sat so the tubing should get done. Cement on the 8th I hope. A few pic's and I'm off for a hot bath, dorf dude...
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