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Old 09-08-2009, 03:23 PM   #436
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"You probably do not need additional insulation, but you and someone else could knock it out quickly considering the nice texture you gave to the exterior and it can handle the surface variations."

Are you giving me sh!t about my stucco? This is in jest of course. I could only work so fast and the stuff started to set up on me. As my buddy Matt said "It will be something" and it surely is something. Ain't no other house around here that looks like mine! As I will say to anybody that criticizes it "Where were you to help me?" Cheers, dorf dude...

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Old 09-08-2009, 04:45 PM   #437
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Dorf dude -

No criticism, but trying to praise what you have done.

My fat fingers do not type as well or fast as i think. I intended to say I like the exterior surface texture you did and understand the problems with the variations in the wall you were working on.

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Old 09-08-2009, 05:09 PM   #438
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I had no mean intentions in my last post just so you didn't misunderstand. It will be something... dorf dude...
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DD, on the wall towards the neighbour who let you use his water supply, ...there is a 'dimple' in the surface..about 2/3 of the way up...and a little towards the road...fix it ..eh? Off to Hawaii for 3 weeks tomorrow..will contemplate what other mischief I can get into..on the sand ======8^) Show Campbell on a map where Hawaii is ..ok?
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:33 PM   #440
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I've been knocking it out a little at a time. I'm into the bedroom now. Some areas go easy and others are a real pain. The Junior Fire Dept. were training tonight with their hose. I asked for a free car wash but they declined. Here are a couple pics, Dorf dude...
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:25 AM   #441
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I finished stripping the wall of fiberboard yesterday, no pic yet. I still have plaster to knock off a couple walls but I have time. I'm shfting focus towards getting the heater hooked up. Winter is coming. I set the form and poured the pad for the 1000 liter heat exchange tank. I wanted it much thicker than the rest of the floor, heavy tank! It is exactly at the same height as the rest of the house floor. Steve came and gave me a hand for a couple of hours, Thanks buddy. Here is the before and after with the pad. If you go the the very first posts I made about the chiminey this pad is where it was, the pic with the water faucet. I almost ran out of cement and that would have sucked. Dorf dude...
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Old 09-14-2009, 03:40 PM   #442
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I got the bathroom wall stripped. What a dusty mess! I was air hammering the plaster directly off the wall. Before I was removing panels with the plaster attached, big difference in the amount dust. I have ordered my water tank today. It is a "tank" that's for sure. It's huge. I hope I can fit it in and work around it. I will need to get the back walls and the floor finished before it shows up, I have 2 weeks. Here are a couple pics, dorf dude...
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Old 09-19-2009, 03:30 PM   #443
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I have gotten further. Campbell gave me a hand putting forms on top of the bathroom wall. It is cast with 2 pieces of rebar to give it strength because it will be load bearing. I have also gotten the bedroom wall cleaned up with a needle scaler. I will apply a binding stucco next. I was given some bamboo and put it to good use. I do not like looking at the neighbors used door collection. Come spring I won't see it any more. here are some pics, dorf dude...
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Old 09-21-2009, 03:39 PM   #444
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Progress is getting made! The pour on top of the wall is looking good. I got further with the bathroom wall. The step in the brick is left on purpose. I will pour a header for the door. The local cats have been pissing in my sand, my motar stinks. I hope it goes away. No turds so far. Building is much better than tearing apart. Things are moving forward now. Time to get cracking. dorf dude...
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:05 PM   #445
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I got the skim coat on the sections that need to get tiled behind the water tank. The backhoe also showed up and we dug a peek at the foundation. It is only about 2 feet deep but massive sand stone. I will apply a pond liner barrier and a bit of styrofoam to it. Easier shown than explained. This will allow the walls to dry out for good. Might take a year but it is a natural process. Making big steps now, dorf dude...
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:09 AM   #446
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Along the back we have found quite a few rocks. They are big enough to perhaps of been an ancient foundation. They will make a nice rock feature out front maybe. Here are a couple pic's, dorf dude...
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:13 PM   #447
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We got alot further on digging out the foundation today. I had Steve and Charles helping today on shovels.There was definitely a former structure in place before this one. Many more foundation stones coming up and also evidence of fire again. Campbell's son got to play with the digger today. His placement of the stones left a little to be desired but he had fun. Dad dug them and he got to move them. Lot's more work to go! dorf dude...
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Be on the look-out for any Roman carving on the stones.(LOL) - I think Otto was a Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in about 973.

That sure is a cute piece of equipment for your project and location.

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As I cleaned up the foundation today this is what I found. In the past they tried to use bricks and motar to fix the corner, it didn't work. The big corner sandstone has turned to sand, probably from moisture. I have poured a concrete footing with rebar. I will set forms on the corner and cast more concrete in a couple days. That should last for another 100 years! We also dug down and found the sewer conection. Many more huge rocks came up too. Here are some pics of the foundation, dorf dude
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:28 PM   #450
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I got the corner footing cast today. I have taken the rest of the week off to work on the house. The weather is perfect. I cleaned and patched the side wall. I will do the front tomorrow. Here is a tip to get smooth and creamy motar, use a squirt of dish soap in the water before you add sand and cement. Here are some pics of what things look like. dorf dude...
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