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Old 11-20-2009, 03:06 PM   #511
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Dorf Dude, always a pleasure to see a new update from you. Your efforts are impressive, particularly for those of us who have lived in Germany and are more familiar with the construction methods and environment. Keep up the great job, and thanks for bringing us along!

BTW, what ever happened with getting that hot water tank off the pallet? I saw in your latest photos that it's still up on wood...

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Old 11-20-2009, 03:16 PM   #512
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I still have not figured out how to get the tank off the pallet. I think old fashioned leverage will come in to play with this one. Perhaps a type of teeter totter effect. If you have any ideas please bring them on. Thanks for following my journey. dorf dude...
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:55 PM   #513
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Shu.,

If I recall that 1,000 liter tank weight in about 200 KG or so but you don't have any overhead room at all if you have overhead room why not make a mini granty jig to lift the tank up just couple centimeters up just enough to get the weight off from the pallet then slide the pallet out and slowly drop the tank down to the platfourm { SP }

otherwise take few chunks of scrap hardwood and cut the pallet a little just enough to get one side then slide the pallet out then do the same thing on other side like rock one side and take a peice of wood off at time on each side.

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Old 11-21-2009, 10:38 AM   #514
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I got the rebar in. Set the height of my drain pipes. Radiant heat in. I also was working on cutting out the tree. We have been having fantastic weather, in the 50's, unheard of for this time of year. Real November weather setting in next week. Here are a few pic's. dorf dude...
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Old 11-22-2009, 02:29 AM   #515
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Dorf.,
As I am typing here it is 12C now and yes I will agree with you it is very warm for this time of year something we haven't see it for while.

How thick you will plan to pour the floor ?

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It will be 10cm, about 4 inches. dorf dude...
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About 2 weeks ago I got a flyer in my mail box for a Handyman. I have been overwehelmed with what I have to finish. I put 2 and 2 together and gave him a call. We will be pouring the floor on Thanksgiving. I will also have him help on some other things if his price is right. My money is really tight now but I just can't do it all by myself. I know this is DIY but "Yourself" is not always an option. It's time to make big steps and get things done. I've been spinning my wheels. I need a kick in the butt. dorf dude...
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Keep this in mind Shu, you have already done more on your place than most of us will ever do in a lifetime. Hell, make that 3 lifetimes. You have accomplished a huge amount. There is nothing wrong with getting some help. Also, there are some jobs that really needs to be done quicker than just one person can do. And again, you have allowed us to be a part of this adventure. Thank you!
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I've been busy. The stress level is way up there. In the bathroom there are many connections that need to be right and in the right place. Get 1 wrong and things can be real bad in the future. I was planning on running my water lines from above and down the wall. Plumber guy shows up last night and says NO, put the lines in the floor. I have concrete showing up at 9:15 tomorrow Thanksgiving morning. Things are getting pretty tight. They got the lines layed this morning but I still was scratching my head about the pour, the lines and my wall that still needs to be tiled. I also was wondering about my toilet connection since it was still below finished floor height and also the feed lines from the pellet stove for the hot water tank. They showed up this evening and I raised my concerns. I caught them off guard because I spotted every detail they overlooked. All is well now and the pour should go off without a hitch. Here are the last pic's of my open floor. dorf dude...
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:51 PM   #520
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Looks very good D.D.

You certainly have a lot going on in the 4" thick floor. At least you have a good base and foundation.

Have you set an approximate date for the house warming?

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When the heat guy was here he brought up many specific little things. The heating system must be up to code. If I do it then it won't be. I'm basically being held hostage on this one. My ability to plumb this thing is not established. I need to finish the bedroom wall/bathroom doorway. then I can mount my electric boxes. Once they are in then I can wire my water tank with a 12kw heating element. Heating guy can then do his magic with the plumbing and presto, heat! Here is an interesting bit of information. Under the German tax system I can get 20% of all labor back, the sales tax is 19%! I will also qualify for rebates with the solar and pellet stove but they must be installed by a pro with a proper receipt. I look at this as "Feeding the machine" I have the next 3 days to work towards finishing things up. Stay tuned, it should get interesting. dorf dude...
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I had my crew today and we got the floor poured. It turned out way too soupy. They will come back this evening to finish it. If it is still to runny then they will come tomorrow morning to give it a final rub down. They were not impressed with the previous pour, they said it was absolute sh!t. I agree. They also got the main part of my bedroom wall/doorway set. I will cast a concrete header now. Here are a couple pic's, dorf dude...
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From the work the crew did on Thanksgiving I got busy on Friday. I cast a header over the bedroom door. I had the inspector neighbor checking things out. He was puzzled why I was doing things my way and not the traditional way. I told him my way was cheaper and still just as good. He's waiting to see. He's been watching since I began. I also have ordered my doors and now have my size for the openings. I had to re-do my bathroom opening. I had to cast a new wall on my old wall and cut the wall I made to shift the opening. Don't forget the width of your door frame! I will post pics. Unfortunately hoisting buckets of concrete up the ladder and pouring I messed up my back. Saturday I could not even sweep the floor. After much heat cream and hot baths and tablets things are getting better. Stay tuned, pic's will be posted soon, dorf dude...
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Dorf Dude -

If you can wait a week or so, i can send you my wife's brace/corset that she got after trying to get and older person turned around or out of a bed at a retirement home. It did wonders, but she will have to wear it for a few more days. After that, she can help me with the drywall sheets for a project. She is a stubborn Pennsylvanian American born German that likes to work. She thinks she is German, but could almost be Polish since the boarders have changed many times through the years.

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Thanks for the offer of the brace but "I'm Back" I took the forms off the bedroom door frame header. I got the bathroom door header done tonight. Now that leaves me with cleaning beams again. I hate cleaning beams It is such a mess. I will let the concrete cure for at least 3 days before I take the forms off. Here are some pic's as promised, Bedroom header beam, bathroom wall/door frame adjustment, inside bathroom header box. I put 1 more piece of re-bar in the middle. dorf dude...
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