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Old 12-01-2009, 03:58 PM   #526
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The concrete header on the bathroom door is setting up nicely. I got further cleaning beams. This is one hell of a job. I can get 3 sides of a small 4 meter long beam done in about 2 1/2 hours, at chest level height. I still have 6 large main beams that are 9 meters long still to go. They are 9 feet up in the air! I have some work ahead of me that's for sure. I still don't know what I will seal them with. I predict at least another month until the beams are done. More pic's soon, dorf dude...

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Here are some pics of the header I cast over the bathroom door. First is with the boards on of course, 2nd is one side off and 3rd is.... Well if you can't figure it out then you should not be here! I played with the beams a little bit. Too many visitors to really get at it. I would mask and goggle up then someone would show up. Take it all off. Hard to talk with a respirator on. It's ok because my heart was not in it and it's getting cold. I need heat! I have the door and windows open when I'm sanding, so no sense in running the propane heater. $$ out the windows, literally. I have a plan to at least get the electric portion of my heat tank going. One thing depends on another until I can go on to another thing. I need to clean my long beam so it can sit on top of the wall I still need to brick up so I can stucco the wall where the electric boxes will mount and then plumb the tank and hook up a pump and all things that go with it to get warm water flowing through my floor. Simple huh!! That's the short version. Here are the pic's, dorf dude...
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Old 12-05-2009, 11:08 AM   #528
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Today I got some little things done. I cleaned up a few things too. I cut the wall above the bathroom window because it was crooked. I can't believe they actually built it that far out. I started to brick above the bedroom door and down the wall. It is so uneven and I have 2 different sized bricks. This this is going to look pretty ugly but it all gets covered up in the end. To level it at finished height I will use concrete. Here are a couple pic's. dorf dude...
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:58 PM   #529
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I have built up the wall to almost height. I will pour concrete on the top and level it out. I have also continued chucking stucco/motar on the uneven part of the wall. Trying to bring it out. I ordered my electrical boxes today too. Getting closer to heat! People around here are funny, they know that I need these things but won't even stop by to check. They are self employed and don't want to make money?? I don't get it. I will have to call the heating guy again to finish my hookups. Here are some pic's of my ugly wall. dorf dude...
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:48 PM   #530
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Dorf Dude -

Looking good at finishing out the old shell (maybe centuries old) with the same theme and new materials.

Once you get that warmed up, it will be good for a few months with all that "peak shaving" thermal inertia.

I lived in an old masonry home (10" clay tile) and had a brick and block masonry lake home that I built. The only thing that bothered me is that I never knew what the outside conditions were. - That was dangerous when you go from comfort to the unknown. I went in one morning at 35F and the next morning it was -42F and I had no idea of what the weather outside was like since my furnace did not run all night, but once my car came out of the garage everything changed.

You are in a very temperate climate and will not spend much for heat with the system you seem to have, but you may have to open a lot of windows in the spring and early summer.

Your quality of materials and finishing is outstanding and in the tradition for the area. Once you have the feel of masonry and mortar, you have the secret.

When is the open house? - I have a bad back and hip, so I can't get there when there is still work to be done. I also need to schedule they way to use my frequent flier miles within reason, but recognize there never seems to be an end to a major rebuilding.

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Dick, I will let you know when the party is, around May I think. I have been casting the top of the wall with bagged pre-mix concrete. I'm going 1 section at a time to make sure the level is kept correct. I also have been splattering the new wall with soupy sand/concrete mix to give the stucco something to hold on to. That is a big mess. Only about 1/3 to 1/2 actually sticks and the rest goes every where. I also worked on bringing the wall out flush. You can see it in the large wet stucco pattern. In the pics you can see how I handle the forms working by myself. I use prop up sticks and clamps to maneuver and hold things as I get them into place. Takes alot of time but when your working alone then there is no choice. Steve did come and help the other day spreading gravel outside and holding a couple things for me. Still no word on my electric boxes or heating. These people never cease to amaze me. I guess that I'm just way to small of a profit margin to be concerned. Here are the pic's and I hope to have alot more tomorrow with a full days work with daylight, dorf dude... I got a double pic posted, sorry.
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This morning I got a call from the sawmill that my ceiling planks are ready. I sure did not have that in my plans today. I picked them up and stored them in the house. They are green so a little drying won't hurt. I plan on screwing the heck out of them to the beams to prevent twisting. I finished pouring the cap on the wall too. Mat brought me a real nice 9x9 beam. I just need to clean it up. That pretty much took up the day. Here are a few pic's. dorf dude...
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I love how you're holding up the framing for that wall, a couple of pictures back, with/on a case of beer.
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I love how you're holding up the framing for that wall, a couple of pictures back, with/on a case of beer.
The beer case and brick worked out great for holding the form until I could get a clamp on it. Very easy to fine tune to get level. I also used a chair and long level on the other side. Necessity is the mother of invention. I only have 2 hands. Thanks for following, dorf dude...
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:38 PM   #535
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Today I called the electrician about my boxes and hook up. Sometime this week and "What? You want us to hook it up?" We have no time, working. Jesus, They have known about this for the whole build almost 2 years now. We have winter dead on us right now and due to get down to 0F by the weekend. I tried to call heating guy and no answer. In Germany you get nothing done the next 3 weeks. The whole country goes on vacation. I'm going to put a box around my water line and turn on a light inside to keep it from freezing. The house was 4C tonight. Not good for working in. I will probably go back to propane until they can get me hooked up or a portable electric heater. This is just ridiculous. I've also been looking at wood stoves and pellet ovens. I can not turn my pellet stove on because it needs to have water running inside, $6000 stove and I can't use it!! It's a good thing I'm on medication . Peace and out, dorf dude...
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I understand the vacations and holidays during this time of the year. - Could a rented generator be a help in running the pellet stove? I am sure you can hook it up somehow. Once you get it warm inside, you will be good for a while because of the thermal mass and stability.

Those holidays get very confusing in Europe since there are so many and vary from country to country. I had a friend that lived in Lucerne, Switzerland that worked for the same country, so he and his wife/secretary always scheduled travel to Spain, Germany, France, etc to coincide with the local holidays, so they did not have to work that day. They just hopped into their old Mercedes with 300,000 miles on it and bought Swiss chocolates to give to the customers and his wife and ended up staying in the customers home for almost nothing, bit still could turn in the expense for housing. the trips to drive from Switzerland to Turkey or Spain were well orchestrated. I quickly learned that selling in Europe is not like the U.S. since if you are from a different country, you were a guest, not a salesman and you could not spend anything as a guest.

It was amazing how the different holidays made everything stop and turn a 3 day trip into a week long vacation. The combination of religious holidays and national holidays is very confusing for a foreigner since it can change within a few km.

I appreciate the problems you are having to get things scheduled. - You will find a solution.

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Dick, I have power from the neighbor into a construction type box. I can't fire the pellet stove with out it being plumbed to the water tank. I want to have the 12kw electric heating element in the tank running too. That is to much for an extension cord. I need my own power. I'm heating with propane and electric at the moment, no choice. I do have my eye on a used Rika pellet stove that doesn't have water exchange on ebay. I could run that straight away. With some luck I can snag it for a good price. I would use it upstairs in the future any way. dorf dude...
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Shu, that would be great to have it done then...say..about the 10th..would be a GREAT "gift"!
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The pellet oven has doubled in price in the last 12 hours with 3 days to go. It doesn't look good for a snag. Rika stoves are worth every penny and people know it. dorf dude...
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The electrician was by tonight. I think I have to thank Campbel for that. He is freinds with her, yes her. The low down is she has my box but without a commitment from the heating dude there is no point in mounting it. I also need the power company to come in and bless off on it. I can go ahead and finish the wall completely and then after Jan 11th she will mount my box. Construction shuts down until Jan 11! They must have their holidays. In the mean time the outside temp is -10C or 14F. I'm burning propane, the electric heater sucked and am taking it back. I'm maintaing about 45F with just the propane turned down as low as I can go with it not going out. Pretty good I think for such a large open volume and a front door the leaks terrible. I might go with a wood stove to help lessen the load on the propane. That 2nd pellet stove from ebay looks out of reach. My money is getting really tight again. Anybody feel real giving this holiday season I could use some help. As for construction I have gotten further with my bathroom beams. Pic's by the weekend. dorf dude...

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