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Old 01-02-2010, 10:38 AM   #556
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Here are a couple pic's of the splice. From 1 side and the bottom it looks pretty good. On the other side there is pretty big difference in the color of the wood. I will have that on the back side so it won't really be seen. I just need to seal it and then mount it. dorf dude...
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Hey Shu:

The face side of that joint looks excellent. I guess if you were at all worried about the colour, you could add a stain of some sort to make it look the same.
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The face side of that joint looks excellent. I guess if you were at all worried about the colour, you could add a stain of some sort to make it look the same.
I was quite suprised how tight it came out. I had a bit of gap on the uprights but the face is dead tight. I mixed some sawdust and glue to hide the gaps. It will be fine. I need to seal it but it is too cold to apply the sealant. Today I heard of someone who might have beams to get rid of. Cambpell will be checking on them for me. Thanks for following, dorf dude...
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These may seem like stupid questions, but I've never seen the guts of that style of house and I am curious about a bunch of things:

When you get to the point of finishing your interior walls, what will you use?

Are your interior walls all stone/concrete?

Do the exterior walls sit on a foundation or is the floor completely separate from the walls?

How is your (closest) neighbor reacting to your construction?

How much to homes cost in your area in US$?

What will your home be worth when completed?

Looking back to when you made the decision to take on this massive project, do you regret doing it?

I have to think that most people can't even fathom the effort it takes to do what you're doing. I reflashed a chimney all weekend and feel like I've been hit by a bus. Your positive attitude about your long project is nice to see. Whatever you do don't stop posting, you're doing great!
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I sure wish I had my mud room on the front right now. The draft from the old door is pretty bad. dorf dude...

What is the blue material on the outside of your walls?
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These may seem like stupid questions, but I've never seen the guts of that style of house and I am curious about a bunch of things:

When you get to the point of finishing your interior walls, what will you use?

I have to use a lime plaster. It will allow the sandstone walls to breathe.

Are your interior walls all stone/concrete?

The 3 exterior walls are sandstone, my inside walls are brick with a cement plaster.

Do the exterior walls sit on a foundation or is the floor completely separate from the walls?

The exterior walls sit on a stone foundation. My new floor is completely free floating with 2" of hard foam insulation all around.

How is your (closest) neighbor reacting to your construction?

He has never been married and no kids. All I ever see or speak with him is when he has a complaint, too much dust, no outside fires, his phone has stopped working because of my foundation work. His brother comes over and is very friendly. It's just the guys way.

How much to homes cost in your area in US$?

That is a very vauge question. Just depends on how much ground and how big of a house and where.

What will your home be worth when completed?

I'm going to guess around 180-200k $. That will be in quite some years. I have much still to do. I will never sell it. It will go to my boys.

Looking back to when you made the decision to take on this massive project, do you regret doing it?

NOPE! I needed this project and a place to live. I don't like paying rent. There is a long ugly story behind all of this.

I have to think that most people can't even fathom the effort it takes to do what you're doing. I reflashed a chimney all weekend and feel like I've been hit by a bus. Your positive attitude about your long project is nice to see. Whatever you do don't stop posting, you're doing great!
Flashing is one of the few things I didn't do. I wanted to but the time, tools and learning curve didn't work out. So I must ask "Where are the pictures of your project?" I show you mine.....

My positive attitude is on the downs right now. Too cold and no heat. I'm getting ready to shift projects for the next couple months. My Mustang has been so lonely the last couple years it's time to get the body work done. I will throw some pics in the automotive section. Thanks for the questions, dorf dude...
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It is painted cement stucco on top of styrofoam insulation. Special paint for stucco with "Lotus Effect" That means it repells stuff from sticking to it. dorf dude...
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Flashing is one of the few things I didn't do. I wanted to but the time, tools and learning curve didn't work out. So I must ask "Where are the pictures of your project?" I show you mine.....

My positive attitude is on the downs right now. Too cold and no heat. I'm getting ready to shift projects for the next couple months. My Mustang has been so lonely the last couple years it's time to get the body work done. I will throw some pics in the automotive section. Thanks for the questions, dorf dude...
Here's my chimney flashing: I finished late last night, so I'll post final pictures soon:

Reflashing Chimney

Here's a link to my bathroom project I recently finished

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Before and after photos here:

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Here's my chimney flashing: I finished late last night, so I'll post final pictures soon:

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Here's a link to my bathroom project I recently finished

Bathroom Renovation

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I have looked your bathroom project a couple times. I just didn't put your name together with it. You do very good work. wnat to come to Germany and help me? I supply the beer! dorf dude...
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I have looked your bathroom project a couple times. I just didn't put your name together with it. You do very good work. wnat to come to Germany and help me? I supply the beer! dorf dude...

I like the idea of coming to Germany and drinking free beer, but that whole work thing is where I drifted
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I like the idea of coming to Germany and drinking free beer, but that whole work thing is where I drifted
Damn, I scared another one away after breaking Syd last year.
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Shu:
The whole secret is to ask someone to come for a nice visit, check out the ladies, drink the free beer - and then when they are relaxed, you casually ask them to help. See how that works?
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The whole secret is to ask someone to come for a nice visit, check out the ladies, drink the free beer - and then when they are relaxed, you casually ask them to help. See how that works?
That would be the old "Bait and Switch Trick" I prefer to be more upfront and honest. I will work you and give you beer. dorf dude...
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Dorf dude -

I agree and like the direct German approach.

You would never want me and my occasional cane to be in the way during the project, but I would like to see the open house and bring some bier if possible.

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...but the trouble with your method is that it doesn't work. You need to be much more sneaky and underhanded.

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