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Old 03-10-2010, 01:38 PM   #646
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DD, you are, as in photos, doing what, where? Thought you were going on "manouvers', with your 'company'..but this, this is R&R..no? Was this the 'trip' you hinted about earlier? You move faster than water across a tilted table!
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:01 PM   #647
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Ok jealous people and smack talkers, not R&R here. Sure I'm in a cool old village but I have no real time to enjoy it, 12 hour work days and living in a Pension. That means no resturant at night. Only a cold breakfast in the morning. My hard boiled egg for breakfast is usally warm, but not always, might be a cold one left over from the day before. The grass is always greener.... I'm dead beat when I get to my room. I have not seen my kids for over 2 weeks or my house either. Being on the road pays ok but there are the down sides. I can't believe Mick finally joined in, Welcome Buddy and thanks for your help. I have talked enough about him in the past and posted pic's that he finally stepped forward. Until the next post, dorf dude...
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:24 PM   #648
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Bheim, I got the message and can't reply. Try again, dorf dude...
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:32 PM   #649
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I have a new Avatar, named Diablo. It was painted by an old friend Patricia Jensen, http://patriciajensen.com/ Big plug there. I would like to get the original but she is being a little shy about it. Weather here is getting much better so the house will be getting progress again soon, work permiting. I hope for a very productive year. dorf dude...
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:40 PM   #650
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While I was on the road Matt cut down the nasty crappy white fluff monster of a tree. I made a deal with him, you cut it you can have the wood. I'm now left with a huge pile of limbs. Thats better than the tree dropping its load in May. The heating guys did some finishing up too. I just wish I could get going. I have to work this coming weekend again, I need some time off. here are a few pics, dorf dude...
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:21 PM   #651
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Finally got back at the house. Greg came over and gave me a hand with cutting down the last of the nasty fluff monster. He was the pulling mule on the rope to get them to fall the right way. It looks like it's too late to stop the release of the white stuff. It has already gone into bud mode. My only chance to stop it is a chipper, just shred it up before they can bloom. I don't have one but am working on getting one. Let the 2010 building season begin! My crazy work schedule isn't looking good for getting alot done in the near future. Here are a couple pics, dorf dude...
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:42 PM   #652
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I spent the whole day chipping up the tree limbs. It is a real pain to pick them up and get them into the chipper. You have to watch your hands that you don't get snapped by a limb getting chipped. Keep your pieces short. I got smacked a few times. Limbs with a Y are a hassle. They must be small enough to fit into the throat of the chipper. I have a couple more evenings work. I got the chipper from the Community Club, "Siedlerbund". I'm still a member from the village I used to live in, before the divorce. First time I have taken advantage of them. This thing works great. It is 3 phase electric so it has some guts. I sharpened it with my grinder and I only stalled it once. Here are a couple pics. dorf dude...
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After chipping up all those limbs I can't move The muscles in my back and down the backs of my legs are screaming in pain. Way to much bending over and feeding limbs into the mulcher. I'm popping Ibuprofin 500mg at a shot. I guess this is the prep for another building season! I'm getting back in shape The hard way. No pain, no gain. dorf dude...
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Good to see you back...

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I finally got all the limbs mulched and spread. I layed about 8" thick around my hedge and even more above the fence. It should hold down the weeds and retain water for some years. I ended up giving away about 8 wheel barrow loads of chips. At least the tree is gone and has actually given something useful back, finally. My yard is starting to look like something and my drive way is gravel. I still have much more to do but at least it's a start. dorf dude...
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Herr DORF DUDE...wow, such a change from last year, and now you are on the road to "COMPLETION"...time for a ..."Parade" eh?

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It was snowing this morning. When will Spring settle in? Today I got to the house and planted grass in the barren spots. I raked it over and then decided to work on the last bedroom beam. The one I spliced last year. I'm using a water based gel that I got on sale. I layed it on thick. While I was applying it I saw the bird that nested in the house last year. It was on my main beam looking at me like " What are you doing here?" I have left my windows tipped open for the last couple weeks, German windows do this. They tip in from the top. I kept an eye and when it flew out I closed all the windows. There is no way that bird is nesting in my house this year! I took a couple pics of the beam with the gel sealant just applied. I should have it up later this week. dorf dude...
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Today I started cleaning up the ceiling boards. I used a sanding disc on my grinder with the speed turned way down. This took longer than I expected. I gave them 2 coats of a clear water based Gel. Seems to work pretty good. During the day the neighbor came over with the electric bill from the 2 years I was tied in on his line. It was only 207 Euro! That was for the main construction of the walls ect... I think that is a great price. Steve came over this week and helped me get the last beam up in the bedroom. Things are moving along but my work is not making it easy. I'm going on shift work starting Monday. Here are a few pics of my new boards made over to look old. dorf dude...
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Now that I have some ceiling boards I need to finish leveling my beams. I was trying to use a laser but I don't trust that it is truly accurate. I will break out the water line and that will be it for sure. My big side beam that sits on the wall has warped and twisted as it cured. You can't get good wood beams unless you ask for kiln dried and pay through the nose. I will have to knock some off the top. The water line will be perfect for this. I'm thinking of a holder made with a clothes pin so I can work alone. More pics as I get to it. I plan on a thin layer of cork on top of all the beams to prevent squeaks in the future. Squeaky floors drive me nuts. I don't know when the next update will be. Work is keeping my busy. Enjoy the pics, dorf dude...
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Snow!! Sure that isnt volcanic ash?
Looking good and glad yur back...Waiting for the end that seems closer at hand! Keep up the good work and don't get discouraged...
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