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Old 04-24-2010, 08:05 PM   #676
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SHU....How's it going, this is Matt your Gunship buddy from Florida. Sorry it took me a while to check up on your project. It looks like the snow finally melted and you are able to get back to work. I am amazed with your house, you are truly a craftsman. I kind of miss Germany but it sure is good to be back home! Well I will be watching your progress and if you need anything from the states just let me know

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Old 04-25-2010, 12:45 AM   #677
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Judging by the size of the boards it looks like those trees must have been fairly small.

We are currently getting nailed about $650 a thousand for most lumber here, but I don't think anyone has wild edge boards for sale. Except perhaps a woodlot owner with his own mill. And even then they still want the same price.

I would opt for the fir over the spruce and pine if you have the option.

These boards you have now for the floor - will this be a sub floor with something else going on top?
I like your description of "Wild Edge Boards" There are many small saw mills locally. I order exactly what I want and he cuts them for me. Yesterday I finished 22 more boards, giving me a total of 32 done and only 2 left in this batch. Both me and my sand paper gave out at the same time! I used 13 for the bathroom and they were pretty small as you pointed out. No old growth here at all. They have been cutting down the trees for centuries here in Europe. I have wider ones I will use next, up to 10-12", but they taper pretty quick. These boards are only my ceiling. There will be another set of beams 4" or so on top then the upstaris floor. That leaves me a gap to run wires and things. I'm leaning towards OSB, 22mm, 3/4" thick. It would be the fastest and cheapest and doesn't look too bad when finished. No house work today, Sunday, I'm going to get my motorcycle ready to ride. The weather is getting really nice. dorf dude...
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OSB isn't a bad idea. Actually, Lloyd Kahn, in his new "Builders of the Pacific Coast" book, has a good shot of a couple who did such a floor. They varathaned it, sealed between the sheets with a brown caulking (I think they cut it into 2' x 2' squares) and it looks really good.

I think I can understand that there wouldn't be much (if any) old growth over there. A fast taper in a tree indicates it is likely young and small.

I'm sure it's going to be great when you're all done.
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SHU....How's it going, this is Matt your Gunship buddy from Florida. Sorry it took me a while to check up on your project. It looks like the snow finally melted and you are able to get back to work. I am amazed with your house, you are truly a craftsman. I kind of miss Germany but it sure is good to be back home! Well I will be watching your progress and if you need anything from the states just let me know
Hey Capt. Matt! "You have to think of Forest Gump saying it" Nice to have met you on my last training mission. For those of you who do not know about the military Capt. Matt is on a C130 Gunship. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1nFt...eature=related
He is your best friend if you get into trouble on the ground! Just 1 radio call away and the bad guys are toast! The only thing I need is $$. I'm really up against the wall and am using stuff I already bought. I'll take any donations! Thanks for following, dorf dude...
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:22 PM   #680
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Steve and Campbell came over and gave me a hand leveling the bedroom beams tonight. We used a water hose level. Steve and I measured and Campbell cut shims. It worked out really good. It turns out that my previous setting of the bathroom beams alone was not quite correct. Good to find it out now and not later. I had to trim only 1 beam and shim the rest. I will seal the boards that I cleaned up last weekend and then they will go in, bedroom done!
My trailer has been sitting at the house with no security except for the neighbors watchful eyes. I picked up a hitch lock for only 20 euro, including the lock. Now I feel a little more relaxed about leaving the trailer sitting there. Here are a couple pics, dorf dude...
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Jeez, DD, I have been leaving my "big" boat in the yard with a "lock' through the tongue release, and never thought nothing of it,..that way..you just create..Trust,..Eh? Must be "hungrys' who want to steal that 'plebian' piece! ====8^)
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I did some more leveling out today of the beams. I found 1 more high spot but will take care of it with the power plane tomorrow. I anchored the side by side beams via "BFS" Big F_ing Screw. I ran short of ceiling boards that were sealed but that is taken care of now, tomorrow done. My cork was mailed today so maybe by the weekend I will have it. More progress to come, I'm on fire and can't stop . Wild edge boards rock. dorf dude... ps I'm tired
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Gotta tell you Shu, the underside of that ceiling looks so authentic. Really, really good!
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Today I got a fake beam installed. It will work well for a transition between stucco on the wall and the 2nd floor. I had alot of moving stuff to get the chimney free to work on. I cut/chiseled out an opening for the fresh air intake manifold. What a job! I also got the chimney primered for stucco. I must finish this before any beams can be set because they will be up against it. Moving along, dorf dude...
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Today was the Fire Department Fest, directly across from my house. The weather sucked but the rain was really needed. I sat and had 1 beer. I talked with my neighbor across the street, he's pretty nice. He has never seen what I've been doing so I invited him to come and take a look. He was like "Really?" I said sure why not? Then grumpy from next door showed up but he didn't talk much with me. He's just German! Never married and no kids either. He lives in his own special world. He also has not come over to see what I've been doing. I don't get it. They are so self restricted. Anyway, here's a pic of the fest! dorf dude...
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I got the slot for my power cable gouged out and socket for an electric outlet in. I mixed up a batch of stucco, I have some left over from last year. I got the chimney covered up to where the 2nd floor will hide the transition. I think it came out great. Here are a few pics. dorf dude...
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I worked on finishing up the first of 6 main beams today. It is sealed and ready to level. It has been too cold and damp for my chimney to set up. It is still finger soft when you touch it. I will do some more finish work tomorrow to fix a couple goofs. No pics today, dorf dude...
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I've gotten further this weekend. I filled in 3 pockets on the wall that were left from a previous wall, Mat helped with that. I set screws and wire inside to help hold the patch in place. I patched the water and power lines flush. I made a big push on the floor tile. My neighbor came by for an inspection and said that I must do the walls first. I know that is the proper normal way but it won't really matter in the end. I got a little artistic around my drain. I can't wait to grout it. It should be finished in a couple more days. I ordered the rest of my ceiling boards on Friday. He said 2 weeks. That gives me time to work on the main beams. I'm getting help with them from a friend who is out of work at the moment. It works out good for both of us. Here are some pics, dorf dude...
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Dorf Dude...Monday is that special day...where you get one year older..officially..and hopefully a wee bit wizer! Hope you have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and don't work on MONDAY...eh?
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Ooooooohhhh...fancy dancy around the drain!

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