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Old 10-02-2008, 01:30 PM   #61
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He will also fill you in on his reasons for the wall materials and possibly why wood frame was not used and if it was allowed.
Wood framing is just what we use around here because it's the quick and cheap way to build. I have a friend from UK who thinks everything we build is a glorified shed

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Old 10-03-2008, 12:28 AM   #62
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Thanks Mr Schu for answering Funku's questions. I have not gotten much further. I now have a helper for the next month. We put the water level against the wall, you need 2 people for this. I needed to do this earlier but was workng alone. Anyway we have a bit of a drop in the wall. Over the 12 meter length you could not see it. No big deal. That is why I started on the back wall, to figure out how do do things before we do the front. We will be in the "Prime Time" with the whole world watching as they walk and drive by. More pictures later. From the Dorf!
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:11 PM   #63
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German House Rebuild-pict0343.jpg Today we got the corner set. I rigged up a form and poured concrete. Looks pretty redneck but the ends will justify the means. We also got another 1/2 row of bricks set. Had to take it down once! Listen to this word of advice. Those little hang on the line levels will mess you up!!! They have mass and will pull your line down. I had my line stretched as tight as possible and it still drooped with the weight of that little level. Here is a pic also of my helper, Syd, at a Czek brewery with a restaurant in a cave. Best food and beer around! You can Google Chodovar and find it. Here are a couple of pics.
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Old 10-04-2008, 12:06 PM   #64
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Here is what we got done today. The wall is 2 rows higher. We got the corner built up and another concrete pour done. The neighbors are keeping their eyes on things. I included an original picture of before I started just for compairison. Things are moving ahead! From the Dorf of Seugast, the Dorf Dude.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:24 AM   #65
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We got the last row of bricks up. We left a hole for getting mortar up and through. It also will be a small window at the end. Tomorrow we will begin on the front wall. We will get 1 step a day on the gable wall. Set the form and pour concrete for the next step, let it set overnight and repete. If anybody sees anything that could be done better please let me me know. I will not be offended. Greetings from the Dorf!
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On Monday we made progress as I posted. That evening a fellow DIY'r from this chatroom gave me a call. He said he would be here on Wednesday. Well, on Tuesday my buddy who came over to help me could not move. His back was really in bad shape. I broke him! I worked alone for 2 days. Today big progress was made. It helps when you have someone who has done this type of work before! This has really become very interesting for all the locals. Greetings from the Dorf!
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Sorry to hear about your friends back problem. Hopefully he'll be better with a few days rest.
Glad to hear you have a new trainee to break-in.

I've enjoyed your posts and look forward to each installment. Are you going to get it under roof before the weather shuts you down? That just drives me nuts when a project stalls for weeks or even months.

Best of luck and be safe!

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Dorf -

You seem to be making good progress despite the physical problems. I did notice that the beer mug for your helper was larger and heavier than yours, so that may have led to the back problems. The construction of the stepped block for the rafters should work well and be sound.

The next challenge is avoiding the Oktoberfest celebrations, since I assume there may be some around there. You are not too far from the home of the original Budweiser beer (the one with orange instead of red on the label). I think it is Czech, but I got some cans in Hungary for my son's beer can collection. - What is the meaning of Budavar(sp?)? Does it mean beer tavern or similar?

Regarding an earlier post, how do you plan on handling the electrical in the ceramic block walls? - channeling? burying in a insulating plaster or gypsum board?

Any plans for heat in a concrete floor or isn't it an issue where you are? I have seen it in Belgium, France and parts of Germany.

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My new helper now is not a trainee. Long time worker in the trade. He just wants to be left un-named. He is showing me great things. I will have in floor heating incorperated in my cement slab. As of Octoberfest forget it! I can get a case of beer for cheaper than 1 beer from there. Budvar is named after the town in Czek where it is brewed, 10 out of 10 in my book. You can never drink just 1. My buddy only had 1 beer and I had 2 small ones. They get to warm for me if they are 1 liter, I prefer 2, 1/2 liters. Same amount but fresher. As for my electric I think it will be run in the 2nd floor and then put in a slit in the wall. Hard to explain, wait for the pics. It will be next year before that happens. All I want right now is close this thing up against the weather. Thanks for following along!
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That was a quick repsonse considering the time differential.

It is interesting that you appreciate the temperature and life of the beer and not the English tradition of warm and stale.

The "slit" in a cermic block wall is not really that difficult. I have seen it done with 3" thick clay block walls in Spain. It is amazing to see how easy it can be to make a route for cable in a wall that is 8 to 9 feet tall and only 3 or 4" thick. It just takes a bit of slow learning and then the patching later.

The heated floor plan is great! Too often, people in the U.S. are still in the dark ages with temporary wood framing and do not understand other concepts since a pink panther and the suppliers to wood butchers only advertise in the U.S. and not in the rest of the developed world.

Thanx for filling me in on the plans.

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I install heated floors in nearly every bathroom reno and the occasional kitchen.

They are wonderful!
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We have gotten the final row of bricks up on the front wall. On top of this row will go a U brick as shown. This one is not cemnted in yet. It will go around the whole top of the wall and be filled with rebar and cement, called a "Ring Anchor" These blocks are 30cm, 12 inches wide. It will be alot of cement to fill them up. A fellow DIY'er from here has helped me. He wishes to remain un-named. A huge leap in the finished direction that's for sure. There are still some good hearted people around. Here is a picture of me. I finally have ended up on the other side of the camera! I have not shaved in 2 weeks since going on vacation and making the big push to get this thing closed up. We got 1 window framed and poured. Now that I know what to do the other ones will be easy. I love learning new things. You don't have to hire someone, just take your time and figure it out or have someone show you. It might not be perfect but it will stand the test of time. Greetings from the Dorf of Seugast, Dorf Dude.
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I have gotten further with the window casings. My buddy from this chat room made the first one. I used his ideas and made mine. Mine are no where near as strong as he made but I felt they would hold for a 1 shot pour. Next comes the U bricks for the last row. My visiting friend has gotten a bit better and helped today. A back problem can really mess you up. I know about this my self. Here are a couple of pic's. Greetings from the Dorf!
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Wow! Over 2700 hits on this thread. I'm blown away by the number of hits. Please give feedback if this is interesting. Should I keep giving such small steps advancement pictures?
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In a word, Yes!

I think the # of hits on your thread shows just how many people are interested in a unique (to the US) building project.

Not that there haven't been some variations of that over the years around here, it's just not a standard practice anymore with all the pre-engineered product being so available.

Personally, I even check it on my laptop during the day to see if you've posted any update.

We do like pic's. They speak volumes.

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