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Old 06-05-2010, 01:24 AM   #781
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Marc: Do you have many Elm tress left over there?

I remember reading about some big losses a few years ago when you had some hurricane force winds that came through. I don't know what area that was.

And then there is the dreaded Dutch elm disease.

The Ironwood you mention...is that the same Ironwood which grows down in Mexico by any chance?
The Elm trees are just about gone I only have couple left I did call the tree specalist to save it and got it in time so I have 7 large Elm trees left { I did have over 30 before }

Speaking of large damage with downdraft storm that happend in small town called St Naziazian that small town got almost complety wiped out from the downdraft storm. that was about 8 years ago if I recall it right.

Oui the Ironwood is the same speices as Mexico verison is and it is super hard wood to cut.

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Marc, I think you're right...it was several years ago now. I also remember hearing that many of the elms at one of the palaces were lost at the same time.

Yes, ironwood is hard, that's for sure. I tried to bring a chunk back with me from Mexico last time we were down there. There was a couple advertising firewood for sale at San Felipe on the Baja. The lady was there when I first went to get some ironwood (they had a sign advertising it) and all she could find was mesquite.

I had to wait for her husband to come back and he found me a small ironwood log for the princely sum of 20 pesos!
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Old 06-05-2010, 12:44 PM   #783
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Cocobolo, is this what you had in mind for support beams? It took me way longer than I planned to get them in but it was worth it. The bigger one on the chiminey is very heavy. I used an eaten up one for the other side. It still had a lot of good wood inside. I just flipped the bad side to the back. What is suprising is they both are on the pads I poured 2 years ago, dead on. There are no more screw jacks on my beams except for 1 on the staircase side. I got about 1/4 of my ceiling boards edges cleaned. I talked with the back neighbor and they don't mind if I work tomorrow, Sunday. I got inspected by another neighbor today. he was blown away!!! He couldn't believe how good it has come out. Now the rest of the village will know. I think I have suprised them. Back to cleaning boards tomorrow, dorf dude...
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Shu...that is OUTSTANDING!!!! I can't even begin to imagine you having found anything better! What a great find!
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Shu...that is OUTSTANDING!!!! I can't even begin to imagine you having found anything better! What a great find!
I've been sitting on them. Tucked away out of the weather. I still have a couple suprises up my sleeve later on. You'll have to wait! dorf dude...
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did you 'treat' the bad side with something to clear out the critter tenants?
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did you 'treat' the bad side with something to clear out the critter tenants?
I hit it with the grinder to get rid of the worst of it. Then I "Slathered" it real hard with the clear gel I've been using. The critter tenants have long since moved along. These beams are really old. No fresh wood for them in decades, centuries maybe. I'm sealing the new wood planks to make a barrier to stop any new guys from making a home. I hope I've stopped them, so far so good it seems. Thanks for following, dorf dude...
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I got half of my new planks cleaned, sealed and put on top of the beams. There is some gap on a couple beams, couldn't be avoided using old beams. I plan on getting some screws with full shank threads. That should hold them in place with no movement. A 3x5" beam will be screwed on top to give me a new surface to work from for the upstairs floor. I happened to check my storage area where those 3x5'x are located and found out that an old beam I was saving was loaded with worms. I drug it out into the yard right away. I don't know if they made it to my new wood or they just hung out in the old beam. I will check this out before I use those beams that's for sure. Down stairs sure has a new feel with a ceiling in. I'm trying to figure out what to do for lights, any ideas? I'm thinking a set of dimable halogens recesed and then maybe 2 normal lights mounted on the ceiling boards. Tough decision on this one. Things are moving along, dorf dude...
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Shu! That just looks so...what's the word I'm looking for...so damn COOL!
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I pretty much threw them up at random except for switching fat end and skinny end to try and keep it some what square. No planning at all. Throw it up and see what happens. "It's going to be something" I'm really getting into this now. Let's go. They actucally lined up with the big beams I put put up on the end walls at the very beginning!! Too bad I have to work. The further I get I can see it coming together in my head. The end will blow you away!. dorf dude...
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I pretty much threw them up at random except for switching fat end and skinny end to try and keep it some what square. No planning at all. Throw it up and see what happens. "It's going to be something" I'm really getting into this now. Let's go. Too bad I have to work. The further I get I can see it coming together in my head. The end will blow you away!. dorf dude...
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Call in to work in the morning and tell them you have an 'eye' problem...


I just can't see myself coming to work today...


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With my ceiling coming together I've had lights on my mind. What am I going to do? I had a tax appointment this morning and that left the rest of my morning free. I decided to go light shopping. I was feeling the "Force" Like when I found the bathroom light. I hit the first store, the one I really don't like per say. I found a 5 pack, plain packaged, recessed halogen, line voltage, no transformer in the same finish I'm using in the bathroom. No price on the shelf that I could see, they also had some junk piled up on top. The sales girl happened to walk by and I asked how much they were. She comes back and points at the shelf sticker of 8.25, thats the price. A 5 pack of swivel fixtures with bulbs for 8 Euro!. I bought 6 sets. I guess I figured out my lights. "Dorf Dude, Come on down, the Price is Right!"

On another note I've been noticing that my view count is kind of wacko along with some other threads too. Anybody else notice some irregularities? dorf dude...
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With my ceiling coming together I've had lights on my mind. What am I going to do? I had a tax appointment this morning and that left the rest of my morning free. I decided to go light shopping. I was feeling the "Force" Like when I found the bathroom light. I hit the first store, the one I really don't like per say. I found a 5 pack, plain packaged, recessed halogen, line voltage, no transformer in the same finish I'm using in the bathroom. No price on the shelf that I could see, they also had some junk piled up on top. The sales girl happened to walk by and I asked how much they were. She comes back and points at the shelf sticker of 8.25, thats the price. A 5 pack of swivel fixtures with bulbs for 8 Euro!. I bought 6 sets. I guess I figured out my lights. "Dorf Dude, Come on down, the Price is Right!"

On another note I've been noticing that my view count is kind of wacko along with some other threads too. Anybody else notice some irregularities? dorf dude...
Actually, now that you mention it, I have been wondering the same thing.

I guess it will all come out in the wash...we'll see.
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I looked on the side of the box and it is labled DIY-Light. That's it! DIY light on a DIY site.
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