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Old 06-19-2010, 10:02 PM   #841
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Those stones you have sitting in your windowsill appear to be the same sort of colour that the main walls are made out of.

Do you suppose that the wall stone came from the immediate area? Are there other houses close by that have the same sort of construction as yours - which is to say the two foot thick stone walls?

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Old 06-22-2010, 03:54 PM   #842
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"Those stones you have sitting in your windowsill appear to be the same sort of colour that the main walls are made out of.

Do you suppose that the wall stone came from the immediate area? Are there other houses close by that have the same sort of construction as yours - which is to say the two foot thick stone walls? "


My village was founded on a Sandstone Quarry. Everything around here is made of it. They still are getting quartz sand from near by. dorf dude...
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Old 06-22-2010, 04:04 PM   #843
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I have been grouting around my windows. It took me endless hours on the first one using traditional tools. I got home really late last night just exhausted. I got up this morning and thought that there has to be a better way to do this. Google to the rescue! I found a video about using a cake decorating bag for squeezing out the grout. I was sold! I love learning new things. I got one today and knocked out the 2nd window in half the time. It was so much easier. Now to finish around the door and that is it. Then I will cut in some electric outlets in the walls and I should be ready for stucco. That is once my water pipe gets installed. Here are a couple pics, dorf dude...
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"Those stones you have sitting in your windowsill appear to be the same sort of colour that the main walls are made out of.

Do you suppose that the wall stone came from the immediate area? Are there other houses close by that have the same sort of construction as yours - which is to say the two foot thick stone walls? "


My village was founded on a Sandstone Quarry. Everything around here is made of it. They still are getting quartz sand from near by. dorf dude...
Hey Shu...The first 800 to 1200 feet (down that is) of Ruxton Island is sandstone as well. Then it turns granitic. That's what a well driller told me.

You would think that sandstone would be somewhat soft, but the stuff here is really incredibly hard.

You can drill it with a hammer drill, but even at that, it's pretty darn slow.

Have you tried actually working any of that sandstone yet?
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:39 PM   #845
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The Plumber Dudes showed up today and got the water line in for my outside faucet. I got the wall closed up around it. Now I can go forward with stucco on the wall. I also got my electrical outlet sockets set, 12 in total. 6 behind the TV and 6 more around the room. I should have the stucco up on Sat I hope. That will really show what the work around the windows will look like. I can't wait.. The reality will be seen. More to come, dorf dude...
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6 behind the TV.... This has got to be a major entertainment center. No matter how I figure it I can't see more than 4. Not questioning your needs just wondering what you gonna plug into all them is all.
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"6 behind the TV.... This has got to be a major entertainment center. No matter how I figure it I can't see more than 4. Not questioning your needs just wondering what you gonna plug into all them is all."

"Lets count! I love to Count!" TV, dvd, english satelite, german satelite, stereo, speakers. Thats 6 already. I will probably need a multi strip outlet for something. I have another suprise up my sleeve for above the door. I won't tip my hand just yet. dorf dude...
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[quote=shumakerscott;459879] I found a video about using a cake decorating bag for squeezing out the grout.
They do actually make grout bags for the purpose...I need to get one for the terra cotta tiles.

Certainly glad to see it's as good as they say!
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I saw that there is a grout bag. I can just imagine me going into a German store asking for such a thing. They don't get me most of the time anyway. Crazy American, doesn't know what he's up to. We don't do it that way, We never have nor never will. dorf dude...
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I saw that there is a grout bag. I can just imagine me going into a German store asking for such a thing. They don't get me most of the time anyway. Crazy American, doesn't know what he's up to. We don't do it that way, We never have nor never will. dorf dude...
Haha, i can imagine that one. Translated you would ask for a "Fugen-Tuete", but I am pretty sure that's not what they would call it. Unfortunately, even though I am German, I don't know the correct word, since all my construction experience is here in the states.
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Here are a couple pics of my suprise above the door. Campbell convinced me to have it this way. It would have been wasted space if I left it open. Wait until tomorrows pics. Say goodbye to ugly living room walls!. dorf dude...
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The living room walls are done! I had some help today. Thanks Glenn and Greg. Campbell had some fun with Greg's dog. He was looking for my butt but couldn't find it! I just have a little touch up to do. I spent over 10 hours working today, I'm pooped, dorf dude...
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Looking fantastic.
It sure is...it reminds me of an old time castle now, with its' massive walls.

Is there anything going on top of the stucco?
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"Is there anything going on top of the stucco?"

I plan on just painting it. Not with latex but special stuff for stucco. Like what I painted the outside of the house with. I will go over it again tomorrow with a wet sponge. It needs to be worked and moistened a little more. It helps keep it from cracking and also the bond to the wall is better. When it dries, about 6-8 weeks then I will paint. dorf dude...

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