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Old 10-14-2008, 11:28 AM   #76
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Today we got started on the last row. It was a very rough start but things smoothed out. Somedays don't go as planned. We had 6 broken bricks but are still short 10 more. It looks like we sill start pouring concrete on Sat. Time to send out an "All Hands" please help. I will continue up the gable wall the next couple days. I can't get ahold of the roof guy to find out how high I must go. Things are getting tight! Well here are some more pics. From the Dorf Dude, Cheers.
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:47 AM   #77
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Wow you sure make good progress with the work you doing on the wall.

I do live in France and I do go back and forth from time to time.

For the readers.,

If you been wondiering how the European Electricians done wiring in the house.

Normally we do chip in the wall and if ya very good we useally can chisel it down pretty good and bring the conductor down.

Typically most European system are 230 volt line to netural and 400-415 volt line to line.

Due this OP is in Germany alot of home will have mixed bag of single and yes three phase depending on the load.

The service size will varies a bit but most common is 63 amp some case 100 amp service { keep in your mind the European system have much higher voltage system and IT will have complety diffrent set of codes than what we useally see in North America ( Yes I am cerified to work in France and USA ) But I will let this guy take some photo it will describe more cleaer on it.

For the heating system there are few diffrent type of heating system but infloor heating system is most common.

Keep up good work

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Old 10-15-2008, 11:35 AM   #78
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Today we got the corners up to wall level. I also finished the U brick on the front wall. Finished up the wall on the small back window. I will build a form and pour concrete above the window tomorrow. The roof guy will also come by and let me know where he needs to set the main beam. The cement party is set for Saturday. Things are coming together. Here are a couple of pics. Greetings!
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Keep up the good work Shu it's looking good.
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:36 AM   #80
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Today the weather was total Cr@p. Raining with wind. We got the window casing built and got the concrete poured. My re-bar delivery was screwed up, they only sent 6 pieces. We will need at least 24 for Saturdays pour. They say it will be fixed tomorrow. I got the rest of the U bricks for the top of the back wall. Of course 1 broke! We will be able to get the wall poured. Roof guy showed up and said he had no time and will be back tomorrow, if he only knew he was being talked about on the net. I feel that he will be my weak link on getting this thing closed up. I'm working on a backup plan with tarps. The weather is setting in. Here is a pic of the back window casing. Here is a very important step to remember when bricking in a window. Check the level between the left and right sides as you build in, oops. It will be ok in the end, just will look goofy until I can hide it. The weather is suposed to get better but colder. I will post pics of the big pour. From the Dorf Dude...
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Old 10-18-2008, 12:17 PM   #81
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I had a crew over today. It was -1C with frost when we got there. Everything was wet and cold. We got the rebar in place. I drilled holes in the neighbors wall and set the rebar in. We then started the pour. It was 2 shovels of cement in each bucket and 2 buckets at a time on the crane. This crane has been the greatest labor saver ever. I have a sore thumb from pressing the button! This beats the heck out of a sore back. I got way to much sand and cement yesterday. Better to have more than enough to finish the project than run short. I will need it later anyway. Here are some pic's from today. The U bricks are not very uniform as you can see. I aligned the fronts the the public will see and left the ugly on the inside. I got a pic of each person that helped today. I find it only fair to give credit where it is do. My greatest thanks goes out to them, Mick, Rudy Greg, Mat, Syd. Now they are famous! I will continue up the gable wall on Monday. Roof Dude blew me off again today I'm working on a different plan. I will not be held hostage by this guy when I have vacation and time to work. German House Rebuild-pict0369.jpg

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Old 10-18-2008, 02:00 PM   #82
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Here is a pic of the fill. Also is Mick checking that the wall is level. I passed the inspection!
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Today Syd knocked the gable peak off. No eye protection. The sun angle made it bad to have goglles on. This little air hammer really rocks! It has an extreme kick back. I have test fit a form for the pad that we will pour tomorrow. I called the roof dude and he was like nothing is happening, I'm getting mad. He said he could have time on Wednesday to stop by, I said no, tomorrow. I will order the main beam then and there. I will also order the spars that will span to the walls. I will not have him notch them, only deliver. I don't have time to waste waiting for him. I will fit it all myself. That should make for some good pictures and alot of talk by the neighbors. They think only a "Zimmerman" can do a roof. More pic's to follow, From the Dorf Dude.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:43 AM   #84
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Today we got the pad poured on the top of the gable wall. Roof Dude actually showed up and took final measurements. He has no idea how close he was to loosing this job. I contacted another firm this morning and they could deliver right now. I even put their phone# in my cell phone so I could call them from the job sight if he failed to show up. Roof Dude sweet talked me into letting them cut the spars. Now the waiting game begins. He said 8 days for the oven drying of the spar beams. They are extra dried so no twisting will occur. I have to pay extra for this! You would think you would get dry wood straight away... Over the next days we must get a scafold set up and will continue up the gable wall with U bricks to tie into the poured pad. No new pics but here are a couple from when I first got started. I will post new pic's as things go along, From the Dorf Dude
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:22 AM   #85
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We got the casing off the gable pad today. Very rainy, nasty, yuk day. We got the front scafold up and called it quits. We will go around the house tomorrow. Yesterday a crew was marking the sidewalk. I ask what they were doing. The overhead power lines are going away and it will all be underground. I'm sure glad I set my power in the ground. I showed them where my pipe was and they said great, very easy. I called the power company about putting protection on the power lines for when we set the roof, should be done by Friday. Here are a few pics. Greetings from the Dorf.
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:27 PM   #86
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We got the rest of the scafold up today. I went to the Roof Dude's business today and talked about pre-staining the wood, it will be clear. I will have them do it. We also nailed down a roof on the house day, 4 Nov. I got copies of the roof plan and it doesn't work with the pad I poured on the gable. Roof Dude measured against the neighbors wall peak and I set from the gable peak. The roof was far from level from side to side. His plan will put my roof in the neighbors window after I add insulation and the roof tiles. I called him and let him know. He mumbled some things that I didn't understand. It's his problem if it doesn't fit. The power company put the protective covers on the power lines. We are ready to put up a roof. I will go back to work next week to save vacation for finishing the roof. Syd bought a new hat at my urging. I think it fits him well. We will work on the gable wall the next couple days. No stress, roof needs to go on to finish the Ring Anchor cement pour. Enjoy the pic's from the Dorf.
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Syd look's bored. Um, maybe just needs a beverage or the hat's to tight. Can't tell for sure.

Keep'in my fingers crossed for ya to get the tiles on before the ice shows up.
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Syd had a beverage, look close and you will see it. Hat fits fine. It was putting up the scafold yesterday in the rain and then today in the cold that zapped him. Things are much better now with a hot bath and a beer, that's for both of us. Dorf Dude
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We got a late start today. I had to go see the window company. They will come and measure for the 4 new windows upstairs. We got one side of the gable ready for the U stones. We got a few bricks set on the other side. It will be done tomorrow. It really takes alot longer than you expect. We had to air hammer out steps in the wall so we could use full bricks. The air hammer was on strike today. The fitting came loose and hit Syd in the face. Now the coupling will not release. I will have to cut the line and replace the ends. There is a retaining spring that holds the chisel in place. We have broken 3 of them so far. They are 8 Euro, $12 each. I can't afford to keep buying them. Syd figured out to just wrap wire around it, this is working great so far and doesn't cost anything. I ordered the rest of the U bricks today, should be here on Tuesday. We will pour the rest of the Ring Anchor on next Sat. I only got 1 pic for today. From the Dorf Dude.
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We got the gable wall finished. It is now ready for the U bricks. I would like to pass on a tip I learned from the air tool guy today. My fitting on the air hose was getting messed up, it would not release. It was because of the vibration of the air hammer was damaging it. We made a pigtail and that will stop the end fitting from getting damaged. I included a pic of how we wired the chisel on the hammer. My boys came by and had great fun on the scafold. Greetings from the Dorf Dude.
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