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Old 11-10-2008, 11:41 AM   #106
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I started closing the gap between the Spars. Things got off to a rough start but it is a Monday. I backed the boards with aluminum bubble wrap insulation. Across the bottom I used a special self adhesive foam the roof dude gave me. The upright stays are Gorilla glued and 2" brad nailed to the beams. I also gorilla glued and nailed the OSB filler boards to the uprights. I plan on just spray foaming underneath the spars. I will also seal all the seams with silicone from the inside. Behind the filler boards, between the spars, I will pack fiberglass insulation. This puppy is not going to loose any heat if I can help it. The top side of the filler boards are beveled to the slope of the roof. Syd goes home tomorrow. I will get some more done in the afternoon after I drop him off at the airport. I feel bad that I broke him, he is still in alot of pain. Enjoy the pics, from the Dorf Dude.
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:42 AM   #107
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Syd is now somewhere over the Atlantic. I got the backside filler boards done. My buddy Steve stopped by and gave me a hand. Roof dude showed up today and told me that I was missing a row of boards in my ceiling. I almost answered, "God I'm glad you caught that. I didn't notice it". They must really think I'm so stupid. I had to explain that it was so I could work on the wall. I wonder how he would do it? We had his business sign hanging on the lower part of the scaffold. He had to move it up higher. I told him that it will cost him beer for me to advertise for him. Ha, Ha, was his answer. I returned the air nailer today and it only cost 27 Euro for the nails and the gun was for free! Thats what I'm talking about. I got to see the roof bill today, OUCH! I sure hope that the German banks are still loaning money. I won't be able to finish otherwise. Here is a pic of Syd and I having our last beer together, I look like a geek, From the Dorf Dude....
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:33 AM   #108
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Shu:

Your novel on the build is facinating. We both have been keeping track over the months. My other half said, "it is unbelievable." You have worked so hard and now it is paying off. Congratulations, tarus. Give 'em both barrels and keep up the great job.

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I only had 3 hours to work today. I got the back side gable/wall corner boxed in. At first I was going to brick it. I thought about it and I'm alot better at wood working so I boxed it. The electric guys got my cable and main box in also. I scored a huge deal on ebay. I've been wanting to put in a Rika Aqua pellet stove with hot water exchange. My quoted discount price was 5800 Euro, list is 6500. I snagged one today for 3900, brand new still wrapped up. I had to dig into savings for that but what a deal! I now have a heater. Just need all the rest of the hook ups. I do have a chiminey already. We will begin on it this Sat. Here are some pics of the finished corner, unfinished one and the power box in the bedroom. From the Dorf of Seugast....
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Shu, showed Mary the site, and pixs, and she was amazed!! By the way, I placed a Canadian "loonie" coin up under the end beams in the concrete when you were not looking...call it a Canadian custom.. and if project falls down because of that, ..just blame the Canadian mint! Now you are "in", sell "Dorf Dude" T-shirts, to gain some 'coin' to help finish project! Cheers.
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:33 PM   #111
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Glad you made it home. I signed a beam today with the date. All I have to do is put a dollar on the other end before I box it in. Thanks for your help man! I do need to do something to help pay for finishing it up. Dorf Dude
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Dorf dude -

Unless my memory is bad, the shot of you and Syd looks like a typical morning at the Nuremberg airport. - Nice comfortable place with good food.

The home looks great and shows how well things can be done to build permanent homes. - Some people do not think it is possible without the pink panther and Dow advertising to mislead people. Have you had a chance to find out what was built there a few hundred years ago? I have seen the town name is some history and genalogy studies.

I hope to get there before everything is covered up, but the photos are a big help to understand the process. The basic construction looks like the new condos and aparments being built in the Czech Republic and Hungary. I think that is not too far from you, at least by American standards.

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Old 11-12-2008, 03:26 PM   #113
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You are correct on the airport, 1 hour away from Seugast. You are welcome anytime to stop by. I always have an extra pair of gloves! I will be pushing as far as I can with the $$ that are left. With you as a Schu and me too, together we would be a pair of shoes . Dorf Dude
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Here is a link to the heater I will use for my central system. It will be tied in with solar and eventually a "burn everything" furnace in the shop.
http://www.rika.at/en/water_heating_stove/
The ground floor will be in floor heat, a massive cement slab with warm water tubes. I will hand mix and pour it. Much cheaper that way. I keep getting told that it will take too long to warm up and I say it will take a real long time to cool down. A glass half full? If I need quick heat then I will use a small electric heater. Stay tuned! Dorf Dude
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Today Mat came over and gave me a hand with the chiminey. I had to have help because the stones are too heavy for me to handle. We made good progress. You don't want to put it all up at one time. It needs time to set. Here are some pics. It is a real nice system. It has a fresh air intake for the pellet stove. This will create a positive pressure inside the house. Much better than burning the inside air, this creates a negative pressure and cold air will come in every crack. I hope to be through the roof next Sat. I hope it isn't raining. I have had such good luck with the weather so far it is hard to believe! From the Dorf...
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Dorf dude -

I guess I missed your post and was getting withdrawal pains until I looked and found it.

I am glad my memory on the airport is still good since they usually all look alike. There was a reason why I remembered it - either the food or the people.

I like the chimney system with the intake. It always amazes me at how advanced the Europeans, and especially the Germans, are to respond to needs and changes. I guess it is due to masonry being a preferred construction material for residential housing and the ability to make any unusual shape unit. The system from Schiedel is owned by Lafarge Cement and has sales of over 2,000,000,000 EUROs in Europe.

For your ground floor, you may want to look into a layer of lightweight aggregate (Leca, Liapor/ceramzit or similar) under the slab instead of gravel to provide a bit of a thermal break and cut the time lag on heatiing. I have seen this in Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Russia. In Hungary there is also a elevated common floor system that consists of floor filler block (made from wood shavings and concrete) that is covered with 2" of poured concrete that houses and protects the heating pipe. - They usually put in an extra parallel run in case of future leaks. They just plaster the smooth underside for the ceiling.

Very interesting photos!!!

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Mr Schu. Do you thinks I would pour my floor on what is there right now? I have 5cm of Dow Roof Mate waiting that will encase the complete floor to include the sides. I will have no cold bridges for heat loss. I am probably too anal about such things right now. Close it tight and right! No new pictures today. I boxed in all the front beams. I only have the corner to finish. Then I can set the remaining loose roof boards and get ready for insulation. It will arrive on Thursday morning. I hope to get it up before the predicted snow on Sat. Man I'm really cutting it close. Roof tiles will be next week. Not sure if I will get them up this year. I have a huge tarp from Harbor Freight waiting in case of emergency. I ordered another chiminey conection for upstairs today. You can't just cut a hole for another oven. This thing is a system and must be done correctly. I might want an oven upstairs in the future so I need to add the conection now or else forget it. Thanks to everybody following along. The hit counter is really going now! I bet over 5000 by Sunday the 23rd. If I loose the bet then you have to come and drink a beer with me. Regards from the Dorf Dude
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Mr Schu? - That is new formality on me since I am not related to Ralf or Michael, but my son is the same age as Michael, and was a spitting image of Michael and made the mistake of wearing a jersey with Schumacher on it at the U.S. Grand Prix. - He even signed a couple of autographs for kicks.

Your Dow on the floor should be fine. According to the R-value theory, insulation does not really insulate, but slows down the heat loss rate. What I suggested is similar. I had seen the same lightweight aggregate thing used on grade and it was also used in the concrete topping on upper floors to provide lower weight and more uniform conditions for the creatures inside. It is really not a great cost cutting item since you lose some of the benfits of Mother Nature at other times of the year.

I assume you are using clay roof tiles. I realy appreciate the problems you had with the U block for your reinforced ring since the clay really can warp during firing. I never could understand why they did not try (if possible) to make a "knock-out" section to hold things square while firing like they do with concrete products. Just keep the water out until the right time arrives for the final roofing.
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I am water tight in the roof at this time. The membrane is working great. The inside is drying out very slowly. It was open a long time and things got saturated with rain over the last few months. My inside floor beams have white mold on them. I need to get some heat in here! I am not in control but the weather is. I will push as hard as I can as enviorment allows. Snow on the way. We can be humbled very quickly with the force of nature. I went through Mt St Helens, May 18th 1980, Moses Lake WA. What a mess! Really srewed up my graduation. I did make good money cleaning the neighbors roofs and yards. I will post new pic's as things go along, Dorf Dude
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Today I built the corner box. I set the loose boards in permanent. The neighbor watched me take the loose ones out this morning and said "Your making it kaput!" If they are not smart enough to know why I left them loose then I will just have to ignore them. It is ready for insulation finally. I put a time capsule in the corner. I put an old drivers license, lots of different coins, menu from a pizza place, old Mustang emblems, beer caps, assorted pins, pocket knife, my old dog tag, plastic army guy. All kinds of loose stuff I had around. There is even a jar of Poopon Mooseturds from Alaska! I left a little note too. I wonder how many hundred years it will be before they find it? It could easily be 100 years if not longer. Whoever finds it will sure be excited thats for sure. Enjoy the pics. Dorf Dude
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