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Old 04-29-2013, 08:59 AM   #16
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Gorgeous land. This will be awesome to watch, thanks for making this thread.

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Old 04-29-2013, 08:19 PM   #17
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Some morning time rain drops didn't hinder the guys from returning to pour the walls. At first glance, there wasn't going to be a "pour" today but the rain quickly subsided and allowed the guys to get to the site. By 3pm or so the walls were poured.

I am starting my DIY tasks once these panels are removed. My friends/coworkers are going to give me a hand waterproofing the walls. I am using an unusual but effective way to waterproof the walls. I estimate my buddies and I need about 3 nights and a Saturday morning to do everything we need to do. Stay tuned for that.

In the meantime...
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Update! Update! Update!
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Started out strong and then....

Hope you keep updating.
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OK guys. My apologies - been quite busy between this house and work!

Either way..

Panels removed...

I am really pleased with the looks of my contractors walls. Definitely "as advertised".

We poured 8" walls at a 9'0" height. I was originally going to go with 8 ft. walls but for the minimal added cost of the concrete we decided it was wise to go with 9'0". I do some hobby woodworking and the 9 ft. height will be nice. Plus I plan to use the basement for a place to store my tractor/snowblower and snowmobile.

On to the waterproofing/insulation..
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Here are some more pics of the walls.
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When it came to the waterproofing and insulation I had dreaming this up for quite sometime. Although I live in the Northern climate I firmly believe in thermal mass and taking advantage of it wherever possible.

As you will see in the photos below I went with a semi-standard waterproofing (Henry Blueskin) self adhered membrane. I liked this option much better than the typical mop-on tar "Dampproofing". With these walls exposed there was no way I was going to do the minimal "dampproofing".

I work in Estimating/Project Management for the contracting company I work for and I was able to garner a sweet deal from our supplier on the membrane. We install air barriers of all types on commercial buildings so the product is something we are familiar with. I mapped out at what height the grade was going to run on the wall and proceeded with the waterproofing install.

First we install a water-based primer to the wall and allow it to "tack-up". Once it tacks up we install the Blueskin directly to it being careful to keep from ripples/bubbles. It took me and my helper 2 evenings to complete the Blueskin.

Pictures to follow.
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Ok - all of a sudden can't upload pics. But I'll get them on ASAP.
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After the Blueskin was complete I went around to insulate the top portion of the wall that will eventually be "above grade". Because the below grade portion will be insulated by another method - I wanted to use DOW board above grade as I plan to parge/stucco over the foam board afterwards to bring back the concrete appearance.

I read mixed reviews about foam board adhesives and fasteners for concrete but ultimately went with fasteners because I knew it was going to work.

I purchased some push-pin fasteners for the board and grabbed some clamps from my wood working shop.

I'd clamp the boards to the wall and pre-drill my holes with the hammer drill. I marked the 3" (inch) depth mark on my drill bit so I didn't over drill or use up to much of my own energy (LOL).

Once the hole was pre-drilled I inserted the push pin and tapped her home with the hammer.

When DIYchatroom allows I will post some more pics but it seems to have limited me for now.
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How's it going?
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Here are some pics of the progress
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First floor walls begin
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Second floor walls begin
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Looking good.

Thanks for the update

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