Archive for July, 2008

Ditch Witch

I spent the weekend cutting 1000+ feet of trench with the rock saw. This wicked machine has a five foot diameter blade that grinds stone to dust. It was loud, hot, dirty and a lot of fun despite the diesel fumes. I cut trenches for the barn and house electric, rainwater collection supply lines, and septic line.

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Rainwater Tank

The rainwater collection tank was installed last week. We can hold 30,000 gallons of cloud juice in this baby. We compacted a couple truck loads of road base, leveled six inches of sand, installed the tank, then surrounded it in river rock to help it in place. It is empty for now, but we will install some supply lines soon.

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Windows Completed

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Windows Day 1

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They already broke a window!

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Roof Decking

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Check out Pete on the roof!

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Tower Soffits

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Cornice and Decking

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Nuts and Bolts

The engineer specified steel brackets to strengthen the LVL connections on the back porch. The steel fabricator made them and dropped them off. Both the steel guy and the framer refused to install them. Usually this would be installed by the framer, but by the end he was tired of working on my house and refused because it wasn’t in the contract. Rather than pay someone I installed them myself. With Dad’s help we were able to get them all up in two half days. Ten steel brackets and 59 3/4″ inch bolts, I sure was sore by the end.

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