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post #91 of 124 Old 04-21-2019, 08:41 AM
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Looking good there-Steddy.
Just being around all that heavy equipment would get my juices flowing again==oh yeah! I see CAT popped in with good suggestions.....He's very knowledgeable about that stuff..

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If you want to find any soft spots in the yard, just drive that Lull around. Those stupid things can really mess up a job site.
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Yeah... I already fell through enough to catch my front axle, but in fairness itís when I was packing it down. It was funny to watch the water hush up when I got near the soft spots.
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Not much to report today, but stuff done got did! They finished the one or two short walls, straightened out the wavy back wall forms, and filled 'em with concrete. Tomorrow the forms come off. Thursday I can start backfilling and using all this sand I've been brining up. I hauled tonight for about 3-1/2 hours after work. I ran out of daylight before I ran out of ambition. I went a little deep in a couple areas of my sand pit, so it's all clean sandy mud I'm wallowing in. I dug a pretty good sized hole Friday and buried a bunch of medium/smaall stumps and biomass, and covered it with the remains of an old brush pile that was back there. Another sink hole someday, probably. My dad has probably 50 yards of wood chips he let a tree company dump out back a couple years back. Maybe they'll find their way into a hole a hole also, and get built over the top 5' high so it won't sink for a good long while.

Water table around here is still ridiculously high. I'm actually working a lower area in the pit, so I'm having to cover a larger area to get sand. I chose this location because almost every one of the scrubby pines is at least 90% dead. I'll replant something in their place when I'm done. Something that likes high water and lots of sand. Maybe willow or red maple. Even baswood. Or maybe even some cedar. Any other thoughts on what might grow well there? I've got some nice but kind of scrubby oaks and cherry; hopefully I stayed far enough away for them to survive.


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Forms are off as of last night!
I started hauling nice clean sand from my sand pit and spoils from stump burying holes into one of the garages. Builder brought about 280 yards of sand and started filling for the basement floor. A couple pieces of drain tile are staged up; they’ll get placed in the next day or two. I need to take down a couple more trees that weren’t obvious before. Walls also got tarred tonight. Sorry; no pics from today. My stupid backhoe broke (one of the lower pins broke). I don’t know if I hit something or if it’s just fatigued from bouncing around so much. I’m starting to think a box blade is in my future.
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Got home today to find a mini ex in the basement. I keep forgetting to ask the builder how he got it in there.

The excavator he hired dropped off some big toys to move dirt. I moved maybe 30-40 yards of sand in front of the small garage tonight with Kubota. Too dark to get pictures though.

Builder arrived with some more rebar and OSB to form a poured ceiling in vault, and I was glad to help unload. I had just got home, so I was happy to help unload.

Here’s what it looks like now.
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Good stuff steddy,I have been working on my homestead for almost 4 years now. I have a very hilly (appalachian mountain) 17 acres with low lying creek and very heavily wooded. Tractors and these machines are definitely the best part (well most fun) about homesteading. I feel like every day spend on one of the tractors on the homestead is a productive one. Nice to see the progress and of course all the visiting machines too.

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I havenít seen a Dresser TD-7 for quite a while. Nice trim dozers.
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I must have missed something. What is this "vault" you speak of?
There should be a way to remove these kind of posts from here. Good pics, interesting and fun to read. Spend more time reading this stuff than I should. Remove 'em I say.
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I must have missed something. What is this "vault" you speak of?
There should be a way to remove these kind of posts from here. Good pics, interesting and fun to read. Spend more time reading this stuff than I should. Remove 'em I say.
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Basically itís a moderate level security room. Itíll be nice to have a cleaning and reloading bench in there. When Iím cleaning a firearm and get interrupted to go do something else, itíll be nice to just leave everything out on the bench and lock the door behind me. Basically this room is a walk in safe, with a moderate level of security. It will have a custom made vault style door with digital combination pad and wheel mechanism, and about 8 pins that engage the frame like a store bought safe. Door isnít hardened, so theoretically a sawzall or grinder with a cutting wheel could go right through it. Itís a lot more for fire protection than anything.
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They just keep bringing in more sand and compacting. Long way to go with it.

Tonight I carted up maybe another 15 yards of clean stuff I had staged in the pit. Last night was double that and then some... maybe even 35-40 yards, I dunno. It all got shoved into the garage and further compacted a couple times throughout the day.

After that, Wifey and I went around and knocked off the steel outstickers that held the concrete wall forms together. My arms hurt. Contractor said to use a 2# hammer. I found my 8# maul made the job go A LOT faster. I didn’t miss or hit the handle. More often than not, one square moderate tap knocked them off. Most of the ones that were still there likely would have been buried, but I got paranoid someone walking by would get their shoulder or leg torn open, so I decided to make them go away. About 25% of them someone else had done. Hopefully I’m saving myself some money. Or at least construction is getting done faster.
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Those flat wall ties will cut you good.

None of the work around foundations is easy peasy so you are moving with force on most occasions and if you get into one of those ties, tie wins!

I cut the #$%^& out of a new boot once working on rim joists and a tie had not been knocked off.

Funny how you remember things when you see them, that was 25 or so years ago.

It's great you get to be a part of this build.

Foundation looks great, keep the pics coming.

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How many square feet is this new home?

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How many square feet is this new home?
Total enclosed not including garages will be about 3900. Finished square footage will be around 3000-3200. Vault will be all concrete - no finishing. Mechanical room And walk in closet in basement also will be unfinished. I may finish the walls in the closet some day, but I want the ceiling in the walk in to remain unfinished... A lot of plumbimg up there. I requested a sump crock in the closet, just in case there's a major leak in there some day. Otherwise ai son't think it will be functional. Not putting a pump in that one.


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Sounds like a nice size home and this property came with a separate large garage and acreage and is next to your parents what more could someone ask for.

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