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Great Progress

The last week has gone very well and I now have over half of the 2nd storey exterior walls up and framed.  I really cannot complain about the framing progress lately as all has gone smoothly and is going up … Continue reading

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Hangers, Humps, and Roadside Bumps

The last 2.5 weeks has seen some reasonable progress on the floor assembly, but as usual, things have been taking longer than planned, with some of the delay’s out of my hands.  I had just finished installing the first two … Continue reading

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One to go – We have started framing the second floor

Well, today was a great day, as the first of the two beams that will support the second storey were installed.  As hoped, I was able to do this task with 100% mechanical assist. Alfie was able to lift the … Continue reading

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This and That

While I comply with my medical team’s instructions and have some down time after my latest cortisone shot, I thought I would address a few questions/comments/concerns that have been raised about my construction methods and build in general. Q: Why … Continue reading

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Highs and Lows – all too typical with MY project.

As has been all too typical with MY build progress, the last month has been filled with exhilarating highs and soul crushing lows. But we do continue to make progress, albeit slower than hoped (we did not expect anything different … Continue reading

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Framing has commenced and we have a wall!

Well today marks two significant milestones. First, it was exactly 1 year ago today at 12:05 PM, that I broke my shoulder when I tripped on the curb at the side of the road.  While I did not let the … Continue reading

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The B.A.T. – She Flies Once Again!

Well, today saw B.A.T. 3.0 flying high and proud.  I am quite thrilled to have a good tarp overhead once more after such a lengthy absence.  The last overhead B.A.T. 1.0 met its demise on December 11. 2014 during a … Continue reading

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B.A.T. 3.0 and other exciting testing.

Well, my ‘office month’ is coming along nicely.  As of this morning I have pretty much finished the bookkeeping and could once again see the surface of my desk.  I should get most of the finances and general office organization … Continue reading

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Time to Pour – Concrete is coming.

Well, I am pleased to say that I actually exceeded my schedule and will be ready to pour my architectural concrete wall on Tuesday, a full week sooner than I planned.  This either means I am getting faster or that … Continue reading

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Forms Away! – Pulled the trigger on the foundation forming design.

Just a quick update tonight as not a lot has physically happened at site this week beyond doing wood moisture checks and humidifier maintenance. A de-humidifier I bought online from Costco arrived today and based on initial testing (4 hours), … Continue reading

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Reaching for the stars!

Hey folks, Cannot believe how quickly time flies. Already been 3 weeks since my last posting, so lets catch up. No further backfill operations have been completed.  I am still waiting for more soil.  I need to wait until Diamond … Continue reading

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Suspended Concrete Slab – Complete

The suspended concrete slab for the garage has been poured! As hoped, I was able to push up the date and we poured at 11 AM on Monday.  Hi Def Concrete and F&F Pumping did a bang up job and … Continue reading

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Another First

Well, I could get used to this, it was another productive week that stayed on schedule.  In fact, things actually took one less day than planned so I was able to catch up on some chores and vendor follow up … Continue reading

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In the name of Science

Well. I am extremely grateful I moved Alfie to the back yard last Friday as by Saturday AM, about 4ft of the back-filled south bank had caved in.  If Alfie was still on the front bank, I would have had … Continue reading

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Time for reflection

Well, if I have had anything over the last 1+ week, it is time.  I am sticking to my word with the medical team and not doing anything at the build site for a 2 week period (possibly more). My … Continue reading

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A break for a break!

After having a conversation with a nearby resident who reviews my journal, I realized I had not explained why I was in a funk on my last posting.  Just as well, as the situation has changed dramatically again since last … Continue reading

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Drained

The last week has proceeded well and of this afternoon I have finished installing a perimeter drain field.  All runs have been routed and tied into the deep pump-up sump.  I was lucky, about 40% of the pipe was above … Continue reading

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